Downtown

Help for children with autism

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Chromepet

Prathikshaa Rehab Centre and School, started in 2004, cater to children with all kinds of developmental disabilities, including autism. The centre offers a range of multi-specialty therapies including occupational , speech and language, sensory integration , neuro-developmental and behaviour therapies. Physiotherapy, special education and vocational rehabilitation are also provided. The school has nearly around 45 autistic children in the age group of four to 18 years . Categories of programmes offered include pre-primary, primary, secondary, school-readiness, functional and vocational. Every year, it sends at least one or two children to mainstream schools. Venue: No.38/21, Second Main Road, New Colony, Chromepet. Time: 9.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. on weekdays and the Remedial Centre operates from 9.30 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Monday to Saturday. For details, contact Charulatha, director and occupational therapist, at 42877367, 9789073646, 9840946650, 9176210432.

Pallikaranai

Chennai School of Music Therapy, Pallikaranai, offers music therapy for autistic children through professional training, consultancy services and clinical care. It aims to advocate music therapy as an allied healthcare facility. The professionals at the centre create music according to the needs of the children. “We thoroughly assess the child and plan intervention. Here, music is the mode of communication; we use different techniques of music therapy using different instruments.”

The school also offers a post-graduate diploma course, which has a separate module on autism, suited for parents, teachers and special educators . Plans are also on to start a modular course on music therapy (for the autistic) in July.

The school operates from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For details, call Baishali Mukherjee at 8754410091.

Adambakkam

Vatsalyam helps autistic children overcome difficulties in identifying letters, numbers, colours and shapes. Vatsalyam has a computerised speech and language department, technical communication therapy department, special education department, behaviour modification therapy and home-based behaviour management programme.

Nearly 40 children (from 2 to 9 years) are enrolled at the centre and nearly 10 to 15 children have been trained and sent to mainstream schools so far. The staff to students ratio is 1:5. Venue: Vatsalyam, No.6/12, II Cross Street, L.H. Nagar, 1 Street Layout, Adambakkam. It has also a branch at Kodambakkam. Time: From 10 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. on week days. For details, contact Indra Ravi at 9884034323/24832741 or write to info@vatsalyam.in.

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