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Report on Seminar on Autism & ADHD for Teachers
on Saturday 1st September 2007

M.B Barvalia Foundation’s Spandan Holistic Child Care Centre organized a seminar on Autism and ADHD for teachers ‘Discovering differently abled children in mainstream schools. The seminar was free of charge. It was organized in collaboration with Rotary club of Deonar Dist 3140. Seminar was organized in Brahman Samaj Hall, Ghatkopar. 170 teachers participated in the seminar. The purpose of the seminar was to sensitize and orient pre-primary and primary school teachers about the sinister disorders like ADH D (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and Autism in children

The seminar was inaugurated by Chief Guest Shri S.S Shinde, Deputy Municipal commissioner –Education. Shri. Rajeshbhai Dharod, principal –Rushikul School was the guest of honour. Rtn Reghunath Rajan was the president of the function. Hon. Director and founder of the institute Dr.Praful Barvalia briefed the participants about the various activities undertaken by our trust.

Chief Guest of the function S.S. Shinde appreciated foundation’s initiative to train the teachers from the mainstream schools. He emphasized the urgent need for many such programmes keeping in view the changing scenario in our educational system.

Shri. Rajeshbhai Dharod , our guest of honour took keen interest in the activities of our trust and promised to do more for special children.

Rtn Reghunath Rajan president of the Rotary club of Deonar spoke about the noble cause that foundation had been undertaking for many years. He congratulated the foundations team and assured of total support from rotary for the future events.

Distinguished and experienced speakers from the field addressed the participants presented illustrative examples of cases treated with homoeopathy. Various topics which are crucial to receive insight regarding issues related to autism and ADHD were discussed.

Hon Director and Founder of the institute, Dr. Praful Barvalia enlightened the group about philosophical foundation to appreciate child’s world. Dr.(Mrs.)Usha Desai, senior pediatrician and past head of medical Unit, BARC and Dr. Vijaya patil, senior homoeopathic physician spoke about various clinical aspects in Autism.

Dr. Piyush Oza senior Homoeopathic physician spoke about the clinical aspects in ADHD.

Clinical Psychologist Miss Vinita Agarwal spoke about various screening and psychological investigation in Autism and ADHD. She also spoke about behaviour modification techniques which teachers can utilize in a class room settings.

Occupational therapist Miss Preema Francis spoke about the role of occupational therapy and various tools that can be utilized to manage problems of ADHD and Autism.

Dr. Reena Singh who is an occupational therapist conducting group therapy sessions gave practical tips of handling hyperactivity and sensory disturbances in a classroom setting. She focused on social skills training.

Senior special educator Mrs. Sujata Shrivastav discussed how teachers can plan sessions for children with autism and ADHD in mainstream school.

Mrs. Chitra Iyer trustee forum for Autism a parent support group spoke on the parent’s perspective in educational care for children with Autism. She gave excellent tips to care takers.

Homoeopathic doctors, through illustrative documented cases demonstrated wonderful role this science plays in the management of these disorders.

Dr. Priya Vaidya a renowned yoga expert spoke on yoga, mental health and education. She presented interesting studies and illustration to focus on mental health and suggested relaxation and life style technique for teachers.

Dr. Amit Draftary, Asst. director of the institute gave the vote of thanks.

Dr. Shankar Chawla, senior faculty member conducted the event

Awareness is prerequisite to solutions. Insight empowers an individual to define complex problem with precision and gives direction towards resolution of the problem. Camps and seminars impart this awareness.
Event was a great success. 170 teachers from Primary and pre-primary sections of mainstream schools participated in the event

We covered 40 schools from Mulund, Bhandup, KanjurMarg, Vikhroli, Ghatkopar, Chembur, and Tilak Nagar area. Even teachers from some special schools participated in the seminar.

The teachers showed a lot of enthusiasm and actively participated in the seminar. The seminar was widely appreciated by all the participants for the range and depth of the topic covered as well as the quality of the speakers.

The events success would not have been possible without the active involvement of the entire staff of the institute.

Dr. Piyush Oza
Clinical Coordinator
M.B Barvalia Foundation’s
Spandan- Holistic Child Care Centre
Naidu Colony, Opp. Building 161
Near Jain Temple, Pant Nagar
Ghatkopar (E), Mumbai-400 075