Category Archives: Cerebral-palsy

#ArtForACause a Painting project by Doctors for fundraising


Delighted to announce an Art Project with Dr. Suresh (Director , Neurologist , ICCONS) , Dr. Sekar Michael ( Pediatric Anesthetist, ICCONS) and Dr. Easwar TR (Pediatric Orthopedic & Spine Surgeon , ICCONS) as fund raising campaign for treatment of children with #CerebralPalsy, Movement Disorders, Chronic Pain and #Autism. This will be an ongoing project.

First day was today. Wonderful experience at ICCONS, Shoranur.

Lovely to see that many of the staff from Speech and Audiology participated as well.

We plan to improve this in the next iteration and pool all the paintings we paint ( Dr. Suresh, Dr. Sekar and myself ) to help build a fundraiser.

We will be holding these painting sprints at frequent intervals.

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#WorldCerebralPalsyDay event !! – wonderful experience at #Palakkad, #Kerala


It was a wonderful experience to be part of the team that organised #WorldCerebralPalsyDay event to bring parents, children, caregivers, NGOs, Doctors, Therapists, Counsellors together for a day and have fun and enrich themselves.

The event was organised by Lifecare #Physiotherapy Centre, #Palakkad, Kerala along with #Sevabharathi, #Kerala at Thrupthi Hall in the centre of town.

The choice of centre was superb as it was right in centre of town allowing easy transit for children coming in from rural areas and those with limited mobility.

We assembled at the centre around 10 am and crowd had already trickled in at that time. In another hour about 40 children, parents, caregivers and health care professionals had assembled. The inauguration was a minimal affair with Dr. Sreeram Shankar starting the welcome address with respects paid to the almighty and the parents who had taken time to get here. This was followed by a medical camp by me, a painting competition and a singing competition for the children. There was a talk after that by Dr. Deepa, Psychaitrist, District Hospital, Palakkad which was followed by my parental awareness on treating #CerebralPalsy children.

Cerebral Palsy inaugural address by Mr. Kalyanaraman, Palakkad, Sevabharathi

Cerebral Palsy Event inaugural address by Mr. Kalyanaraman, Palakkad, Sevabharathi

It was a red-alert day in many places for #Kerala because of fear of inclement weather. However, rain stayed away largely apart from slight drizzle. That was a relief.

About 40 children took part in the celebrations, competitions, talks and counselling sessions. It was well appreciated by all, many who are experiencing this for the first time.

Positive vibes which would rub off into the child’s care was the key. Parents took strength from one another and participated in the awareness session. Many misconceptions about Cerebral Palsy, Seizure Disorder, Autism, Global Developmental Delay were cleared.

We are planning sessions throughout this month and hopefully improve the quality and participation of these events in the next iteration.

 

World Cerebral Palsy Day - at Palakkad and Shoranur, 2018

World #CerebralPalsy Day – October 6, 2018


#WorldCerebralPalsyDay is afoot. Like last year, I am planning to conduct month long events across Palakkad and Shoranur to raise parental awareness on treatment of #CerebralPalsy.

Most of the parents who come for care of their children come late, unfortunately with joint contractures, hip subluxations, alteration in knee mechanics and foot deformities. Aside from these the problems these children have with upper limbs, hands and doing activities.

Many of these children have uncontrolled seizures, terrible difficulties communicating, speaking out their issues apart from ambulation.  Ambulation may in fact be least of their issues. This sad fact goes to show how important early referral is and how important it is to enroll the child under a care of a Pediatric Neurologist, Pediatric Physiotherapist who can then co-ordinate care with their colleagues in Pediatric Orthopedics, Pediatric Medicine, Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology, Audiology etc ..

Cerebral Palsy care is a great team effort. No part of the team is greater than other, but the role of the General Practitioner / Pediatric Medicine Doctor, Pediatric Physiotherapist is central, at least in India. They determine the sole referral entity, a person with whom the parents spend their maximum time and trust with. They are the ones in whom they confide most of their issues with.

World Cerebral Palsy Day is a wonderful concept to reinforce these simple care giving principles. Parent education and empowerment being central to the cause of care of these children. Like 2017, we are organising activities across the district of Palakkad – in Palakkad town and neaby rural areas and Shoranur town to educate parents and also conduct early detection and intervention camps to identify children who need care.

World Cerebral Palsy Day - at Palakkad and Shoranur, 2018

World Cerebral Palsy Day – at Palakkad and Shoranur, 2018

Activities planned :

  • Free medical camps for underpriviliged children
  • Special clinics with Gait Analysis
  • Funded Orthotic programme for poor children
  • Pediatric Physiotherapy advice
  • Custom made Wheel Chair fitting
  • Parent awareness of Cerebral Palsy – lectures and symposias in rural areas
  • Notices and public handouts to improve general awareness
  • Involvement of other NGOs , social service organisations to improve public outreach

These activities would be done throughout Ocotober 2018 under aegis of the Cerebral Palsy Clinic at Rajiv Gandhi Cooperative Hospital & Research Centre and ICCONS, Shoranur

Contact Numbers for Clinic bookings  and more information:

  1. Rajiv Gandhi Cooperative Hospital, Kallekkad, Palakkad : 0491-250-9000
  2. ICCONS, Shoranur, Palakkad                                                   : 0466-222-4869
  3. Contact me                                                                                  : EMAIL