23 Aug · Kamini Lakhani · 2 Comments

How To Be The Most Effective Teacher For Your Special Needs Student

Each of us had a smile on our faces, as we finished watching this video. In fact, it filled our hearts with joy.         It was part of our Professional Development Course. A trainee commented on what a joy it was to see a child enjoying a session so much. “Normally I…

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9 Aug · Kamini Lakhani · No Comments

Top 5 Reasons To Become An RDI Consultant

“I’m exhausted, Kamini. My brother had sudden problems for which I had to fly down with my son to my parents’ place. I couldn’t spend any time with my child.”   “He has severe anger issues. This bothers and triggers me immediately. “   “Despite implementing all kinds of behavior plans, she keeps touching my…

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26 Jul · Kamini Lakhani · 4 Comments

The Journey from Simple Imitation to Independence

I watched this mother - daughter duo actively involved in doing a puzzle. Not only did the child have to put each piece of the puzzle in, but she also had to name every item.   A constant stream of instructions emanated from the mother. ‘Put the piece in here.’ ‘Yes, turn it.’ ‘Good. What…

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12 Jul · Kamini Lakhani · 7 Comments

What You Are Seeking Is Also Seeking You

This 6 year old's parents are both gentle and mild mannered. The visited us for an RDI assessment, flying in from a different city.   I could see the immense effort the mother was putting in to interact and engage with the child. Both parents had their doubts and reservations about being able to connect…

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20 Jun · Kamini Lakhani · One Comment

‘Autistic Individual’ or ‘Individual with autism?’

The other day, I received this comment:   I loved your article, Kamini. Perhaps you should say individual with autism rather than autistic individual. It would be more respectful. Autism doesn’t define them. It’s only one part of their lives.   I gently thanked the reader and decided to dig deeper into this.   What…

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