Lahore Children's Centre 65-A, Main Boulevard, Gulberg II, Lahore - Pakistan T : +92 42 35752962, +92 42 35753449, +92 321 4737948

Our Services

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY DEPARTMENT

What does an Occupational Therapist do?
Helps children to learn the skills required to perform daily routine tasks or activities.
What kind of problems can an OT help with?
Support with handwriting, learning difficulties, problems with hand eye coordination and
motor skills, developmental delays, ASD, ADHD and Cerebral Palsy.
What are the causes of such issues?
Attention or concentration problems, sensory issues, motor control or coordination delay,
play behavior skills delay, lack of exposure or poor cognitive skills.
How does Occupational Therapy work?
Involving children in different physical, mental activities and exposing them to new step by
step learning playful activities appropriate to their skills.

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SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPY DEPARTMENT

What does a Speech and Language Therapist/Pathologist do?
Help children in expressing their ideas, requesting for needs and wants, overcoming
swallowing difficulties, reading and writing, fluency, voice issues, social communication
skills
What kind of problems can a SLP help with?

Stammering, Voice, Receptive and expressive language, Congnitive communication, Down
Syndrome, Autism, ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, Dyslexia, Articulation
What are the causes of such issues?
Environmental, Genetics, Lack of exposure, Anxiety, Hearing Impairment, Attention or
Concentrations
How does Speech and Language Therapy work?
Group sessions, one to one sessions, help articulate words and sounds, work on phonetics,
length of utterance, conversational therapy, and pre linguistic skills.

Speech and language therapy is the study of disorders that affect a person’s speech, language, cognition (the process of getting information), voice, swallowing (dysphagia) and the corrective treatment of physical or cognitive deficits or disorders resulting in difficulty with communication and/or swallowing.

Treatments
At The Lahore Children’s Centre, we address children’s speech production, vocal production, swallowing difficulties and language needs through therapy. Treatments range from physical strengthening exercises, instructive or repetitive practice to the use of audio-visual aids and the introduction of strategies to facilitate functional communication. Our service is provided in the form of assessments, reviews, programmes and regular or intensive therapy input. International research has shown that early intervention is very effective. Communication programmes can be established and demonstrated to parents and carers so that goals can be integrated into all environments.

Augmentative systems
To support our approach of total communication: augmentative systems such as signing, The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and visual schedules are introduced when required. All Lahore Children’s Centre therapists are fully qualified with many having years of experience. Our visiting therapists from UK meet the exacting standards of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) and are registered with the Health Professional Council. Our therapists also work with older children and teenagers. These sessions may focus on difficulties in phonological awareness skills for literacy, comprehension, expressive use of language and mind-mapping. Our very successful study skill sessions introduce strategies to build higher-level language skills.

Children attending the Centre have a range of different conditions including speech difficulties, voice disorders, stammering, attention deficits, weaknesses in receptive and expressive language, literacy difficulties, and social communication impairments including Autistic Spectrum Disorders.

The Lahore Children’s Centre provides specific intervention programmes for children with a wide range of learning difficulties and special educational needs.

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PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT

What can an Educational Psychologist help with?
They do assessments and give you a better idea of your child’s strengths and weaknesses.
They can help you diagnose if you child has a learning disability, attention issues, autism,
developmental delay, ADHD etc. these assessments help understand which weaknesses to
target. For teenagers and adults learning disabilities, ADHD as well as Autism.
What are the causes of such issues?
Some of these disorders are genetic, and are more likely to show up in cases where such
special needs already exist in the family. Sometimes these issues can also be due to cognitive,
neurological or information processing issues.
Which assessments are offered at LCC?
● Multidisciplinary Assessments
● Speech and Language, and Literacy Assessments
● Psycho-Educational
● Learning Disabilities Assessment
● ADHD Assessment
● Occupational Therapy Assessments
● Development Assessments
● Diagnostic Assessment for Autism Spectrum Disorder
● Psychological assessments (Anxiety, Depression)

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COUNSELLING @ LCC

What kind of counselling does Lahore Children Centre offer?
Mental health counseling, Psychotherapy, Social skills support counselling, group
counselling. We have a team of behavior therapists as well as counsellors who can help with
mental health issues.
What kind of problems can a Behaviour Therapist help with?
Behavior therapy modifies behavior. Some common problems that behavior therapy address
is Attention concerns, behavior issues, verbal concerns, turn taking, playing, following
directions, discouraging negative behavior, reinforcing positive behavior, time management.
Behavior therapy is best for young children under the age of 8, who are not cognitively
mature to understand therapy, or children who have low cognitive abilities and you want to
teach them appropriate behavior

What kind of problems can a Mental Health counsellor help with?
Anxiety, depression, stress, grief, trauma, anger, behavior issues for adolescents, any
concerns that affecting ones mental wellbeing. Mental health counselor can help adolescents
and adults more
What are the causes of such issues?
Genetics, environment, phase of life, trauma, anything can cause one to have their mental
wellbeing affected

