DR. KR Banumathe

Associate Professor

Department of Occupational Therapy


    Dr. KR Banumathe is working as an Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, Manipal College of Health Professions, Manipal Academy of Higher Education. 


    ·         BOT Academic Coordinator

    ·         BOT and MOT Teaching Faculty

    ·         MOT Research Guide

    ·         I BOT Class Coordinator

    ·         Subject In-charge: Occupational Therapy for Children (IV BOT)

    ·        Subject In-charge: Constructs Related to Human Occupation (I MOT)

    ·         Clinical Staff: Pediatrics (Unit-II & III)

    ·         Clinical Supervisor: IV BOT (Pediatrics)

    ·         Clinical Supervisor: I MOT and II MOT (Pediatrics)

    ·         Standardized Assessment Lab In-charge


    • Institutional Research Committee Member


Subject Semester / Year
Basic Competencies for Occupational Therapists-II II Sem/ I BOT
OT for Children VIII Sem/ IV BOT
Constructs Related to Human Occupation I Sem/ I MOT
Occupational Therapy: Developmental Disabilities III Semester /II MOT
Occupational Therapy: Developmental Disabilities IV Sem/II MOT


Degree Specialisation Institute Year of passing
Doctor of Philosophy Occupational Therapy Occupational Therapy 2018
Master of Occupational Therapy Advanced OT in Paediatrics KMCH College of Occupational Therapy, The Tamilnadu Dr M.G.R Medical University 2010
Master of Science in Psychology Psychology Distant Education, Tamilnadu Open University 2010
Bachelor of Occupational Therapy Occupational Therapy KMCH College of Occupational Therapy, The Tamilnadu Dr M.G.R Medical University. 2007
Certificate course in Bio-Statistics & Research Methodology Manipal University 2012
Certificate course in Hand Splinting Department of Occupational Therapy, MCOAHS, Manipal University 2010
Post Graduate Diploma In Computer Applications (PGDCA) Sethupathi Institute of Technology (Govt. Approved) 2006


Institution / Organisation Designation Role Tenure
Department of Occupational Therapy - MCHP Associate Professor BOT & MOT Teaching faculty, BOT Academic coordinator, Class coordinator, Clinical teaching, Clinical Supervisor, PG Students` Research guide, Researcher, Institutional Research Empowered Committee Member Mid Dec 2018 - till date
Department of Occupational Therapy - MCHP Assistant Professor – Selection Grade BOT & MOT Teaching faculty, BOT semester scheme coordinator, Class coordinator, Clinical teaching, Clinical Supervisor, PG Students` Research guide, Researcher May 2016 - Mid- Dec 2018
Department of Occupational Therapy - SOAHS Assistant Professor - Senior Scale Teaching faculty, Class coordinator, Clinical teaching, Clinical Supervisor, UG Students’ Research guide, Researcher May 2013 - April 2016
Department of Occupational Therapy - SOAHS Assistant Professor Teaching faculty, Class coordinator, Clinical teaching, Clinical Supervisor, UG Students’ Research guide, Researcher July 2011 - April 2013
KMCH College of Occupational Therapy, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India Assistant Professor Teaching faculty, Class coordinator, Clinical teaching, UG Students’ Research guide April 2010 - July 2011

Relationship of Visual Perception and Visual Motor Integration with Academic Performance in Elementary School Children: A Cohort Study

Dr. PSVN Sharma Dr. Binu VS

Role: Principal Investigator Publication: None Research Period: Dec, 2015- Dec, 2018 Description: Department of Science and Technology under Cognitive Science Research Initiative, Government of India (SR/CSRI/51/2014)


Area of Interest

Cerebral Palsy & other Developmental Disorders: ADL training, Functional training, Assistive and Adaptive devices , Pervasive Developmental Disorders & ADHD: Behavior therapy, SI therapy, CPSE skills training, ADL training, Learning Disability: Visual Perceptual & Visual Motor Integration skills training, Handwriting training, Neonatal Habilitation: Early Intervention for High Risk Infants , Hand Splinting: Designing & Fabrication of both thermoplastic & metallic splints

Area of Expertise

Child Habilitation

Area of Research

School Based Occupational Therapy for children & Child Habilitation

Professional Affiliations & Contributions

• Life member of AIOTA (All India Occupational Therapists Association).

• Member of Academic Council of Occupational Therapy.

