Bonding with relations
The lockdown interval can be a possibility for different relations to bond with the kid. Nayi Disha’s founder Prachi Deo says, “While it is difficult to keep children at home all the time, it is even harder for children with developmental disabilities to be confined indoors. Mothers used to get some time for themselves while the kids were at school but now that is also gone. So we thought of ways to support parents and came up with these campaigns.” At their on-line help group meet held lately, one mom shared a recording of her son making a milkshake. “It was exciting for the child to see him being recorded like in a cookery show,” she says, including dad and mom can rely every day or put a cross on calendar to elucidate the times one must be at house.
Under the watchful eyes of his mom, eight-year-old Rudra with gentle autism can put together a milkshake, omelette and a easy vegetable sandwich and serve meals to his relations . For 10-year-old Shlok with Down’s Syndrome, reciting Hanuman Chalisa, enjoying cricket with his father and UNO card sport with different relations are half of his day by day routine. Rudra’s mom Prachi Puranik narrated a narrative to elucidate the lockdown. “I told him there is a virus outside waiting to catch us hence we are not allowed to go out; he calmed down after the short dinner walks,” she remembers.
For Pune-based businessman Sachin Jakhotia, isolation gives a novel alternative for different members to carefully work together with his son. In a parental weblog, he explains how he’s making the perfect of the time. “Shlok likes to do hands-on activities like helping in kitchen, home chores and serving at dinner table. His dominant learning mode seems to be kinaesthetic. We also encourage him to play the mechanic set so that he can make various car models with nut and bolts, a screwdriver and spanners. This is one area to focus in the long term.” Shlok is a sluggish learner however responds nicely when he does an exercise for 10-15 minutes and attracts shapes and colors utilizing Paint instrument on Sachin’s laptop computer. “We believe in every 6-12 months we can slowly extend his attention span by few minutes,” provides Sachin.
While dealing with difficult behaviour, dad and mom have to make sure they enhance the behaviour with out calling the kid ‘bad’ or reprimanding that they did ‘something wrong’. On day one of lockdown, Shlok grew to become cussed and was spitting on relations. “The situation got out of hand but my positive attitude and temperament did not change. I did not speak to him and later he realised I did not like what he did.”
Prachi’s Facebook web page shows the numerous activities she did with her son. “Till now he was comfortable only with me but now he plays with my husband, elder son and mother-in-law. Although it is a bad time because of coronavirus, my son mingling with others is a good sign.”