Ms. Richa Deshmukh is an Occupational Therapist with over 4 years of experience in the field. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy from D Y Patil University in Navi Mumbai, India in 2018. She started working at Institute for Psychological Health as an OT after her graduation. Further on, in September 2018 she started her postgraduate degree in Occupational Therapy with a specialisation in Developmental Disabilities from Seth GSMC & KEMH, Mumbai, India. She continued working with the Institute for Psychological Health as a part time OT during her Postgraduate studies. In the year 2020, she started her work as a coordinator for a Support group of Parents of children with Autism at Institute for Psychological Health. She earned her Master’s degree in 2021.
During her years of work experience, she worked in the NICU setup as well as inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation of adults and pediatric patients. Her caseload included children aged 0 to 16 years. She has been involved in care of children with neurodevelopmental concerns and children facing difficulties with sensory processing, Cognitive and academic challenges, learning and socialisation difficulties. She has supported children by building up their skills in Activities of Daily Living through play therapy. She has largely worked with children with developmental delays, Autism, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Intellectual disabilities, Learning difficulties, Sensory processing disorders and children with motor impairments.
Richa has also obtained certifications in using Physical Agent Modalities, and Office Ergonomics from the All India Occupational Therapists Association and a certification in Shoulder strengthening and rehabilitation. She is also trained in using the Bayley’s scale for infants and has vast experience in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) setting to support children with Neurodevelopmental delay.
Richa is passionate about working with children and her primary aim is helping children to perform to the best of their abilities.