06 December, 2020

Mentally Challenged? Well, The Challenge Is For Others To Take Up.

Mentally Challenged? Well, The Challenge Is For Others To Take Up.
It's come a long way in these 11 years. From humble beginnings in a tiny room to a full-fledged, specialised development centre for mentally challenged children and adolescents. Ranchi's Deepshikha Institute for Child Development and Mental Health has now come to mean liberation and respectability for those who became social rejects early in life, quarantined in the cavernous wards of mental asylums.

The brainchild of a concerned quartet - Meera Budhia, Alka Nizamie, Sudha Lhila and Usha Jalan - the institute has extended its scope to treat children suffering from cerebral palsy, speech and hearing impairment, emotional trauma and behavioural problems. Operating five days a week from its rented premises, Deepshikha imparts training, guidance, and special education to mentally challenged children between 9 am and 1 pm. "A child is taught various skills appropriate to his/her age and level of mental development by trained teachers, special educators, psychologists and speech therapists," says Nizamie, an assistant professor of clinical psychology who...



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