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DEPARTMENTS

Occupational

Therapy

Occupational Therapy is an Allied health profession that helps people across the life span be functional and independent in activities that they need to do or want to do, through the use of occupations. Occupational Therapy Professional is a person who delivers client-centred services concerned with promoting health and well-being through occupation to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational Therapists achieve this outcome by working with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they are expected to do, or by modifying the occupation or the environment to better support their occupational engagement.

Occupational therapists work with people suffering from physical, psychological, social and cognitive disabilities. The goal of an occupational therapist is to improve the Quality of Life of any given individual. This can be done by restoring function, teaching new skills, preventing a difficulty from occurring or training to maintain skills.

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Smt. Deepa Sundereswaran Principal and HOD

Smt. Deepa Sundareswaran is working as the Principal &HOD, College of Occupational Therapy at the National Institute of Physical Medicine& Rehabilitation, Thrissur , Kerala.

She has worked as the Principal, College of Occupational Therapy at NIEPMD(National Institute for Empowerment of Persons with Multiple Disabilities(Divyangjan),Chennai &In charge ,Occupational Therapy (Services ) in Christian Medical College &Hospital, Vellore

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The Occupational Therapy unit offered services which are

Occupational Therapy department at NIPMR offers services to a wide variety of individuals with disabilities. We have state of the art facilities to provide services at an international standard. Our facilities include

  • Child Psychiatry unit
  • Paediatric unit
  • Splinting and Hand function unit
  • Adult Neurological and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Unit
  • Virtual reality unit
  • Adult Mental health unit
  • Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Unit
  • EM Voc-Vocational training & Independent Living Unit
  • Parent education , training & empowerment programme
  • Group therapy
  • Training in handwriting & fine motor skills

Occupational therapists utilize standardized assessment tools for evaluation, offer quality intervention services with precise & timely follow up and enhance community integration and empower parents & persons with special needs .

Occupational Therapy Department of NIPMR is also equipped with a unique Sensory garden and Sensory park, ultra- modern virtual reality unit, ADL apartment to train daily living skills and aquatic therapy units. A wing of OT department of NIPMR is functional at the Co-operative hospital, Irinjalakkuda.

An undergraduate degree programme in Occupational Therapy (Bachelor of Occupational Therapy ) has been started. It is a 4 & a half years course. The total intake of students is 20 students per academic year. The Course is affiliated to the Kerala University of Health Sciences, Thrissur.

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Smt. Deepa Sundereswaran

Principal and HOD

Smt. Deepa Sundareswaran is working as the Principal &HOD, College of Occupational Therapy at the National Institute of Physical Medicine& Rehabilitation, Thrissur , Kerala.

She has worked as the Principal, College of Occupational Therapy at NIEPMD(National Institute for Empowerment of Persons with Multiple Disabilities(Divyangjan),Chennai &In charge ,Occupational Therapy (Services ) in Christian Medical College &Hospital, Vellore

Qualification
  • She has completed her Fellowship in research: University of Kansas, United States, Master’s in occupational therapy
  • (Advance Occupational Therapy in Mental health) from University of Mumbai and Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at Christian Medical Collee &Hospital, Vellore. She has also acquired her Certification in sensory integration by the University of Southern California, and undergone training in “Psychological Counseling”
  • Masters In Business Administration ( Human Resources ) Annamalai University
  • Completed short course on ‘Understanding Dementia’ (Australia )
  • Completed short certificate course on ‘Gestalt Therapy’
EXPERIENCE & ACHEIVEMENTS
  • She has 22 years of professional experience in the field of occupational therapy. She has bestowed interest in research since 1997. Has presented many research papers in various national and international conferences. She has also been a resource person & guest speaker for various scientific programmes. She has organized many conferences and coordinated several Continuing Rehabilitation Education programmes.
  • She has been the convener and scientific committee in- charge for various conferences and Continuing Medical Education and Continuing Occupational Therapy Education. She has marked clinical, administrative, teaching and research experience.
  • Written articles for souvenirs & dailies.
Awards
  • Recipient of ‘Best Scientific Paper ‘ Award at the 2nd Annual Conference of Association of Neonatal Therapist -2020
Language Proficiency

