Medical diagnostic services
Medical diagnostic services
The Diagnostics and Research Centre consists of a Multidisciplinary team combining Medical, Therapy and Allied Health Services. The Multi-Disciplinary Team at the Diagnostic And Research Centre consists of the Medico-Social Worker, Paediatric Developmental Neurologist, Ophthalmologist, orthopedic surgeon, ENT Specialist, Neurologist for Seizure Management (Epileptologist), Psychiatrist, Dentist, Paediatrician, Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Special Educator, Psychologist, Speech, Language Pathologist and Therapist.
Pediatric developmental neurology
Since all children seen at this centre, present with developmental and neurological concerns, this clinic provides the prime diagnostic function of the centre. All children seen here are appropriately referred to other paramedical units for appropriate assessments, interventions and rehabilitation. Children's seizure management is managed by the developmental neurologist.
Children with cerebral palsy develop secondary complications like contractures and deformities as they grow due to the abnormal tone and other biomechanical factors related to posture and movement. Hence they may need orthopedic interventions for aiding them in mobility, seating and better positioning and for better management. Dr. Gautam Kodikal, consultant, orthopedic surgeon evaluates, suggests further treatment plan and surgical interventions to parents and professionals. The various orthopedic interventions carried out are muscle releases, TA slides, botox injections, alcohol blocks, corrective surgeries, etc. The process of orthopedic /surgical interventions involves a case conference with the team members and care givers involved with the child. Preoperative and postoperative therapy is crucial for these children and the child under goes these till the goal set is achieved. The clinic also looks into pain management cases and appropriate intervention is recommended.
Visual dysfunction is commonly found in children with developmental disabilities and includes amblyopia, strabismus, refraction errors, cataracts, and glaucoma. Because visual deficits can interfere with development, early and periodic assessment is extremely important. Ophthalmologist can screen for visual deficits, ocular alignment, and ocular abnormalities; further more specific vision testing, refraction, and electrophysiologic studies. Ophthalmologic interventions range from prescription of glasses and patching to surgery.
Functional Visual Assessment
Functional vision is about how the entire visual system—eyes, brain and the visual pathways between them—work together to help you move through and interact with your surroundings. Functional vision means that the child has good eye teaming, eye focusing and coordinated eye movement. Dr. Shalin Modi who is a parent of a son with cerebral palsy and Governing Board member plans for functional vision assessments with the ophthalmologist; she works with the teacher and parent of the child and puts into place visual interventions in the classroom and the home.
This clinic addresses the ENT concerns of children with Special needs. Functioning once a week, the clinic offers screening, ear cleaning, guidance and prescription for management of all ENT concerns.
Child and adolescent psychiatry clinic
Addresses psychiatric and emotional concerns of the child, siblings and the parents. This clinic also caters to persons referred from other institutions, etc. services provided include psychiatric consultation, medication, management and individual therapy.
Since the disability also affects oromotor activities, functions like chewing, swallowing, gargling etc. are affected and children develop dental concerns, like caries, etc. To address this need the Dental Clinic was set up by the Rotary Club. This clinic provides basic dental care services like, Screenings, Fillings, X Rays, Scaling and Extractions. This clinic now has extended services to the underprivileged children in the neighborhood schools, and provides oral hygiene demonstrations.