UDAAN is the main activity centre of a non profit trust: Foundation for Spastic and Mentally Handicapped Persons (FSMHP)®. It was registered as Trust in April 1994, and with the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment (PWD Act), Govt. of India in March 2000. FSMHP-UDAAN started 20 years ago from the drawing room of its founder trustees, and by sheer determination and dedication, has achieved National and International level recognition for its work with Neurodevelopmentally delayed disorders in children: the most difficult group to manage.
UDAAN is one of Delhi’s foremost research based NPO for Training, Rehabilitation and Early Medical Intervention with Integration of children with moderate to severe Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Mental Retardation, Traumatic Brain Injury and Learning Disabilities to lead a better quality of life, and to help them return to their rightful place in society and gainful employment wherever possible.
We also help and guide parents/guardians of these special children regarding diagnosis and evaluation of brain-related disabilities, home management and selection of special schools. Our guidance includes trying to improve the quality of life of disabled children wherever we can.
UDAAN introduced research oriented and evidence based early medical interventional therapies to enhance the recovery rate of children with brain damage related disabilities, using intensive one-to-one Standard Therapy supplemented by evidence based Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), mild Hyperbaric Air Therapy (mHBAT), DAN-Protocol based Biochemical Therapy for Autism along with Injection MB12 in children. These projects have made UDAAN an Internationally recognized name among many of the world’s foremost institutions on brain damage repair in CP and Autism.
CLINICAL RESEARCH ORIENTED MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES AND APPROACHES ADOPTED BY UDAAN TO IMPROVE BRAIN FUNCTION IN CP, AUTISM, DOWN’S AND ALLIED DISORDERS
Biomedical Approach In Autism Spectrum Disorder: (ASD): Current evidence (check out in Googlescholar.com) suggests that the range covering ASD is a summation effect of genetic disorders at specific loci plus defects in metabolic pathways especially in methylation and sulphation pathways, reduced heavy metal and toxin excretion capacity, immune dysfunction, gut dysbiosys, mitochondrial deficiency, etc.
At UDAAN, relevant specialised tests are done, and requisite corrective measures as available, initiated to overcome these deficiencies, to improve quality of life of the affected child and his/her family faster and to the extent medically possible , without indiscriminately going overboard on enthusiastic overkill with excessive polyphamceutical megadosage of medications and diet.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT): UDAAN pioneered Pediatric HBOT in India (Since 2001). Our ongoing research we showed that the main effect of HBOT in hypoxic brain seems to come from pressure-mediated DNA signalling rather than the brute force of high tissue oxygenation, while high pressure HBOT with pure oxygen is necessary for severe tissue damage induced edema, Lyme’s disease, deep sea diving, crush injury, war injuries, etc. We are now able to design personalized therapy, by regulating the pressure and oxygen concentration, duration and number of sessions, and repetitions as required, for optimum effect in a particular situation and complications, like epilepsy. We usually use 3-D SPECT Fusion Scan of brain to base our decisions.
Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) With Neurofeedback: rTMS with Neuro-Biofeedback consists of cutting edge medical devices to stimulate paralysed body parts, dysfunctional brain areas, and restore brain control, increase concentration, reduce hyperactivity and thus demonstrate an all-round improvement in brain function. UDAAN has been selected by DST, Govt. of India, in collaboration with NEHU, to conduct a proper protocol establishment study of the benefits of rTMS in brain damaged children (CP and Traumatic Brain Injury).
Unani or Ayurvedic Therapy: Unani and Ayurvedic Herbal Therapies for brain repair include “Brahmi” (Centenella: whose “Brahmi” is CNS corrective while Bacopa’s “Brahmi” is better for hair tonic). Its purified and standardised active portion has been prepared Dept. of Ayush, Ministry of Health, Govt. of India. In an earlier double blind randomised SPECT based study, we had shown that it was quite beneficial for improving Cognitive deficiency in CP. Now, have been asked us to do the same study in Autism.