Fernandez Child Development Centre has a strong team of highly experienced professionals from diverse specialities that includes paediatricians, paediatric neurologists, paediatric geneticists, occupational therapists, behavioural therapists, physiotherapists and speech & audiology experts.
They bring with them the experience of having worked in child development institutions of the highest repute and following globally accepted best practices.
Each of them is driven by a strong personal commitment to our mission: To enable children with special developmental needs to integrate into society, with dignity and as productive individuals, by empowering them with physical and emotional self-reliance
Priyanka Musalay is an Organizational Psychologist who has spent her career engaging with young people in developing their skills to work as a team. She has a specialization in Human Resource Management and is a certified Six Sigma Green belt. She is also a counsellor, a certified Motor Skills Learning Coach from the Motor Skills Learning Academy, Switzerland, and a certified Therapeutic Art Life coach.
Prior to Fernandez, Priyanka worked as a faculty member at St. Francis College for Women, as well as served as a Coordinator for the American Corner and PG Diploma Psychology Counseling Skills course. She was also a Project Manager for a specialized course on Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults in collaboration with the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, and St. Francis College.
As part of her leadership roles she has delivered several training interventions that included outbound training and community outreach programs, programs on stress management, personal branding, time management, Interpersonal Relations, Social Skills, Communication skills and Organization citizenship behavior.
Dr Dedeepya completed her MD in Paediatrics and her Fellowship in Development and Behaviour Paediatrics from SRIHER, Chennai. Her interest lies in the field of Early Detection and Early Intervention of Global Development Concerns.
During her previous tenure while working with Neurology, she felt that there is a lacuna in the Development Sector and believes that she can contribute to this sector and become part of this change. Heading the clinical team in FCDC, her focus will be on existing concerns in Physical/Mental development, Educating and Counselling parents in Early Detection & Intervention and providing suitable treatment options and follow through.
Sivapriya completed her Masters in Orthopaedic Physiotherapy and is a certified manual therapist. She has trained in PNF techniques, Hand Therapy and Sensory Integration, and has also specialized in post-surgical splints.
Sivapriya has worked with children who have developmental delays, paediatric orthopaedic conditions and children in the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She is passionate about working with children with multiple disabilities and designing specialized programs for them.
Dr Jaishree Kulkarni is the Paediatrician for the centre. She has over 14 years of experience. She completed her post-graduation in paediatrics from the Siplomate National Board and also obtained a post-graduate diploma in Development Neurology.
Jaishree has served in Fernandez Hospitals for more than 12 years. She is specialised in Neurodevelopment assessment of preterm . She has also been trained in DASII and Bayley III assessments and is an BPNI certified lactation consultant.
Jaishree has a passion for educating counsellors and mothers.
With over 11 years of experience, Chakaravarthy B is In-charge of Physiotherapy at the Centre. He completed his Bachelors In Physiotherapy and a postgraduate diploma course in Early intervention for special needs from the National Institute For The Mentally Handicapped (NIMH). He also obtained a Master’s degree in Psychology from S.V. University. He is experienced in treating children with Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, and Developmental Delays. One of his core areas of specialization is working with children who are Autistic and have learning disabilities.
Chakravarthy has been a training resource for many programmes in NIMH and has also trained Special Educators of SSA on Early Intervention. He was a key member of a core group charged with training grass-root special educators in Government agencies on the identification and management of disabilities. He has a keen interest in in designing cost-effective aids for children.
Ridima Nigam is the head occupational therapist at Fernandez Child Development Centre. She obtained her Master’s degree from Manipal University, and is certified in brain gym and handwriting without tears. She has had intensive experience in working with children with special needs. Her innovative therapy approaches have brought her many awards.
She brings with her over 10 years of work experience.
Sandhya is the head of the Audiology Department at Fernandez Child Development Centre. She graduated from Manipal University with a Bachelor’s in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology and obtained her Master’s in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology from Osmania University. She has over 9 years of experience in teaching, training and research in audiology. She has worked as an audiologist in several hospitals and hearing aid clinics. She specializes in infant and pediatric assessment, middle ear testing, childhood hearing screening, auditory cortical potentials and vestibular testing. She has served as a resource person at NISHD and has a particular interest in Special Pediatric Populations, Auditory Processing Disorders, Educational Audiology, Family Centered Care and Cochlear Implant technology.
Latha has over 18 years of clinical practice. She also teaches post-graduate students and serves as a research guide to PhD scholars.
