31 January 2020

Mother's guide to Autism

Imagine someone is blowing a trumpet, some music playing in the background, lots of people moving in front of you and someone is teaching you and has sealed your lips so that you cannot express your feelings and still expects you to listen. Can you? How would you feel? Frustrated? Feeling like just screaming and throwing things? Yes, welcome to the world of autistic children. They go through something like this every day. Their brain cannot filter out unimportant things like far off sounds. When we are in a class or listening to someone, our brain automatically filters out unimportant sounds or less important information coming in. But their brain cannot. We can express and communicate, but their weakness lies in expression and communication.

28 January 2020

Let's pay Attention

Attention and focus, sitting still to finish an activity, be it play or academics, engaging with peers, or to and fro interaction with the person in front seems like a herculean task to most of our children today. Sensory issues, rigidity in behaviour, not open to changes, motor issues etc. in autism or any other developmental delays does nothing to ease out the problem.  Why are children so inattentive and either lost in their own world or in the world of gadgets?

24 January 2020

Let’s Write...

How to teach writing? I am often asked this question and as a therapist working with children in the Early Intervention Group... I quote Julie Andrews from the movie, “The Sound of Music” , “Let’s start at the very beginning a very good place to start...”

15 January 2020

Let’s Play...

What is the occupation of a child? ... To play...Yes! It's as simple as that, and there is tremendous potential in play. The truth though is somewhere while teaching A,B,C, 1,2,3 we have forgotten to let our children play.

11 January 2020

Imitation: The First Step Towards Learning

In my profession as a special educator I always meet parents, anxiety written on their face and thousands of questions racing through their minds. I am a parent too, being the mother of an autistic child I suddenly rewind back to those days, when I was on the opposite side.

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