The Chitra Lane Children’s Resource Centre was established in 1989
with the aim of reaching out to children and young adults with special needs from across Sri Lanka.
The Children’s Resource Centre is now recognized as a center of excellence to which doctors, schools, and other organizations from across Sri Lanka refer children regularly for evaluations and follow-up interventions. This pioneering program now has an annual caseload of over 500 children that comes to us from in and around Colombo as well as distant districts in the Southern province, the central hills, and the North and East of Sri Lanka and beyond. Any child, regardless of his or her ethnic, religious, or socio-economic background is welcome at our Centre.
Children with Down’s syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, and several other disabilities and developmental delays, participate in our programs. A majority of the children have multiple disabilities which include speech impairments, mobility, and learning difficulties. We also see many children who are attending regular mainstream schools in Colombo and other districts who are having difficulties coping with their school work. In these cases, we work closely with the child’s school as well as the parents in carrying out individualized remedial programs.
Special Units Within the Chitra Lane Resource Centre include Early Childhood Development, Special Education, Speech and Language Development, Creative Arts, Self-help and Life Skills, Parent Training and Behaviour Management, Physiotherapy, Physical Education and Hydrotherapy, IT Skills, Medical Services, and Psychology.