People

Isha

Isha Soni, a registered occupational therapist, has done her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from OT School and Training Centre, Seth G.S. Medical College, KEM Hospital, Mumbai and was one of the toppers of the state of Maharashtra. She has been trained in Sensory Integration and OT Interventions for Children with Autism.
Isha uses playful approaches that children find pleasurable in order to polish their fine motor skills, hand functions, sensory issues, and activities of daily living (ADL) and help them achieve their motor milestones like sitting, crawling, creeping, standing and walking. Currently she is working with individuals diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Mental Retardation, Learning Difficulties, Cerebral Palsy and Down’s syndrome.
She also has been practicing School Based Occupational Therapy Intervention in liaison with different schools in Pune so as to boost the student’s efficacy while completion of tasks and activities important for successful school functioning. School performance in the areas like academics (includes - writing, reading, mathematics), independently performing grooming and self care, performance in sports, and social skills adaptation are dependent on gross motor and fine motor abilities as well as visuo-motor- perceptual abilities.
The last few months of 2011 have seen her obsessing over setting up a Sensory Integration Clinic for children with sensory dysfunctions like those who don't like brushing their teeth, cutting nails, getting hair-cuts, can’t stand craft-work or sand play; children with frequent falls and bumps, without much safety awareness, with short attention spans and the jumpy-fidgety variety. In early 2012, the Sensory Integration Room was all set and promises to be a stimulating and fun experience for children, which includes equipments like the trampoline, scooter board, tube swing, frog swing and a bolster ride at their disposal.
“I just love working with kids soooooooooo much that I can do that eternally! Their smile takes away all my worries!! They are just like angels from heaven but sometimes tend to be such Devils!!!”

Vaishali

Vaishali Girme has a Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Modern College, Pune. She also has a Diploma in Counselling and Rehabilitation from Sasoon General Hospital. While working as a psychologist, at Sasoon hospital, she has seen practical cases of psychiatric patients suffering from schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, personality disorders and so on. She worked with a team of trained social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists and counselors to help diagnose, treat and rehabilitate patients. Along with this, she would also go to the day care for rounds and help with their daily activities. In the child population, Vaishali has seen children with mental retardation, behavioral problems, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism spectrum disorder. She has performed psychological tests to evaluate these children and has followed up by doing therapy with them.
Following this, she worked at Nityanand rehabilitation center where she had an opportunity to work with residual patients and helped treat them using therapies like cognitive behavioral therapy, rational emotive behavior therapy and group therapy for alcoholism.
At the center, Vaishali works with the mentally ill adult population as well as children with ADHD, MR, ASD, learning disabilities etc. She sees inpatients at the Haematology department at Sahyadri hospital and psycho educates and helps them with coping with their illness. She provides peripheral services by visiting Sahyadri hospitals at Karve road and Bibwevadi. She enjoys doing therapy with adults and hopes she can specialize in adult therapy for anxiety. She is also working on getting an M.Phil degree.

Radhika

Radhika Bapat has an M.Phil from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal. Her interests are in the area of Child Neuropsychology and Primary Education.
“I like to to see the ramifications of exposing children to play and other pleasurable means of learning and its subsequent results in performance on apparently mundane tasks including school exams!”
She is currently pursuing a PhD from Leiden University’s Department of Education and Child Studies in children’s time spending in terms of the context, quality, and consequences for their adaptation and development.
She is also interested in developing low-cost neurorehabilitation tools using indigenous materials and collaborating with liaison professionals from varied fields including designing, engineering, music, theater, the media and other performing and creative arts.
Since 2010, Radhika is being mentored by Dr.Adele Diamond in administering a large array of neurocognitive measures to children across a wide age range and socio-economic class and subsequently integrating this with rehabilitation within the specific Indian context taking into account whats easy to get and cheap, for the Indian client, without compromising on quality.
“In my free time, I like arranging things in 90 degree angles to each other, cleaning, wiping dirty spots and stains off glass surfaces, looking up the web for anything that is free source and obsessing over sport. I absolutely love spending time with close friends watching them cook and volunteering to be the taster of gourmet meals.”
She also enjoys writing and has just finished her first children’s book that is being beautifully illustrated by Poonam Athalye! Radhika is on the Executive Committee of the Indian Association of Clinical Psychologists for the years 2010-2012.

Advisory Board

  • Prof. Malavika Kapur, PhD: Honorary Professor, NIAS, Bangalore
  • Prof Janak Pandey, PhD: Vice Chan-cellor, Central University of Bihar
  • Prof Boicho Kokinov, PhD: Director, Central and East European Centre for Cognitive Sciences
  • Prof Rob Goldstone: Head of Depart-ment, Indiana University, Bloomingdale
  • Dr. Charudutt Apte, MD & Chairman, Sahyadri Hospitals Ltd
  • Dr. Deepa Divekar, MD & Director, Sahyadri Hospitals Ltd.
  • Dr. Jaya Apte, MD & CEO, Sahyadri Hospitals Ltd.