I was born in the early 1980s. I grew up in the small towns and remote villages of North East India. I didn't know it when I was young, but now when I look back, I believe I had and I still have mild form of autism. I had speech problem and stammered a bit. More importantly, I didn't give eye contact to others while interacting. I even preferred loneliness to socialization.

A Prayer:

It's not only an expectation but a fervent  prayer of a parent  of a child with special needs that the child is always in safe secure environment and that the professionals , teachers , care givers , family members , all people dealing with the child equally value the child and  are kind and sensitive towards the child looking beyond the disability .

A few Ground Realities ;

In Indian culture, a mother has been revered as first and foremost GURU in one’s life. It is absolutely crucial how this potter shapes the child in early days of a child. But perhaps it is more so for a special child…

Just few days back I got a call and WhatsApp message from Nayi Disha, that they are planning to compile a unique video capturing expression of various parents for following set of questions –

• Remember the first time your saw your child

• Think about the first time you heard them laugh

When my son was younger, I wondered how to teach him in a way that was interesting and easy to understand. I started with picture books, flashcards, games, and activities, but found them lacking. I realized what was missing with them was a tangible connection to the real world. Once I realized this, I dropped the books and games, and took my son out into the real world. I replaced theory with practicals.

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