Neurodevelopmental disorders in children: Solution for parents

Neurodevelopmental disorders are characterised by developmental deficits that usually show up early in a child’s development, many times before the child enters elementary school, and can run throughout the individual’s lifetime. These brain function deficits can affect a person’s emotions, memory, ability to learn, socialise and maintain self-control. Coming Saturday, a conference will be held for doctors, psychologists, therapists, counselors, educators and parents at the LTMG Sion Hospital auditorium about neurodevelopmental issues among children


Neurodevelopmental disorders are disorders related to the development in the central nervous system. This includes variety of dysfunctions like that of the brain or motor functioning which could be rather difficult for any individual to handle without the help of experts.

For parents with any doubts about neurodevelopmental issues in children, Dr Samir Dalwai is a one-stop answer. Since last year, his organisation, New Horizons has been arranging a conference for parents on developmental neuroscience in association with Indian Academy of Paediatrics (IAP) and Nirmala Niketan.

Coming Saturday, a conference will be held for parents at the LTMG Sion Hospital about neurodevelopmental issues among children. The aim is to bring all stakeholders together to discuss interdisciplinary management.


“The panel would be filled with experts from different specialisations and various topics like mood disorders, pharmacology and many others. Over 25 speakers will adorn the event on January 20. We will also be discussing different case studies for doctors, psychologists, therapists, counselors, educators and parents. Because content is largely scientific. Not designed exclusively for parents,” said Dr Samir Dalwai, President of Indian Academy of Paediatrics-Mumbai Branch, Neurodevelopmental Paediatrician and the founder-head of New Horizons Child Development Centre, Mumbai and the Past President of IAP Mumbai.

Some of the doctors who will be present at the conference include Dr Avinash De’sousa, Dr Bela Verma, Dr Kersi Chavda, Dr Rashid Merchant, Dr Yusuf Matcheswalla, Dr Tushar Maniar among others.

“This will be one-of-a kind event with experts from different branches coming in together to discuss about specific case histories. What we have been noticing is that even today, a lot of parents are not fully aware about nuances of illnesses that their kid suffers from. Most of the sessions are completely interactive, letting more and more parents discuss various issues,” said Dr Ameya Bondre, coordinating research head and organising head of the conclave.