Well Child Clinic

Child Development Center

DOWN SYNDROME

Down syndrome (Trisomy 21) is a disorder in which a person has an extra 21st chromosome. One in every eight hundred children has Down syndrome. Children with Down syndrome experience delays in physical and intellectual development. Their average height is often less than other children of their age. They might have a lower than average thinking ability, poor muscle tone, and joint weakness.

CEREBRAL PALSY (CP)

Speak with your child in an unhurried way, pausing frequently. At the same time, try not to sound unnatural. Wait a few seconds after your child finishes speaking before you begin to speak. Your own slow, relaxed speech will be far more effective than any criticism or advice such as “slow down” or “try it again slowly.” Such simplistic advice can be felt as demeaning and is not helpful.

AUTISM

Autism is a developmental disability that affects communication, social interaction, and play skills. Autism affects about 1 in 88 people and it occurs approximately four times more in boys than in girls. It affects brain function and should be diagnosed by a medical professional. Although every child with autism is different, children with autism will usually have:

ADHD

ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyper Activity Disorder) refers to hyperactivity or lack of concentration. This is found in 5 to 12% of children. With this illness, children are unable to focus on anything, and they face many problems at home, at school and in the community. Such children wrongly continue to receive punishment from parents and teachers.

HELPING A CHILD WHO STUTTERS

Speak with your child in an unhurried way, pausing frequently. At the same time, try not to sound unnatural. Wait a few seconds after your child finishes speaking before you begin to speak. Your own slow, relaxed speech will be far more effective than any criticism or advice such as “slow down” or “try it again slowly.” Such simplistic advice can be felt as demeaning and is not helpful

LEARNING DISABILITIES (DYSLEXIA)

Problems with speaking, reading, writing, spelling and doing maths could be caused by Learning Disabilities (LD). LD can affect school performance even in children with normal or even above-average intelligence. However, with the right approach and support children with LD can easily cope, even excel in school.

SCHOLASTIC BACKWARDNESS

Scholastic means related to School, school education. Scholastic backwardness in children means learning achievement which is below the expected for a given age, cognitive skills, and schooling. Children with low school performance or low academic performance face many difficulties at home and in schools. There are various reasons for school underachievement like: Sensory deficits-vision, hearing, Intellectual Disability / slow learner / mental retardation, LD / Learning Disability / Dyslexia, ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Psychiatric disorders, Tourette syndrome, Verbal 

BEST AUDIOLOGY CENTER

Meaning of Audiology : related to Hearing.

Hearing concern or Audiology concern is common in children and adults alike. We are running the best Audiology center and successfully meeting the needs of patients with HI – Hearing Impairment, Deafness. Audiology and Speech language pathology is a specialized center at our Smile Child Development Center.

SUPERSPECIALITY PHYSIOTHERAPY CENTER

Physical Therapy or Physiotherapy means Science of Movement! Physiotherapy Definition is treatment to restore, maintain, and make the most of a patient’s mobility, function, and well-being. Best Adult Physiotherapy clinic in Akola is started here. It has 5 departments : Preventive Physiotherapy, Spine Physiotherapy (Mc Kinsey Technique), Vestibular Physiotherapy, Pelvic floor Physiotherapy and Occupational Physiotherapy. Here is what our clients say:

DOWN’S SYNDROME CLINIC

Mongolism or Downs syndrome or Karyotype Trisomy 21 is the commonest chromosomal disorder. We have a separate clinic for patients with Downs Syndrome. We give specialized and tailor made program for developmental and Behavioral issues in children with Downs syndrome. Best Occupational Therapy for Downs Syndrome patients help them for Activities of Daily Living ADL. We screen patients with Down’s syndrome for various associated defects. 

CEREBRAL PALSY CENTER

Children who have Cerebral Palsy or Spasticity or CP are treated regularly here. Their increased muscle tone is made to decrease with various techniques and medicines. Cerebral palsy assessment, treatment and cerebral palsy physiotherapy are available. Spastic Child needs comprehensive management strategy. Spastic diplegia, spastic paraplegia, spastic hemiplegia are various types. Cerebral Palsy physiotherapy guidelines are meticulously followed.

