Meera is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore, India. She is part of a multidisciplinary team that works with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disorders (DD).
Meera recently returned to India after completing her 2-year post-doctoral training in neurosciences as a Fulbright-Nehru scholar in an NIH funded autism center for excellence network study - the Infant Brain Imaging Study (PI: Dr. Piven) at the Carolina Institute of Developmental Disabilities, UNC-Chapel Hill, USA. Her work included, understanding how parent report of early signs (around the first birthday) can help in identifying infants at the highest risk for a later diagnosis of ASD, and identifying early language markers of ASD in infants at high familial risk for Autism.
Meera is a recipient of the prestigious Wellcome Trust DBT India Alliance early career fellowship in clinical and public health, 2019-2024. Funding from this fellowship has supported her to kick-start this lab – The Infant-Toddler Language Development and Intervention Lab (LiL’).
Her current areas of interest include screening methods for early detection of ASD and related DD, parent-mediated early intervention for children with DD, language and communication deficits in the broader autism phenotype, co-morbidity in ASD, and bilingual language development in children with DD.
When Meera is not hard at work, you will find her in dance class @Abhinava, or on the streets of South Bangalore exploring street food, or taking a stroll in Lalbagh.
Nikita is a Junior Research Fellow at the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, NIMHANS, Bangalore. She completed her Masters in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology from Kasturba Medical College (Manipal University), Mangalore after which she worked at an early intervention inclusive program. Nikita has over two years of experience working with children with speech and language disorders and their families in a multidisciplinary set up. She has conducted the Hanen - It Takes Two to Talk parent training program for families and has also trained in play therapy for children with special needs. Nikita’s interest lies in early identification and intervention of childhood speech and language disorders and she strongly supports the need to involve families in the intervention plan.
Prathiksha is a Junior Research Fellow at the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, NIMHANS, Bangalore. She has completed her Masters in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology from Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University, Pune and has presented research posters at various national conferences. She has over two years of experience of working with children and adults with speech and language disorders at a private hospital and clinic. Prathiksha has a keen interest in the early identification and intervention of children with neurodevelopmental disorders. She is also passionate about adult neurogenic communication and feeding disorders.