Training Programs at Five India, Bangalore in Jan 2011

Dear Friends,

We have been informed that “FIVE-Centre for child Development” Team is organising two International programs one each on  “The Other End of Autism Spectrum”  & ” Sensory Processing Disorder” in Jan 2011. The program would be conducted by  Timothy P. Kowalski &  Carol Stock Kranowitz, the two international experts on the issues respectively.

The program has been designed for parents, teachers and professionals in the field of child development. For details, please visit

Sensitive to the senses?

Dear Friends,

Ms. Sowmya Surendranathan, who is the Director, Therapy Services, FiVE: Centre for Child Development, Chennai, India has written this beautiful article on the need and importance of Early Intervention for children with SPD (sensory processing disorder).

Respecting the copyrights, I am only sharing the article in part while giving you the direct link to the Hindu magazine where you can read the complete article.

Here you go:

Unlike most of us, three-year-old Rohit never cries or flinches when he gets an injection or hurts himself. Rohit feels no pain. On the other hand, five-year-old Parmesh, an active and intelligent child, loves going to school, enjoys playing with other kids and eagerly participates in class activities. But when music is played, Parmesh covers his ears with his hands. Neither his parents nor his teachers understood why.

Similarly, some children are averse to being touched. Some may even be averse to certain colours, light or certain objects. A child may, for instance, be averse to clothes with collars or may become tense when entering a colorfully lit room. Some children are extremely averse to fragrant smells.

These children, who are otherwise very intelligent, are unusually sensitive to the sense of touch, smell, sound, taste or even sight. Such children are possibly affected by a sensory disorder. This means the child may be having difficulty understanding and responding to information from one or more of their senses (eyes, ears, nose, touch, and even their sense of balance, movement and physical pressure).

When we touch, smell, see, hear or taste something, the nervous system conveys the stimuli to the brain, to process the signals and interpret them appropriately. The way our brain relates to the stimulus (sensitivity) decides how we react/respond (behaviour). In some people, the nervous system has a problem (best described as a traffic jam) and is not able to convey the signals received from the senses to the brain. This inability is called Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). Children with SPD therefore exhibit abnormal behaviour when they touch, hear, see, taste or smell something.

Hyper-or Hypo-sensitive

When children or even adults have SPD specific to one or more senses, they may be either hypersensitive (over-sensitive) or even hyposensitive (under-sensitive). Either way, they are ‘out-of-sync’. Hypersensitivity is characterised by behaviours such as being irritable, unwillingness or complete intolerance in doing normal things such as wearing clothing, aversion to light, dislike being touched or intolerance for certain sounds like Parmesh. Hyposensitivity, on the other hand, is characterised by an unusual need for extra stimulus of the senses than what is normal like Rohit.

‘Out-of-sync’ child

Often, an ‘out-of-sync’ child is diagnosed with a behaviour problem. Merely addressing the behaviour without understanding the underlying reason can be traumatic for both the child and those around him.

An ‘out-of-sync child’ with SPD may be tense, uncooperative or depressed. Some, on the other hand, will be overexcited. This is because the child is trying to cope with his daily environment in his own way.

Some unusual behaviors seen in children with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder(ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Learning Disability (LD) are often due to SPD but fail to be identified as such.

It is important to identify if a child’s unusual behavior is due to SPD or any other disorder as the treatment for the various disorders are different.While SPD requires Occupational Therapy applied to the affected senses in ADHD/ASD/LD itself, a behavior triggered by sensory discomfort will be addressed through Sensory Integration Therapy. If the behavior is triggered by other factors, it will be addressed through behavior modification.

Therefore, it is very important for parents, teachers, therapists and paediatricians to look further, understand and identify if the child’s behaviour is due to a sensory disorder and take the appropriate steps to treat the disorder…….. Click here for further reading The Hindu

You can also get in touch with Sowmya at

happy reading!

