Early Intervention Centre

Team of Kamayani Shishu Prabodhan Kendra

Dr. Arvind Kulkarni – Advisor and General Physician

Executive Chairman of Managing Committee since March 2007

Dr.Arvind Vishnu Kulkarni has been the Chairman of Kamayani Society since year 2007. He follows the footsteps of Late Smt. Sindhutai Joshi, Founder of Kamayani in 1964 in Pune.

Dr.Kulkarni, graduate of BJ Medical College, was born and educated in Pune. He received his postgraduate medical training in CANCER in Liverpool and New York Universities. After practicing in USA, UK and Canada, Dr Kulkarni returned to India and worked as cancer specialist in Jaslok Hospital, Bombay Hospital and in Ruby Hall Hospital as Head of Radiation Oncology Department. He did research also in alternative medicine like Ayurved, Homeopathy, Yoga, and Mind-Body Medicine to study their benefits. Dr.Kulkarni has treated more than 30000 cancer patients in past 40 years of his medical practice. Dr.Kulkarni received “LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD” in 2010 in Mumbai in hands of His Excellency the Governor of Maharashtra. Dr.Kulkarni gives all the credit to his mother VaidyaLaxmibaiKulkarni, a bright Ayurvedic Doctor and a Corporator of Pune Municipality in late 1940s who positively influenced his childhood.

As the chairman of prestigious Kamayani, which is one of the top names in education, employment and rehabilitation of Mentally Disabled persons, Dr.Kulkarni initiated various novel projects in past 8 years. Kamayanischool.org website, new training workshop at KamayaniNigdi, Employment Promotion for disabled, Vocational Training , solar energy projects, plantation of trees at various Kamayani Branches, drip irrigation, day care centers, KamayaniTalegaon Farm Training Centre, Coordinating overseas generous grants especially from BNY Mellon and UWW in USA , Job Fairs for walk-in candidates and on the spot job offers from big industrial houses, CCTV security systems, GPRS tracking systems for Kamayani School Buses are just a few examples of the progress Kamayani is making under the leadership of Dr.Kulkarni. In 2013, he was awarded Leadership India Award by All India Achievers Foundation in New Delhi. Dr.Kulkarni is a multi faceted personality devoted to medicine, social work, education and music. DR. Kulkarni is also author of the book "War against Cancer."

Smt. Shreelekha A. Kulkarni- Advisor

Daughter of our founder SmtSindhutai Joshi, Smt. Kulkarni is now Managing Trustee of Kamayani Society. After a B.A (Hon) from Pune University she completed post-graduation from Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai in1962. She worked at Khatau Mills, Mumbai and then at Hindusthan Antibiotics, Pimpri as a Labour Welfare Officer. She now devotes more time and attention to the work at Kamayani Society, guiding research work, public relations and administrative activities of the society and Kamayani Schools.

Dr Asha Deshpande- Director- Early Intervention Centre

DrAsha Deshpande did M.A in social Work from Tata institute of social sciences (TISS), Mumbai and has PhD in Social Work from University of Pune.

Professional Experience-

She has led the research activities of Kamayani as a Research Director for the last decade and more. Her research has focused on issues relating to employability of persons with ID, effect of music therapy on self - injurious and aggressive behavior of children with ID, Multiple Intelligence among Children with IDD and menstrual health of females with ID. She is involved in parental counseling, has organized seminars and workshops for professionals working in the field of intellectual and developmental disability.

She has previous work experience in the field of adoption, hospital social work, research work with Indian Council Of Medical Research (ICMR) New Delhi, UNICEF, School social work and family counseling,

She has worked as Research Director in Karve Institute of Social Service, Pune where she has focused experience of Training & Capacity building, Research & Consultancy with stake holders like Pune Muncipal Corporation, UNICEF, Supervision of Post Graduate students - Local and International, Community Work, Working with Children in conflict with law as a Nodal Director of CHILDLINE-1098 -National Helpline for children in distress by Dep. Of Women & Child Welfare, Supervision of Family Counseling Center (Project of Maharashtra State Social Welfare Board), Supervising Institute run Pre- School for the socio economically deprived sections of society,