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PSYCHIATRIC CLINIC

1. What kinds of problems can a psychiatrist help with?
Essentially a psychiatrist is responsible for the diagnosis, evaluation and
management/treatment of psychiatric disorders which include things like mood and anxiety
disorders, depression symptoms, anxiety symptoms, hallucinations, eating disorders,
Obsessive Compulsive Disorders.
2. What are the causes of such problems?
The most common factors are genetic, a person is more susceptible to developing psychiatric
disorders. Environmental stresses can exasperate psychiatric symptoms like insomnia,
anorexia, energy levels, motivation levels, concentration, focus or everyday functions.
3. What is the right age to go see a psychiatrist?
You should come and see a psychiatrist/psy when the issues mentioned above are interfering
with your daily functioning, whether at work or at home. Psychiatrists have clients as young
as 2.5 years and as old as 90 plus years old.

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PEDIATRIC CLINIC

Our pediatric clinic provides an array of both in person and online services. The pediatric clinic at LCC is looked after by Dr Tanya Soomro where the following services are offered:

  1. In clinic and online consultation
  2. Vaccination
  3. Developmental Screening
  4. ADOS-2 Assessments
  5. Griffiths Developmental Assessment
  6. Toilet Training Clinic
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LACTATION CLINIC

What does a Lactation Consultant do?
Breastfeeding can be lonely and misinformed. You need reassurance and skilled support
which not readily available. These and so many concerns regarding your small baby’s
nutritional concerns while they breastfeed or you wish for them to breastfeed.
What kind of problems can a Lactation consultant help with?

  • Baby is not latching at all or correctly to the breast.
  • You have sore or damaged nipples⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • You have blocked ducts and/ or possible mastitis.
  • Baby is crying excessively ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • Baby is rejecting breast ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • You have concerns about milk supply⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • You have concerns about hydration / diaper output⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • Feeding Twins / Multiples⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • Expressing or storing Milk ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • Breastfeeding a baby with other challenges such as prematurity, cleft lip/ palate, animal milk
    allergy. Solids Introduction⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • Relactation after complete or partial loss of supply or Induced Lactation for Adoptive babies
    (with specialized professionals)

When is it the right time to get in touch with a Lactation consultant?
We offer both pre and postnatal breastfeeding support. So you can just be beginning your pregnancy and start consulting a Lacatation Consultant. It doesn’t matter what stage of breastfeeding you are at, it’s never too early or too late to reach out for support.

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RAINBOW MONTESSORI

At the Lahore Children’s Centre, we provide a diverse programme to fulfill your child’s
needs. Our multidisciplinary approach involves elements of Speech and Language Therapy,
Occupational Therapy, Art Therapy, and specialized teaching techniques, which allow
children to learn using a variety of tools, taking part in activities that are engaging, creative
and enjoyable.
We believe it is highly important to help children develop their talents and build on their
skills in the learning process. We therefore plan each day taking into consideration the
individual needs of our children, ensuring that they can explore and learn following their
interests.
Areas of Development:

  •  Communication and Language
  • Personal, Social, and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design
  • Literacy and Mathematics
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SCHOOL SERVICES

The centre offers a comprehensive range of consultative services to both schools and
nurseries including

  •  Discussion and advice with staff, TAs, and SENCOs (special educational needs coordinator)
    for individuals, class and/or whole school issues
  • Attendance at meetings with parents and other professionals
  • Observation – in the classroom or individually
  •  School-based individual assessments
  •  Assistance with IEP’s and Statements
  • Advice on strategic development in relation to specific departments or whole school
    development plan
  •  School-based training workshops, seminars and inset sessions
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Learning Support

Specialist services, A range of special programmes are run at and from the Centre including:

Pre-school Social Communication Group. This is an intensive multi-disciplinary programme for young children experiencing social communication difficulties. Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS).

Communication Skills Training and Seminars for teachers, parents and professionals working with children. We can provide a range of professional training to meet individual need. Our training and seminars include an overview of the development of communication together with strategies for at home and within the classroom.

  • Social Skills Training for children up to the age of 12 years experiencing social communication difficulties.
  • Study Skills Training for teenagers.
  • Memory and Processing techniques including visualisation strategies.
  • Handwriting groups.
  • Sensory motor groups.
  • School starter groups.

Groups for children with communication and motor difficulties run jointly by an occupational therapist and speech and language therapist.

  • Play therapy.
  • Summer school programmes.
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Multidisciplinary assessments

Autism Plus + services

Our Autism Plus+ service provides assessment and intervention for children who may be on the Autistic Spectrum, have a related disorder or already have a diagnosis but need support and planned intervention.

The Autistic “Spectrum” can include children who may have Autism, Asperger Syndrome or autistic features. The use of “spectrum” reflects the considerable differences in individual children. However all share certain features and have difficulties in:–

  • Social Communication
  • Social Interaction
  • Imaginative play and flexibility of thought

Our Autism Plus+ service seeks to work with all children on the Autistic Spectrum and provide a thorough intervention service to support the child both at school and within the home. The use of “spectrum” reflects the considerable differences in individual children. However all share certain features and have difficulties in:–

  • Social Communication
  • Social Interaction
  • Imaginative play and flexibility of thought

Our Autism Plus+ Service seeks to provide families with a fast and responsive programme of support and intervention reducing stress and improving the life of the child and in doing so that of the entire family.

