PGI doc awarded for developing test for hearing, speech disabled

Dr Dharam Vir, Faculty, Speech and Hearing of the Department of ENT, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, was honoured with the 'Talented Scientist Award' for his contribution to alternative medicine at the 26th National Medicos Congress held in Hoshiarpur.

The award was given by Ashwani Rai Khanna, former MP, and Dr D B Kapur, Chairman, AIMS, for contributing a tool to assess the prevalence of articulation errors and defects in Punjabi speaking children and adults. The tool, Punjabi Articulation Test (PAT), was developed by Vir under the guidance of Prof A K Gupta, and Prof Naresh Panda from the Department of Otolaryngology, PGIMER, Prof Joga Singh, Punjabi University, Prof A N Gill, Panjab University, and Dr Harmesh Kumar.

PAT can be administered on different types of speech and language disorders of the Punjabi speaking population such as dyslalia, dysarthria, mental retardation and hearing impaired.

It can also help identify the speech errors of patients and equip the speech therapist for better cure and correction, especially in the case children between 8 and 10 years.

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