Satya Special Early Intervention Centres: Sources of Hope and Delight

By auther pic. Shilpa Tiwari

February 12, 2021

Satya Special Early Intervention Centres: Sources of Hope and Delight


One of the most important factors in mainstreaming neurodiverse children is early detection. And when the children live in far-flung places, it is very difficult to reach them to monitor and detect any sort of disability. 


Satya’s Early Intervention Centres (EIC) help tide over the problem by providing screening services primarily where mothers will certainly come: the government hospital. Satya’s New-Born High-Risk Clinic, in JIPMER, Puducherry, for instance, screens around 200 children a month. At the first sign of possible neurodiversity, the children are tested more thoroughly. These centres provide personalized child-specific intervention facilities.

A team comprising a special educator, early interventionist, physiotherapist, neurodevelopment therapist, speech therapist, occupational therapist and psychologist are available to assess and treat the child’s condition every step of the way. Both traditional and alternative therapies such as Watsu, a kind of aquatic therapy, are provided to children, based on their individual requirement. While results are best when parents visit the EIC immediately after there is a concern and children miss milestones, there are several stories of children receiving help in a timely manner. 

For example, Prakash (name changed) was a normal child when the doctors delivered him. Since he was certified to be of a normal birth, his parents were somewhat concerned when he missed all developmental milestones. When he was two and a half years old, they consulted with doctors at a hospital, and were shocked to learn about a mishap at the time of delivery. The doctors said that his jaw was jammed inside his mouth, likely caused by the nurse dropping the baby right after delivery! Prakash (name changed) received jaw adjustment surgery, and was referred to Satya Special School’s EIC. He started receiving special education, speech therapy and occupational therapy soon after, and can now walk without support. He can also speak simple sentences. He has been mainstreamed via Satya’s intervention. Prakash's (name changed) case proves how early intervention is key to possible full recovery.

The goals are reviewed once in three months and necessary plans are formulated. Group Therapy sessions involving the mother and sometimes siblings, help in building greater bonding between the family members.


The New Born High Risk Clinic has helped in identification of children at a risk of developing a disability not just from Pondicherry and its rural areas but also from the neighbouring districts of Tamil Nadu, where intervention facilities do not exist. As a result, there is a proposed plan is to setup Satellite Centres in the several districts of Tamil Nadu that includes Marakkanam, Kallakurichi, Villupuram and Tindivanam districts, for which Satya seeks funding. 


With funding from MMF Project Evolution, a UK-based charity, Satya’s state-of-the-art EIC, was started in June 2010. The children from the Early Intervention Programme have been integrated into the respective anganwadis too, where the monitoring continues. Apart from monitoring, awareness creating campaigns are conducted for Anganwadi staff. The capacity building activities for workers enables identification of new cases of CWSNs. In the future these children are integrated back after the EIC.


The beneficiaries of the programme, in the previous year, were around 2510 children, of which 181 through the various Satya Centres derived beneficiary intervention and 2329 children through the JIPMER high risk clinic, received treatment since June 2019. Additionally, 28 children who have completed the early intervention programme successfully have been admitted into mainstream schools, including both government as well as private institutions. Around 6 children have benefitted by the school readiness programme and were integrated into mainstream school by June 2019.


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Shilpa Tiwari is a New Delhi based Content Specialist with three decades of experience. She has worked extensively on a variety of researches and curricula across K12, Higher Education, Corporate and Social Development sectors. A Master’s degree in English Literature and a degree in French from Delhi University, alongwith International Business Programme from IIFT, most certainly provides Shilpa an added expertise to work as a Consultant on various research and consulting projects with Corporates, Educational Institutions, Publications, CSR Foundations and NGOs.


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