Appointments

As a member in the Board of Studies (BOS) of Savitribai Phule Pune University in the department for Special Education

Academic Experience

Has worked as a visiting faculty for-

  • M.A in social work in Savitribai Phule Pune University- Dept. of Adult & Continuing Education and Karve institute of social service, Pune
  • For diploma in special education (D SE MR) in Kamayani teachers training college recognized by Rehabilitation Council Of India (RCI)New Delhi .
  • Supervision of students
    - Local and International for MSW, MBA. for M.Phil Students as a recognized Guide for M.Phil and Co- Guide for PhD in University of Pune since 2008
Subjects taught
  • Mental Retardation – Working with families and communities.
  • Significance of Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) in the rehabilitation and training of the mentally challenged.
  • Psychology for social workers
  • Counselling
  • Basic Human Rights, Child Rights
Paper Presentations - At International Level
  1. Poster presentation in the 5th Biennial Conference on Health and Domestic Violence organized by Family Violence Prevention Fund Department of Health and Human Services in USA. The Administration of Children and Families, The Title of Paper –“Domestic Violence and Women in India, The role of Family Counselling Centers in addressing the issues of Domestic Violence and related health care with reference to the city of Pune.”
  2. Presented paper in All Europe Regional Congress 2014 in Austria, Organized by Association of Scientific Study for the Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities & University of Vienna Title of the paper is - An Exploratory Study of the Factors Affecting Integration and retention of Person with intellectual Disabilities in open employment.
  3. Presented paper In International Language Conference organized by Bhasha Organization, Pune Title of the Paper - Hurdles in Speech and Language Development in the persons with Intellectual Disabilities
Publication & Awards: Books
  1. Title: A compilation of Research Projects by Kamayani from the Year 1982 –2000. (2001). Co-writer of the Book: Dr.PramodDharwadkar
  2. Title: Effects and Usages of Communication Media for the mentally challenged (2016). Book Published on www.amazonkindle.com
  3. Title of the book: “Manasa” By Manshree Strree Shikshan Prakashan Pune 2009.

Wrote two articles on the topics of- i) Community based rehabilitation of the mentally challenged. ii) The problems of elderly mentally challenged

Journals
  1. Wedh - Journal by Women’s Study Center, Mahashri Karve Institute for women's study Pune. Name of the Article: Sexual abuse of mentally challenged: Prevention and Protection.(March 2007)
  2. NIMH newsletter (March 2009) A Journal of National Institute of Mentally Handicapped Secunderabad: Article: A study on the effects of social environment on the education and training process of children with mental retardation
  3. Journal of Applied and Developmental Disabilities, UK (July 2014) Article: (Abstract): An Exploratory Study of the Factors Affecting Integration and retention of Person with intellectual Disabilities in open employment
Awards
  • Lions club of Pune Dattawadi (1998), for eminent work in the field of intellectual disability
  • BNY Mellon award (2014) for the making difference in society

Mr. Kalidas Supate – Coordinator

Mr Supate holds a master’s degree in Commerce and has been involved in the Sheltered Workshop for the Mentally Retarded as a Manager for the last over two decades. He has also worked as Joint Secretary of the Society for many years handling liaison with government and organising various activities such as sports tournaments and CSR activities through volunteers of corporate bodies like BNY Mellon. His work was recognised at the all India level in the form of President’s Award for Social Work in 2012 and received a National Award 'As A Best Individual Work' for the cause of persons with Disabilities

Experience:
Takes training on mental retardation at Kamayani. He has updated himself with many refresher programs. He is member in school committee and training committee as well he looks after the sheltered workshop of the society.

Awards : He has been awarded by Dr.RghuveerDeshpande Best Teacher Award, VishwaJagruti Mission Award – 2002, Innerwheel Club of Poona Main Award – 2002, Lions Club of Chatushringi Award – 2002, Smt. MrunaliniPhalnikar Award – 2002, Lions Club of Poona, Erandwana – 1998, VishwaJagruti Mission Award – 2002, Lions Excellence Award 2014, Rotary Excellence Award 2014



Medical Team

Dr. Ruta Sawarkar– Developmental Pediatrician

Dr.Sawarkar has done Bachelors of Medicine & Bachelors of Surgery (MBBS) from BabasahebAmbedkarMarathwada University, Aurangabad and holds Diploma in Child Health (DCH) from MGM Medical College, Navi Mumbai.

