Department of Child Development Centre (TDH)
The Paediatric department inaugurated the path-breaking TDH Rehabilitation Centre with the aid of a German social service organisation – the Terre Des Hommes, in 1979. This was the first such centre in India for the comprehensive diagnosis and therapy of children with all manner of physical and mental challenges.
The centre is devoted to providing diagnostic and therapeutic services for all kinds of developmental and behavioural disorders under one roof, with an interdisciplinary team approach. Various facilities at the centre include IQ and behavioural testing, hearing assessment, speech therapy, occupational therapy, sensory integration and physiotherapy.
In 2007 Dr. Anjali Morris, a pediatrician and Dr. Don Morris, a physicist, very generously offered to re-equip and redesign the TDH Centre into a child friendly integrated unit through their Morris Family Fund. In recognition of their munificent generosity, the name “Morris Child Development Centre” has been added to the TDH Rehabilitation Centre.
The focus of all work done at the centre is enabling each child to achieve his/her potential. Early detection and intervention are important steps in this direction.
The First Contact
A child’s first contact at the Centre is with the Rehabilitation Officer, whose role is:
Child Development Unit
Occupational Therapy is provided to facilitate and stimulate normal motor, mental and social development in order to improve the quality of life. Our services include:
Physiotherapy for Children
Audiology Clinic “Big Ears”
The special ‘BIG EARS’ project was added in 2006 and is the first of its kind in India with focus on early detection, diagnosis and therapy of hearing loss. Another area of focus, results from the premise that people with impaired hearing loss can learn to listen and talk. BIG EARS is the only centre in Maharashtra which offers all the services needed for the hearing impaired; from a variety of tests that detect hearing loss to hearing aids, speech therapy, counselling and cochlear implants for the totally deaf.
KEM has established a universal hearing screening program – the only one in Maharashtra – whereby every baby born at KEM is assessed for hearing loss before discharge. Special attention is paid to children in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) as these premature, low birth weight babies are at a high risk to develop deafness.
The role of Medical Social Workers (MSWs)
Other Activities at the Centre