1. What is the motto behind ‘Prayatna’?
Praytana, the Centre for Child Development, has been instituted with only one aim- to offer proven, internationally acclaimed and effective palliative and curative therapies to children with developmental disadvantages such as Autism Spectrum Spectrum, motor skill deficiencies etc. Our director felt the need for such a centre in Kerala because of the absolute lack of reliable and medically sanctioned therapeutic care for kids in this region.
2. Are the therapies offered in Prayatna medically sound and approved?
Yes, Prayatna has secured operating license from Government of India’s Child Care wing. Further, our founder director Mr. Joseph Sunny holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Dr. MGR Medical University, Chennai, and Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy (Pediatrics) from SRM Medical College, Chennai. He also possesses certificate in Sensory Integration Therapy from Sensory Integration International, University of Southern California, USA and in Methodologies of Teaching Principles of Handwriting Without Tears curriculum by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). He also had 15 years’ experience in the field of Occupational Therapy.
3. What kind of therapies do you offer?
At Prayatna, we offer psychological services, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, sensory integration therapy, physiotherapy, special education, and adjuvant care through therapeutic and learning aids.
4. How can I get in touch with Praytana?
You can visit our clinic at 32/1393 A, Pipeline Road, Palarivattom P.O., Cochin 682025 or call us at 97463 03555 and 91 484 2346322. Our branch ‘Pebbles rehab centre’ is located in #8/4, State Bank Officers Colony, 1st Street, Arumbakkam, Chennai, Tamilnadu. You can also email us at [email protected] or [email protected]
5. How do you assess and establish the medical intervention of an afflicted child?
We embrace standardized as well as non-standardized assessment tools to gauge the therapeutic needs of a child. We complement our understanding with insights garnered from interviewing the parents as well as empirical data available through clinical observations. Our therapists conduct multi-disciplinary evaluation for assessing specific aspects of speech, oral motor, sensory processing, neuro-development, temperamental patterns and learning skills of child.
6. How does the treatment at Prayatna helps kids with developmental delays?
The rehabilitative intervention provided by our therapists helps children in developing strategic skills for better societal interaction, fast learning, effective communication, and for providing optimum expression to their innate feelings. The treatment is holistic in nature wherein the child is capacitated to carry out normal daily chores without requiring external support. This helps the child to lead a functionally independent life.
7. What kind of advantages an affected child can get from our treatment?
Our treatment benefits children with autism and related disorders, sensory processing or integrative disorders, learning disability, attention deficit hyperactive disorders, developmental co-ordination disorders, developmental delays, down syndrome, juvenile rhuematoid arthritis, ortopedic problems, birth defects, spina bifida, hydrocephalus, neurological deficits, and physcological issues.
8. What are the charges for treatment?
The charges are nominal. Once the complete evaluation has been carried out and the cause of problem as well as the course of treatment is chalked out by therapists, the charges would be communicated.
9. How can I take appointment of a therapist?
You can call us at our helpline number or email us with specific problem experienced by your child. Alternately, you can walk up directly to our clinic and book the consultation time with our therapists.
10. Can the therapies, recommended at the clinic, be also given at home?
Yes, our therapists would suggest aids, playmates, exercises, and other daily activities that can be used or practiced at home under the supervision of parents. This adjuvant treatment hastens the process of returning to normalcy as well as provide children with added confidence.
11. What are the credentials of the therapists serving at Prayatna?
All therpaists on the panel of Prayatna are seasoned medical practitioners possessing highest qualifications in their respective areas of functioning. Therapists are chosen after a thorough appriasal process, so you can rest assured about their capabilities.
12. What kind of therapists are on the rolls of Prayatna?
At Praytana, we have Clinical Psychologists, Speech & Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists andSpecial Educators.
13. Are your therapies ethically sound?
Yes, our therapies adhere to the highest professional standards and we only employ ethical methods to diagnose and treat children.
14. Is Pebbles rehab centre’ also offering therapies similar to Praytna?
15. Can I book appointment of Mr. Joseph Sunny?
Yes, he serves at Prayatna in the capacity of Sr. Consultant.
16. What is Autism or ASD?
Autism or ASD simply put is when a child has trouble communicating his/her needs. They have trouble understanding and interpreting other’s thoughts, feelings and expressions. It has varying degrees of impairment. While there is no cure, with the help of therapists certain stereotypical behaviours can be reduced and to a certain extent the child can be a productive member of society.
17. What is ADHD?
AADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder is a common childhood condition that affects the way we think and act. Children with ADHD have trouble focusing and remembering things.They are also unable to sit still or be quiet. They can be overly active or impulsive. ADHD like Autism are varying in severity. Therapy and sometimes medication is needed to help these children.
Prayatna was started in the year 2012 with the aim of making a marked difference to handling children with disabilities.