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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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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