To provide Optimum Learning Opportunities to children and individuals with
autism, to achieve self –sufficiency & an improved Quality of Life by implementing
cutting – edge empirically tested methods of Applied Behavior Analysis.
BMI started as a parents initiative, when few parents with children on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) approached Ms. Smita Awasthi BCBA to spearhead an intensive ABA based intervention centre, in India.
Smita Awasthi was an NRI and frequently visited India for consultations to assist parents in Kolkata, Delhi, Lucknow, Mumbai, Bangalore and hold workshops on invitations from various NGO’s. ABA intervention was being understood as a positive intervention to train children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
She was the first person in India with all professional qualifications having studied ABA, and immense practical experience in the application of ABA. She finally shifted her base to India and formed BMI.
BMI set up its first intervention centre at Bangalore in 2010. The model followed at BMI was to have one trainer per child and included intensive training of 25 hours per week as per international bench mark. Technology transfer included supervision and constant training as per global standards.
The intensive behavioral intervention program was received well by parents with children showing quite a bit of improvement. BMI’s focus on quality & commitment to individualized programming spread the word and mounted immense pressure on BMI to expand its services. With no ABA education existing in India finding ABA trained staff posed immense difficulties. BMI started training fresh graduates to make them ABA para-professionals. The process is continuously on.
The constant demand for enrolment fuelled the growth of BMI from a 15 person organization, serving 20 children to 150 plus para-professionals handling over 200 children across India. In the last three years BMI opened six centres at - Bangalore, Delhi, Noida, Lucknow Kolkata and Mumbai. Today BMI caters to families, who have relocated not only from other states of India, but also from places abroad like UK, USA, Maldives, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Nigeria etc
It was a herculean effort for Smita Awasthi to create a pool of resources, who had to be trained in-house as India did not have any ABA learning facility. BMI now has its own systems and processes, which are being constantly improved upon. BMI owes its growth and success to its parents, whose testimony and referrals created a steady demand for quality services not only in India, but also overseas.