Dr. Shobha Srinath, retired Head of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Services, Department of Psychiatry National Institute of Mental Health & Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore. She has a DPM and a M.D in Psychiatry at Nimhans since 1982 and her area of specialisation in autism, mood disorders and OCD (obsessive compulsive disorders). Her vast experience and dedication speaks for her excellence and efficiency in dealing with issues in kids. She has been awarded with many awards like the World Health Organization fellowship for 3 months (April - June 1997) in which visits to centers in the USA and UK were made. Service award in Mental Health organized by the Karnataka Havyasi Aptha Samalochakara Vedike (R), on the occassion of the World Mental Health Day on 14th October 2012 at Bangalore. She was conferred the Rotary Bangalore West - Vocational excellence award 2005 on 17th November 2005. She is life fellow of few institutions like Indian Psychiatric Society Karnataka chapter, Indian Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health.


Behavior Analysts
Dr. Neil Martin, Ph.D, BCBA-D has been working as a Behaviour Analyst, (clinician, academic, supervisor and researcher) since 1990. He received his PhD from the University of Reading (UK) in 1998 and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in 2002. He was among the first handful of BCBAs in the UK and he was one of the 'ABA Lecturer's Co-operative' that developed the first BACB- verified course sequence in the UK. Dr. Martin has worked independently for many years teaching on a number of BACB verified course sequences, helping to establish others around the world, supervising students and consulting to numerous organisations and families both in the UK and internationally. Dr. Martin has published research in journals such as the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, The Behavior Analyst, Research in Developmental Disabilities and the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, and he has special interests in the use of technology, media and software related to teaching and research. Dr. Martin was one of the international subject matter experts that last reviewed the BACB Task List and he was also one of the subject matter experts that generated the BACB Autism Task List and the BACB Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts. In April 2015 Dr. Martin became the BACB's Director of International Development to help advance the BACB's global vision.
Dr. Robert K. Ross, Ed.D, BCBA-D, LABA,
Senior VP of Treatment Efficacy & Graduate Education Dr. Ross is the Senior Vice President of Treatment Efficacy and Graduate Education at Beacon ABA Services of Massachusetts and Connecticut. He received his Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis from Northeastern University and his Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Ross oversees all research activity at Beacon. He also provides direct and consultation services to families, schools and educational programs throughout the U.S. and Canada. He is a founding member and current Past President of the Massachusetts Association for Applied Behavior Analysis. Dr. Ross is also the President of the Autism Special Interest Group (SIG) of ABAI, and has served three terms on the ABAI Council.
Dr. Janet S. Twyman, Ph.D., BCBA, NYSLBA, is the VP of Learning Science and Technologies at ABA Technologies, and serves as the Director of Innovation & Technology for the U.S. Dept. Of Education’s national center of Innovations in Learning. She also holds faculty positions as Professor of Behavior Analysis at Florida Institute of Technology and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Mass. Medical School/ Shriver Center Dr. Twyman is a noted proponent of effective instruction and using technology to produce individual and system- wide change. A career educator, she has been a preschool and elementary school teacher , a principal and administrator, university professor, education research, and was vice President of Instructional Development at Headsprout, an award-winning learning sciences technology company. A sought-after speaker nationally and internationally, Dr. Twyman has presented and published worldwide on instructional design, improving education, effective learning systems and educational technology, including a presentation on leveraging new educational technologies for diverse setting at the United Nations in 2011. She has served on the boards of numerous organisations such as the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies (chairing the Education Group) and PEER International (assisting township schools in Port Elizabeth, South Africa). In 2007-08 she served as President of the Association for Behavior Analysis International and in 2015 was awarded Emie Wing Award for Evidence-based education for her work on innovations in education and the systems that support them to produce meaningful differences in learner’s lives.


Pediatric Neurologists
Dr. Jeeson C Unni, MD in Pediatrics. A veteran Pediatrician with more than 31 years of experience, Dr. Jeeson C Unni is an expert in pediatric and adolescent medicine. One of the most respected personalities in the pediatric healthcare fraternity, his areas of special interest include management of infectious diseases, respiratory allergy, pediatric therapeutics, learning disabilities, developmental pediatrics, vaccinology, adolescent counselling and family life education & life skills training for children and adolescents.
