Institute for Remedial Intervention Services -
This is a list of events organized, conducted or contributed to by IRIS.
2012 MARCH
  27th Feb to 2nd March 2012: Five-day Orientation for parents and teachers of children with autism of Little Angel’s Early Intervention Centre, St. Thomas Mount, Chennai. All aspects of autism; awareness, nature and needs, communication, play stimulation and behavior management was covered.

5th March 2012: Awareness lecture on Autism to Self Help Group of Mugalivakkam at St. Joseph’s School, Porur, Chennai. The lecture was in Tamil followed by interactive session with women of the Self Help (Makalir) Group who were sensitized to distinguishing early signs of autism in children.

30th to 31st March 2012: Two-day training program on Communication and Behaviour Management, at Bala Sikhsha Sahayata, a school for Autistic Children, run by TVS group under the management of Lakshmi Vidya Sangham, Madurai. 


Navrathri Celebrations with children from Burma Refugee Colony. About 30 children participated.


08th October 2011: Organized Special book release “Meadow of Moods” by Master Anjur Vishal Anand, a six year old autistic savant, at Rajan Eye Care Auditorium. Chief Guest was Padma Shri Dr. Mrs. YG Parthasarathy.

10th-11th Oct 2011:  Presentations to increase awareness about autism in children were made to families of serving personnel of Chennai Garrison.  The first presentation was at St Thomas Mount and the second was at Fort St George.


06th August 2011: Conducted Individual Future Planning Workshop for parents  organized by Assisted Living For Adults with Autism (ALFAA) at Bangalore.

21- 26th August 2011: Continuing Rehabilitation Education (CRE) program for Rehabilitation Workers, Sponsored by Rehabilitation Council of India) at Balavihar, Peroor kada Trivandrum, Kerala


09th July 2011: Workshop on Empowering Parents conducted at the Special School of Tropical Health Foundation of India, Kunnamkulam, Kerala.

11th July 2011: Interactive Session with parents of Chaitanya Special School for Multiple Disabilities, Palakkad, Kerala

11th July 2011: Awareness Program for parents and staff of Christian Missionaries Centre for Speech and Hearing, Palakkad, Kerala.

12th July 2011: Counseling and Program Planning for students with autism at
Shivesh Centre for Autism, Coimbatore.

13th July 2011: Workshop on Planning for Life, for parents and staff of Sree Vamana Therapy Centre, Coimbatore.

19th and 20th July:  Inspection on behalf of Rehabilitation Council of India of National Institute for Empowerment of Persons with Multiple Disabilities, Muttukkadu, Chennai. Evaluation was for continuing the teacher training diploma in Special Education, Autism Spectrum Disorders.

21st July 2011: Participated in a workshop organized by Madhuram Narayanan Centre, Chennai on Interacting with Families (Early Childhood) conducted by Dr. Peter Farrell, Manchester University and Janet Muscat (clinical psychology) from Los Angeles.

25th July: Visited Vidya Sudha, a special school where children with autism are integrated with those with hearing impairment.  This school is run by Speech and Language Therapy department, Sri Ramachandra Medical College, Porur, Chennai.


One Week Summer Camp on Environment Studies (15 to 21 May) for underprivileged children from Burma Colony. 25-30 children attended the camp, ages ranging from 5 to 13. As part of the program they participated in a ‘tree walk’ supervised by staff from NIZHAL.

21st May 2011:  Delivered a talk on Inclusive Education at Global Autism Convention, organized by St John’s Medical College and Autism Society of India, Bangalore.


April to September 2011:  Organized and sponsored home tuition for Sri Manikantan, a visually impaired boy. Manikantan a student 12th Standard of Blind School, Poonamallee, had failed in Economics (Tamil). Sri Muruganandam of MRG Coaching College was engaged for the coaching the boy so that he could appear in the exam in October 2011.

2nd April: Organized painting competition at Sankalp Special School, Anna Nagar, Chennai.  Nine prizes and certificates were awarded to the winners.

  06th March 2011: Workshop on Communication at Seminar organized by Sri Ramachandra Medical College, Porur, TN
  25th January 2011: Meeting with Staff of Andaman Nicobar Island Rehabilitation Centre for Multiple Disabilities

26th January 2011: Orientation lecture cum interactive session for parents and Physical Therapists of A& D Rehabilitation Centre.