 

HEARING AID CENTER

All types of Hearing Machines are available: Digital Hearing Aids, Analog Hearing Aids etc. Hearing Aid prices are very competitive. Hearing Aid Batteries or Cell are also serviced here. Hearing aids for senior citizens and children are fitted in various sizes. Invisible hearing aids connected by Bluetooth are also available. Hearing aid specialist with MASLP degree is working full time for better results. This is what our clients tell:

DYSLEXIA LD CENTER

 Dyslexia meaning is not known to many. Dyslexia tests are not routinely performed. Dyslexia symptoms are not easily recognized by parents and teachers. Dyslexia in Children or Learning Disability in Children is quite common. Dyslexia diagnosis and Dyslexia therapy are performed by expert therapist with long experience. Dyslexia therapist are very well experienced and also help for dyslexia certification. Dyslexic child is offered variety of programs. Dyslexia symptoms, Dyslexia signs and Dyslexia types are taken into consideration while treatment of such children.

ADHD HYPERACTIVITY CHILD CENTER

ADHD meaning or full form is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. ADHD child is seen and perceived as a problem child or clumsy child by many. ADHD symptoms are varied and in various severity. Hyperactive Child is also sometimes maladjusted in friends and peers. ADHD center at Smile CDC offers scientific hyperactive child treatment. Hyperactivity Disorder is very prevalent in our society. Our aim is to reach every ADHD child in Akola to alleviate challenges faced by such children. Child ADHD doctors and therapist use ADHD questionnaire and Rating scales to diagnose such children.

AUTISM ASD CENTER

Autism Spectrum Disorder in children is increasingly recognized. Autistic child prevalence is said to be 1 in 60! Meaning of Autism – it is a complicated condition that includes problems with communication and behavior. Autism child symptoms, behavior and autism child development are assessed in depth by Autism Doctor. Autism doctor and Autism Therapist work together for ABA – Applied Behavior Analysis- which is best Autism Therapy. Autism child care center is well equipped to handle all the developmental issues faced by such a child.

BEHAVIORAL DISORDERS CLINIC

children with anger proneness, irritability, thumb sucking, nail biting, bed wetting, temper tantrums, stubbornness, speaking lies, stealing are offered Behaviour Therapy. Behavioral Therapy center is offering full structured program for Behavior Modification in Children. Behaviour therapy techniques are applied to such children to bring about positive changes in their behavior. Child behavior therapist work with parents. Behavioral checklist is applied in Child Behavior Therapy.

DEIC - Early Intervention center

It is extremely important that children with NDD’s or Neuro developmental disabilities are recognized early and offered therapy at Early Intervention Therapy center. Ours is the first early Intervention Center in Akola district. We offer various therapies for such children including Child Psychology, Special education, Speech therapy, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, etc.

CHILD DEVELOPMENT SERVICES

Child development stages and child development theories have always excited the researchers! Child Development in early years and childhood must be closely monitored to detect developmental abnormality at the earliest. Parents must be aware of Child Development Milestones. Child Development monitoring is an essential tool for developmental screening. Smile Child Development Center offers all child development services including Telehealth platform.

Child Psychology Center

Child & Adolescent Psychologist at Smile CDC are expert professionals with experience in dealing with nuances and intricacies of child Psychological problems. Our team of Best Child Psychologists in Akola offer various psychometric tests and psychotherapy including CBT. Psychotherapy and Counselling services for children are provided for all psychological issues in children and adolescents. Mental health issues & emotional issues of children and adolescents are treated here.

