Pradip

Centre for Autism Management

Welcome to Pradip: Centre for Autism Management. Since its inception in the year 2000, this organization has been providing scientific and active development of individuals with autism through appropriate planning and individualistic support and services. Every child with autism is different in his struggle to overcome developmental hurdles. In Pradip, we believe in innovation and awareness of the latest scientific developments to provide such children with the best interventional support.

Among the types of mental disabilities, ‘Autism’ is one of the most challenging form considering its severity and prognosis. Though there are considerable research works and rehabilitation centers in some advance states of India these days, in West Bengal there was, during 1999-2000, almost no such organisation dedicated solely to the cause of 'Autism'.

On this backdrop, some parents of affected children, together with some professionals, ventured to take a very small and humble step to address this problem and started a day care centre named ‘PRADIP : CENTRE FOR AUTISM MANAGEMENT’ in the eastern part of Kolkata in a small 3-roomed apartment during late 90s. In April, 2000, our center was formally inaugurated and during those days our institution was unique in its character and concept throughout our state and perhaps the country.

From the initial smaller accommodation, we have shifted in 2015, to our own spacious and well equipped five storied building built on a bigger land space of 7,000 sq.ft, taken on lease for 99 years from the Government of West Bengal.

With public awareness in Autism on the rise, Pradip has taken up the responsibility to share its knowledge in this field by arranging workshops and awareness program and by running special RCI approved courses and CRE Programs on Autism. The additional services provided in Pradip include: diagnostic assessments, information and advice, parent and family support, behavior support and adult programs. With our services, we offer people on autism spectrum the opportunity to realize their own potentials and provide much needed support to their family members and caregivers thus fulfilling our Vision to provide the best.

At Pradip, we believe in innovation and awareness of the latest scientific developments to provide such children with the best interventional support. Through the untiring and dedicated efforts of our teachers, therapists and professionals and exposing ourselves to the researches in this field, we endeavor to move ahead. In our Mission to move forward we always include the guardians with us. We believe in delivering the most updated services on the basis of globally recognized research, best practices and standard training.

Achievements

  • One of the First Institutions in West Bengal serving ONLY Individuals with Autism
  • Touched more than 1200 lives with Autism and their families in last 18 years
  • Successful management of our students towards an independent and safe life through special schooling, therapeutic management and awareness training
  • Academics and Therapeutic Management under one roof
  • Subsidized/Free Studentship for 25 Students from BPL group every year
  • Integration of 10% students to inclusive education
  • Received the award of ‘Outstanding Activity in the field of Autism’ from Govt. of West Bengal, 2013
  • Two of our beneficiaries received State Role Model Award in Disability in the year 2016 and 2017
  • The Director of the School has received the award of ‘Best Applied Research in the field of Disability from Govt. of west Bengal, 2012
  • The School has received the Streeshakti Social Award for the outstanding activity in the field of disability governed by women.
  • Successfully conducted Two Academic Research Projects on Autism funded by Department of Science & Technology (State) and Liliane Fonds (Netherlands)

Activities

Year of Establishment 2000
Area of Operation West Bengal
Field of Operation Disability - Autism – Mental & Physical health
No. of Beneficiaries 176
Rehabilitation Professionals 65

Legal Status:

Society Registration S/1L/1888-2000-2001 dated 25/1/2001
Persons with Disability Registration 420 (R) Com- D 17/18
National Trust Registration WPRA17517337833 valid till 15/03/2022
FCRA Registration 147110619 Dated: 1/8/2003
80 G Registration DIT (E) /341, 8E/55/00-01 Dated 30/05/2012
12 A Registration DIT/(E ) / T – 147, 8 E/55/2000 – 2001 Dated 29/11/2000

The activities of the organization are carried out in three separate wings: (1) Special School & Therapy Centre (2) Human Resource Training (3) Vocational Rehabilitation. At present we have 176 Students, 65 Rehabilitation Professionals, with Student Teacher Ratio of 2 : 1.

