What is Inclusive Education? The Definitive Guide

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All children have the right to benefit from schooling and more importantly, access to quality education, no matter what their abilities, race or economic background. Yet, often children with disabilities or special needs miss out on mainstream schooling because schools aren’t equipped to cater to their needs. Inclusive education, however, advocates for all children irrespective of their abilities to learn together, in one common environment.  What is Inclusive Education: As Unicef defines it  “Inclusive education means all children in the same classrooms, in the same schools. It means real learning opportunities for groups who have traditionally been excluded-not only children…

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Is My Child School Ready?

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It’s that time of the year when most parents of preschoolers are just done with school admissions for their young ones. In India, especially, the rat race begins young. The need to get your child enrolled in the school of your choice becomes a priority when kids reach the appropriate age to begin formal schooling. In all this chaos we could often forget the important question ‘Is my child school-ready?’. After all, starting school is a huge step for parents and children and comes with demands of adjustment and readiness. As parents, we have our own anxieties about sending our…

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First Steps After An Autism Diagnosis

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Learning that your child has a diagnosis of Autism can never be easy. The range of emotions you experience is difficult to fathom. Whether it came as a shock that has left you reeling, or if you long sensed it and saw it coming, either way, the discovery will bring on a barrage of challenges. As parents, you might find yourselves ridden with anxiety and unsure of how to move ahead. It can be daunting to reimagine what the future looks like, for you, your child and your family. Where do you begin? What do you first seek help for? …

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The Importance of Early Intervention

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As parents, our biggest responsibility often lies in making the best happen for our child. Keeping track of their development is almost second nature to us parents. We’ve all been there, wondering if our babies show good eye contact, do they respond to our interaction, if they should be crawling yet or saying their first words. While it might seem demanding to keep a dated record of all their development, there are broad timelines that most babies meet, in reaching social, behavioural and physical milestones. If and when we do see our children missing these critical stepping stones of development,…

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How epilepsy affects child development

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As we are celebrating Global Day of Epilepsy Awareness – Purple Day today, we thought we should partake in the international grassroots effort dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy worldwide. For you parents, we would like to talk about how a diagnosis of epilepsy can affect your child’s development and what help you will need. What is Epilepsy: Epilepsy is a condition caused by a disturbance in nerve cell activity, that can occur due to a genetic disorder or by a brain injury or trauma. Epilepsy causes seizures, which is a rush of electrical activity in the brain. It can…

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Role Of Therapy For Children With Down Syndrome

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While there is no permanent cure for Down Syndrome (DS) yet, therapy is very important in improving the quality of life for people with this condition. There is a great amount of support and help available for people with DS, attain their full potential and help them live independently. With India being one of the highest birthing nations, there is a greater incidence of Down Syndrome and it occurs in approximately 1 out of 830 live births, as per the Down Syndrome Federation of India. The average life expectancy for people with DS has increased from 25 years to 60…

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Top 5 Authors For Toddlers

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If you let them, books can be children’s best friends. As Dr Seuss said, “You can find magic wherever you look, just sit back and relax, all you need is a book”. There are countless engaging books that I’ve seen my children enjoy, some that we’ve read over and over until we learnt every word of it. There’s something so magical and inviting about children’s books that I often am left as much in awe as my kids when we go to a bookstore. The gift of reading is the best gift you can give any child and while I’d…

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Does my child need speech therapy?

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Keeping an approximate track of your child’s developmental milestones comes naturally to most parents, especially when it comes to progressions in motor, cognition and speech. Children accomplish so much in their first year of life. While the rolling, crawling etc are exciting, somehow hearing our child say “Mama, Dada” for the first time is an immensely joyful moment. This doesn’t necessarily happen with all children at an exact age and there is no cause for concern as children understand language and speak at different times. However, if alongside lack of speech, you see certain signs that are worrisome and catch…

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Three Must-Read Parenting Books

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There are almost as many parenting books as there are parents. No other topic in literature has been covered so widely. All well-meaning, some with years of research, some based on experience and most with the promise to help you make parenting easier and more fun. I’ve had my share of falling for many such books as a new parent and later as a not-so-new one. The learning doesn’t really end. Most books made me feel worse than when I first started out and many didn’t seem practical. So if I can offer you a list of the top 3…

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What does being ‘On the Spectrum’ mean?

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You have probably heard the term ‘on the spectrum’ a lot but not understood what exactly it means. Professionals use it when talking about being people diagnosed with Autism or developmental delays, but how are these terms connected? The incidence of Autism has been rising over the last two decades. Recent research shows that 1 of 54 individuals has been diagnosed with or at-risk of it. We’ve however also heard of Asperger’s, Autism, and pervasive developmental disorders, but do they all mean the same or are they different? To understand this group of disorders we need to know what the…

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