25th January 2011: Meeting with Staff of Andaman Nicobar Island Rehabilitation Centre for Multiple Disabilities.

  21-23 November 2010: Inclusion: Social Engineering Pre Conference Workshop at Hotel Savera. International Conference on Early Intervention and Moving Towards Inclusion organized by Madhruam Narayanan Centre for Exceptional children.
  29th and 30th October 2010: Social Skills Training using Drama Techniques was organized by the Foundation, Dr. Parasuram Ramamurthy was invited as the resource person.
  05-06 March 2010: Mythily Chari made a presentation on "Social Model for Rehabilitation" at the International Seminar on Inclusive Practices for Students with Special Needs" Learn 2010, Chennai. The event was organised by SANKALP Open School and Learning Centre. Awareness posters were distributed. More than 200 delegates participated in the Seminar.
  January 2010: Printing of Awareness Posters . The poster orients a lay person to Autism in a 10 question format. 2500 posters were printed for distribution. These posters were handed over to agencies already doing work and also to diagnostic and early intervention Centres. Translations in regional languages will be taken up eventually.
  29-30 December 2009: University of Pondicherry organized a Conference on "Social Skills and Creativity". Mythily Chari was invited to conduct a workshop on "Educators: Social Skills and Autism". The others key presenters were Andrew Nelson from Autism Research Centre, West Virginia and Dr. Parasuram Ramamurthy, HOD, School of Performing Arts, Madurai Kamaraj University. The workshop was attended by over 120 participants, mostly students from Dept of Social Work and Psychology, University of Pondicherry.
  20-21 November: Mythily Chari invited to speak at the Sixth National Conference on Early Intervention. She also conducted a Workshop on Support Systems to Parents in Mentoring Children with Special Needs. This event was organized by Madhuram Narayanan Centre, Chennai. Special teachers and parents attended the workshop, more than 60 participants were present.
  October 24th Development of Autism in Young Children Vasavi Genetic Research Centre, Hyderabad
  September 10th Orientation Lecture cum Interactive session for School Principals and Teachers at Neo Fatima International High School , Tolly Chowki, Mehdipatnam, Hyderabad
  August 7th and 8th Workshop on Educational Management, Therapies at State level National Seminar on Autism for Teachers Thiruvnanthapuram, Kerala State Organized by Centre for Autism International, Maryland, USA.

August 27/28/29 Workshop on Autism Nature and Needs at Krishna Institute for Developmental Delays, Vadodhara, Gujarat.

  Workshop Autism Challenges
organized by FAME INDIA, Bangalore.

29th and 30 July 2009
  5 day orientation workshop for the teachers of Pratyusha
Janakpuri Colony,

1 day Overview for all staff of TRISHNA KIDS, Franchisee of T.I.M.E group, titled “Developmental Delays”

  National Meet on Rehabilitation Experts
Ramachandra Medical College, Porur, TN.

27,28 February 2009
  January 20- Feb 3rd 2009
Auditory Integration Therapy
Sharda Ramlakhan, Lowell, MA
  Dramaautism Workshop by Dr. Parasuram Ramamurthy and Mr. Andrew Nelson of Marshall University, West Virginia

3,4 January 2009
  Communication DEALL National Meet, Bangalore

13, 14 December: 2008
  Autism Awareness walk with Hyderabad 10K

30 November, 2008
  Schools are for Everyone - Inclusive Education
workshop at Mount Banjara School, Banjara Hills.

29 November, 2008
  HANDLE Workshop at Staff College, of the State Bank, Resource Person Marianne Wagner from Switzerland

15,16 November 2008
  Diabetes Walk organized by Rotary Club

14 November, 2008
  'Handling clients with autism' Talk delivered
at Pediacon Conference, Thrissur, Kerala

17 October, 2008
  Workshop on
Management Strategies for Parents of children with autism, Tropical Health Foundation of India, Kunnamkulam, Kerala

16, 17 October, 2008
  September & October: Workshop for Montessori teachers - Rainbow Montessori school, Red Hills.