Our Service draws expertise from the London Children’s Practice and includes the following:-

  • A Comprehensive Assessment.
  • A multi-disciplinary diagnostic service provided by a specialist multi-disciplinary team which may include – Consultant Paediatric Neurologist, Consultant Psychiatrist, Educational Psychologist, Speech and Language therapist and Occupational therapist.
  • Follow up Advice and Recommendations.
  • A post diagnostic package of support and intervention for each child and their family.
  • A range of ongoing intervention to meet each child’s individual needs.
  • Establishing augmentative communication systems to help the child develop an understanding of language and an ability to communicate.
  • Sensory Integration Therapy to work on hyper sensitivities to touch, sounds, smells, tastes and textures. This includes specialist feeding programmes for selective eaters.
  • Social communication nursery groups (2-5 years).
  • Social Skills Groups (age 5 plus).
  • Behavioural Intervention Programmes providing supportive strategies for within school and at home.
  • School visits including support and training to teaching staff.
  • Home visits including setting up communication and behavioural strategies within the home to support the child.
  • Anger Management strategies.
  • Individually designed programmes to teach improved flexibility.
  • Family programmes and Family support.
  • Training workshops including autism awareness, behaviour management and teaching strategies.
  • Advice and Counselling.
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

List of Assessments offered at LCC:

  1. Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessment (ADOS-2)
  2. ASD
  3. Developmental Assessment
  4. Learning Disability/ADHD assessment
  5. Griffiths Developmental Assessment
  6. Adaptive Functional Assessment
  7. Educational Psychological Assessment
  8. Cognitive Ability/IQ Assessment
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PHYSIOTHERAPY

We have a state of the art physiotherapy facilities available at LCC. Our physiotherapists can help children and adult with the following issues:

  1. Hypertonic/Hypotonic
  2. Decreased muscle strength
  3. Decreased endurance
  4. Postural issues
  5. Balance and coordination

Our physiotherapists can help people diagnosed with the following:

  1. Cerebral palsy
  2. Spina bifida
  3. Lumbar Radiolopathy
  4. Cervical Spondylosis
  5. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  6. Plantar Fascites
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Group sessions

Group sessions last from one to two hours and some children attend more than once a week. These sessions are highly structured and follow specific needs-led programmes. We often find that many children make better progress if they receive speech and language therapy within a small group setting as skills targeted are consolidated in a more realistic environment. These sessions are run by a senior speech and language therapist and either a speech language therapy assistant or another speech and language therapist. Our therapy assistants provide support to children in nursery or school placements under the guidance of a qualified therapist.

Therapy is available on an individual basis or within small groups. Some children may benefit from a combination of both individual and group therapy. School and home based therapy sessions are also provided. Our special early years groups are for young children with communication difficulties and provide a multidisciplinary approach with speech and language therapy, physiotherapy and occupational therapy as an integral part of these sessions as required.

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Family support

Marriage and family therapists treat a wide range of serious clinical problems including: depression, marital problems, anxiety, individual psychological problems, and child-parent problems. Marriage and family therapists regularly practice short-term therapy. About half of the treatment provided by marriage and family therapists is one-on-one with the other half divided between marital/couple and family therapy, or a combination of treatments. Marriage and family therapy’s prominence in the mental health field has increased due to its brief, solution-focused treatment, its family-centered approach, and its demonstrated effectiveness.

Marriage and Family Therapists broaden the traditional emphasis on the individual to attend to the nature and role of individuals in primary relationship networks such as marriage and the family. MFTs take a holistic perspective to health care; they are concerned with the overall, long-term well-being of individuals and their families.

Family counseling helps with:

  • Strengthening the bond between family members envision a better future together.
  • Working through the frequent disputes to find a supportive compromise.
  • An opportunity to repair past ruptures.
  • Addressing personal temperaments and personal growth in a family system.
  • Improving communication skills to feel heard.
  • Resolving your most sensitive conflicts in a more adequate way.
  • Better your coping skills in current and future conflicts.

By adding Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) each member in family is encouraged to express their experiences and emotions in a non-judgmental and secure environment. Through the release of vulnerable feelings of one individual, and having it witnessed by another a person gains insight into their own vulnerable feelings and how their behaviors effect the relationship as a whole.

With an empathetic, supportive and non-judgmental framework, clients are encouraged to voice out their deepest concerns, and develop more productive future behaviors.

Issues that our therapist is trained to treat:

  • Family Support Services
  • Anxiety
  • Adolescent adjustment issues
  • Eating Disorders in adolescent females
  • Depression
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Grief
  • Life Coaching
  • Oppositional Defiance
  • Parenting Issues
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Esteem Issues
  • Women’s Issues – pregnancy, pre-natal and post-partum depression
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