Ummeed Child Development Center

Mumbai, India

Focus areas: Autism   Developmental Disabilities  

Ummeed is a not-for-profit organization set up in 2001 by Dr. Vibha Krishnamurthy, with the objective of helping children with developmental disabilities like Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation, Learning Disabilities, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Today, Ummeed provides specialized care for developmental disabilities and has additionally moved into areas of training, research and advocacy. More than 70 professionals ranging from pediatricians, therapists, mental health professionals and social workers support its services. It is now one of the country’s leading NGOs, much respected for its work in the field of children with disabilities. Ummeed provides integrated care for children from all sections of society and empowers parents by giving them the skills to do what every parent dreams of – helping their child grow, learn, and live their life to the fullest.

Ummeed's vision is to help children with developmental disabilities & those at risk for acquiring disabilities reach their maximum potential and be integrated in society.

ECHO Ummeed Autism Intervention

Autism Intervention Training Program at Ummeed
Autism Intervention Training Program (AITP) Level 1 is a certificate course, spread over 6 months, for professionals working in clinics, rehabilitation centers, schools and other organizations working with children with ASD. This program focuses on training professionals to work on communication, social skills, play and behaviors in children with ASD between ages of 1- 12 years using a combination of evidence based strategies. This program also provides supervision during the course of the program and post training support to help professionals successfully apply the strategies in their practice.

AITP Mentorship
As the AITP trainees started ‘Autism Intervention’ in their practice, many of them expressed interest in ongoing mentorship and support in this field. As an effort to bring all of the trainees together for collaborative learning, Ummeed is partnering with Project ECHO India.

During this project, a case based discussion model will be used to strengthen in depth understanding and application of concepts taught during AITP. The objective of the program is to help the trainees with ongoing support in their practice enhancing their clinical skills, right where they are. The hope is to build the community of ‘Autism Interventionists’ who will in turn impact maximum families with Autism; who will receive timely and accessible evidence based care.

Ummeed is starting 7 month long AITP Mentorship program for the year 2017-2018 starting from October 2017 to April 2018.

4 trainees from AITP level 1 batch 1 2016
12 trainees from AITP level 2 batch 2 2017

Ummeed ECHO Autism

Ummeed ECHO Autism is an innovative partnership program to mentor physicians (pediatricians, neurologists and psychiatrists) on best practices in Identification, Evaluation and Management of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The broad objective is to increase access to quality health care for children with ASD by providing specialized case-based tele-education/mentoring to physicians to increase their self-efficacy in early identification of ASD, assessing and treating common medical and psychiatric comorbidities in ASD.

Dr. Kristin Sohl and her team from University of Missouri Thompson Center for Autism have been running the ECHO Autism program successfully since 2015. We are the 18th replication site of ECHO Autism which uses the innovative Project ECHO model to increase the expertise of physicians to enable them to provide family-centred, best care practices to families of children with Autism.

Five month program starting from March to July 2018.
Hub Team:
Dr. Vibha Krishnamurthy- Developmental Pediatrician & Executive Director
Dr. Koyeli Sengupta- Developmental Pediatrician & Director, Autism Intervention Services Dr. Leera Lobo- Developmental Pediatrician & Project Coordinator
Dr. Pervin Dadachanji- Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist
Priyanka Gupta- Occupational Therapist & Senior Autism Intervention Therapist

Spokes: Participating physicians from India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bahrain and Brazil

47 spokes across India attending 3 clinics

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Active Clinics @ Ummeed

Ummeed ECHO Autism Program

Developmental Disabilities Autism

Led by

Dr. K. Segupta
Hub Experts
D. Krishnamurthy,
Dr Leera Lobo,
D. Dadachanji
Priyanka Gupta

ECHO UMMEED Autism Intervention (Batch 2)


Soham Bhaskar
Senior IT Executive

Completed Clinics @ Ummeed

ECHO Ummeed Autism Intervention


Hub Experts
Dolores Scheelen,
Chanchal Patil,
Dr. K. Segupta