Book release function of "Educational Management of Children with ASD", by Dr. Thirupathi Rao, Vice Chancellor Osmania University

27th August 2008

  17th April to 17th July: Certificate course in Autism for Staff of Saaburi, Multidisciplinary Centre, Khairatabad.
  Seminar on Language Disorders
24-29th March 2008
  Training programme on Asperger's Syndrome, Management, Hyderabad.

17th 20th February 2008
  Chaired the session on Legal Aspects, International Conference on Autism: Future Defined, organized by ASHA and Rotary Midwest of Bangalore.

10 January 2008
  Workshop "Including Children with Autism in Regular Schools" for teachers and parents of Spastic Society of Karnataka, Bangalore.

09,10 January 2008
  Paper presented on"Management of a child with ADHD and Autism in Preschool Setting" International Conference on Early Childhood Education, organized by Madhuram Narayanan Centre, Chennai.

14, 15 December 2007
  Workshop "Assessment and program planning" for teachers of Shraddha Centre for Exceptional Children, Hyderabad.

6, December 2007
  Workshop Resource Person at National Workshop on "Perspectives on Multiple Disabilities" held at Chennai, organized by National Institute of Persons with Multiple Disabilities (NIPMED).

15, 16 November 2007
  Workshop "Autism Education and Management" for teachers and parents of Ambika Sishu Kendra, Kurnool, AP.

24,25,26 October
  Talk on: Rehabilitating the Person with Autism: Role of Rotary at Rotary Hyderabad Central, Hyderabad.

18 October 2007
  Workshop "Understanding Autism" for parents.

9-12 September 2007
  Workshop on "Creating Behavioural Support Plan for Students with ASD" at Tropical Health Foundation. Guruvayur, Kerala.

9 and 10 July 2007
  Workshop on "Facilitating Communication & Play" for parents and teachers, at the Early Intervention Centre, Association for Severe Handicaps and Autism (ASHA) Bangalore.

12 April 2007
  Paper presented "Road Map to Policy Making in the Disability Sector", at the National Seminar for Stock Taking of the "Ongoings in the Field of Disability Management", at Thakur Hariprasad Institute of Research and Rehabilitation, and Rehabilitation Council of India.

30 March 2007
  Resource person at National Conference on Persons with Disabilties Act organized by Rehabilitation Council of India, at PNR Society, Bhavnagar, Gujarat.

21,22 March 2007
  Paper presented "Including Persons with Autism in the Main Stream: Implications to Policy Makers" at Calicut Summit of Minds Conference, organized by Rehabilitation Council of India and Association for the Welfare of the Handcapped, Calicut, Kerala State.

March 17,18 2007
  Workshop on "Dramautism"
by Dr. Parasuram Ramamurthy Professor, School of Performing Arts, Madurai Kamaraj University, for parents and teachers of twin cities. Co-organized by Shraddha Centre.

27 and 28 February 2007

Workshop "Early Detection and Intervention" for Teacher Trainees of Spastic Society of Tamil Nadu, SPSTN.

7 February 2007

  Workshop on Creative Movement
by Mr Prithvi Joshi University of Birmingham, UK for special educators of Shraddha Centre for Exceptional Children.

Autism Spectrum Disorders; Community Particpated Rehabilitation- Rotary International
Hyderabad Golgonda Club.
10 November 2006

Educating the Children with Autism in Regular Schools
World Autism Congress, Cape Town/S
October 30-November 4, 2006


Educating Children with ASD in Regular Schools
The Socially Challenged and the Social Challenge- World Autism Congress
Cape Town, South Africa October 31

Autism and Learning Disability workshop conducted at Ideal Jawa Rotary School
13, 14 October 2006


Facilitating Communication through Play Workshop
National Conference of Developmental Pediatrics
Kochi, Kerala
16 September, 2006

Paper presented-
Development of Autism in Young Children
Developmental Pediatrics Conference
16 September, 2006

Assessment of Abilities in Autism
Indo US Science Forum and Tamana Associaion
14, September, 2006

  All India Institute for Speech and Hearing, Mysore. Available for training and /or consultation
March 10-13, 2006

Individual Futures Planning Workshop
27 February, 2006
Target audience: Parents of adolescents or adults with special needs and challenging behaviors.




