15 Feb · Kamini Lakhani · One Comment

How Your Child Can Become An Independent, Life Long Learner

I watch with amazement as he assembles ingredients to steam white dhokla. (snack made by steaming fermented rice batter)   The challenge is for him to look at a picture and try to figure how to cook it. His mother guides him to add an ingredient he’s never used before. (Eno Fruit Salt) He takes…

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7 Feb · Kamini Lakhani · 3 Comments

Why Passing The 10th Grade Will Not Guarantee Your Child A Job

Over the past years, Dr. Renuka prayed that her son, Sanjeev would go to college. At his mother’s behest, Sanjeev also prayed, “Dear God. Let me go to college.”   Their dream became a reality a couple of years ago, when Sanjeev joined a pastry making college for individuals with special needs. The family lives…

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25 Jan · Kamini Lakhani · 6 Comments

11 Ways To Teach Your Autistic Child Or Student Respectfully

  Over the past 25 years of being with Mohit and others, I’ve gleaned these gems. I hold them close to my heart when I come across any autistic individual.   Today, I’d like to share them with you.   1. Always presume competence   If you don’t remember anything else I say, remember this.…

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17 Jan · Kamini Lakhani · 11 Comments

How Your Anxiety Affects Your Autistic Child

She placed her hand on her 7 year old’s shoulder to help him write. He tried his best.   Concern was writ large on her face, as she said, “Write neatly- within the lines.” ‘Leave space between each word. Write nicely.” She continued. She bent over, watching him work intently, not willing to let go.…

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5 Jan · Kamini Lakhani · 7 Comments

Much More Than Words

Atharva is a typically developing 5 year old. He joined us for the Christmas Carnival on the 22nd of December.   I watched him painting, his creative talent stood out.   As I dabbled with the paints, I found an interesting heart shaped sponge brush. I dipped it into the palette which already had red…

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