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A group of therapists launch website for child support

  • FIVE provides parents and the children a comprehensive package
  • "In our own environment we are defeated when seeking help"
  • CHENNAI: Paediatricians should be able to diagnose early the delay in developmental milestones so that the child could be referred for early intervention programmes, according to therapists and doctors working with children.

    Speakers at a symposium on `ideal service model for children with disabling conditions' held here on Sunday, emphasised that developmental problems could be rectified early if the doctors networked with therapists.

    The symposium was organised by non-governmental organisation FIVE.

    Website launched

    It also launched a website www.childsupport.in to provide a platform for parents, teachers, doctors and others associated in the field of child development to share information and support to those involved with children who have specific developmental and/or learning needs.

    Since 2005, FIVE has been working with children suffering from developmental disorders, said its director and speech therapist Sowmya.

    Comprehensive package

    It provides parents and the children a comprehensive package, including occupational therapy, speech, language and physical therapy after a thorough assessment of their disorder.

    Actor Gauthami, who launched the website, said the organisation addressed the concerns that parents had about their child.

    Anxiety

    "As a mother of a seven-year-old I have lived through the anxiety about my child's growth, looking for resource and finding the right way to help our child."

    Often help is available abroad, but "in our own environment we are defeated [when seeking help]" she said.

    Paediatricians V.V. Varadarajan and Shanthi Raj spoke on environmental problems that children faced.

    Challenges

    The challenges were the family members who often would not allow the mother to seek therapy. Though mothers would spot the difference quickly the family members would prefer that she wait but by then it is too late for the child to be mainstreamed the paediatricians explained.

    Constantly updating knowledge, keeping abreast of latest development and networking with therapist organisations would help the child ultimately, they further said.

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