Dr. Jeeson C Unni is the brain behind the IAP Drug Formulary - an Indian Academy of Pediatrics publication that’s considered the Bible of pediatric drug information (the second of its kind in the world) and used by more than 20,000 Pediatricians worldwide.
Dr. Vrajesh Udani, Child Neurologist. He is working as Consultant in Child Neurology at Hinduja, Wadia and Saifee Hospitals and Honorary Asst. Professor Pediatrics and Neurology at Grant Medical College and JJ Group of Hospitals. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Neurology with Special competence in Child Neurology in1989. He has completed his M.D. Pediatrics in 1981 and graduated M. B. B. S in year 1977 from University of Bombay. His service caters to a large referred population of children with intractable epilepsy, neurometabolic disorders, autism and other neurologic problems. He has been awarded with following awards and medals like The Dr. RS Poredi gold medal & prize 1977, for securing the highest marks in Medicine, The Dr. Manek Bhagat gold medal for the highest rank in Pediatrics, 1981 etc. He is an active member of many esteemed associations such as: Life member of the Indian Academy of Pediatrics, Member Indian Epilepsy Assn, India. Member, Indian Academy of Neurology, Member of the Neurology Society of India etc.
Dr. Lokesh Lingappa is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Neurologist at Rainbow Children's Hospital, Hyderabad. He completed his medical school from Karnatak Medical College, Hubli, Karnataka. He did his Pediatric Training from Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh and trained in neurology (DM Neurology) at National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru. He pursued his passion to further pediatric neurology training and completed MRCPCH from UK and was trained at Birmingham Children's Hospital, Frenchay Hospital, Bristol, UK and Bristol Children's Hospital as Fellow in Pediatric Neurology. Dr. Lingappa was awarded the Best Outgoing Neurology Student (Dr. Anisya Vasanth Award) at NIMHANS. He also received Travel Fellowship Grant Award at International Child Neurology Conference (ICNA) held at Montreal, Canada in 2006. He has many national and international publications and presentations to his credit. Dr. Lingappa is a member of various associations and bodies namely, International Child Neurology Association (ICNA), Association of Child Neurology, Indian Academy of Neurology (IAN) and Indian Academy of Pediatrics).
Dr. Gurpreet Singh Kochar, MD - Pediatrics, DM- Pediatric Neurology, consultant Pediatric Neurologist currently working in SPS Hospital Ludhiana. He completed his MBBS in the year 2000 and MD Pediatrics in 2004 from PGIMS, Rohtak (Haryana). Then, he did DM- Pediatric Neurology from AIIMS New Delhi in 2010. Since 2011, he is working in SPS Hospitals, Ludhiana. He has special interest in Autism and is associated with many special schools and Autism parents groups in Ludhiana.

Dr. Rashmi Adiga joined Rainbow Children’s Hospital, Bangalore as a Consultant Pediatrician and Neurologist in 2017. Dr. Rashmi Adiga has spent over 14 years training and working in the U. K. After qualifying from Bangalore Medical College, she qualified with a D. C. H (Diploma in Child Health)at the Institute of Child Health, Madras and obtained a CCT (certificate of completion of training) in pediatrics, lead for pediatric neurology and epilepsy services at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Kings Lynn and Norfolk community Health and Care for 5 years and 11 months before relocating to Bangalore. During this time, she was honorary visiting specialist in pediatric neurology at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge. She conducted clinics at Churchill Park School, Kings Lynn which is a school for children with special education needs and disabilities. She has also conducted Neuro Development clinics which included children with ADHD, behaviourial problems, autistic spectrum disorder, neuro developmental problems and physical disability. She has played a vital role in developing the Melatonin shared care protocol for the use of melatonin in children with neuro developmental problems. This was approved by the Norfolk, Great Yarmouth & Waveney Therapeutic Advisory Group (TAG) and is currently in use there. She is very passionate about teaching and is currently British Pediatric Neurology Association pediatric epilepsy training (PET1) instructor. She was “University of Cambridge Senior Clinical Tutor” and hence lead for the placement of Cambridge Medical students in pediatrics. She has also been elected to the Fellowship of Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health (FRCPCH) and has been appointed as MRCPCH examiner.
