ince its inception in in October 1998 till October 1999, the
Institute provided multi disciplinary rehabilitatory service
to nearly 900 people with various neurological disabilities.
This includes children with developmental speech and
language disorders, learning disability, autism and related
disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, mental
retardation, adults with stroke and aphasia, Parkinsonism and
the elderly with dementia.
Nearly 45 children with autism educable mental retardation,
learning disability and hearing impairment are undergoing special
education and training in the Special Daily Development School,
run by the Institute in its premises.
The Institute is extending the services of its multidisciplinary
team of professionals on a regular bi-monthly basis to outreach
clinic in the Primary Health Centre, located at Changarankulam.
Malappuram district, Kerala.
The Institute also conducted 8 special teachers training courses
in order to develop an awareness among them that will help us
in the early detection of cognitive and communicative disorders in
children attending the regular schools.
Two training camps for the doctors of Primary Health Centres
in Kerala were also held in order to provide refresher course
in the field of cognitive and communicative disorders.
The Institute conducted 2 National Seminars on Dementia and
the other on Autism and related disorders. An autism registry
of Kerala was also set up on this occasion. A workshop on
Developmental language Disorders and Learning Disability was
held to report the results of the research project conducted
by the institute – “An Epidemiological Survey of
Development Language Disorders and Learning Disability in
School Children of Kerala”. The society has also brought out
2 brochures on “Is learning a problem for your child” and
“How is your child’s Development:” for the distribution
to Parents, Teachers, health professionals and the public. The
society also helped in the registration of Parental
Association of Children with Learning Disability which is
playing an active role in promoting the activities of the
society and in mobilising funds by way of donations. The
society has succeeded in obtaining exemption of the donations
made to the society from income tax, under section 80 G of the
Income Tax Act, 1961.
The Institute also received an international expert team of
the North – South Research Partnership from Holland who were
on a visit to KRPLLD.
Apart from the above service and academic activities, the Institute
is actively engaged in research in the field of cognitive and
communicative disorders in adults and children. An
epidemological survey of developmental language disorders and
learning disabilities among school children in Kerala has
been completed. Another epidemiological survey to identify the
causes and association of developmental language disorders and
learning disability in Kerala is nearing completion.
Three other research projects are in progress namely,
Epidemiological survey of chronic neurologic illness among the
elderly in Kerala, intervention programme for children with
cerebral palsy and mental retardation and school based
rehabilitation programme for children with learning
Another prestigious research project funded by UNDP (United
Nations Development Programme) under School Health Care
Programme has been launched by the Institute in Perimpilavu
region of the State.