Child Development Services

The Child Development Services (CDS) provide comprehensive care to children with developmental and psychological disorders. The multidisciplinary team functions under the guidance of Dr. P. Krishnakumar who is the director of IMHANS and an additional Professor of Pediatrics in the medical education service of Govt. of Kerala with more than 20 years experience in child psychiatry. The team CDS includes psychiatrist, medical officer, speech pathologist, audiologist, clinical psychologist, early intervention therapist, occupation therapist, special educator, psychiatric social worker and OP attender. In addition to the core team the services of faculty from the different departments at IMHANS is provided at the CDS.

Early detection and early intervention for developmental disorders beginning from the high risk new born follow up clinic itself is unique to the CDS. The services available at the CDS include speech and language assessment and remedial therapy services, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, remedial education for children with learning problems, behavior therapy and counseling services. A separate centre for children with autism spectrum disorders is attached to the CDS which functions with financial support from the State Initiative ob Disabilities (SID) of Govt. of Kerala.

Outpatient clinics of the CDS functions on all working days as walk – in clinics. The OP registration time is from 9 am to 12 noon. Children below 5 years with developmental disorders are generally registered on Wednesdays and the adolescent clinic for children in the 10 – 18 year age group functions on Saturdays. Though function as walk – in clinics it is encouraged to obtain detailed report from the school in which the child is studying. In the OP preliminary evaluation is done by a medical officer on the day of registration. Those requiring detailed evaluation are given appointments. Children requiring specialized services are referred to the concerned specialties or therapists by the medical officer who does the initial work up.  The CDS –OP clinics function from the ground floor A block of the IMHANS building.