Work Experience

Organisation Role Tenure
Private Consultant Clinical Occupational Therapy services Nov 2007 – May 2008

Occupational therapy for persons with haemophilia.

2015-01-04 Haemophilia, Occupational Therapy, Rehabilitation KR Banumathe Guruprasad V Shalini Quadros

Objective: To discuss briefly about the role of Occupational Therapy in rehabilitating people with Haemophilia. Summary: Occupational Therapy helps a client in doing their daily routines such as daily living skills, work/academic related skills and leisure pursuits. The rehabilitative approach could be preventive, remedial or adaptive. This article outlines the role of occupational therapy for a client with Haemophilia. . International Journal of Pharma Research and Health Sciences, 3 (2). pp. 677-679. ISSN 2348-6465 http://www.pharmahealthsciences.net/pdfs/volume3-issue2/18_Vol3_Issue2_MS_15163.pdf

Bell’s palsy & its impact on various areas of occupation.

2014-01-08 Bells’ palsy, Occupation, Occupational Therapy Guruprasad V

Objective: To discuss briefly about the Bell’s palsy and its impact on various areas of occupation. Summary: Bell's palsy is a peripheral palsy of the facial nerve that results in muscle weakness on one side of the face.This article outlines the various areas of activities of daily living, instrumental activities of daily living, work and social participation which will be affected due to Bell’s palsy. Scientific Research Journal of India, 3 (3). pp. 136-138. ISSN 2277-1700 http://www.scribd.com/doc/248313770/Scientific-Research-Journal-of-India-SRJI-Vol-3-Issue-3-Year-2014#scribd

Effectiveness of sensory motor and behavior therapy on drooling in children with cerebral palsy.

2012-01-09 Cerebral palsy, Drooling, Sensory motor therapy, Behavior therapy Guruprasad V Sugi, S

Aim: To determine the effectiveness of sensory motor and behaviour therapy on drooling in children with cerebral palsy. Methodology: 20 children with drooling in cerebral palsy were selected for the study based on the screening tool. The assessment tools such as swab method, drooling quotient with activity and drooling quotient without activity were used for pre and post test scores. 10 children received conventional treatments who were control group and 10 children were given sensory motor and behaviour therapy along with conventional treatment who were experimental group. Post-test was taken after 6 weeks of intervention for 10 min / session, 3 days a week and the scores were subjected to statistical analysis. Results: The data were analysed with Mann-Whitney U-test and Kruskal Wallis test using the SPSS version 16. Results showed statistical significant difference at p<0.05 levels of significance in post test scores of experimental when compared to control group. Constant droolers showed greater improvement than frequent droolers in swab method and drooling quotient with activity at p<0.05 levels of significance. The study also found that age and diagnosis do not have an effect on treatment outcome. Conclusion: The study concluded that sensory motor and behaviour therapy have a significant effect on reducing drooling in children with cerebral palsy. Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Journal, 5 (3). pp. 133-138. ISSN: 0974-5777 http://connection.ebscohost.com/c/articles/95416285/effectiveness-sensory-motor-behavior-therapy-drooling-children-cerebral-palsy

An Observational Study on Sensory Based Outdoor Play Preferences in children aged between 3 - 12 years : A Preliminary Study.

2012-03-09 Play preferences, Sensory Based Play, Outdoor Play Preferences Ram, Vineeta I Pinto, Alzeena Jonathan, Samuel

Aim: To find sensory based outdoor play preferences of children between the ages 3 -12 years. Method: 90 normal children were observed by 3 raters for 30 minutes minimum, while engaged in free play at outdoor playgrounds. Play preferences were observed for the affinity towards certain sensory components; tactile, auditory, vestibular and proprioception. The most observable sensory based play preferences were noted for quality and frequency and the children were scored on a 7 point Likert scale. The data was then grouped by age into 3 groups, 1, 2 and 3; 3.1 to 6 years, 7.1 to 9 years and 10.1 to 12 years respectively and analyzed using SPSS, version 16. Results: On analysis of data between the groups showed that there was significant difference at p<0.05 levels for tactile, auditory and proprioceptive except vestibular based play preferences at p>0.05 levels. Auditory based play preferences showed a significant difference at p<0.05 level to other preferences for group 1. Group 2 showed significant difference between all sensory based play preferences at p< 0.05 levels and for group 3, no significant difference between auditory and tactile based play preferences at p>0.05 levels and significant difference between the rest of the components at p<0.05 levels. It also inferred tactile and auditory based play preferences decrease while proprioceptive and vestibular based play preferences increase with the increase in age. Conclusion: These findings proved that sensory based outdoor play preferences of children exist and differ between the ages 3 to 12 years. International Journal of Current Research and Review, 4 (17). 20 -28. ISSN 2231-2196 http://www.ijcrr.com/journals/Vol%204%20issue%2017.pdf

