KING EDWARD MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

Seth Gordhandas Sunderdas Medical College

Acharya Donde Marg, Parel,
Mumbai 400 012. India.
Tel.: 91-22-2410 7000 Fax: 91-22-2414 3435

Learning Disability (LD) Certification

Instructions for Learning Disability (LD) Certification

The following will help you to understand the procedure for obtaining LD Certification. Please read the instructions completely.

At least one parent or, a guardian who knows the child well, should accompany the student.

1) How to get an appointment for a student’s assessment in LD Clinic?

On Wednesday or Saturday, meet Dr. Sunil Karande, Professor of Pediatrics & In-Charge, Learning Disability Clinic, in the Pediatric Clinic No. 26, Room No 1, First Floor Multi-Storey (New) Building between 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm. If you enter the hospital through the main gate (no.2) ask for the “ New Building ” and you will be guided properly. While meeting Dr. Karande, you need to have the referral note from the school (see below); you need NOT make any “case paper/OPD paper” for the pediatric OPD. This will be issued to you during consultation with Dr. Karande.
The parent should have a referral letter (on school letter head) from the Principal of the school – describing the reasons for the referral. The letter should describe the academic difficulties observed in the child when he/she is reading and writing; his/her problems with spellings, performing mathematical calculations and the behavior of the child in the classroom (normal, hyperactive, inattentive, withdrawn). This information is very important and helpful in diagnosing the cause of the child’s poor school performance.
The parent should bring along – notebooks of any one subject and also of mathematics . This is essential to see the child’s handwriting and school work. Please also get along with you – photocopies of the last two report cards. This will help us get an idea of the child’s scholastic performance.
After being assessed by Dr. Sunil Karande in the Pediatric Clinic the child will be given an appointment for assessment in the LD Clinic. The parent will be referred to the LD clinic for taking an appointment for child’s assessment. Please do not seek appointment directly from the LD clinic without the student having been evaluated by Dr. Karande.
2) What are the assessments done in the LD clinic?

The child has to be brought at least three times to the LD Clinic for various assessments as per appointments given.These cannot be combined into a single session as this gets very taxing for the child. The dates of appointments for these testing are given by the Secretary in the LD Clinic and the entire procedure to be followed will be clearly explained by her to each parent.

The first appointment is given for child’s detailed clinical and neurological examination. (which takes about 30 minutes to be completed).
The second appointment is for testing the child’s intellectual capacity (IQ testing). (which takes about 60-90 minutes to be completed).
The third appointment is for the educational testing of the child. (which takes about 60-90 minutes to be completed).
In general the accompanying parent would have to take a half-day off from work / other family responsibilities for each of the three appointments

None of these examinations are painful or inconvenient to the child. The child need not be starving for any of these ‘tests’.

3) What other tests are required to be done before certification?

Vision testing to be done by an Ophthalmologist (Eye Specialist)
Hearing testing (Audiometry) to be done from an ENT Specialist
These two tests can be done at KEM Hospital or at any public hospital near the child’s residence. They can also be done from a private Ophthalmologist or ENT Specialist – if so desired by parent. Both the vision and hearing testing reports should be recent (done in the past 3 months) to be considered valid.
Any questions you may have about these will be answered at the LD Clinic.
4) How long does it take for the entire assessment procedure to be completed?

Generally it takes about three weeks; beginning from the time of the first assessment done in the LD clinic (namely, the child’s detailed clinical and neurological examination). The certificate will be issued to the parent(s) after a meeting with the Counselor in the LD Clinic who will explain the child’s diagnosis and how to help the child achieve his/her maximum potential.

Contact Information

The Secretary can be contacted for any enquiry from 10 am to 2 pm (Monday to Friday; excluding public holidays) at: telephone number 022-65182624.

In case you wish to contact Dr Sunil Karande send an email to sunilkarandeATkem.edu . We especially welcome feedback on your experience at the LD clinic. This will help us make the clinic more student and parent friendly.

Learning Disability Clinic address: Pediatric Research Laboratory ( PRL ), 2 nd Floor, Above Ward 17/18, (Near Ward 1, Department of Pediatrics, KEM Hospital Main building)

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