25-26 January, 2006

Fortune Katriya Hotel
#8 Raj Bhavan Road
Somajiguda, Hyderabad-500082
Andhra Pradesh

8 October - Strategies to facilitate play and communication. (children aged 0-5 years)

9 October - Individual Future Support Planning (Grown up individuals with challenging behaviours)
18 (Sunday), September 2005.
  AUGUST 1-5
Onsite hands on Training on Autism Placement options

Saturday classes for parents and professionals

Course Outline
The course is designed to provide insight into the nature and needs of autism, covers all apsects of the disorder using lectures, interactive sessions, video presentations and reading material.


April 18 - May 18
Summer Camp for Children Autism in Integrated Setting
Training will include communication, play and social skills training. One caregiver will be required to attend along with the child who will be trained onsite. Limited seats only.

Age group 2 years to 7 years.
For details and registration contact
Mythily at (40) 2331-3587 (10am to 6pm)

Autism Training Programme at Calicut
Organizers Association for the Welfare of Handicapped
Contact person Mr. Jeyaraj, 0495-2720434, mobile 9447-950747


March 19-20
Autism Nature Needs Training Programme for Teachers

Venue: Builders' Association of India, 5th Floor, Penthouse, Santhi Sikhara Complex, Block A, Raj Bhavan Road, Somajiguda, Hyderabad.

March 26-27
Autism Workshop at Chennai

In collaboration with Downs' Syndrome Association of India


February 25-26
Teaching Strategies workshop
at Adarsh Charitable Trust, Tripunithura, Kerala State For Registration Contact Mr. Neelakantan 0484-2301394

February 27-28
Teaching Strategies workshop
at Sanjivani Autism Centre, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu

3 Day Workshop on Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders, Hyderabad

  Auditory Integration Therapy
by Enhanced Auditory Rehab Service (EARS) in
4-13 January, 2005

WE CAN Resource Centre for Autism, Chennai
2 day workshop On Applied Verbal Behaviour
"Teaching language & appropriate behaviour to children with Autism"

By Duncan Fennemore (BCABA)
Centre for Educational intervention in Early Childhood,
London, U.K.

At Hotel Chola Sheraton, Chennai
Time: 9.00 a.m to 5.00 p.m

  Special Sahaja Workshop
December 12-2003

Breakthrough in Autism
November 30-2003

Venue: 80 A Defence Officers Institute, Defence Colony, Chennai 600-032

Institute for Remedial Intervention Services (IRIS) introduces Ms. Jalaja Naraynan for a talk on Breakthough in Autism followed by an interactive session.

  A course on Understanding Autism and Interventional Strategies.
1-3 June, 2003

Unique Training Camp for Social Communication Skill
15 April - 15 May, 2003

A curriculum developed for Students with Asperger’s Syndrome/High Functioning Autism (AS/HFA) to cope with the varied demands of social needs, imparted through socially assisted training is being organized by Ms. Mythily Chari M.Ed., Ed.S at V-Excel, 23/77, Anugraha Apartments, Greenways lane, RA Puram. The Pragmatics training programme focuses on developing adequate skills at the linguistic level and the social usage of the same. To qualify the student should be able to use speech for communication. Follow up support can be provided for the individual student at his or her school/home/community.

AUTISM : Alternative Strategies

A three-day international conference (3rd -5th Sept, 2003) followed by a two-day PECS training programme (6th -7th Sept. 2003), in New Delhi, India.

Speakers: Dr. Rita Jordan (University of Birmingham, UK)

Dr. Gary Mesibov ( TEACCH, USA)
Dr. Richard Mills (The National Autistic Society, UK)
Ms. Melanie Peter and Mr. Dave Sherratt (EASE, UK)
Dr. Tony Attwood (The AS Clinic, Australia)
Ms. Amanda Reed and Ms. Zena Barton (Pyramid Consultants)
Dr. Shobha Srinath (NIMHANS, India)
Ms. Mythily Chari (IRIS, India)

Tamana Association, India
Tamana Association,
D-6 St., Vasant Vihar,
New Delhi-110057, India

