ezhilmangai

Dr. Ra. Poo. Ezhilmangai MBBS, DCH, PGDDN

Consultant Paediatrician in Child’s Brain development and Behavioural issues

Visiting Consultant – G Kuppuswamy Naidu Memorial Hospital & PSG Hospitals

Getting around in the physical world is something many of us may take for granted.

“Only the person wearing the shoe knows where it pinches.”

A simple saying but filled with a lot of wisdom. Indeed, unless you have gone through a certain situation, it is very hard to understand what the situation feels like. This may perhaps be why many do not understand the struggles faced by people living with physical and mental handicaps.

Different and varied factors can lead to disability in children, which may leave them on crutches or a wheelchair for the rest of their lives. From that point onwards they are sentenced to a life of constant dependence. They can do little on their own and have to look to others for assistance. Simple day to day tasks like buttoning up a shirt that they would previously do without giving it a second thought now become as difficult as scaling a mountain. Some even need help bathing and using the restroom. This is bound to strip them of their dignity and leave them feeling helpless and a burden.

Ezhil is a paediatrician with an immense ardour to serve and help developmentally challenged children. She is qualified with Postgraduate Diploma in Developmental and Behavioural Paediatrics. She underwent further training in the UK, with the authors of one of the most detailed diagnostic developmental assessment scales, the Griffiths mental developmental scale. As of now, she has assessed more than 500 developmentally challenged kids, helping to plan their management and improved quality of life. She is an expert in Autism diagnostic tools and management planning with the adept usage of the ADOS-2 tool. She was also trained in the UK based subjective module for autism, the 3Di.

This is quite unique for a paediatrician to dedicate fulltime in this field. Though there is a lot of assistance offered by the para-clinical experts, the comprehensive evaluation of where the child stands at periodic intervals is the backbone of any therapy the child is being offered. This is done with the extant tools and methods. To give an example of how unique this speciality, in contrast to regular paediatric clinics, the meeting with the parents lasts for at least 2 hours where, extreme care and clarity is taken to understand the prime motives and concerns of the parents. The sessions are divided into 3 to 4 parts to arrive at a complete and comprehensive assessment of the child.


My special areas of interest: High risk Newborns for Neuro-developmental compromise, Early Intervention and Autism.

COURSES

  • Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule Second Edition (ADOS-2), Oxford, United Kingdom.
  • Prechtls Method on the Qualitative Assessment of General Movements
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Workshop, Behavioural Medical Unit, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences
  • International Guide for Monitoring Child Development (GMCD)
  • Griffiths III – Conversion Course
  • Developmental Assessment Scales for Indian Infants (DASII), KEM Hospital, Pune.
  • Bayley Scale of Infant Development (BSID), Pearson clinical – Bangalore.
  • 3Di – Developmental Diagnostic and Dimensional interview, University College of London.
  • National Behavioural Assesment Scale (NBAS), Cambridge University.
  • Griffith Mental Developmental Assesment Scale (GMDS), Croydon NHS, London.

TUTOR

Approved Griffiths III Tutor by ARCID Griffths Logo

MEMBERSHIPS

Society of Developmental and Behavioural Paediatrics (SDBP)
Association for Research in Infant and Child Development (ARICD)
International Developmental Pediatrics Association (IDPA)
Childhood Disability Group (CDG-IAP)
Growth Development and Behavioural Paediatrics (IAP-GDBP)