Dr. Puja, Pediatric Neurologist with extensive experience in evaluating, diagnosing & treating various pediatric neurological disorder from newborn to 16 years of age. She did her Fellowship in Pediatric Neurology at Jaslok Hospital Mumbai. Dr. Puja is an HMC (Haryana Medical Council) registered Medical Practioner. Her endeavour is to provide optimum care and health to children to develop to their fullest potential. Her vision is to enhance the quality of life of children suffering from neurological diseases. Dr. Puja has completed her post graduation in Pediatrics from Choithram Hospital, Indore, She did an electrophysiology course from Case Western University. She expertise in Cerebral Palsy, epilepsy, headache, Behavioral Disorders, Nerve and Muscle Disorder and many more areas of Concern.
Dr. Jatinder Singh Goraya, MD, FRCPC (Neurology) is a graduate (MBBS) and postgraduate (MD - Pediatrics) from Dayanand Medical College & Hospital, Ludhiana, and currently is working as Assistant Professor in Pediatric Neurology. After finishing his MD in Pediatrics in 1993, he joined PGIMER Chandigarh as a senior resident in Pediatrics. Later he worked up to the level of Associate Professor of Paediatrics in Government Medical College Hospital (GMCH), Chandigarh. He was instrumental in starting Child Neurology Services at GMCH. In June 2005, he went to USA for Fellowship in Pediatric Neurology at the prestigious St Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Philadelphia. He joined DMCH in February 2010 and started the first Pediatric Neurology Unit in the state of Punjab. Dr Goraya was awarded a Research Fellowship in Pediatric Neurology by Indian Journal of Pediatrics in 2000, a Visiting Fellowship by Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) London, UK in 2002. He has published several papers in various national and international journals of repute and his work has been cited by others. He has also co-authored chapters to books. In May 2011, he passed the certifying examination in Pediatric Neurology conducted by the Royal College of Physicians of Canada earning him the prestigious FRCP (Neurology) designation. In his current capacity as consultant pediatric neurologist, Dr Goraya provides out-patient, in-patient, and emergency as well as intensive care services to children and adolescents with various neurological disorders. He is involved in the interpretation and performance of various neurophysiological studies such as routine EEG, Ambulatory EEG, Video-EEG, Nerve conduction and electromyograpahic (NCV/EMG) studies, Visual evoked potentials (VER) and brainstem evoked responses to auditory stimuli (BERA). He is also expert in management of refractory epilepsy including pre-surgical evaluation and treatment with Ketogenic Diet.
Developmental Pediatricians
Dr. Leena Srivastava, specializes in Neurodevelopmental assessments of children, developmental delays, autism, psychological, emotional and behavioral problems along with scholastic issues in children. She is Incharge of a Child development centre in a medical college & hospital and has seen and evaluated more than 5000 children with developmental issues.
Dr. Rajeshwari Ganesh, Consultant Developmental Pediatrician in Mumbai. Dr. Rajeshwari Ganesh is a trained developmental behavioral pediatrician with more than a decade of experiencein the field of developmental pediatrics. She currently supervises the neuro- developmental follow up program at Surya Hospitals. She also is the Director of intervention services at Surya Child development center Mumbai. She was a fellow in the National University Hospital Singapore in the developmental Pediatrics Unit with her other training experiences include Observrship at hipster hospital Boston affiliated to Havard medical school and port royale hospital Pais Dr. Rajeshwari is clinically certified to administer the ADOS [Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule]. She also administers a wide range of developmental assessment tools which help delineate a child’s neuro-development profile. With the help of these objective assessment tools, she formulates suitable intervention goals for children. Her present research interests include communication challenges in preterm infants and suitable intervention programs for children with autism and other developmental conditions.
Dr. Himani Khanna is a Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician with extensive experience in well and sick care of pediatric patients from newborn to 16+. Dr. Himani is a HMC (Haryana Medical Council) registered Medical Practitioner. She is passionate about her work and has the quality to be able to relate to wide range of patients, parents and staff. Her dream is to have a community which respects equal rights and legitimate Laws to support our special children and their families. She is affiliated with Member Indian Academy of Pediatrics and BFNI (Breast Feeding Network of India). She has expertise in preventive care expert, developmental support care for all babies, behavior problems in early childhood, evaluation of children with development delays and in many more areas of concern.