Professional Experience-
  • With over 15 years of experience in the field of child health.
  • Held counselling for over thousand couples and parents of various age groups. Dr.Ruta is an authority in field of child and adolescence guidance, developmental paediatrics and proactive parenting.
  • Dr Ruta had worked with senior paediatricians and eminent doctors. She started her career in Nanded, was working with Rayat Hospital as Paediatrician.
  • Further In her tenure she has worked as Medical superintendent of IIHC, promoted by renowned scientist Dr Vijay Bhatkar , in field of holistic approach of medicines.
  • Dr Ruta was also associated with NGO "Sadhana" based in Pune, and has been instrumental in training to Anganwadi teachers. A project with Dhawale Trust was focused on immunity enhancement & uprooting malnutrition of rural children with support of homeopathy.
  • As a paediatrician she believes in child care right from the womb so addressing the parents for healthy child field by continues research in genetic
  • She has expertise in IQ and EQ assessment and has published a key paper on Vertical growth of Intelligence at a National Conference of Clinical Psychologist this year at Pune
  • She has assessed and guided numerous students for choosing their career. She is associated with schools as advisor for health and nutrition verticals.
Experience as a Clinician:
  • Founder and Consultant Paediatrician (2009 till date)- PriyottamBrainberg Clinics & Consulting, Pune
  • Medical Superintendent at IIHC, Pune
  • PaediatricIntensivist at Rayat Hospital, Nanded
Publication & Awards:
  • Co author, Vertical Growth of Intelligence, IACP, National Conference, 2012, Pune
  • 'GargiPuraskar'

Dr. Vishal Sangle – Developmental Psychologist and Homeopathic Doctor

Education-

Master of Science (MSc), Organizational & Business Psychology, 2017 - 2019
University of Pune
Master of Arts (M.A.), Clinical Psychology, 2009 - 2011
Activities and Societies: PriyottamKaladan
Maharashtra University of Health Sciences
BHMS, Homeopathic Medicine/Homeopathy, 2003 - 2007

Professional experience
Consulting Psychologist and homeopathic doctor

Co-Founder at Traitfit - online competency and skill assessments services to corporate sector for hiring professionals.
May 2016 - Present

Co-Founder at WhizQiz - IQ, EQ and ability testing and assessments for children and adolescents. May 2016 - Present

Clinical Psychologist

2009 - Present
Being a psychologist I believe in the dynamicity of the diseases occurring to human race in particular and living beings in general. Though the material causes of the illness are far more visible I insist and treat the subtle disturbances occurring in the constitution of the person. I have expertise in scholastic testing for children and adolescents. Exploring creativity of the younger minds and motivating them to pursue their dreams is what I am best at.
All in all, a practitioner of alternative therapies and a mainstream psychologist I enable people of every age to ride on path of mental and physical health.

Visiting Faculty at Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, Pune
June 2013 - May 2014 (1 year) for graduate course of psychology.
Lecturer
August 2011 - April 2012 (9 months)
Taught at the post graduate department of psychology for the subjects of counselling and Research methods.

Dr. Vasanti Godse - Ayurvedic Expert

Dr. Vasanti did her B.A.M.S, from Sion Ayurved Mahavidyalaya (Mumbai University). She has done a Certificate Course on Gynaecology and Obstetrics of Mumbai University. She did Diploma in Ayurvedic Dietetics (2nd Rank) from Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, Pune. She is M.A (Sanskrit) from Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, Pune and did Ph.D. (TMV) - Thesis on “To study the role of Manas Hetu (Mental stress), Rajovikruti (Menstrual Disorders) & Vyasana (Addictions) in the etiology of Dushta Stanarbuda (Breast Cancer).”

