MEDICAL DIRECTOR MD, MPH
Dr. Naveen Mehrotra is a pediatrician in private practice and an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Pediatrics at Rutgers - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the Assistant Chief of Pediatrics at the JFK Medical Center in Edison, NJ. Practicing in Central New Jersey with one of the highest concentrations of South Asians, Dr. Mehrotra is dedicated to improving the health of South Asians, particularly those who have recently immigrated. With a lack of awareness in areas such as disease prevention within the community, Dr. Mehrotra helped found the SKN Foundation a community based non-profit organization to address these needs at a grassroots level. This community based organization provides an innovative way to eliminate health disparities. SCOPE (Special Needs Community Outreach Program for Empowerment (SCOPE) is one such program of SKN that works to bring families with children of Special Needs together. Mentored by Dr. Naveen Mehrotra, My Whole Child, USA is an effort to bring all children related health information under one umbrella
Hemie Gupta is a graduate of the New York University with a medical background in dentistry from the United States. She moved to India 15 years ago for personal reasons and since then has had extensive experience in management of various business ventures in this country. Over the last two years after the birth of her daughter, she has developed a keen interest in working on child health issues.
She became intricately involved with and led the renovation and revitalization of the Child Development Center at the Sunderlal Jain Hospital in Delhi, India along with the Rotary Club and Dr. Mehrotra. She is currently working in the capacity of Managing Director to develop the My Whole Child Center for Special Needs in Delhi as a patient centered medical home for children with special needs.
PT, DPT, C/NDT
Jane Styer-Acevedo, PT, DPT, C/NDT is Senior Adjunct Faculty at Arcadia University, teaching in the Physical Therapy Department, and maintains a clinical practice, treating individuals through the lifespan with neurological challenges. She is a master clinician in the areas of pediatrics, neurology, and therapeutic aquatics and has been teaching continuing education workshops, nationally and internationally since 1983. Jane’s scope of teaching includes aquatic and “land-based” courses in Australia, Europe, Asia, India, Africa, and North, Central, and South America. She is currently Chair of the Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association (NDTA) Instructor Group and an Active Pediatric Coordinator Instructor for the NDTA, teaching continuing education courses of varying lengths related to the NDT Practice Model. Jane excels in the problem-based approach to promoting functional shifts for an individual through therapeutic intervention from the acute phase, through rehabilitation, and community entry or re-entry towards life long participation, health and fitness.
Kathleen Miller-Skomorucha, OTR/L, C/NDT is a Senior Clinician at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware where she maintains a robust clinical practice working with children with neuromusculoskeletal and neurosensory challenges from infancy through young adulthood. She actively maintains a certificate in the Neurodevelopmental Treatment Practice Model (NDT), using this specialty in practice to promote functional shifts in children of all levels of medical complexity. She works as a clinical lead of a dynamic interdisciplinary team of clinicians and family members who work to meet the needs of children with a wide range of medical and therapeutic needs. She serves as a mentor to colleagues, within the discipline of occupational therapy and outside of it, seeking to create a holistic approach to treatment of the child with congenital or acquired brain injury. Kathleen has co-authored two book chapters detailing the therapeutic management of children and youth with cerebral palsy. She has recently co-presented nationally on topics related to the effectiveness of using an interdisciplinary approach to therapy in working with children with mild acquired brain injury. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and three young children.
PLAY, LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION THERAPIST
Kanica is a Child Psychologist with interests in play, language and social communication. She works with toddlers from age 2 to young adolescents and parents too.
She has extensively worked with children with developmental delay, language and speech delays, children on spectrum etc. She empowers every child to become an active agent of change in their own lives, more expressive and comfortable in their own being. The principle she works on is accepting myself as I am and Joy of being me.
Dania Qamar has her Master degree in Occupational Therapy (MOT) in Pediatrics, from HIMSR (Hamdard Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi. She has an experience to work with pediatric population and has been treating kids with Autism, ADHD, Developmental Delays, Stroke, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and Handwriting Difficulties. She has done a detailed case study on Autism Spectrum Disorder and a research work on "Assessing the Accessibility in Schools and Facilitating a Barrier Free Environment".
She has an year of experience with ACE (Autism Centre for Excellence, The Heritage School, Gurgaon) where she has been actively providing Sensory Integration Occupational Therapy, Neuro-Development Treatment and ABA Based Behavior Modification Therapy. She is a hard working, determined and well motivated individual who is flexible and develops good professional and supportive relationships with children, their families and careers.
DANCE MOVEMENT THERAPIST
Akanksha is a dancer/choreographer and a Registered Dance/Movement Therapist with the American Dance Therapy Association. Akanksha's primary work has been with children and adolescents coping with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder & other emotional and/or behavioral challenges. Using the mind-body connection, she works on furthering emotional, social, cognitive and physical integration in children and adolescents. She hopes that through movement, she is able to touch the lives of others like movement has touched hers.
Charandeep Kaur Keer
Charandeep Kaur has her B.Ed in Special Education from Lady Irwin College, New Delhi. She has also done her Masters in Child Care and Education She has an experience to work with kids with Autism, GDD, ADHD, Developmental Delays, Downs Syndrom, learning disability.She has also done her course with Handwriting without tears(HWT) She has worked as a head of a special school-”Different strokes” for four years. She has worked in clinic setups, hospitals and schools like Shri Ram School-Aravali, BLK Hospital, Child Development Clinic. She is trained and has an experience to deal with special children and has many children going to normal setup after having trained with her. She also gives home plans and understands the parent’s perspective too. She was part of the organising committee of NCPD-2017-18 held in Delhi.
Akanksha Agarwal has her M.Ed in Special Education from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. She is also trained in Early Childhood Education from the Spastics Society of Karnataka in Bengaluru. She has been working with kids with SLD, ASD, ADHD, and GDD for the past 6 years. Apart from this, she has also been trained by Orkids and NBRC for administering DALI, the first screening and assessment tool for dyslexia in regional Indian languages. Akanksha uses multi-sensory techniques to teach her students and has also completed a foundation course in Dance and Movement Therapy. She was previously working as the Head of SEN Department at Delhi Public School, Sushant Lok. She is a passionate teacher and does not see differences as a hindrance to development.
Meena Gupta is a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from North Eastern Hill University, Meghalaya. She has her Masters degree in physiotherapy (MPT) in Neurology from Institute of Allied Health and Medical Sciences, UP. She was awarded with the best research award named as Dr. Athareya Award 2016 in field of disability. She has published more than 30 research papers in good impact factor journals and also many books in the field or physiotherapy and cerebral palsy. She has her expertise in treating and managing children with pediatric and neuro- developmental disorders such as cerebral palsy, mental retardation, autism, Down’s syndrome and cognitive impairment. She has worked in many reputed institutes such as National institute mentally handicapped, north eastern hill university and with Dr. Veena Kalra Ex-HOD AIIMS. She has more than 12 years of experience in her field where she treated more than 5000 special need children for their physical betterment and has made them ambulatory along with improving their quality of life.
Psychologist and Play, Language Therapist
Ujjaini Sen is a psychologist and has done her graduation from Delhi University and masters in psychology from Ambedkar University. She has worked with toddlers and school going kids. She uses Play as a medium to enhance language, communication. Kids find it fun to participate in the sessions. She loves working with toddlers and engaging in sensory and exploratory play with them. She has participated in the training workshop which aims at modifying challenging behaviour Ujjaini has an experience of 2.5 years in SOCH about children and has extensively used behaviour modification as well as reinforcement based learning using the principal of applied behaviour analysis. She also has experience helping the younger kids with academic issues as well as special education concern.