Speech and
Language Therapy

About Speech and Language Therapy

Speech and Language Therapy involves services to those with all aspects of communication deficits It entails the use of non-invasive facilitative intervention techniques that are gradual, precise, and non-invasive.

A speech and language pathologist evaluates and treats clients to improve communication, correct articulation, develop language (receptive and expressive language skills), help clients overcome fluency disorders (stuttering/stammering and cluttering), facilitate appropriate resonance for those with resonance disorders (hypernasality, hyponasality, or cul de sac), and support individuals with neurological speech disorders. A speech therapist provides an evidence-based approach to intervention that takes into account the client’s age, socio-cultural background, personal preferences, and communicative environment. Play therapy is a fun and effective way to help children with their speech. The activities in play therapy are usually goal-oriented and child-led, resulting in positive outcomes. Clients are opting for online speech therapy sessions as much as offline sessions due to the growing need for the field and global trends. Speech therapists are also in charge of preventing the consequences of communication deficits by actively offering assistance and nonverbal communication alternatives.

Who Should Avail This Therapy?

The following can opt for speech therapy sessions:

  • Individuals with delay or deficiency in speech and language development (from their peers) due to hearing loss, intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorders, specific language impairment, aphasia, and cerebral palsy. Such individuals would require language therapy as an intervention strategy.
  • Individuals with articulation and phonological disorders due to structural deformities like cleft lip and palate or habitual error patterns.
  • Individuals with apraxia of speech: who have motor planning difficulty in speech production.
  • Individuals with voice disorders. Those with abnormality in quality, loudness and functional use of voice will benefit immensely with speech therapy.
  • Individuals with fluency disorders like stuttering/stammering and cluttering.
  • Individuals with swallowing disorders.
  • Individuals with difficulty in basic communication can be intervened with an alternative or augmentative communication suitable for the client with the help of a speech and language pathologist.


  • Early speech & language intervention ensures age-appropriate communication, speech and language skills for children thereby reducing the possibility of children developing challenging behaviours and saves the person from the consequences.
  • With improved expressive and receptive language skills, children can perform optimally in academics.
  • If causative factors for swallowing disorders are identified and addressed, malnutrition can be reversed with effective therapy.
  • With efficient communication skills, individuals who have recovered from the deficit can have a broader scope of educational and career prospects.


  • Parent interaction
  • Proformas (4 varied proformas or interview forms according to disorders which will be selectively used for the client)
  • Language assessment tool (A standardised tool to assess receptive and expressive language skills compared with normative children below 4 years)
  • PLS-5 (A standardised tool to assess receptive and expressive language skills compared with normative children below 7.7 years)


  • Parent Interaction – Observation of Child in natural setting
  • Assessments and Report
  • Educating parents after diagnosis
  • Goal setting and therapy for child, including home programmes
  • Review of the progress, achievements, and challenges after 3 months. Formulate new goals.
  • Re-evaluate after 1 year

*Parents are an integral part of all therapy sessions and goal settings

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(Sessions involving PLS5 assessment are Rs. 1000)

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Fernandez CDC Online Services

Our online consulting service enables you to have your child’s consultation from the convenience of your home, via video call.


Speech and Language Therapist

Lydia, has a specialization in Speech  Language Pathology from All India Institute of Speech and Hearing (AIISH), Mysuru. Pediatric population is one of her main interests. Her experience as a Speech therapist in Rajendra Institute of  Medical Sciences (RIMS), Ranchi and a posting at Niloufer Hospital, Hyderabad widens the range of cases observed in children with multiple disabilities. She is energetic and passionate towards her work.  Lydia, has completed Level ’A’ in Indian Sign Language and has Bachelor’s in Audiology and Speech language Pathology from Ali Yavar Jung National Institute of Speech & Hearing Disabilities (Divyangjan)-SRC.


Head of Speech and Language Therapy

Shabeena Fernandes has over 18 years’ experience in both clinical practice and academia. She completed her Master’s in Audiology and Speech & Language from Ali Yavar Jung National Institute of Speech and Hearing Disabilities (Divyangjan), Mumbai. She has also trained in Autism Spectrum Disorder for Coordinators of DSE, Makaton Sign Language and the Infant Program. Shabeena’s area of expertise are in motor speech disorders, articulation, phonological disorders, and fluency.

She has been a guest faculty at Ali Yavar Jung National Institute of Speech and Hearing Disabilities for over 16 years, for both their bachelor’s and master’s courses.


Speech and Language Therapist

Karunika has completed her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology from the All-India Institute for Speech and Hearing, Mysuru. She is a certified Level-A in Indian Sign Language and has the “Becoming a Behavioral Detective” course by Dr Kim Barthel to her credit. She has worked closely in various clinical settings including government hospitals and other private rehabilitation centers. She has a passion for various areas of child disorders, phonological disorders, and alternative augmentative communication for children with severe impairments.

Kusuma Kumari Bommi

Speech and Language Therapist

Kusuma Kumari has completed her Masters in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology from the
National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped, Mumbai. She is also certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She has more than 15 years of clinical experience in assessing early speech and hearing disorders in children. She has worked as a speech-language pathologist at Pristine Rehab Care, USA. Apart from this, teaching also interests her and she has been actively guiding students and medical professionals on subjects related to hearing and speaking.

Nisha Printer

I-Can India Hub Coordinator

With over 30 years of experience, Nisha’s professional career has been primarily as a Clinical Therapist in the areas of Rehabilitation and Counselling in India and the UK. As Head of the Rehabilitation Department at HOSMAT Hospital, Bengaluru, and Deputy Director of the Indian arm of Action on Disability & Development, a U.K-based NGO, she has acquired experience in strategic planning and managing rehabilitation programs in the healthcare and social service sectors. She has completed her Master’s in Applications of Psychology from the University of Wolverhampton, UK, and is a certified counselor. Nisha set up the Fernandez Child Development Centre, Hyderabad, and now provides Program Development and Strategic Planning for the same. She is also the Coordinator for the Indo-Canadian Autism Program at Fernandez CDC.


Senior Occupational Therapist

Rafia Ahmed obtained her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy, specializing in Orthopaedics. Rafia has worked extensively with children with different learning disabilities, sensory processing disorders, ASD and down syndrome. Her work includes 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 focus of interest lies in enabling a child to become functionally independent in society.


Developmental Paediatrician and Clinical Head

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.

While working with Neurology in her previous stint, 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.


Head of Operations

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.


In charge Physiotherapist and Early Intervention Therapist

Chakaravarthy B has over 11 years of experience. He completed his bachelors in Physiotherapy and a postgraduate diploma 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 programs 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.


Head of Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics

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.

Dr. E Madhavi

Clinical Psychologist and Behaviour Therapist

Dr.E.Madhavi is a licensed Clinical Psychologist with the added expertise of a  Speech therapist and  Special Educator from 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. Madhavi 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.


Head of Occupational Therapy

Ridima obtained her master’s degree from Manipal University and is certified in Brain Gym and
Handwriting Without Tears. She has extensive experience in working with children with special
needs and her innovative therapy approaches have brought her many awards.

She brings with her over 10 years of work experience.

Ms. Hemalatha

Billing Executive

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G. Jyoti

Yoga Therapist

Jyoti has completed her training from Vivekananda Institute, Bengaluru and Yocures Yoga Institute, Hyderabad. She also has a certificate from Prafull Oorja Yoga for Special Needs Children, Bengaluru. She is a passionate yoga instructor with over 15 years of training experience. Besides providing assistance to children with special needs she also conducts yoga classes for an MNC in Hyderabad.