The crux of the rehabilitation process rests on the paramedical services. Spastics Society of Karnataka offers all relevant paramedical support for a rehabilitation of children with neurological and developmental disabilities.

Paramedical Services are available to both children of spastics society and also children referred to Spastics Society.Paramedical Services constitutes of Home Management Unit, Child Study Center, Therapy Unit , Speech Language and Hearing Unit.

The range of paramedical services provided at SSK include, assessments and early intervention with home based programs for children below seven years of age, assessments and intervention for children between 4 yrs and 16 yrs for emotional or academic concerns/r learning difficulties, physiotherapy and speech and language therapy.

Therapy services

A team of physiotherapists and occupational therapists provides developmental therapeutic services to persons with cerebral palsy, developmental delays, autism spectrum disorders, handwriting problems, progressive neurological disorders, sensory dysfunctions, and other developmental coordination problems.

Aim

To enable persons with disabilities to become as independent as possible.
To empower parents, family and community to incorporate therapy in the child’s natural environment
Assessments

Motor and sensory development of infants: Babies from birth to 3 years are assessed for delayed development or any other movement problems.

Days: Tuesday and Friday

Timings: 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Physical and functional assessment:

Children above 3 years diagnosed with cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, progressive cerebellar ataxia, psycho motor delays and other neuro-developmental disabilities are assessed in the areas of gross motor development, fine motor development, sensory dysfunctions, activities of daily living and mobility.

Sensory profile:

Children from 8 months and above are assessed for sensory dysfunctions. Children with autism spectrum disorders, children with hyperactivity, children with hand writing problems and other sensory dysfunctions are assessed.

Home visit:

Therapists visits home along with the other team members to assess the child’s physical and functional abilities at home and the necessity for adaptations to encourage independence and management at home is assessed.

Hand function assessment:

Done for children between two years to adulthood for identifying ability of the child to use his/her hands for play, in school (writing and colouring activities, using computers,etc.) , for pre-vocational and vocational activities related to future job training programmes.

Seating assessment:

Assessment of adequate seating like customized chairs, wheelchairs or adapted potty seats are done for all children with developmental disabilities.

Access audit:

This is done to assess the accessibility of the work place for a disabled child in order to modify and adapt the work area to make it suitable for easy mobility and optimal functioning of person with disability in the office.
Follow up Programmes

Infant stimulation programme:

In this intensive therapy programme , parents are given guidance on stimulating and handling babies with developmental delays by qualified and experienced physiotherapists and occupational therapists. The therapeutic techniques are demonstrated individually to each parent and a weekly follow up service is provided. For parents who have difficulty in carrying out the programme at home, there are therapy sessions provided on a more frequent basis depending on the need which would be assessed by the concerned therapist.
Days: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Timings: 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Saturday- For working parents who cannot bring their children on other working days (fixed after parental interview only)

This programme is also available at Vani Vilas hospital on Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays between 9.30 and 3.30 and at Indira Gandhi hospital on Thursdays between 2:00 PM and 4:30 PM

Follow up therapy programme for children from 3 years and above:

Individual therapy programme:

Physiotherapist /occupational therapists provide therapy sessions with an aim to enable independent mobility, adapted seating, prevention of contractures and deformities, post operative therapy independence in self care, parent training in handling and using therapy techniques at home.

Group therapy:

Sensory perceptual activities are selected and child is provided an opportunity to move confidently through the chosen play activity once a week.

Group therapy:

“ Busy Bees” Various creative hand activities are performed under the guidance of therapists once a week for children attending the school.
Sensory integrative therapy approach:

Occupational therapists provide this therapeutic approach in order to enable children to optimally play, perform in school and carry out activities of daily living independently. Individual sessions are provided based on need followed by parental training in carrying out therapy techniques at home along with guidance to school teachers are provided.

Centre-based program:

Therapy assistants under the guidance of physiotherapists and occupational therapists provide three days center based programme for the severely disabled children in the age group of Seven and above where children are provided sensory motor activities including outdoor activities. Caregivers and parents are guided on providing these activities as well.

Days: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Home based therapy service:

Provided for the severely disabled children once a week. Occupational therapists and physiotherapists along with therapy assistants visit home to provide therapy inputs to family in handling techniques and management of the child with physical disabilities at home and aid in adapting homes for easily managing the child is provided according to the need.

DAYS: Monday, Wednesday

Child Study Centre

This Center Caters to children in the age group of 4 years to 16 years and provides assessment, counseling and guidance for children presenting with difficulties in learning, emotional difficulties, cognitive limitations and other associated childhood conditions.
The unit consists of:
-Psychology Unit

-Education Unit

Mission of the Unit:

To understand every child referred in terms of socio-emotional, learning and communication skills.
To enhance every referred child’s potential to make him self reliant and confident in order to enhance his/her integration into society.

Speech, Language and Hearing

The Speech, Language and Hearing unit of the Spastics Society of Karnataka provides diagnosis and intervention for children presenting with various speech, language and hearing concerns associated with neurological and developmental conditions.

Early Special Education (Home Management)

Home Management Unit

This unit strives to help the child up to 7 years of age with Special Needs to develop as an individual within the Home Environment, using the parents and the Family as active partners in the child’s rehabilitation program.
Special Needs Children (Client Profile)

Children below the age of seven years who have been diagnosed with neuromuscular delays and disabilities, developmental delays, at risk for delays, preschool children who are at risk for learning difficulties.
Children of any age group diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy or any other Neuromuscular disabilities.
Objectives of the Unit:
The Unit aims to reduce deficits and provide skill training to children with developmental delays in order to promote development.

Services Provided

Assessments
Developmental Assessment
Educational Assessment

Follow-up Programs

Special Education Programs customized for children attending schools-appropriate to developmental stage of the child.
Individual and Group Training for children aged between one year and 6 years.Training is held one to five days a week, depending on the child’s needs.
Home Based Training for children between one year to 14 years, for Outstation Families. Schedule of intervention is once in 1/2/3 month depending on the parents convenience and the child’s needs.
Guidance for appropriate school placement of the child.
Parent Training, Parent Counseling, Parent Workshops and Centre-Based Intervention.