Child Development & Rehabilitation Centre​

​The Child Development and Rehabilitation Center (CDRC) plays a crucial role in addressing the needs of children with various developmental, behavio​ral, occupational and speech challenges.

CDRCs often provide comprehensive assessments to identify developmental delays, behavioral, occupational and speech challenges in children. ​​Multidisciplinary teams of paediatricians, psychologists, speech therapists, occupational therapists collaborate to assess different aspects of a child's development.

Treatment and Intervention

​​Once a thorough assessment is conducted, CDRCs develop individualized treatment plans tailored to each child's specific needs. ​Treatment may involve therapeutic interventions, such as speech therapy, occupational therapy, and behavioral therapy. ​​Early intervention is a key focus, as addressing challenges at an early age can have a significant impact on a child's overall development.

Behavioural Support

For children with behavioural challenges, CDRCs may offer behavioral interventions and counseling to address issues like ADHD or conduct disorders. ​​Behavioral support can include strategies for parents and caregivers to manage and cope with challenging behaviors effectively.​

Parental Guidance and Education

CDRCs often involve parents and caregivers in the intervention process, providing guidance and education on how to support their child's development at home. ​​Parental involvement is crucial for the continuity of care and to reinforce therapeutic strategies outside the clinical setting. ​​​Overall, Child Development and Rehabilitation Centers play a vital role in promoting the optimal development and well-being of children facing a range of challenges, contributing to their integration into society and improved quality of life.​

We serve patients with the following conditions:

Developmental disorders​ such as:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Social Communication Pragmatic Disorder
  • Global Developmental Delay
  • Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Development​al Coordination Disorder
  • Speech delay 
  • Language processing disorders
  • Behavio​ural disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, oppositional defiant disorders etc. ​​​

  • Disorders of gait and movement and coordination, inclusive of Cerebral Palsy​

​W​​​e conduct the following assessments at the CDRC:

​Integrated developmental assessment
  • Psychological, occupational, speech and physiotherapy ​evaluation
  • Diagnosis and treatment plan is made based on the  evaluation of all the above-mentioned domains

Psychological evaluation

  • Infant development assessment: The Bayley Scales of Infant Development (offered only by CDRC in Karachi)
  • IQ assessment
  • Learning disability assessment
  • Assessment for ADHD​

Specialized assessment for Autism Spectrum Disorder:
  • Autism Diagnostic ​Observation Schedule (ADOS) 

  • Autism Diagnostic Interview Revised (ADI-R)
  • Attitude testing (depression, anxiety, etc.)
  • Projective testing 
  • Psychological assessment for immigration (Canada and Australia)
Occupational Assessment:
  • Movement Assessment Battery for children (MABC)
  • Sensory Profile
  • ​Informal assessment of dysphagia​​

Ther​​apies we offer

Integrated care is offered in which the team members are aware of what therapies a child is taking and there is a follow-up with a developmental paediatrician or paediatric neurologist every three to four months.

Psychotherapy/Behaviour Therapy:
  • Applied Behaviour Analysis
  • Son-rise program (some attributes)
  • Remedial therapy
  • Parent mediated therapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Art as therapy
  • Group therapy/social groups
  • Tele-therapy (for children and parents outside Karachi and Pakistan)
  • Play stimulation for hospitalized sick children
Occupational Therapy:
  • Sensory integrated therapy
  • Feeding, eating and swallowing
  • Activities of daily living
  • Parental counselling
  • Parent-mediated therapy
Speech Therapy:
  • Group therapy
  • Parental counselling
  • Parent mediated therapy
  • Tele-therapy (for children and parents outside Karachi and Pakistan)​
Make an appointment
Book through the AKU centralized appointment system 
Contact our CDRC hotline Monday to Saturday
9:00 am and 6:00 pm
(+92) 0301 8242611 
Email us at 
Our staff at the counter (first floor, WCH building, main AKU) assist during regular clinic hours Monday to Saturday