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This experimental study, conducted in Delhi, examined the effectiveness of rehabilitation intervention for patients with mental illness. After 3 months of rehabilitation intervention consisting of psycho-education, activity scheduling and social skill training, the authors found that there were improvements in subjective well-being, functioning, and cognitive areas.

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VOTC Therapy Newsletter - Issue 119
           
Cultural practices in India make OT practice challenging. As OT’s primary goal is to help patients in what they want and need to do, OT practitioners in India must ...
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Autism Corner: What screening tools are used by healthcare professionals practising in the area of autism spectrum disorders?
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Disability News
Delhi: Policy for disabled people 
Three people, three stories, tell us Chennai is not that disabled-friendly 
Chennai to get first bus with foldable ramp for disabled 
Now, two more homes for children with disabilities 
 
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This informative article highlights the fact that healthcare professionals fall under the purview of the Consumer Protection Act of  1986. Healthcare professionals need to exert caution when selecting treatment methods and inform care recipients the potential harm associated with the treatment. The article also presents various preventive measures that healthcare professionals take to avoid litigations. Though this article mostly discusses medical and dental practice in India, underscores the importance of proper and ethical judgements, proper documentation, standardized diagnostic tools and evidence-based treatment choices. the information can be generalized across healthcare professions, including occupational therapy.

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After 36 hours of cognitive retraining, children with specific learning disabilities (SLD) in Delhi demonstrated improvements in verbal learning, delayed verbal recall, visuo-spatial skills, mathematics. Also, improvements were noted in sustained attention, visual memory and immediate verbal recall.  This study validates the use of cognitive retraining activities to help children with SLD.

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This article sheds light on the challenges associated with client-centered occupational therapy practice in India. From the perspective of occupational therapists, ‘practice contexts’ and ‘client’s condition, literacy level, and desire for independence’ affect client-centered practice.
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This article discusses the clinical manifestation of a 21-year old adult in India who was diagnosed with autism to identify the symptoms that persists into adulthood and review the outcome. Severe abnormalities in the area of social interaction, fewer interests, stereotyped behaviours, and the need for constant supervision in activities of daily living characterize adulthood of severe cases of autism with delayed language acquisition and poor cognitive abilities. This article lends information to the conversation of ‘How can occupational therapists help adults with ASD’?

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What's the average salary range of full-time OT practitioners in India? Does gender, job title, level of OT education, practice area, years of experience, and geographical region influence compensation received by OT practitioners in India?

http://www.ijotonweb.org/article.asp?issn=0445-7706;year=2019;volume=51;issue=2;spage=45;epage=51;aulast=Mani
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Autism Corner: Why Should Occupational Therapists Must Develop a Comprehensive
Understanding of the Complex Nature of Pervasive Developmental Disorder
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To validate school based practice, Indian OTs must work with the school administration to develop a framework to guide and regulate the practice within that setting.
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Disability News

Top trains may get coaches only for women, disabled
Ludhiana: Election commission launches mobile app for differ .. 
For him, disability no block to scoring big 
TN govt urged to hold training programme on disabled rights 
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Rural population differ from urban population with regards to health conducive self-care practices and elderly/child care. Both rural and urban population (nearly 3/4th) favor consulting quacks, faith healers, and indigenous practitioners. As self-care behaviors and caring for family members fall under the occupational therapy (OT) domain of practice, from the OT standpoint, how are we (OT practitioners in India) going to address these issues?
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Clinical psychologists in Kerala assessed 60 children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and found that they score significantly low in Arithmetic, Information, Digit Span, Picture Completion, Block Design, Object Assembly, and Coding sub-scales of Malin’s Intelligence Scale for Indian Children (Smitha et al., 2014). This finding indicates the need for more attention to these areas when treating children with ADHD.



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