Subhash Chandra Vashishth


Talk on Autism by Dr. Vikram Dua at National Centre for Autism on 07 April 2010

Dear Friends,

AFA is organising a Talk on Autism delivered by Dr Vikram Dua who is a child and adolescent neuropsychiatrist based in Vancouver, Canada, with a specialized expertise in autism spectrum disorders.

The detailed information received from AFA is as below. Hope many of you would find time to attend this important knowledge sharing event.


SC Vashishth




 The incidence of autism is growing at an alarming, almost epidemic rate. One of the reasons for this is the staggering increase in the number of reported cases of autism. This may be partially due to an increase in awareness and improvements in diagnosis. Can these alone account for the increases that have been observed? Is this indeed autism? As parents and professionals together struggle to make sense of the autism spectrum and the multiple treatment modalities, the talk also highlights the benefits of mainstream and alternate intervention options available. The talk is directed at parents, professionals and to policy makers and all those who have an impact on autism services and research in the country.


Dr Vikram Dua is a child and adolescent neuropsychiatrist based in Vancouver, Canada, with a specialized expertise in autism spectrum disorders. After completing his education through highly respected institutions, including Harvard Medical School, University of Toronto, McMaster University, and the University of Massachusetts, Dr Dua is now on the faculty at the University of British Columbia, and practices out of the BC Children’s Hospital. Dr Dua has been working in the area of autism for more than a decade and is considered a leader in the field in Canada. In addition to a vast amount of clinical work with children and youth with ASD, his accomplishments have included development and writing of the British Columbia Government autism assessment policy, founding and establishing the BC Autism Assessment Network, public awareness, training and education, advocacy, and research. He has given dozens of lectures and workshops to professionals, families, and the general public.

DATE: Wednesday, 07 April 2010
TIMINGS: 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
VENUE: The National Centre for Autism Pocket 7 & 8, Jasola Vihar, New Delhi – 110 025
FEES: Rs 50/- for refreshments

Please note that the registrations for the talk will begin at 10:00a.m. and the doors to the conference hall will close at 10:30a.m. We look forward to your participation.

For Further Queries Contact:

Shikha Bhardwaj
Training Coordinator
Action For Autism (AFA)
The National Centre for Autism
Pocket 7 & 8 Jasola Vihar,
New Delhi 110025
Tel: 91 11 4054 0991, 91 11 4054 0992, 91 11 6534 7422

5-Day CRE Course on Early Intervention & School Readiness for Children with Sensory & Multiple Disabilities

Dear Friends,

Our Association has been informed by Ms. Manjula Patankar, Director-ROSHNI that as part of the National Trust Training Programme, ROSHNI Ramakrishna Ashrama will be holding a 5-day Training on Early Intervention & School Readiness for Children with Sensory & Multiple Disabilities – CRE Course. Dr Reena Bhandari, Director, Voice and Vision, Mumbai, a National Resource and Training centre and her team are resource persons for this Course.

The course is a part of Continuous Rehabilitation Education Training programme from Rehabilitation Council of India, funded by the National Trust New Delhi. 

The programe schedule is as below:

Date:         9th  -13th  December 2009

Venue:    Roshni, Ramakrishna Ashrama,  Entrance Jiwaji University Road, Gwalior       

Time:     9:30 a.m. –  4:00 p.m. daily

Course is meant for:

Rehabilitation professionals, therapists and special needs teachers working with people with disabilities, who are interested in extending their knowledge and skills in this area. Candidates with RCI registration preferred; a few seats will be reserved for parents.

Limited number of seats available, apply immediately.

Roshni is looking forward to hearing from you and working with you for training and capacity building to upgrade services for the Rehabilitation of persons with disabilities.

Contact Person:  Vivek Sharma (9893453082),  Ramsevak Baraiya   (9981526616)

Those interested may apply immediately.



SC Vashishth,

Developmental Therapist

For Association of Developmental Therapists of India (ADITI)