Diploma in Special Education (Autism Spectrum Disorder) (R.C.I)

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) is a group of complex neuro-developmental disorders affecting communication, socialization, thought and behaviour, and includes individuals with wide range of functional abilities. The symptoms may vary from being very severe to being very mild. Persons with ASD are entitled to equal rights and opportunities as all other citizens of the country. The number of persons receiving a diagnosis of ASD is increasing rapidly.

There is a growing demand for rehabilitation personnel trained especially in this field. The DSE (ASD) course designed in 2003 was the first of its kind to provide human resource development in the field of ASD in India. The policy of RCI is to review the course curriculum after every five years to incorporate the recent development. This revised course is designed to provide the trainee teacher a comprehensive understanding of ASD and the skill and competence to meet the needs of students with ASD in regular and special education classrooms.


The course is designed to enable the trainee teacher to

  • Develop an understanding of characteristics and etiology of ASD and associated conditions
  • Be familiar with the process of screening and diagnosis of ASD
  • Be acquainted with the stages of child growth & development and psychology of learning
  • Understand the objectives of general education, and organization of special education services
  • Plan and implement educational programs selecting teaching methods suitable for children with ASD Develop suitable educational programs for children with conditions associated with ASD
  • Integrate the prescribed therapeutic programs within classroom
  • Understand the needs of family and promote integration of person with ASD within family and community
  • Knowledge of best practices in education
  • Make appropriate transition and vocational plans for the adult lives
Diploma in Special Education (Autism Spectrum Disorder) (R.C.I)

National Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (NIPMR)

Accredited by NAAC, ISO-9001:2015
(An Autonomous institution under Department of Social Justice,Kerala)

Online Registration for Admission to Diploma in Special Education Courses at NIPMR, Kerala

Course Name: D. Ed. Special Education (Autism Spectrum Disorder) -D. Ed Spl. Ed. (ASD)

Course Duration - 2 Years

Eligibility Criteria 10+2 or its equivalent examination from a recognised central/state board of education with minimum 50% marks aggregate. However, relaxation of marks at 10+2 level for students belonging to SC/ST/OBC/PWD Category for admission to diploma level courses will be applicable as per the reservation policy of the respective State/Central Govt.

Procedure to Apply & Timeline . It is centralized.

Please visit RCI website(http://www.rehabcouncil.nic.in/) and click on notices and circular , provide the details as specified in the form with registration fee and submit by selecting the course and centre. During the registration select NIPMR, Thrissur,Kerala as your preferred Institute:

Institute / Centre Code: KL048

Institute / Centre Name: National Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation(NIPMR)

Kallettumkara P.O, Thrissur – 680683.

Site: www.nipmr.org.in
Email: info@nipmr.org.in
Phone: 0480-288-1959, +91 7510870111

Medium of Instruction English/ Hindi/ Regional Language Course Fee For First Year – Rs. 40000/- Second Year –Rs. 40000/- (This will be subject to revision as per Norms)

Course Coordinator for D.Ed. Special Education(Autism Spectrum Disorder)


Academician with more than 25 years of teaching and research experience in biological sciences.

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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Mrs.Reeja Udayakumar Course Coordinator for D.Ed. Special Education (Autism spectrum Disorder)

15 years of experience in the field of Special Education. Worked as SEN Coordinator, Teacher Trainer in U.A.E for 6 years. (New Indian Model School, Skills Centre for Persons with Disabilities, U.A.E)

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Academic head

Academician with more than 25 years of teaching and research experience in biological sciences.

K.S.VijayalekshmyAmma has more than 13 years of experience in the field of ASD,ADHD,and LD.