Proficient in English, Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam, Bengali and Marathi

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Ms. Anna Daniel

Assistant Professor

Anna Daniel is working as an Assistant Professor for the BOT course and as an Occupational Therapist in National Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (NIPMR). She has more than 12 years of professional experience in the field of Occupational Therapy. Her expertise is in the assessment and Occupational Therapy Management of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome and other Neurodevelopmental Disorders. She is a certified Handwriting specialist and has extensive experience in working with children with Specific Learning Disorders, especially Dysgraphia. Anna has published papers in international journals. She had also developed a comprehensive Curriculum for Kindergarten. She also has experience in the management of adults with neurological and psychiatric disorders.

She is passionate about parent mediated therapy and teaching and learning through the eyes of a child. She strongly believes in being kind and bringing the best out of children.

Qualification
  • Masters in Occupational Therapy (Advanced OT in Paediatrics) from KMCH College of Occupational Therapy (Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University), in March, 2010
  • Masters in Psychology (Distance course) from Madras University, in May, 2007.
  • Bachelors of Occupational Therapy from Christian Medical College, Vellore (Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University), in August, 2004
  • Certification in Handwriting without Tears (HWT), by Learning without Tears USA in March, 2015
Work Experience
  • Tutor in Occupational Therapy, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Christian Medical College, Vellore, from July 2005 to May 2008
  • Training Officer, Sense International (India), Ahmedabad from June 2010 to January 2011
  • In charge Occupational Therapist, Therapia, Childcare Hospital and Paediatric Neurology Clinic, Ahmedabad from February 2013 to November 2016
  • Curriculum and Instructional Designer and Teacher Trainer, Poorna Publications, Calicut from May 2017 to January 2020.
  • Anna is currently working as an Assistant Professor in NIPMR since January 2020.
Language Proficiency

Proficient in English, Malayalam, Hindi, Tami

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Ms. Achu Rajam Abraham

Assistant professor

She is an Occupational Therapist with 4.5 years expertise in the assessment and management of children with Neurodevelopmental disorders, and adults with orthopaedic and neurological disorders. She is currently working as an Assistant Professor for the BOT course in NIPMR. Her areas of special interests are hand splinting, assistive technology and Sensory Integration Therapy.

She is soft spoken and enjoys being with children and finds joy in even the smallest of victories and milestones achieved by the clients.

Qualification
  • MOT in Pediatrics (SRM College Of Occupational Therapy, Chennai) in June, 2014
  • BOT (KMCH College Of Occupational Therapy, Coimbatore) in March, 2012
  • Certified in Hand splinting, Department of Occupational Therapy, Manipal University
  • Certified in KinesioTaping Level 1 and 2 by the Kinesio Taping Association International
  • Certified TheraTogs Fitter level 1
  • Completed a six month part-time course on Assistive Technology Solutions conducted by National Institute of Speech and Hearing and NIPMR.
  • Attended the Pre-K training program of Learning without tears
Language Proficiency

Proficient in English, Malayalam and Tamil

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Ms. Beulah Samuel

Occupational Therapist

An Occupational therapist with 6 years of experience in management of children with Neurodevelopmental disorders, and adults with neurological disorders.

Her areas of special interests are Sensory Integration therapy, Neuro developmental therapy, assistive technology and hand rehabilitation.

She is easily approachable and is often found singing and having fun with children in therapy.

