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psychologyThe Department of Psychology offer services for those in need of professional psychological help to clients with speech and hearing difficulties like Autism, Intellectual Disability, Learning Disabilities, ADHD, Stuttering, Cerebral Palsy and other multiple disabilities. Scientific assessment involves the application of standardized tools and the interventional programmes are tailored to the needs of clients and their family. The psychology department pursues an eclectic approach.
The unit provides services in a range of areas which are:

  1. Diagnostic Services
  2. Management & Therapeutic Services
  3. Academics
  4. Research

Diagnostic Services:
Identification and confirmation of the problem is based on objective assessment using psychological tests. Since services are primarily geared to the persons with speech and hearing impairment performance tests are more feasible.

The tests that are being utilized are listed:

A. Developmental tests:

  1. Developmental Screening Test (DST)
  2. Vineland Social Maturity Scale (VSMS)
  3. Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scale (VABS)

B. Intelligence Tests

  1. Seguin Form Board Test
  2. Draw-A-Man Test for Indian Children
  3. Ravens Educational CPM with Indian norms
  4. Standard Progressive Matrices with Indian norms
  5. Malin's Intelligence Scale for Indian Children (MISIC)
  6. Binet-Kamat Test of Intelligence
  7. Weschler Intelligence Scale for Children 4th edition India
  8. Bhatia's Battery of Performance Tests of Intelligence
  9. Indian Adaptation of Wechsler Adult Performance Intelligence Scale (WAPIS-PR)
  10. Weschler Non Verbal Scale of Abilities

C. Learning

  1. NIMHAN'S Index for Specific Learning Disabilities
  2. Bender Gestalt Test (BGT)
  3. Benton Visual Retention Test (BVRT)
  4. Dyslexia Screening test - Junior (Indian norms)
  5. Cognitive Assessment System
  6. PREP: PASS Reading Assessment Program
  7. COGENT : Cognitive enhancement training

D. Personality Tests

  1. Children's Apperception Test (CAT)
  2. Maudsley Personality Inventory (MPI)
  3. Medico-Psychological Questionnaire (MPQ)

E. Neuropsychological Tests

  1. Child Neuropsychological Questionnaire
  2. PGI Battery of Brain Dysfunction (PGI-BBD)
  3. Diagnostic Tests
  4. Conners Rating Scale-3rd edn
  5. Childhood Autism rating Scale 2nd edition
  6. Vanderbilt ADHD Diagnostic Parent Rating Scale Beck
  7. Beck's Depression Inventory
  8. Parenting Stress Index

Management & Therapeutic Services
Once the problem is identified, depending on the nature, magnitude and the need of the hour tailor made therapeutic services are rendered.
Categories of therapy:
A. Psychological Counselling
B. Individual Therapy
C. Group Therapy
D. Family Therapy
E. Relaxation Therapy

  1. Guided Somato Psychic Relaxation (GSPR)
  2. Progressive Muscular Relaxation

The psychologists act as resource persons for conducting programmes for personnel from related fields and parents:

A. Within the organization

  1. Workshop for the parents with children with mental retardation
  2. CRE progamme
  3. Workshop for the parents with children with learning disability
  4. Parent awareness programme for children with autism spectrum disorder

B. Outside the organization

  1. St. Martha's Special School, Kazhakuttom, Trivandrum
  2. Camp organized by IMA, Ernakulam.


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