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    Anandalakshmy received her post-graduate education in Human Development from institutions in the US: Bryn Mawr College and the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She was responsible for establishing and heading Vidya Mandir, a school in Chennai, where she used a creative and non-competitive approach in teaching and management. Later she joined Lady Irwin College (Delhi University), where she planned, established and headed the post-graduate course in Child Development from 1970 to 1983. Subsequently, she served as the Director of the College from 1983 to 1991.Her research has been in the areas of Socialization, Cognitive Development in Infancy and the Girl Child. She has traveled widely in India and outside to fulfill several academic commitments. She has been a Visiting Scholar in Paris and Edinburgh, and has been an invitee of the Asia Society in the USA. She has participated at Seminars at the Universities of Chicago, Harvard and Oxford. In more recent years, travel included a visit to Beijing for a Conference organized by UNICEF (2005) and meetings at Montreal and Vancouver for the Knowledge Network (2006) on Early Childhood, sponsored by the World Health Organization. She works with a number of voluntary organizations in India: SEWA in Gujarat, SWRC in Tilonia, Volontariat in Pondicherry, and Bala Mandir in Chennai, mainly advising on programmes for young children. She helps with counselling parents and children at Bala Mandir Resource Centre. In 2007, she was actively involved in documenting an educational innovation in the State-run schools of Tamil Nadu and made a documentary film titled “The Silent Revolution.” She served as the Consulting Editor for the book “Child Development” published by Doctor NDTV and Byword Books in 2007. She is also the co-Editor (with Nandita Chowdhary and Neerja Sharma) of “Researching Families and Children” (Sage, in press, due in 2008).

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I think your close attention to your child's behaviour and your caring approach will solve all the problems. I tend to agree with the speech...

Answered on : 28 Aug 2004

Your child's partial hearing loss should not be treated as a problem. The problem is with the way his friends treat him and that can be corrected...

Answered on : 27 Aug 2004

Your daughter seems a happy, lovable and bright child. Where did you get the idea that she is autistic? She is definitely not autistic. It seems...

Answered on : 03 Aug 2004

Some children are just more sensitive to the discomforts of plane travel, although all babies have some distress. Some of the problems your son...

Answered on : 03 Aug 2004

Your son sounds like a delightful child. At 3 years, all children have a short attention span. And if he likes to be outdoors, his wandering out...

Answered on : 27 Jul 2004

Your daughter is only five years old. Treat her like a 5-year old, not a ten-year-old! Children learn best when they are playing. Concepts of size...

Answered on : 22 Jul 2004

I do not feel that your daughter needs to have an MRI. Obviously she is a little confused because of hearing two languages at once. Many children...

Answered on : 26 Jun 2004

I think that you are lucky to have a creche (day care centre for infants and young children) available, which is operated by a qualified person....

Answered on : 17 Jun 2004

You do have a problem. But if you view it from a distance, you will see that your child is lucky to have caring parents and caring grandparents to...

Answered on : 28 May 2004

It is good that you are interested in the details of your child's development and are monitoring it closely. However, you should guard against...

Answered on : 13 May 2004
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