15 Oct · Kamini Lakhani · 5 Comments

How to Really Help Your Autistic Child with Social Interaction

Years ago, I remember attending a training by Dr Steven Gutstein, Founder of RDI Connect.Somebody asked him if their child would improve in their socialiazation skills by attending a Social Skills Group. He was thoughtful for a minute. Then he replied, ‘It doesn’t happen by osmosis.’ Those words never left my mind.What did Dr G…

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30 Sep · Kamini Lakhani · 4 Comments

How to Understand Your Autistic Child’s ‘Resistance’

I had an unfortunate ‘fall’ last month.Stepping out for a walk post 8 pm on a rainy evening, wasn’t a great idea, I guess. I didn’t notice the pothole in front of me.Stepping into it, I lost balance and landed on all fours. Luckily, help was close by. A watchman of the adjacent building came…

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3 Sep · Kamini Lakhani · 2 Comments

How You Could be Coming in the Way of Your Child’s Thinking

I watched in rapt attention as the boy sorted and put away vegetables.He came to the final task of putting away curry leaves in a little steel container with holes. He struggled to clean the curry leaves. I could see his brain ticking away, as he picked up a pair of scissors to cut the…

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16 Aug · Kamini Lakhani · 14 Comments

How Working Through This Potent Technique Will Lead To Independence In Your Child’s Life

I watched this young mother work with her child.Every time the child moved her hand to point to an incorrect picture, the mother stopped her in her tracks.“No, try again.” I could see and feel the anxiety mounting in the little girl. She started to flap her hands. Again I heard the mother saying, “hands…

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22 Jul · Kamini Lakhani · No Comments

How To Transform Your Interactions With Your Child: From Task Focus to Trust

I saw her struggling with her daughter to finish the activity. She insisted that her daughter fold clothes. But resistance marked the activity. I saw the little girl darting glances at her mother. She seemed to be doing an assessment of her mother’s emotional state! They fed into each other’s anxiety. In the end, the…

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The Importance of a Parent Training Program
For Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

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