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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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What you need to do is to spend more time with your son, not concentrate on his studies. He will concentrate on his studies when he is no longer...

Answered on : 18 Jan 2008

I had to decode your letter, since you have been too brief. From what I infer, your daughter is probably curious about sex and wishes to know...

Answered on : 18 Jan 2008

We do not use the word abnormal to describe any child. There is a wide spectrum of abilities and behaviours, which fall into the category of...

Answered on : 17 Jan 2008

First you should stop panicking. Your daughter is in the stage of early adolescence and she is likely to be moody. She is also likely to have ups...

Answered on : 17 Jan 2008

Everyone should be more tolerant of children achieving success at different levels, whether in school lessons or sports. If you can, take your...

Answered on : 14 Jan 2008

Please do consult a child psychologist, as you plan. Since you have not mentioned where you live, I am not able to suggest the name of any person...

Answered on : 14 Jan 2008

Every parent seems to want to have brilliant children with exemplary behaviour. They forget what they were like as children and treat their own...

Answered on : 05 Jan 2008

Autism is not a disease. It is a condition related to some crossing of wires in the brain and needs patience and the advice of experts. The...

Answered on : 05 Jan 2008

You are right. It is normal curiosity at this age, to find out what the real differences are between boys and girls. Since boys and girls look...

Answered on : 03 Jan 2008

Children learn to speak by hearing others talk. Make sure that when you are with your child, you are talking to her and waiting for her response....

Answered on : 03 Jan 2008
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