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Child and Parenting Counsellor - Answered on May 01, 2023

Dr Aarti Bakshi is a psychologist licensed by the Rehabilitation Council of India.
A school counsellor, she has worked for 15 years with young adults.
She has two PhD degrees -- developmental psychology from Global Institute of Healthcare Management and clinical psychology from Singhania University.
She is on the CBSE panel for counsellors and special educators. She collaborates with SAAR Education to help children develop life skills.
She has authored SEL (social emotional learning) journals for Grades 1-8.... more
Vishal Question by Vishal on Apr 28, 2023Hindi
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My daughter is 6 yrs old but her speeech is not very clear while pronouncing some words as compared to other children of her age. Is it normal or any therapy is needed

Ans: Dear Vishal, meet your developmental paediatrician and if he/ she feels, connect with a speech therapist.
If all milestones are at age level, speak of the concern to your doctor. sometimes a child takes time to demand his/ her needs if all is being done for them without asking.
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My 11 years daughters Stammers at times. She is ok when she has to narrate things of her own. When Stammers when she has to make things explain. Please suggest me.
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It could be possible that she is under some sort of anxiety to get things right while explaining it.
Even a small incident from childhood where she was stopped when she was explaining and felt conscious, can trigger the same event later in life as well.
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And why I feel this way is because you say that she is okay narrating things on her own but stammers only when she has to explain things. Also a point that you can pay attention to is: Is it when she explains anything or only certain things?
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- Standing in front of the mirror and rehearsing/explaining can give her feedback instantly without her having to feel embarrassed in front of anyone
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Dr Shakeeb, I have an 21 year old daughter who has speech disability. We tried different types of therapies but nothing helped beyond a point. She is smart but very dependent on us, her parents. She walks slowly and has gained weight as well. She doesn't look into the eye when she's making a conversation but she is very observant of people and surroundings. We are in our 50s and want to make her independent. Should we apply for a disability certificate? How can we try and help her?
Ans: Thank you for sharing your daughter's situation. It sounds like you've been dedicated in seeking help and support for her. Here are some detailed steps and suggestions to further assist her and ensure she receives the necessary support:

1. Disability Certificate:
- Application Process: Applying for a disability certificate is a crucial step. This certificate can officially document her disability, making her eligible for various benefits, schemes, and support systems.
- Evaluation: It will involve a thorough medical and psychological evaluation. Given her symptoms, a professional might assess her for conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

2. Vocational Training and Education:
- Local NGOs: Look for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) or institutions nearby that offer vocational training and educational programs tailored for individuals with disabilities. These programs can enhance her skills and increase her independence.
- Specialized Programs: Many NGOs provide tailored programs focusing on communication skills, daily living skills, and specific job training.

3. National Trust Schemes:
- Niramaya Health Insurance Scheme: This scheme offers health insurance coverage for individuals with autism and other disabilities, covering various medical needs without age limitations.
- Other Schemes: Explore other schemes under the National Trust, which aim to provide lifelong shelter, care, and employment for individuals with disabilities.

4. Support Groups and Associations:
- Parent Associations: Joining a parent association group can be incredibly beneficial. These groups offer emotional support, share resources, and provide practical advice from experienced parents.
- Disability Support Groups: These groups can connect you with other families facing similar challenges, and offer workshops, social events, and advocacy support.

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