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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7 Jun · Kamini Lakhani · No Comments

Three Questions You Must Ask Yourself

In the middle of the activity the 9 year old disconnected. He lay down on the carpet, stroking it. He made strange sounds and flapped his hands.   The mother was shocked as she observed him. “How long will this go on? I thought we had left all these behaviors behind. After every thing we’ve…

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24 May · Kamini Lakhani · One Comment

How Do You Measure Success?

  Scenario 1   Doctor: “I see massive changes in your son. He’s talking so much more. Last time you visited, he wasn’t talking so much. “   Parent; “Yes Doctor. When we visited 6 months ago, he was speaking 100 words. Now the total vocabulary has increased to 350 words. He’s now stringing sentences…

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10 May · Kamini Lakhani · 2 Comments

Simple Answers To 3 Complicated Questions

These questions came up in recent conversations. I found them interesting, hence I wanted to share them with you.   Question 1   My 4 year old child speaks in words. Will he ever be able to speak sentences? Please guide me as I’m very worried about this.   Answer 1   I understand your…

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26 Apr · Kamini Lakhani · 11 Comments

Who Takes Care Of The Caregiver?

The days flew by. I had to actually calculate the number of days Anil spent at the hospital, as the days went by in a blur. One day flowed into another and I lost track of time.   Hospital, home, hospital again, waiting for doctors, reading, chanting, cafeteria…   Life took on a different meaning.…

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