Hearing and speech impairment may have an adverse effect on the total development of the individual.
Hence identification of the problem as well as the management is important.
Scientific assessment involves the application of standardized tools and the interventional programmes are tailored to the needs of the individual and family.
The psychology department pursues an eclectic approach.
The unit provides services in a range of areas which are:
Management & Therapeutic Services
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:
a. Developmental Screening Test (DST)
b. Vineland Social Maturity Scale (VSMS)
B. Intelligence Tests
a. Draw-A-Man Test for Indian Children
b. Knox Cube Test
c. Seguin Form Board Test
d. Non Language Test of Intelligence
e. Coloured Progressive Matrices
f. Malin's Intelligence Scale for Indian Children (MISIC)
g. Standard Progressive Matrices
h. Bhatia's Battery of Performance Tests of Intelligence
i. Indian Adaptation of Wechsler Adult Performance Intelligence Scale (WAPIS-PR)
C. Personality Tests
a. Children's Apperception Test (CAT)
b. Maudsley Personality Inventory (MPI)
c. Medico-Psychological Questionnaire (MPQ)
D. Neuropsychological Tests
a. Child Neuropsychological Questionnaire
b. PGI Battery of Brain Dysfunction (PGI-BBD)
Once the problem is identified, depending on the nature, magnitude and the need of the hour tailormade therapeutic services are rendered.
Categories of therapy:
A. Individual Therapy
B. Group Therapy
C. Parent Therapy
D. Family Therapy
E. Relaxation Therapy
a. Guided Somato Psychic Relaxation (GSPR)
b. Progressive Muscular Relaxation
The psychologists act as resource persons for conducting programmes for personnel from related fields and parents:
A. Within the organization
a. Workshop for the parents with children with mental retardation
b. CRE progamme
c. Workshop for the parents with children with learning disability
B. Outside the organization
a. St. Martha's Special School, Kazhakuttom, trivandrum