Her area of interest include

  • Curriculum Designing for ASD,ADHD and LD
  • Academic counseling and consultation
  • School counseling.
  • Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • Parent counseling and
  • Behavioural training for ASD,ADHD &LD.
  • M.Sc,Ph.D(Biochemistry)University of KERALA
  • Post Doctoral Fellowship(Dept.Biotechnology,Govt.India)
  • PGDEM (Central University .Hyderabad)
  • PGDCS (Central University ,Hyderabad)
  • M.Sc Applied Psychology(Bharatiar University)
  • M.S.W(Medical Psychiatry(BharatidasanUniversity
  • B.Ed(ID) M.G.University,Kottayam
  • PG Diploma in LD(IRC,Banglore)
  • Research guide(Calicut University)from 2003 onwards.
    • More than 20 research Publications in International and National Journals.
    • One student got awarded Ph.D under her guidance in 2016.
    • One student Ph.D completed.
  • Common wealth Fellowship award from U.G.C 2005
  • Worked as Principal of SriVyasa N.S.S college
  • Worked as associate professor in Srivyasa N.S.S College
  • Worked as assistant professor in Farooquia Dental and Pharmacy College,Mysore.
  • Worked as Research associate in NIST(RRL)a CSIR Institute
  • Worked as honorary Director,Autism Child welfare Center,Thrissur.
  1. JCI Trichur Pooram City PANCHARATNA PURASKAR 2018 MANAVATHA RATHNA In recognitionof herexcellence in the Filed of Education & Training Autistic Children.
  2. Gandhi Peace Foundation KARUNYA PURASKARA AWARD 2015,For social service and educational interventions.
  3. AKOWA socio cultural and Charity related work.2014. Awards
Research Projects
  2. Water Quality Analysis -Analysis of physical Chemical & Biological parameters, Project aided by Kerala Water Authority.
  3. Investigation on the development of effective Biogas technology on the developent of high ranges of Kerala.A translational project using biotechnology for the benefits of tribes of Wayanad.Project funded by Western Ghat development fund with the support of planning board.

Mrs.Reeja Udayakumar

Course Coordinator for D.Ed. Special Education (Autism spectrum Disorder)

  • M.Ed. Special Education(Autism Spectrum Disorder)
  • UGC-NET (Education)
  • M.A. Social Welfare Administration.
  • Post Graduate Professional Diploma in Special Education (Intellectual Disability)
  • B.Ed. Mathematics.

15 years of experience in the field of Special Education. Worked as SEN Coordinator, Teacher Trainer in U.A.E for 6 years. (New Indian Model School, Skills Centre for Persons with Disabilities, U.A.E)

Paper Presentation

Topic: Inclusion of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder having additional disabilities through Musical Strength Specific Intervention.


Ms. Elizabeth Shirly

Course Coordinator for D.Ed. Special Education(Cerebral Palsy)

  • Masters in Sociology – Indira Gandhi Open University
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Economics – Kerala University
  • Diploma in Special Education (Cerebral palsy)
  • Diploma in Neurological impairments
  • Bachelor of Special Education (Mental Retardation)
  • Advance certificate course in inclusive education

Ms. Padma Priya K

HOD, Department of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology

An expert audiologist and speech-language pathologist with a proven track record and substantial years of experience in planning and administering speech language pathology measures, improvements and evaluations; has the ability to implement appropriate treatments; excellent project management skills with a proven capacity in utilizing support staff; has the willingness and initiative to participate in special projects, as designated.

Ms. Padmapriya has more than 10 years of professional experience in the field of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology. Her area of interest is childhood language disorders and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). She has organized and coordinated various workshops and camps. She conducted many training programs for both parents and professionals. A well established and fully fledged speech and audio lab was constructed in NIPMR from a very small setup was under her guidance and supervision. As a member of multidisciplinary rehabilitation her contribution is well appreciated.

  • B.Sc Speech Language and Hearing, ICCONS, SHoranur in 2006
  • Attended Auditory Verbal Therapy (AVT) trainings
  • Certification in Assistive Technology (AT) solutions
  • Worked as Senior Speech Language Pathologist in Thressiamma Memorial Hospital, Kallettumkara