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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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Many children have a vivid imagination and tend to respond to fantasy and stories in a positive way, especially when they do not have siblings or...

Answered on : 10 Jun 2009

Your little girl needs psychiatric help. She is ill and needs professional guidance. Otherwise she would not pass stools in her clothes. She is...

Answered on : 10 Jun 2009

You seem to have thought of all the possible problems. Unless you think of all the possible advantages, you may stay grounded. What you apprehend...

Answered on : 10 Jun 2009

It is perfectly normal for a child to have imaginary friends. It is evidence that the child has a lively imagination. Let her continue with her...

Answered on : 11 May 2009

Do not force your child to look at you when you talk to him. The diagnosis is probably correct. You will have to be patient and give simple...

Answered on : 08 May 2009

At this age, four plus, children become aware of the sexual differences between boys and girls. Curiosity about the sexual parts is natural. It...

Answered on : 24 Apr 2009

Your child seems to be on medication. Please consult his doctor before you go to others.
One problem may be that you are an ambitious parent...

Answered on : 16 Apr 2009

You may need to consult the teachers in school on your child’s level of achievement. It is likely that he is trying, but cannot do much better. It...

Answered on : 07 Apr 2009

All people need the company of others. It is possible that human beings are different in how important social contact is for them.
Your 5-...

Answered on : 07 Apr 2009

I think you are a little confused about your own role as a mother. First of all, stop expecting to be the perfect mother. Plan instead to give...

Answered on : 25 Mar 2009
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