Convocation ceremony held for individuals completing Autism Diploma course at Vaidehi Dattaji Gaikwad Training Institute for Autism

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Pune, 8th April 2024: Vaidehi Dattaji Gaikwad Training Institute for Autism launched by Small Steps Morris Child Development Centre, Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital in collaboration with Sundarji’s Global Academia recently conducted it’s first convocation ceremony for 50 trainees completing the Autism Management course. The one year Post Graduate Diploma in Autism Management and seven months certified foundation course in Autism started in 2023 is accredited by Savitribai Phule Pune University ( SPPU).

The convocation ceremony was held at Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital recently. Renowned Dance Guru Manisha Sathe was the Chief Guest. Course Directors Dr. Suneel Godbole and Masrat Tawawala along with developer Dattaji Gaikwad were present on the occasion.

Dr. Suneel Godbole,Consultant Paediatrician and Course Director at Vaidehi Dattaji Gaikwad Training Institute for Autism said that Autism is a growing problem amongst children worldwide. This neurological disorder affects the behaviour of an individual and ability to communicate or interact socially. While there is no cure for this there are medicines and therapies to reduce the severity. We need trained manpower to understand and handle children with autism. The role of parents is also crucial. Recognising the growing number and need for trained manpower we started these courses in 2023. Any graduate, parent, educator, caregiver can apply for this course. The course includes 30 expert faculties and hands-on training and on completion of this course, the certified professionals can work as resource room custodians in inclusive schools, shadow teachers for autistic children or early interventionists.

The trained professionals not only help manage autistic children with a positive attitude but also can help spread awareness about Autism , said Dr Godbole .

Scholarships are also being provided to eligible individuals by Dattaji Gaikwad. The registrations are also open for next years batch and one can contact on +91 20 4015 1779 or

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