9 Aug · Kamini Lakhani · No Comments

Friendship: A Matter of the Heart. And a cup of Chai.

The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love.   - Hubert H. Humphrey   Friendships are precious treasures in our lives.   As human beings, we have an innate need to connect with others. Being social, we seek interactions with other human beings.   Friendships are deep bonds based on openness, trust, acceptance, honesty and ...


26 Jul · Kamini Lakhani · No Comments

10 Things Every Student Should Know About Autism

I had the good fortune and privilege of addressing the 11th and 12th graders of Lilavatibai Podar Senior Secondary School, last week.   Over the years, I’ve presented workshops and orientations to several groups of people- parents, professionals and teachers.   This was my first opportunity to present to students, thanks to Ankita Pritamani (alumnus…


13 Jul · Kamini Lakhani · No Comments

Why It’s Time To Trash The “High Functioning/Low Functioning” Distinction

“My child is not like the children here.” She said.   “How do you mean?” I asked.   “He’s passed his tenth grade with 72%. He talks. He can do everything. He has a high IQ. He’s high functioning.” She replied.   “Here we go again….” I thought.   Instead I asked, “So what are…


6 Jul · Kamini Lakhani · 3 Comments

The Missing Link To Your Child’s Development

Seth Godin is an entrepreneur, marketer and a brilliant teacher.   When I joined The Marketing Seminar (TMS), conducted by Seth, I thought I’d learn about marketing. Instead I learned about life.   I chanced upon this manifesto he had written. Stop Selling Dreams.     It stopped me in my tracks.   “If you…


28 Jun · Kamini Lakhani · 4 Comments

5 Benefits of Truly Accepting Your Autistic Child

It isn’t Autism Awareness Month. We left it behind a couple of months ago. Yet this post is about acceptance.   Mohit will soon be 29. He’s taught me life’s greatest lessons. Perhaps the biggest one is ‘true acceptance.’   My journey started with denial or non acceptance. “It can’t be." “Why me?” “What have…