THE PROBLEM CHILD
We have great pleasure in welcoming you to the inaugural ceremony of “The Problem Child”
by the Honourable Governor of Tamil Nadu, Shri. Banwarilal Purohit. This day-long
symposium for doctors and allied health professionals aims to focus on children with
problems of brain functioning and mental health.
All of us are aware that children are the future of India and the world, and their health and
wellbeing are fundamental to our National and global growth. It has been pointed out, that
our human capital as a society includes good physical, mental and cognitive health;
especially that of children and youth. Indeed, to this we may add “spiritual health” also as
many leading global organisations recommend.
The Problem Child:
It has been estimated variously that between 15 and 20% of school goers have problems
with learning, cognition, behaviour and mental health, which disadvantage their human
capital and potentially affect their contribution to society at large. It is imperative that we
make significant strides in understanding disorders of brain and mind in childhood, leading
to early diagnosis, early interventions and appropriate care.
Our three guest speakers today, two from Johns Hopkins University, USA (Dr. Joyce Harrison
& Dr. Jay Salpekar) and one from India, Dr. Pramith Rastogi (having trained in Johns
Hopkins), are working at the forefront of pediatric neuropsychiatry, a new discipline that is
focused on the brain & mind of the child, from disease to health. The symposium honours
two distinguished Indians from this part of the world: Late Shri. Appa Rao a freedom fighter
turned rural industrialist represented here by his grandchildren and Late Dr. Krishnamoorthy
Srinivas a doyen of community neurology in India.
Through 7 lectures on topics like Autism, ADHD, Epilepsy, Stress & Mental health, the three
experts will enlighten the Indian audience on the recent advances in the care of “The
Problem Child". Such care goes beyond medication to include education and therapy efforts.
While Dr. Jay Salpekar in his lectures will emphasise the importance of low threshold of
suspicion (is there a problem?) to information sharing (early diagnosis) and early
intervention (medical and therapeutic) Joyce Harrison will emphasise the need to develop
best practice models of care that link medical specialists, multidisciplinary professionals,
schools and other organisations that engage in care. Dr. Pramit Rastogi in his lectures will
address Autism and ADHD, two early developmental conditions that pose challenges for the
children so affected, their families, teachers and communities.
Shri. Banwarilal Purohit will release the TAMIL translation of “Autism- the Buddhi Book” a
compilation of facts about this important condition that affects the brain and mind, as also
case studies and experiential research descriptions of how the integrated care approach,
helps the children so affected. Published by Buddhi Clinic, the book outlines the integration
of modern science and ancient wisdom, the use of Ayurveda, Naturotherapy, Acupressure
and Reflexology in tandem with behavioural, occupational, neurodevelopmental and speech
therapy, which are conventionally Buddhi Clinic combines modern technology in the best
scientific traditions of medicine and healing with ancient wisdom, from diverse medical
systems. Such integrated care, leverages on scientific advances, yet respects the wonderful
traditions and knowledge of our ancients. As described therein, Buddhi Clinic’s "Seva
program" takes these treatments through their mobile therapy units, to special schools and
institutions for the differently-abled, free of cost, the program being supported by
Corporate Social Responsibility of major industrial groups.
The Honourable Governor in his address will highlight
– The importance of children as society’s most valuable human capital
– the importance of Buddhi Clinic’s pioneering model that brings together, holistically, the
best of modern science and the wisdom of ancient healthcare traditions including Ayurveda
– The value of our “joint family system” and the importance of retaining the social fabric of
the “integrated family”.
– the importance of empowering key stakeholders, doctors and other medical professionals,
rehabilitation professionals, teachers in special schools and families of those children
affected by disorders of the brain and mind
– The importance of supporting the caregivers who are engaged in a lifetime of effort
– pay tribute to both professionals and families engaged in the care of “The Problem Child”
and encouraged them to identify the sphere of activity their ward excelled in, so that this
may be encouraged and developed further
The day long program which will be attended by 250 professionals and lay intelligentsia will
include a day-long “Buddhi Immersion”, an exposition of integrative healthcare as
pioneered and practised by “Buddhi Clinic”.