WORK EXPERIENCE

A) CLINICAL EXPERIENCE
  • Research Fellow, Cancer Research Project – Year 1996 – Year 2009.
  • In-charge, Cancer Research Project, Mumbai Centre – Year 2009 – Year 2011.
  • Assistant Director, Integrated Cancer Treatment and Research Centre, Wagholi, Pune since November 2011.
B) ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE
  • Lecturer & In-charge of Ayurvedic Courses – Mumbai Centre (Ayurvedic Courses Of Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth – Yoga Ayurved Prarambhic, Yoga Ayurved Pragat & Abhyanga Mardan Tantradnya Padvika) conducted by Ayurved Mahavidyalaya Wagholi, Pune (2005 to 2012)
  • Invited as lecturer on “Introduction of Ayurved” at Prague-Czechoslovakia for the second semester of the course on Ayurved conducted by Ayurved Mahavidyalaya, Wagholi, Pune. (2005)
C) SOCIAL MEDICAL FIELD EXPERIENCE
  • Organized various Cancer consultation and detection camps, exhibitions, lectures, awareness programs on Cancer and Ayurved at Integrated Cancer Treatment Research Centre, Wagholi, Pune
  • Delivered various lectures on the topic “Cancer Prevention” & “Importance of Mental health in Cancer Treatment”
  • Joint Secretary of Fourth International conference organised by Integrated Cancer Treatment and Research Centre, Wagholi, Pune on “Ayurved for Cancer”
  • Co-Author of Book – “Cancer – Ayurved”
  • Wrote articles in newspapers, magazines, periodic on “Cancer-Ayurved”
SCIENTIFIC PAPERS
  • Presented various research papers in State level, National and International conferences on “Ayurved – Cancer”
  • Presented research paper on “Management of Oropharyngeal Cancers with Vasadi Vati” in National Seminar on Cancer Management – A Holistic Approach in February 2008.
  • Co-author of research paper “Effectiveness of combinations of Ayurvedic drugs in alleviating drug toxicity and improving quality of life of cancer patients treated with chemotherapy” published in Journal of Supportive Care in Cancer, June 2014.
OTHER INFORMATION IF ANY
  • Invited as a guest speaker on the topic “Ayurved for Health” on Mumbai Doordarshan (Sahyadri Channel) in January 2010.
  • Invited as a guest speaker in the series on the topic “Ayurved for Cancer” on Mumbai Aakashwani (Aarogyam Dhanasampada) in February 2010.
  • Participated in informative series on Breast Cancer and Ayurved on IBN Lokmat channel in July 2016.

Mrs. Sujata Aambe - Special Educator

Mrs. Aambe has done M.A B.Ed in special education. In addition to that she has done diploma D.T.M.R, a specialcourse for teaching children with intellectual disability.She has taken more initiative for teaching to 6 to 18 yrs of chronological age in the area of personal, social, educational, recreational and prevocational skills. She joined Kamayani as a special teacher 29 years back and worked specially with younger children. She used play therapy to enhance eye hand co-ordination, attention span and communication of the special children.she has taken more efforts to integrate the normal and special children. Under her able guidance students were participated in drawing competitions, drama and folk dance competions and in this competition student secured the various prizes. She has been working as a Principal in the special schools of kamayani both at nigdi and gokhlenagar 2005 till date.under her abled guidance the students of kamayani have participated various drawing compition As a Principal she is involved in parental counseling and vocational rehabilitation of students of kamayani.

Mr. Narayan Shinde- Clinical Psychologist

Mr. Shinde has done M.A and M.Phil. in clinical psychology. He has 10 years of experience as psychologist at Kamayni School Gokhlenagarpune. His main areas of specialization are parental and student counseling, clinical observation of children, IQ and other testing, completing the admission procedure, behavioral therapies, Organizing job fair for all types of disability.

Ms. Anagh Barke- Clinical Psychologist of the Center

Ms.Barke has done her M.A in clinical psychology and also pursuing Post Graduate diploma in counseling and mental health. She completed her internship at chaitanya institute for mental health and Nityanand rehabilitation centre. She has participated inState Level Workshop on ‘Anger Management’ at S.P. College, National Seminar on Music Therapy at Denanath Mangeshkar Hospital, as well as Mental Health Training Workshop by Mukul Madhav Foundation at Symbiosis College. She has good knowledge of child psychology and psychometric testing. She is doing Parental Counselling, Maintaining Case Records and Community Sensitisation in the Center.