Ph: ++91 11 2614 3853 / 26142615
Fax: ++91 11 2614 3853
Or book online at

30 November - 6 December, 2002

Organized by IRIS, V-EXCEL & WE CAN

16 December, 2001

The aim of the screening is to give parents a head start in caring for their child who may be at-risk. The procedure is listed below:

  • Assessment using CHAT (Checklist for Autism in Toddlers)
  • Examination by Speech & Language Pathologist
  • Examination by Occupational Therapist
  • Counseling by Special Educator
  • Designing follow-up program
  • Note that early diagnosis and intervention are crucial in putting the child on the path of growth and development

Multidisciplinary Team for the screening
Dr. Vidya Venkatesh- Developmental Pediatrician
(Vijaya Clinic)

Dr. Suryanarayanan -Emergency care Specialist
(Dr. MGR Medical College)

Mr. Ganesh- Occupational Therapist
(Santosh Medical College)

Ms. Sowmya- Speech Language Pathologist
(Dr. MGR Medical College)

Ms. Girija Shashankh-Special Educator
(WE CAN Trust)

Mrs. Mythili Chari- Special Educator (IRIS)

Dr. Vasudha P. Natarajan-Special Educator
(V-EXCEL Educational Trust)


International Conference on Autism and Asperger Syndrome from Theory to Practice.

December 6-8, 2000, Chennai India

Co - organised by Enhanced Auditory Rehabilitation Services Lowell, Massachusetts, USA

A conference for families and professionals who provide
support for persons with Autism and Asperger syndrome.


AUTISM spectrum Disorder (ASD)
8-14 September, 2000
Co - organised by SANKALP

1999 May
  Launch of the AUTISMINDIA.COM website
  Autism and Learning Disabilities (Kulachi Hansraj Model School) (New Delhi)

The series of lectures were part of the on going training programme conducted by the Institution December ‘98 Positive Behavioural Support (Okhla Institute)

The participants of Bridge Course were given an intensive one day training focusing on their cases in Behaviour Management. One teacher of 16 years experience put it succintly " When we present the cases I wonder if it is the same case; all along we have been focusing on the deficits of the children, wheres now the emphasis is on the strengths."

Home Based training for parents
Children have been assessed at home and suitable placements found for them depending on the individual cases. Parents have been trained at home to remodel or rearrange the environment in a cost-effective manner. Teachers at creches, day care centers and integrated nursery schools have been given input on how best to handle the children. Usually a three month programme is given for the teachers to implement.


Bridge Course (Okhla Institute for Mental Retardation) (New Delhi)
The training is mandatory under the Rehabilitation Council of India Act (1992) for field workers and rehabilitation professionals who have no training but have been working with children with special needs since 1990. The course (75 hours) focused on all aspects of Special Education in a lecture cum participatory mode. The trainees were trained on site.


Autism workshop (ASTHA) (New Delhi)
The Institution works with children in the rural area at Tuglakabad. Two day on the site training was given on the nature and needs of autism. Though 3 days were planned initially, lack of time forced us to restrict the programme.

The staff felt that they could intake a few children with autism instead of referring them to other institutions; which had a very long waiting period.

Behavioural Support (New Delhi)
The core audience was the same that attended the earlier workshops. In addition teachers from regular schools, who had a few high functioning students with Asperger’s Syndrome, attended the workshop. The workshop covered the basic tenets of behavioural principles, and the historical perspective of Behaviour Mangement. PBS is a practical training programme for supporting the individual with challenging behaviours. However the cases were restricted to those with autism. Participants were " walked through" the various steps in securing community support, and creating a support network for the clients.

  Socio Communicative Behaviour (New Delhi)
The focus audience consisted mostly of the same group, in addition speech therapists also participated. Parents felt that this workshop was very much to their level and had greater applicability, especially those children who talked but did not communicate. Speech therapists wanted a much more intensive training suited to their clinical work, which covered a wider range of language disorders.
  Play Based Assessement ( New Delhi )
Participants included parents, psychologists, special educators, pediatrician, professionals in leadership positions, occupational therapists and social workers. The focus was on the problems faced by early childhood caregivers, and the strategies to overcome those hurdles.

Parents felt there was information overload. But the professionals, especially the teachers have given feed back that they were greatly empowered in their professional work


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