SERVICES OFFERED:

Special School & Therapy Centre

  • Psychological Assessment
  • Functional Assessment
  • Cognitive Skill Training
  • Self-Help Skill Building
  • Behavior Modification
  • Adolescence Training
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech & Communication Therapy
  • Dance & Movement Therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Short Term Autism Management Program
  • Recreational Activities

Vocational Rehabilitation

  • Pre Vocational Training
  • Vocational Training
  • Vocational Outlet Centre

Human Resource Training

  • Training College for Special Education
  • Parental Guidance and Counseling
  • Continuing Rehabilitation Education
  • Awareness program

Others

  • Academic Research Projects
  • Health Check Up

Contact Us

Registered Office: P-203/B, Block-B, Lake Town, Kolkata - 89

Project: 33 A/1 Canal South Road, Kolkata: 700015

Phone: 9831063939 (Office), 09331047831 (Director), 09051060471 (Program Head)

Email: pradip_autism@yahoo.com

ALL DONATIONS ARE EXEMPTED U/S 80G OF THE I.T ACT 1961 VIDE CERTIFICATE NO. DITE (34)/ 8E/55/00-01 WITH PERPITUAL VALIDITY

What Is Autism

Autism is a complex neuro-development disorder with no single known cause. It is the most common of a group of conditions called pervasive developmental disorders (PDDs). Autism is basically characterized by social impairments, communication difficulties and restricted, repetitive and stereotyped patterns of behaviour. Autism involves delays in many areas of childhood development and its first signs are usually noticed around the age of three. Autism is three to four times more likely to affect boys than girls. Autism is common in the families of all ethnic, racial and social backgrounds in every part of the globe. No environmental factors have been identified to relate with the development of Autism.

Symptoms of Autism

The early symptoms of Autism

  • Does not babble, point, or make meaningful gestures by 1 year of age
  • Does not speak one word by 16 months
  • Does not combine two words by 2 years
  • Does not respond to name
  • Loses language or social skills

Having any of these five symptoms should lead the parent and professionals to have further evaluations for the child by a multidisciplinary team that may include a neurologist, psychologist, developmental pediatrician, speech/language therapist, learning consultant, or other professionals knowledgeable about Autism.

The other common symptoms of Autism are

  • All children with Autism display some degree of language impairment. About one-third of children with Autism never develops speech and remains mute throughout life.
  • Stereotyped and repetitive use of language such as echolalia, use of stock phrases on few topics only and repetitive questions
  • Failure to respond to the communication of others and failure to initiate (spontaneously) and sustain communication indicating problems with interpersonal two-way communication.
  • Abnormalities in the use of nonverbal communication through facial expressions and gestures as pointing and showing, impaired emotion recognition and expression, etc.
  • Impairment in use of eye gaze and deficits in joint attention skills
  • Lack of drive for social engagement, initiation in interaction and that of relating to people.

Responsibilities of the parents while they discover that their kid is autistic

  • Early identification and early intervention helps to prevent developmental delays.
  • So, if it appears to you that your kid is Autistic, then get your observation verified or confirmed by professionals, who are experienced in dealing with Autism. You can contact Pradip for the same.
  • Communicate with other parents of kids with Autism.

Books on Autism

To have a glimpse into the mind of a child with Autism, reading these books will be of immense help and guidance

  • Autism by Dr. Mallika Banerjee (written in Bengali and available in Pradip)
  • Children with Autism: A Parent's Guide by Michael Power.
  • Autism Treatment Guide by Elizabeth K. Gerlach's
  • Let Me Hear Your Voice: A Family’s Triumph over Autism by Catherine Maurice.

Treatment

Imaging studies have shown that Autism is caused by irregularities in brain structure and function. Each child with Autism experiences this disorder differently. As such the treatment involved is unique for each child. Treatment usually involves behaviour, occupational intervention and sensory integration therapy. In Pradip, an experienced and synergetic team works in tandem with the family of the child along with Dr. Mallika Banerjee, an international acclaimed authority in the field of Autism at the helm of affairs.