Effectiveness of Videotaped/Photographs in Teaching Handling Techniques for Caregivers of Children with Spastic Cerebral Palsy.

2012-02-07 Handling techniques, Home Programme, Spastic Cerebral Palsy Guruprasad V Balakrishnan, T

Aim: To determine the effectiveness of videotapes/ photographs in teaching Handling techniques for caregivers of children with Spastic cerebral palsy. Method: This Experimental study used the videotapes/photographs as a tool for teaching the handling techniques to caregivers of 15 spastic type cerebral palsy children. This study also uses parental questionnaire, and GMFM score sheet for assessment. Results: The study concluded that there is a significant improvement in therapeutic handling the children by caregivers when using videotape/photograph teaching between the pre and post test scores of parental handling questionnaire at a significant level of 0.0001. However there is no significant difference observed in the GMFM scale. Conclusion: This study suggests that videotaped/photographic teaching of handling techniques to the caregivers of children with spastic cerebral palsy is effective. Global Research Analysis, 1 (2). pp. 82-84. ISSN 2277 - 8160 http://worldwidejournals.com/gra/articles.php?val=OTQ=&b1=129&k=33

Application of Occupational Performance Model in Occupational Therapy for Rehabilitation in Medical Conditions - A Case Study.

2012-02-11 Encephalitis, Occupational Performance Model, Occupational Therapy Guruprasad V

Summary: This case study describes the application of occupational performance model in occupational therapy practice for physical dysfunctions in severe medical conditions. A case of 37 years old male diagnosed as Encephalitis with clinical presentation of left Hemiplegia and Seizure was referred. Initial evaluation revealed significant poor performance in cognitive, physical, emotional, social and dependent self-care tasks. The early rehabilitation was initiated based on occupational performance model which showed the marked improvement in the client’s abilities to perform basic daily living skills. This case study reveals knowledge about application of this model for rehabilitation in acute severe medical conditions. International Journal of Health Sciences & Research, 2 (8). pp. 111-113. ISSN 2249-9571 http://www.ijhsr.org/current_issue_8/16.pdf

A Study to Find out the Prevalence and Effectiveness of Occupational Therapy Intervention for Pain and Activity Performance in Mobile Users with Risk of Repetitive Strain Injury.

2012-02-07 Mobile Users, Repetitive Strain Injury, Activity Performance KR Banumathe Lukose, Leena Ann

Objectives: To find the prevalence of pain and activity restriction among mobile users with risk of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) and to study the effectiveness of Occupational Therapy (OT) intervention for improving activity performance in mobile users with RSI. Methodology: 3 questionnaires were made and validated. RSI Screening Questionnaire was given to 100 participants to find out the prevalence. Among which 64 of them were selected based on inclusion criteria. Pre-test was taken using McGill Pain Questionnaire, Activity Restriction Questionnaire and Awareness Questionnaire. Interventions such as health education, strengthening activities and pamphlets were given for three 30 min session / week. After a period of 3 weeks post-test was taken using the same questionnaire and results were analysed. Results: Using SPSS-15, Descriptive analysis and Paired ‘t’ test was used to analyse the data. 64% of them had symptom of pain and limitation it their activity performance. There was a significant difference between pre and post test score in pain and activity restriction and awareness at p<0.05 level. Conclusion: There was a significant reduction in the pain and activity restriction among mobile users and increased awareness after Occupational Therapy intervention. International Journal of Scientific Research, 1 (2). pp. 149-151. ISSN 2277 – 8179 http://worldwidejournals.com/ijsr/issues.php?m=July&y=2012&id=3

Modified Falls Behavioral Scale for Indian Community Dwelling Older Adults.