Qualification
  • BOT (KMCH College Of Occupational Therapy, Coimbatore) in December, 2015
  • Certified in KinesioTtaping Level 1 and 2 by the Kinesio Taping Association International
  • Certified TheraTogs Fitter level 1
  • Attended the Pre-K training program of Learning without tears
Professional Experience
  • Kusumagiri Mental Health Center, Kakkanad from 18-12-2015 to 21-01-2017
  • Autism Child welfare center Thrissur from 23-01-2017 to 4-11-2017
  • Working as an Occupational Therapist in NIPMR since November. 2017
Language Proficiency

Proficient in English, Malayalam and Tamil

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Ms. Aswathy Muralidharan

Occupational Therapist

An Occupational Therapist with a Bachelor Degree and 5 years of experience in improving the quality of life and management of adults with Mental Health disorders and neurological conditions , and children with neurodevelopmental disorders . She is currently working as an Occupational Therapist at NIPMR. Her areas of interest are in Sensory Integration Therapy, and Assistive Technology.

She is calm and composed and is well known for communicating with caregivers and assures maximum quality of therapy at all times.

Qualification
  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (KMCH college of Occupational Therapy,Coimbatore) in March, 2016.
  • Certified in KinesioTtaping Level 1 and 2 by the Kinesio Taping Association International
  • Certified TheraTogs Fitter level 1
Professional Experience
  • Worked as an Occupational therapist at Vazhikatti Mental Health Centre, Coimbatore From April, 2016 to May, 2017
  • Occupational Therapist at Heal Autism Centre ,Thrissur from June, 2017 to May 2018.
  • Currently working as an Occupational Therapist at NIPMR since June, 2018
Language Proficiency

Proficient in English, Malayalam and Tamil

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Ms. Bhama K Johny

Occupational Therapist

She is an Occupational Therapist with more than 4 years of experience in the Paediatric population and adult Neurological disorders.

She is known for her patience and perseverance while dealing with difficult situations and encourages parents and caretakers to be active participants in the therapy.

Qualification

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from KMCH college of Occupational under Dr. M. G. R. Medical University Therapy in Tamil Nadu, in March, 2016.

Work Experience
  • She had worked in Thrissur Rehabilitation Centre for 2 years as a Paediatric Occupational Therapist in management of children with neurodevelopmental and psychiartric disorders.
  • Currently working as an Occupational Therapist and Clinical In-charge in National Institute of Physical and Medical Rehabilitation (NIPMR) , Kalletumkara since 2019 in the Pediatric Unit wherein she is involved in the assessment and management of children with Neuro developmental and Psychiatric disorders and the Spinal Cord Unit.
Language Proficiency

She is proficient in Malayalam, English, Tamil.

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Mr. Sarath Chandran V.V

Occupational Therapist

An occupational Therapist with a Bachelor degree and 3 yrs of experience in improving quality of life and management of children with neurodevelopmental disorders and adult with neurological conditions. He is currently working as an Occupational Therapist at NIPMR. His areas of interest and expertise are in Assistive Technology, Sensory Integration and Kinesio Taping.

Sarath is enthusiastic and ensures that his clients leave with a smile after the session.

Qualification
  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (KMCH college of Occupational Therapy,Coimbatore)
  • Currently undergoing 6 months course in Assistive Technology solutions conducted by NISH and NIPMR.
Professional Experience
  • Occupational Therapist at Block Resource Centre, Kunnummal, Kakkattil , Vadakara from June, 2018 to June, 2019
  • Consultant Occupational Therapist at Hope Integrated Rehabilitation Centre, Vadakara from 2018 to June, 2019
  • Currently working as Occupational Therapist at NIPMR since November, 2019.
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Ms. Jane Jose Pynadath

Occupational Therapist

Jane Jose Pynadath is an Occupational Therapist currently working in the Pediatric Unit in National Institute Of Physical Medical Rehabilitation, Kalletumkara. Her areas of interest are Splinting and therapy through Sensory Integration Therapy. She believes in having fun through therapy also supporting and empowering parents.

Qualification

She has completed her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from Manipal College of Health Professions under Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Karnataka. She is certified in Hand Splinting from Manipal College of Health Professions, MAHE

Work Experience

She is currently working as an Occupational Therapist in National Institute of Physical and Medical Rehabilitation (NIPMR), Kalletumkara since December 2020.

Language Proficiency

She is proficient in English, Malayalam, Hindi and Kannada

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