Dr. Padma Palvai, MD Psychiatry (USA), Fellowship in Child and Adolescence Psychiatry (USA) Board Certified in Adult and Child Adolescent Psychiatry (USA) Psychiatrist. Dr. Padma Palvai finished her MBBS from Kurnool medical college. Later she moved to the United States of America and did her residency in psychiatry from St. Lukes- Roosevelt hospital center (Columbia University) in New York. She then did a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island (USA). She is board certified (American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology) in the speciality of Psychiatry as well as the speciality of child and adolescent psychiatry. She had practiced in the United States for many years. She also served as the Medical Director of the department of psychiatry of Hunterdon Medical Center in New Jersy, USA. She has returned to India 6 years back. Specialists in child and adolescent psychiatry are very rarely available in India. Dr. Padma Palvai has trained in two of the world’s premier institutes and has experience in treating children, teenagers as well as adults. She is well versed in evaluation and treatment of conditions such as Autism, Attention deficit disorder, depression, anxiety and Post-partum depression. Her world class training and extensive international experience gives her the perspective to take care of even the most complicated conditions. Currently she is working with Rainbow hospital, Hyderabad, as a Consultant.
Dr. Safiya is MBBS, DPM, MSCP. She specializes in Neuro Psychiatrist & Psychotherapist. She is the Medical Director of the Mind and Brain Clinic- neuropsychiatric, counselling, de-addiction, child guidance and EEG center and life skills - adult day care, child development, training and rehabilitation center. She is receipient of B. C. Roy young achiever award of the year 2013 - 14, she is very passionate about psychiatry and related branches.


Parents Perspective
Mr. Shishir Kant Misra, an Engineer from IIT Kharagpur, had a successful career in industry followed by a foray in business, when he learnt that his granddaughter Roshnee had Autism. The family, till then, unaware about Autism quickly learnt about it, decided to catch bull of Autism by its horns and set about resetting priorities. The business was disposed of, they and Roshnee's parents till then living separately moved to live together so that 24X7 care/intervention could be provided to Roshnee and while Roshnee's parents will pursue their career, to provide for heavily needed resources in the future for Roshnee's welfare, Mr. and Mrs. Misra will take care of Roshnee, till their health permits. They vowed to make Roshnee independent as much as possible in as many sphere as possible keeping academics on the back burner. Mr. and Mrs. Misra got in touch with Dr. Smita Awasthi, learnt about basics of handling child with Autism, and dedicated themselves to the cause. In the initial years Dr. Smita Awasthi was Roshnee's consultant till a BMI Centre was established in Kolkata. Roshnee, now 17, still goes to that Centre. Mr. Misra attended most of the Autism related workshops held in Kolkata, joined many Autism related groups and interacted with parents having a child with Autism, to learn about Autism and applied the knowledge to good effect to improve quality of life of Roshnee. He shared his experience and attended couple of ABA Annuals where he presented parents perspectives, shared Roshnee's progress over the years with other parents showing videos. He continues to interact, learn and share his experiences with other parents through various Face Book groups related to Autism.
Meena is a tech leader, hands-on architect and is very passionate about bringing technology to the non-tech sector. Making digital easy is the mantra she lives by and wants business to use mobility and technology at ease. With her technology expertise, she has built an app for special kids to use called "Brightly". She also runs a CSR organisation which helps corporates with their CSR needs. Being a mom of a special kid, she understands and focuses on increasing Autism awareness in the Corporate world as well. Ethics and quality are of high standard and value, which has been deep seeded in the company she has built both Purple front as well as Mentiss. A bundle of energy that she is, is a caring mother of 2 kids. Loves travelling with her family and take vacations as it is a great way to learn. Has Masters in Computer Application and has finished her Executive MBA from IIM, Bangalore.
Dr. Sudha S. M.D is a Gynaecologist by Profession and a Parent of kid in autism spectrum. In the past 11 years, have undergone various practical training in intervention of autism. Always been an active member in the parents group. Have conducted basic training programs for parents. Along with group of parents, have organised autism awareness events in Bangalore. Have trained 500 health professionals in early identification of autism in Chennai and Bangalore. Founder trustee - WIZTARA for autism.