SPEECH THERAPY AND VOICE THERAPY CLINIC

 Speech therapy for kids, children and adults is available at Smile Speech, Voice and hearing center. Various speech therapy techniques are used to overcome speech articulation defects like stammering, stuttering, delayed speech, voice issues, puberphonia, high pitched voice in adolescents, girlish voice in boys etc. Stammering in children is quite common and stammering can be completely cured. Speech issues in children and adults are tackled by expert speech language pathologist. Voice training has helped many adolescents and adults in their 

Dyslexia

Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor reading and spelling abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language. Dyslexia is not a vision problem, and it is more than just reversing letters. It can affect reading, spelling, writing, and even math. t is a lifelong condition, but with the right support, individuals with dyslexia can become highly successful students and adults

It affects about 20% of the population and is often associated with differences in brain connectivity which provides a neurological basis for the struggles experienced by individuals with dyslexia

Hyperactivity in Children

Hyperactivity in children, particularly those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), is a common and challenging issue for many parents and caregivers. Children with ADHD often display symptoms of inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity, which can impact their daily functioning. To support children with ADHD, parents can establish clear and simple rules, create a structured environment, and provide opportunities for physical activity. Additionally, maintaining a consistent routine, organizing tasks, and using positive reinforcement can be beneficial. It’s important for parents to seek community support and access available resources to help them navigate the unique needs of children with ADHD.

Autism

Parents should suspect autism in a child if they notice any of the following characteristics during the child’s development:
1. By 9 months: No response to name, no facial expressions like happy, sad, angry, and surprised
2. By 12 months: No play with simple games like pat-a-cake, limited or no eye contact, and little or no babbling
3. By 16 months: Very few or no words, and no back-and-forth gestures such as pointing, showing, reaching, or waving
4. Unusual and intense reactions to sounds, smells, tastes, textures, lights, and/or colors

Role of teachers in Children with Special needs

Teachers face several challenges when teaching children with special needs. Some common challenges include:
1. High workloads and emotional stress
2. Lack of resources
3. Limited support from administration
4. Inadequate teacher training
5. Limited professional development
6. Behavior problems in students with disabilities
7. Lack of experience

8. Dealing with multiple disabilities
9. Handling the problems of an inclusive classroom.
Teachers play a crucial role in the education of children with special needs. Special education teachers develop individualized education

Parents of children with special needs

Advocating for children with special needs can be challenging, but there are several strategies that can help you effectively advocate for your child. Here are some key strategies:
Be informed: 1. Understand your child’s specific needs, rights, and the resources available to them. Research, read books and articles on the topic, and talk to other parents and professionals
2. Build a relationship with your child’s school: Establish a positive relationship with your child’s school and work closely with their teachers and staff to ensure they are meeting your child’s needs

Our Experience at the “ADHD Clinic” in Andheri West, Mumbai

Paediatric practice is an incredible journey, and sometimes, it throws unexpected challanges. For us, that challange came in the form of getting to care for more and more of our children patients with problems of attention, focus, and hyperactivity. As concerned paediatricians, we started our ADHD clinic, searching for answers and support. Thankfully, our journey led us to the more than thousands of kids with ADHD to have bright future and it was a turning point for many families.

 

Understanding Behavoural Problems in School Going Children

Does your little one seem restless, disruptive, or withdrawn at school? Are tantrums, meltdowns, or difficulty focusing becoming increasingly common? If you’ve found yourself nodding along, you’re not alone. Behavioural problems in school-going children are a prevalent concern for parents and educators alike. But fear not, navigating this maze doesn’t have to be overwhelming.

Why Early Intervention is so special for Children with Special Needs!!!

Every child is born with unique potential, but for some, development presents unique challenges. For children with special needs, early intervention can be the key to unlocking their full potential and creating a brighter future. Here we will delve into the crucial role of early intervention, highlighting its impact on children’s lives and emphasizing why you shouldn’t wait to seek support at Smile Children Clinic in Andheri West, Mumbai.

Grandparenting- The Science & Art of It !

At Smile Children Clinic, we often see grandparents accompanying kids brought for consultation and vaccinations. There’s a reason for this heartwarming sight – grandparents hold a special place in a child’s life. In fact, according to a study by the European Journal of Ageing: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9424377/, a whopping 13% of the world’s population are grandparents! 

 

Neurodiversity in Children

Every child learns and interacts with the world differently. Some excel in social settings, while others thrive in quiet focus. These variations are not deficits, but rather reflections of the neurodiversity in children. This article explores the concept of neurodiversity, its various forms, and how Smile Children Clinic in Andheri West, Mumbai, led by Dr. Narendra Rathi, senior child specialist, can support your child's unique journey in a strength focussed approach.