2012-02-07 Geriatrics, Falls, Older adults Guruprasad V Sebestina Anita D’Souza

Purpose: In the absence of culturally relevant measurement tool to assess behaviour factors leading to fall in Indian older adults, this study aims to develop an objective measure to assess behavioural factors leading to fall by modifying the existing Falls Behavioural Scale for Australian older adults and establish its content and construct validity. Method: Following interviews with older adults, the existing scale was modified for language and relevant items. The 30-item preliminary scale thus developed was sent to experts for content validation, following which five items were added. For the field trial, 193 older adults were assessed with the 35 items Modified Falls Behavioural Scale, the Berg Balance Scale, and physical functioning component of SF-36. Results: Following factor analysis, one item was eliminated, the items were reloaded to different dimensions and one new dimension “Anticipatory Strategies” was introduced. The final 34-item scale was positively associated with history of fall in last one year (r = 0.021, p < .005) and age of the older adults (r = 0.26, p <.001). The scale also had significant negative correlation with Berg Balance Scale (r=-.4, p< .001), number of times an older adult went out in last one month (r = -0.031, p < .001), and SF 36 Physical Functioning (r = -.18, p = .01). Conclusion: In the present study, a 34-item Modified Falls Behavioural Scale was developed to assess fall behaviours in Indian older adults, and its content validity and construct validity is established. International Journal of Scientific Research, 1 (2). pp. 152-154. ISSN 2277 - 8179 http://worldwidejournals.com/ijsr/articles.php?val=ODU=&b1=209&k=53

Leisure and Its Impact on Well Being in School Children.

2012-02-10 Leisure, Well-Being, School Children Guruprasad V Sinu, E

Objective: To discuss briefly about the leisure and its impact on well-being in school children. Summary: The article describes the leisure activities for children, impact of passive leisure on well-being, the importance of active leisure, obstacles for participation and its implication for school children. International Journal of Scientific Research, 1 (5). p. 114. ISSN 2277 – 8179 http://www.researchgate.net/publication/236165887_Leisure_and_Its_Impact_on_Well_Being_in_School_Children

Relationship between visual motor integration and academic performance in elementary School children.

2017-15-05 Sharma, PSVN Binu, VS Guruprasad V

Citation (Online Journal of Health and Allied Sciences. 2017; 16 (1): pp. 1-4) URL: http://www.ojhas.org/issue61/2017-1-1.pdf

Efficacy of educational program on medical practitioner’s perception on radiological examination

2016-01-06 Sukumar, Suresh Rajagopal, KV Sabu, KM

Citation (International Journal of Pharma and Bio Sciences. 2016; 7 (2): pp-537-545) URL: http://www.ijpbs.net/archive-issue.php?issueid=42

Extended occupational therapy based rehabilitation for a young client following head injury – A case report.

2016-02-03 Guruprasad V Rao, Karthik N Sukumar, Suresh

Authors: Banumathe, KR and Guruprasad, V and Rao, Karthik N and Sukumar, Suresh Citation (International Journal of Pharma and Bio Sciences. 2016; 7 (1): pp-626-628) URL: http://www.ijpbs.net/archive-issue.php?issueid=33 .

Methods of Handwriting Assessment in Occupational Therapy: A Quick Reference.

2015-04-03 Sharma, PSVN Binu, VS

Citation (Indian Journal of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy - An International Journal. 2016; 10 (1): pp. 19-21) URL: http://www.ptmovements.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/5-Literature-Review-on-Dizziness-based-on-PEDRO.pdf#page=25

Systematic Review on the Medical Practitioner’s Knowledge about the Radiology Examination and Positive Influence of Radiation Training.

2016-01-06 Sukumar, Suresh Rajagopal, K Guruprasad V

Citation (International Journal of Pharma and Bio Sciences, 2016; 7 (2): pp. 13-18) URL: http://www.ijpbs.net/archive-issue.php?issueid=42

An observational study on sensory based outdoor play preferences in children aged between 3 - 12 years

2012-01-06 Vineeta I Ram Alzeena Pinto Samuel Jonathan KR Banumathe

A preliminary study. This study is about the sensory based play preferences of children which can be used for clinical practice to select age appropriate play for children’s intervention.

A cross sectional study with an objective of determining the nature of activities used for in children in kindergarten.

Indian Journal of Public Health Research & Development, (2018) 9 (12). pp. 245-248. ISSN 0976-0245 Banumathe Nadkarni, Saniya Sidhesh Narayanan, Namita John, Jithin