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  • : The Handimachal Programme for disabled children, Kullu, India
  • The Handimachal Programme for disabled children, Kullu, India
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September 9 2012 1 09 /09 /September /2012 06:54

Dear friends,

I don't usually publish internal reports issued by our team in Kullu, but this time
I thought I would, just to let you know where we stand - thanks to you all. 


Handimachal - Progress report
(April - August 2012)


The Handimachal Kullu Therapy Unit is progressing from the last quarter by adding new and different modes of awareness like Korum meetings (a day when all the ward members and pradhan of the village assemble) in which the team members from the Unit go and give awareness to the members about the services provided in the Unit. Team also organises monthly Disability seminars in the Govt. Senior Secondary Schools which yield a good feedback as the Unit got two referrals from the camps and many people came to know about the Unit.


Along with regular Speech Therapy and Physiotherapy sessions for our patients, our team now has a permanent Occupational Therapist, Shruti More from Mumbai, who is providing regular services to the children in the Unit.

The team continue to provide regular fortnightly sessions to Manali and Naggar area.  There are plans to hold a parent workshop in collaboration with Day Star special educator.  Shruti provides an additional day service to Manali Day Star every week and is building links with Happy Heart School.


NEW REGISTRATION: 28 new patients were registered during this period.

PATIENTS’ FORCE:  the number of patients visiting the Handimachal Unit for therapy services is now reaching an average of 35 children per month, with a majority of them visiting at least once a week, and a quarter of them coming several days a week.  In order to ensure successful rehabilitation of children, emphasis is being put by the team on regularity and quality of services rather than on too high number of patients whom we could not attend properly.

The patient’s journey has been clarified and standardized with updated initial team assessment forms, introduction of new assessments for each profession and treatment plans are now in place for each child.  Now the patients have comprehensive treatment plans with individual goals, sessions are planned and progress is monitored and recorded more accurately.  The team holds weekly patient review meetings to ensure progress is continuous.   Each patient now has an individual patient file that holds multi disciplinary progress notes, assessments and treatment plans.


In the last quarter three volunteers have offered their services to the Handimachal Unit: one APA and two OTs.  APA is relatively new to Handimachal and Christelle from France has provided six months of beneficial adapted sports activities to children in the Unit and to Nav Chetna.  In addition she worked along with teachers to ensure they continue these activities after her placement has finished.  An APA assessment is in place for the next volunteer to follow through.  OT volunteer Alycia from England provided OT sessions for three months to children in the Unit, Naggar and Manali.  She supported the development of treatment plans and meetings and also built the resources and equipment in the Unit, namely a sensory swing, climbing tunnel and extended the range of activities such as sensory based play.  Samantha, replacement OT for Alycia, has worked alongside Shruti to provide support and guidance as Shruti is newly qualified.  Samantha has supported the development of the referral system and patient journey.  Samantha continues to support the development of assessments and has provided workshops for the staff on seating and positioning and play for development and learning.  Samantha will volunteer for five months in total.


Team has done three Disability seminars. Interactive activities with the school groups and panchayat pradhans yield a good social interaction for the Unit as many people come to know about the Unit and rehabilitation services which can be provided to disabled children.

Handimachal Kullu Therapy Unit

Dated 08.09.12


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