DIRECT started as a centre for child development but now uses a life-span approach to development and mental health. It was founded in 2002 with the aim of bringing change to the field of disabilities in India and currently strives to change lives meaningfully through therapeutic services, psychoeducation, research and advancement of the fields of psychology and human development. As an institute it is known for its application of cognitive training techniques as a tool to advance development (help improve memory, attention, perception, reasoning, planning, judgment, general learning, and overall executive functioning) within the pediatric and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) population. Additionally, it has come to the forefront in providing therapeutic services, because of its eclectic use of Counseling therapy modalities as well as for other novel therapies such as Expressive Arts, Animal Assisted, Play-based speech, and Educational Therapies

The organization is dedicated to improving the lives of people and their families through clinically-linked and applied rehabilitation research. The sustained hope is to bring together a transdisciplinary team of professionals who will become successful and contributing members to the future of disabilities and mental health in the areas of diagnostics, assessments, intervention and research. The institute is the only of its kind in India that currently offers Animal Assisted Therapy, Cognitive Training, Educational Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy and Speech Language Therapies for children between the ages of 18 months and 18 years.


Changing lives through a unique transdisciplinary healthcare model, informed and substantiated with clinically linked and applied research.


An organization dedicated to improving the health of clients across the life-span and to build an inclusive community where all individuals have equal opportunities to succeed.


  • The client and their therapeutic goals are of utmost importance
  • The family as an integral part of a client’s life
  • Professional partnerships and working in tandem
  • Employing qualified personnel
  • Responsibility and accountability
  • Integrity and commitment to the profession
  • Open and honest communication
  • Participation, growth and excellence
  • Professionalism
  • The equality and dignity of all people
  • Inclusion