J.Senthil Kumar

Condition: Mental Retardation and unable to talk
Date of birth: 10- 09- 1974
Type of Rehab: Special Education at Nesam, Arcot, India
Sponsors – Sarla Bhuta, Toronto,Ontario, Canada
Year of sponsorship: 2003
At time of sponsorship 2004
Profile: J.Senthil Kumar
Name of the student: J.Senthil Kumar
Father's Name/Occupation: R. Jagadeesan / Retired Court Clerk
Mother's Name/Occupation: P. Uma Devi / Tamil teacher, Government Higher secondary school. Arcot
Address: Clive Bazar, Arcot 632 503.
Siblings: Younger Brother – Normal.
Nature of Disability: Mentally retarded and unable to talk
Medical History:

He was delivered with the help of forceps.  At the age of 6 months, he got fits.  It was frequent like once in two or three days.  He was hospitalized for a month in Christian Medical College.  He was prescribed with ‘Cardinal’ and kept in unconscious state.  The fits stopped.  But his periodic growth and development stopped after that.  He sat at the age of two years and walked at the age of 3 years.  At the age of 7 years, they consulted Dr. Kalyanaram and Dr. B. Ramamoorthi famous neurologists. He was given Emption and Vallium-5 for a few years and he is free from medication.

Training Given at Nesam Sc:

  1. He is given physiotherapy and muscular exercises. They also teach him yoga exercises.
  2. Communication: He is being trained to show actions and signals to have his personal needs and works fulfilled.
  3. Concentration: He was very restless in a place even for two minutes.  To make him sit in a place, they play recorded songs.  He is given small pieces of works, which last for two minutes.
  4. Activities of daily life: He has to be trained to do the daily personal sanitary jobs himself.  His mother helps him to brush his teeth and also for bathing.
  5. Vocational training: He is made to color some simple drawings with help.  He is keeping the papers in proper order under instructions.
  6. Community trainingHe is training to play and work with others in a group.  He is also taught good habits.

He is trained to eat on his own. Now his able to eat on his own without help from others. With occupational therapy and training, he is able to move and coordinate his wrist and fingers and eats with his hand. With yoga, his flexibility is improved and he is doing small jobs like taking things from one classroom to the other. His concentration is improved and he is able to sit in a place calmly and does a very simple work for 10 minutes. He dresses himself with a trousers and pullover T-Shirt which he does, without help from others. He participates in the vocational activities, doing very simple things for a duration of 5-10 minutes.