Kamini is passionate about the cause of Autism. Her mission is to empower families affected by Autism. She is the Founder of SAI Connections, a Center for children, adolescents and adults on the Autism Spectrum. She has been providing services in this field for the past 20 years. She is a Behavior Analyst and the RDI Director for Professional Training in India and the Middle East. She envisions a world where autistic individuals live independently, with respect and dignity. Her inspiration comes from her now adult son, who has autism.
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I'm certain that your intent was to make a difference in the lives of children. But there is this one student, who you can't handle, who makes you uncomfortable, who creates a storm in your classroom. Secretly, you wish he wasn't in your class. You probably feel guilty about thinking these thoughts -- but you just can't deal with his odd and disruptive behaviours. I know how you feel.
When your child is engaged and happy to participate in activities with you, learning becomes faster and easier. This ability to adapt, to constantly monitor one's surrounding and oneself, is called dynamic intelligence. Here are some activities which you can deploy to take the first steps towards building intrinsic motivation in your child.
As parents, we must prepare ourselves for a marathon. Unless we are physically and mentally in shape, we cannot participate in it. I want you to avoid my mistakes. I want you to do the one thing that I should have done, and you probably have forgotten to do if your child is diagnosed with autism or any other learning disability.
Time stood still as I watched him play. He built a farm consisting of cows, horses and a fence. All of these were made with blocks. Then he became an electrician putting up a grid. He used make-believe tools and clay for fixing this grid. It was amazing to watch him in action. This four-year-old has autism and is remarkably bright. Is that uncommon? Does this also apply to the adolescents and adults that I work with? Here are some snapshots. You can take a call.
He says, "<em>laga</em>" (it hurts) but continues to attempt to change position. Still, all the while, he smiles. "He" is my 25-year-old son, Mohit. He has severe back pain, at present. He also has autism. I watch her interacting with her mother. Cooing, gurgling, trying her best to form words, this little one gives life her 100%. By the time, she was four months old, she had already had two major surgeries. She is Meher. She is only 19 months old. She has Down Syndrome.