A good assessment is the backbone of a good intervention program. We ensure that multi disciplinary experts do the assessment across the domains critical for the development of the child.
The child’s assessment and intervention road map is discussed as one group, by our team, concerning all domains impacting the child.
We provide a high quality and intensive intervention program that creates a lifelong impact on your child. Our teams work with your child cross functionally to provide amazing results within specified timeframes.
Early Intervention is a rapidly evolving discipline and over the last decade traditional approaches have given way to more effective and evidence based systems which we follow at Communicare. Here are some of the important differences in the approaches –
|Traditional Approach||Our Approach|
Identify and focus on the child’s limitations
When planning activities and curriculum the strengths and interests of a child are at the forefront
|Parent Involvment||Very limited
Professionals work with the child directly. Parents can observe, but are not encouraged to do so. Professionals make recommendations to parents about their child. There is no discussion, only what they know is best.
Professionals work with the child and parents as a team. Parents must mandatorily attend every session. They are involved in every aspect of the therapy right from evaluation to planning to setting goals. Parents know their child best and their ideas and inputs are actively solicited.
|Skill Transfer||Train the Child
The professional works with the child in isolation and skill development happens in the limited hours that the child spends in the clinic.
|Train the family
In addition to working with the child, skills are transferred to the caregivers by the professionals through demonstration so that the intervention becomes a continuous process and gets built into the daily routine of the child.
|Role of a Professional||Fragmented delivery
Professionals from various disciplines i.e. speech therapists, occupational therapists, special educators, psychologists etc. work with the child, but in isolation. They focus only on their own discipline and there is no collaboration or communication between them. They all evaluate, make recommendations and serve the child independently.
Services are provided by one professional – an Early Interventionist, who is trained to work with young children across all domains of development. The Early Interventionist has a specialisation in one form of therapy which may be speech, occupational or otherwise, but can cut across other domains. If a child requires highly specialised support in a domain which is not the Early Interventionists primary domain, another specialist can get roped in.
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Kavitha George is a strong advocate of being a force for impactful social change. She is a training and operations specialist, who is passionate about creating an inclusive eco- system for children with special needs. She focuses on education and training programs for parents, educators and caregivers of children with special needs. She is also certified Personal Counselor. She has numerous certifications which include Diploma in Learning Disorder Management and Child Psychology (Singapore), Certification in HANDLE Course,(Australia), Certification in Adapted Yoga (Canada), International Certification Course on Autism and Certification in Autism Movement Therapy. She currently lives in Mumbai with her husband and three children, of which, one is a special child.
Joji is a seasoned business leader with over 18 years of experience in Media & Entertainment, Broadcasting, Sports, Branding, management, Digital and Live events, globally. He has worked at senior leadership positions with companies like Sony Music, MTV Asia, Astro , Yahoo!, Global Brand Forum, Percept Sports & Entertainment, UBM (Informa Markets) and World Wrestling Entertainment, India. The last three stints were heading these companies in India. He is passionate about diversity and inclusion in the workplace and is a proud dad of a special child. Joji is a Fellow of the Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania and has an AMP ( Accelerated Development Program) from the University of Chicago- Booth School of Business.
Dr. Karanth is a Speech Language Pathologist with over 40 years of experience in several national institutions in India.She has worked extensively in the areas of adult aphasias, acquired dyslexias, learning disability, specific language impairment and communication in autism/pervasive developmental disorders. Her work covers the clinical aspects as well as research and training. Dr. Karanth is the Founder Director and Managing Trustee of The Communication DEALL Trust, our resource partner. Dr. Karanth has written 3 books over 70 peer research and scientific papers and has presented over 250 papers at various seminars and conferences around the world
Dr. Nivedita is a well renowned occupational neuro developmental therapist with over two decades of experience across geographies.She did her NDT from BOBATH Centre London (U.K), after completing her education program in Sensory Modalities in Childhood disability by Kimberley Barthel (OTR) in 2005. She started her career as a clinical therapist and went on head the department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation in Aswini Hospital (P) Ltd, Kerala. She is presently working as Founder/ Director of Thrissur Rehabilitation Centre. The centre focuses on children with motor disorders, issues of sensory motor dysfunction and Autism Spectrum disorder. The centre also addresses concerns of adult patients with specific orthopedic & neurological challenges.
Yuji Oka has been working with children with special needs and disabilities for over 30 years. Through his background in Physics and Dance, he has developed a new somatics approach to motor learning call Adapted Spiral Praxis (ASP). ASP has been used to help thousands of children with special needs/disabilities learn how reclaim their motor potential.
In the earliest developmental stages, ASP can help children with cerebral palsy, genetic disorders, partial paralysis and other severe conditions.
His programs have been implemented by the Positive Education Program and The Center for START Services in the United States; and by Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation, AutismOntario, Pegasus Community Project in Canada. Oka now teaches at the Spiral Movement Center in Toronto
Our lives took an unexpected turn when we discovered the “special” gift of our daughter Amaya. We went through our share of frustration, anger, and confusion. We questioned God. Fast-forward to now, we know, nothing happens without a reason. God has a bigger plan and this journey is our purpose. Amaya is our angel who has come to make a change in our lives and impact the lives of others. As someone said, “ God gives special people a special child, only because He knows no one else could take care of them as well as you would”. Today, through our work at Communicare, through all we experienced seeking the best for our child; we’d like to be a catalyst for many other special children and their parents. Our approach at Communicare is different, our intent strong and here we are, to make a meaningful change in the life of all special kids, be advocates for inclusion and give these children a life of dignity and independence they deserve, just like anyone else.