Latha was selected for the Young Scientist Award by the Nutrition Society of India in 1997. She has earned recognition at the National and International Fora, and has established herself in the academic circles as a passionate researcher. She is a nominated member on the Board of PG Studies, Anwar Uloom College and Women’s college, Koti, Osmania University. She has contributed immensely towards raising awareness on Diet and Nutrition as a panelist for various TV channels and print media, and her articles appear regularly in leading publications.
Saher Ali is a holistic psychological counsellor. She has conducted individual, family and group therapy sessions with children, adolescents, and adults experiencing emotional difficulties in different settings over the last 16 years.
Her orientation as a counsellor is towards Gestalt Therapy. “Gestalt” is the German word for “wholeness”, the whole is perceived as greater than the sum of its parts. It also refers to awareness of the here and now. To Saher, Art about not having to worry about being perfect but paint for the experience of gestalt.
As a counselling psychologist, she incorporates principles of gestalt in art therapy sessions. It is a powerful tool or medium to connect ourselves with that part of us that cannot verbalize and helps channelize strong feelings within us bringing us closer to our inner creative self towards greater self-awareness.
Shabeena Fernandes is a speech and language specialist with over 18 years’ experience in both clinical practice and academia. She completed her master’s Audiology and Speech & Language from The Aliyavur Jung National Institute for Hearing Impaired.
She has also trained in Autism Spectrum Disorders for coordinators of DSE, Makaton sign language and the Infant Program. Shabeena area of expertise is in Motor Speech disorders, Articulation, Phonological disorders and Fluency.
She has been a guest faculty at Ali Yavur Jung National Institute of Speech and Hearing Disabilities for over 16 years, for both their Bachelor’s and Masters courses.
Rafia Ahmed is an Occupational Therapist. She obtained her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy, specializing in Orthopaedics. Rafia has worked extensively with children of different learning disabilities, sensory processing disorders, ASD and down syndrome. Her work has included programs such as forming groups of children with multiple disabilities to help them enhance their social interaction and designing economically viable tools for children with learning disabilities to use at home.
Her main focus of interest lies in enabling a child to become functionally independent in society.
Saleem Unnisa is a Remedial Therapist and special educator. She has 20 years of experience in education of which 5 years were in the area of special needs. Saleem has worked in the United States, with Savannah Chatham County as a special educator, and in India. She was the Head of the Department for Special Needs in the Meridian School, Hyderabad for four years. She has vast experience in handling students with diverse developmental needs including Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) , dyslexic SLD and Hyperactivity in the age group 3 to 19 .
Saleem holds a Master’s in Education, Psychology and English, and a diploma in special needs. Passionate about her subject, she displays an emotional connect with her students and their parents.
Dr.B.Madhavi is a licensed Clinical Psychologist with the added expertise of a Speech therapist and Special Educatorfrom the Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI). She obtained a Diploma in Communication Disorders from Ali Yavar Jung National Institute of Speech and Hearing, a B.Ed. in special education (Hearing Impairment) from Andhra Mahila Sabha, Osmania University, a Professional Diploma in Clinical Psychology from Sweekar Academy of Rehabilitation Sciences, Hyderabad and a Ph.D. from SV University, Tirupati. Mashavi has over 20 years of experience in working with children and adolescents with developmental, behavioural and academic difficulties. Her core areas of expertise are psychological assessment and diagnosis of children with developmental disabilities such as Intellectual Disability, Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD & Specific Learning Difficulties, Interventions & Behaviour Modification and Assessment & intervention of adults with mental disorders.
She has presented 11 papers at National and International conferences and received the best paper award for her presentation on Autism. She published 8 articles in National and International Publications.
Madhavi has conducted training programs for upcoming psychologists on assessments, counselling skills and has trained around 5000 software employees on stress and time managements. She has also conducted training programs for parents of children with special needs on behaviour modification techniques, speech and language stimulation, auditory training and special education.
Apeksha Agarwal is a Remedial Therapist with over 5 years of experience. She completed her M.Sc. in Applied Psychology from St. Francis College for Women Hyderabad, as well as ‘Tutor Training’ in Specific Learning Disability and Cognitive Intervention Programs from the Alpha to Omega institute, Chennai. Apeksha has experience in working with children having Developmental delay, ADHD, ASD, Specific Learning Disabilities and Down syndrome. She is a calm, well organised and patient person, who is extremely passionate about her profession, which is demonstrated through her emotional connection as she works along with children.
Vasundhara is a social worker at Fernandez Child Development Centre. She obtained her Master’s degree from Sri Venkateswara University and is certified in Child Development. She has 11 years of experience in the social service sector.