Pradyuman is a two year old boy who was identified as having multiple disabilities and a vision impairment during a field survey through Project Identification and Intervention (IDI), a joint program between Perkins India and Dr. Shroff’s Eye Hospital in Vrindavan.
Pradyuman’s parents had been searching for answers and treatment for their child who they knew needed help. It wasn’t until the Project IDI team showed up at their door that they knew they were in good hands. “We are overwhelmed by the support provided by the Project IDI team. We have gone to many places for our child’s treatment; however nowhere we got any solution or guidance nor an attention like this,” they shared.
Upon assessment at the Dr. Shroff’s Eye Hospital Early Intervention Center in Vrindavan, Pradyuman was found to have global developmental delays including delays in his motor movements and speech. He was also observed to avoid eye contact with others and to be unable to focus on objects or people. During his clinical screening at the Center, Pradyuman was diagnosed with Cerebral/Cortical Vision Impairment (CVI).
CVI is a brain-based visual impairment caused by damage to the visual pathways or visual processing areas of the brain. There is no cure for CVI but a child’s ability to use his or her vision has the possibility to improve with the right assessment and educational programming. The good news for Pradyuman is that early intervention staff at Dr. Shroff’s Vrindavan hospital are trained in the assessment and treatment of CVI.
A month after the clinical screening, Pradyuman has started to visit Shroff’s Early Intervention (EI) Centre once per week. He seemed to love his first session and was very cheerful and engaged. The vision therapist worked on vision stimulation and sensory integration activities with Pradyuman to help maximise his functional abilities.
Pradyuman’s parents were counselled and guided by the EI staff on various activities that they can perform at home on a daily basis to help support his progress.
The Project IDI team will continue to work with Pradyuman and his family so that he can improve his vision and his other skills so he will grow to be more independent and be ready to be included in school and in his community.