21 January 2011
Aimed at providing systematic long term speech therapy to children with hearing impairment, Maj Gen S S Panwar of Command Hospital, Southern Command, has conceptualized 'Shravan', an early intervention centre for children with hearing impairment.
With the active support of regional president of the Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA) Sunita Khanna and in collaboration with Chennai–based Balavidyalaya School for Young Deaf Children, Panwar has started Shravan as part of the Bionic Ear Centre which is located in the same campus as the Artificial Limb Centre. Sunita Khanna inaugurated the centre on Wednesday.
A press release states that one in a hundred children is born with a hearing impairment. "Most of such children require active rehabilitation, without which they develop significant disabilities in verbal communication. Advanced medical technology like systematic speech therapy and language training is an effective way to improve verbal communication in these children," it says.
The Bionic Ear Centre was established in 2008. The new centre 'Shravan' has well–equipped classrooms and teachers specialising in speech therapy.