Aster KIND: Empowering Minds & Lives

The Kids Integrated Neurology & Development Centre at Aster Medcity, Kochi (Aster KIND) provides holistic care for management of neurological and neurodevelopmental disorders in children and adolescents. Led by a team of experts comprising Paediatricians, Child Neurologists, Therapists and Nurses, this one-of-its-kind facility offers specialised services including:

  • Child Neurology services
  • Neurodevelopmental services
  • Neuro rehabilitation services
  • Child behavioural health and allied services
  • Neurometabolic and neurogenetic services
  • Research and training

How Aster KIND works:

Involving The Family For A Better Outcome

There’s no support and love like what one’s family can give. That’s why we believe our family-centric approach to care works wonders. This way, the child’s emotional, physical and medical requirements are fulfilled, which in turn translates to a better outcome.

We Treat The Child And Not Just The Symptoms

We believe in a providing holistic treatment: we manage the behavioural, emotional and social facets of the child’s physical illness and enhance his or her natural skill by working together as a team with the child’s family and caregivers.

Aided By Technology

One of the most advanced healthcare destinations in India, Aster Medcity offers a comprehensive range of diagnostic and therapeutic technology to aid accurate diagnosis and efficient treatment.

Comprehensive Care

We offer specialised treatment for children with conditions including:

  • Headache
  • Epilepsy
  • Movement disorders
  • Neuromuscular diseases
  • Neuroimmunology
  • Stroke
  • Mitochondrial and metabolic disorders
  • Learning disabilities
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Neurodevelopmental disabilities - Like Autism and ADHD
  • Sleep disorders
  • Brain tumors and conditions requiring surgery
  • Genetic neurological disorders and rare brain diseases
  • Neonatal neurological conditions, even in high-risk newborns

Expert Team

The Aster KIND team comprises experts from various subspecialities who with a multidisciplinary approach to provide optimal, evidence-based to children.

  • Paediatric Neurologist
  • Developmental Paediatrician
  • Neurosurgeon
  • Geneticist
  • Neuro critical care
  • Neuroradiologist
  • Neuro Ophthalmologist
  • Neuro Oncologist
  • Child Psychiatrist
  • Child Psychologist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Developmental Therapist
  • Speech and language pathologist
  • Play therapist
  • Special educators
  • Dietician
  • Social workers

Speciality Clinics & Programmes

  • Neurocritical care and trauma center
  • Childhood Stroke Program
  • Epilepsy clinic
  • Ketogenic Diet Clinic
  • Tuberous Sclerosis Clinic
  • Neurofibromatosis Clinic
  • Neuromuscular clinic
  • Headache Clinic
  • High-risk baby follow up clinic
  • Child guidance clinic (ADHD, LD)
  • Autism clinic
  • Cerebral palsy clinic

Clinical Support Services

  • Audiology
  • Behavioral health
  • Occupational therapy
  • Neurosurgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedic surgery
  • Plastic surgery
  • Physical therapy
  • Social work
  • Rapid-response team
  • Paediatric pain management

Advanced Diagnostic Services

  • Epilepsy monitoring unit
  • Video EEG, nerve conduction and sleep study lab (Electrophysiology lab )
  • Dedicated OT for procedures like lumbar puncture, muscle biopsy and Botox administration
  • Virtual reality and robotics for rehabilitation
  • Neurogenetics and neurometabolic lab
  • Neuropathology lab with immunohistochemistry

Aster Neurodevelopmental Unit

An advanced facility for treating Neurodevelopmental disorders in children, the expert team of doctors and therapists at the Aster Neurodevelopmental Unit believes in incorporating the latest scientific concepts to empower and enable differently abled children to be a part of the society.

  • Assessment of children with developmental and behavioural concerns
  • Multi-disciplinary intervention services
  • Referrals to community services
  • Parental guidance for child development
  • Counselling and support for families of children with developmental and behavioural problems
  • Liaison with schools on children with learning problems - Placement of children with special needs for training and education
  • Collaboration with Primary Health and Community
  • Services for early identification of children with developmental and behavioural problems, to facilitate early intervention

Neuro Rehabilitation & Psychological Care

Patient & family services: family resource centre with family support specialists and Paediatric Psychologists.

Evaluation of bio-behavioral aspects of primary illness along the road from diagnosis to post-recovery and providing right guidance.

Working with the family and caregivers to enable them to cope up with the stress of living with a physical illness.

Assistance in developing tools that the child as well as his/her family requires to manage the acute phase of the child’s condition.

Management of the child’s emotional and physical pain in a manner that’s appropriate to his or her age.

Support to manage stress/ normal/ abnormal reaction to illness.

Identifying psychopathology and planning a customised, multidisciplinary treatment strategy that includes psycho-education, supportive psychotherapy, relaxation training, cognitive behavioural therapy and pyschopharmacology.

Combining individual treatment, family-based treatment and community resources to ensure the best possible outcome.

Clinical Concierge Services

Assistance with housing transportation administration translation

Religious and cultural matters

Steps to engage families such as a parent advisory committee that meets frequently

Doctors

Dr. Susan Mary Zachariah

Senior Specialist – Developmental Paediatrics (Aster KIND)

Dr. Susan Mary Zachariah

A Developmental Paediatrician with more than 4 years of experience, Dr. Susan Mary Zachariah specialises in management of developmental disorders in children including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, behavioural disorders and genetic syndromes.

Trained at one of the finest medical institutes in India, Dr. Susan Mary Zachariah believes in providing holistic care to children with neurodevelopmental disorders, with strong focus on maximising their capabilities and improving their quality of life.

Qualifications

IAP Fellowship in Neurodevelopmental and Behavioural Paediatrics (Christian Medical College, Vellore) | MD in Paediatrics (Christian Medical College, Vellore) | DCh (Christian Medical College, Vellore) | MBBS (Christian Medical College, Vellore)

Achievements

  • Specialised training in Developmental Paediatrics from Christian Medical College, Vellore.
  • Experience in management of children with various developmental disorders and inclusion of differently abled children.
  • Works with parents to ensure that the children get the best of care, attention and support.
  • Focuses on empowering children with disabilities by helping them reach their maximum potential and capabilities.
  • Proficient in English, Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil
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Dr. Maria Grace Treasa

Pathologist

Dr. Maria Grace Treasa

A Speech & Language Pathologist with more than 10 years of experience, Dr. Maria Grace Treasa is an expert in assessment, diagnosis and treatment of communication disorders, especially in children.

Trained in management of speech and hearing (both congenital and acquired) disorders, she excels in providing comprehensive treatment solutions for speech, language, fluency, social, cognitive-communication and swallowing disorders. Her fields of special interest include management of paediatric speech-language disorders and autism spectrum disorders.

Dr. Maria Grace heads the paediatric speech-language pathology division at Aster KIND.

Educational Qualifications

PhD in Speech-Language Pathology (All India Institute of Speech & Hearing Mysore) | MSc in Speech-Language Pathology (All India Institute of Speech & Hearing Mysore) | BSc in Speech & Hearing (All India Institute of Speech & Hearing Mysore)

Achievements

Lecturer in Speech - Language Pathology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi

Lecturer in Speech - Language Pathology, ICCONS, Shoranur.

Invited Speaker at communication-related symposiums at several Pre-Schools/ Schools / Hospitals.

Examiner at Amrita University and KUHS.

External examiner for Manipal University.

Gold medalist for MSc.

Best Student Clinician Award 2007.

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