Luminaries at Conference
Roshnee, a beautiful 17 years old girl has Autism. She is very compliant. She cannot talk like you and us. But she sings beautifully Hindi, English and Bengali songs. She has given many stage performances. On the stage and with mike in her hand she is a girl full of confidence and grace. Roshnee enjoys house hold work. She enjoys kitchen work too. Cutting vegetables and fruits, making tea, coffee, kneading flour and making Rotis give her immense pleasure. She is independent in her personal hygiene which being a woman requires some additional skill. She enjoys going to Malls, restaurants, movies and shows. She is an outgoing type and is a very pleasant company. She can work on computer, creating, saving and opening files, sending e mails with attachment, data entry work, listening songs stored in computer. She can handle her smart phone well, reading, sending emails or whatsApp messages with prompts. If at the start of the day she is given broad outlines of her expected schedule for the day she is very comfortable and happy and she accepts any changes which may be necessary due to circumstances.


Behavior Momentum India Foundation
Behavior Momentum India Foundation is a non-profit organization set up with a view of helping children/young adults/adults across their life span affected by Autism, improving them in mainstreaming with ABA Practices. We at BMI are working with the most dedicated team for creating a positive learning environment while practicing the science of ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis).
BMI serves 300+ children at their 9 centers (03 in Bangalore, 02 in Hyderabad, 01 in Mumbai, Noida, Kolkata and Lucknow).
Dr. Smita Awasthi - First Indian BCBA, Founder & Director, Behavior Momentum India
Dr. Smita is the first USA Board Certified Indian Behavior Analyst with a doctorate in ABA. She has 33 years of experience in the field of Autism and IDD. She pioneered “evidence based practice” in India and continues her mission of advocacy, mentoring & application of ABA-based treatments in the field of Autism in SE Asia, Middle East, Europe, Americas & India. An established leader in delivering high quality services, capacity building, and skill development she is a trustee on various NGOs like ABA-India, BMI-Foundation and Autism Awareness & Action selfless in her dedication towards Autism treatment across the breadth of the country. She founded Behavior Momentum India in 2010 the largest 1:1 systems based special needs facility in the country and is Director of the first and only ABA course in India. Smita has presented Autism treatment related researches at conferences and a keynote speaker at National and International events. She has been honored by National and International organizations for her pioneering work in India and is zealously working towards Govt. Recognition of ABA in India so that millions of children with Autism can receive best treatments.
Manoj Sharma, Trustee, BMI Foundation
Manoj Sharma is a technocrat and a graduate in Metallurgy Engineering. He has 34 years of experience in the field of Engineering, Marketing and International Trade. Having worked with National & International clients, he started his own small scale manufacturing enterprise in 1991. Manoj has wide knowledge of International trade and marketing and works in close partnerships with firms in Switzerland and Canada. He has travelled widely across the globe and worked closely in European, US and Japanese Markets. He has been associated in the field of Autism from last 6 years, doing social services.
Sridhar Aravamudhan, Trustee, BMI Foundation
Sridhar, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, after completing course requirement from Ball State University, IN, United States. He works extensively in understanding challenging Behavior and helping parents implement behavior management. An Alumnus of Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, in his prior experience of 20 years, He has been head of Business Development and Operations with several leading corporations such as Pepsico, British Petroleum and Tech Mahindra. He also has experience in teaching management subjects to MBA students in Amity University, Bangalore.

Pediatricians Group for Autism
Dr. Himani Khanna, Developmental Pediatrician, Continua Kids
Dr. Himani is a Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician with extensive experience in well and sick care of pediatric patients from newborn to 16+. She is passionate about her work and has the quality to be able to relate to wide range of patients, parents and staff. Her dream is to have a community which respects equal rights and legitimate Laws to support our special children and their families

Dr. Puja Kapoor, Pediatric Neurologist, Continua Kids
Dr. Puja is a Pediatric Neurologist with extensive experience in evaluation, diagnosis in the treatment of various pediatric neurological disorder from newborn to 16 years of age. Her endeavour is to provide optimum care and health to children to develop their fullest potential. Her vision is to enhance the quality of life of children suffering from neurological diseases.