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The Helping Hand

Kriti was a lovely child. It wasn’t until she was six years old, that she was diagnosed with autism. Her parents were worried about her and they started doing everything they could to help their child. From taking her to the general practitioner to visiting paediatricians and speech therapists, they tried everything to help her.

After six months of endless advice and support, it dawned upon the parents that there is no cure for this disease. They were heartbroken. They couldn’t stop thinking about their child’s future. They felt helpless and hopeless. At this moment of turmoil in their lives, there was this one person who came to their help. This person worked for an NGO and came to know about the child through a common friend. Kriti’s parents were into depression and couldn’t think of anything that could help them get their child live a normal life. So, one day when this person came to their door offering help, they were delighted. They couldn’t believe that there was still some hope.

In the following few days, this person visited the family quite often. During every visit, he tried to understand the child better. Through his interaction with the child, he came to know that she actually had some fascination for certain things. He was aware of the fact that there was no cure for autism.  But he believed that this child could still do a lot of things with her life. He knew exactly what he had to do. He decided to help the parents understand how to handle an autistic child.

This is how he explained things to them:

Step 1

The first step in understanding an autistic child is to identify the child’s areas of interest. Autistic children tend to have interest in a particular subject matter. Once you identify this interest, you can use these to teach other concepts to the child. This will make it a lot easier to teach the child rather than following the traditional method of teaching.

Step 2

People suffering from autism are usually visual learners. Keep this in mind when you teach the child certain concepts. For example, you can use objects like toys to show the child how addition works. Or you could use the internet to show videos to the child and teach them maths and science. This will make learning fun for the child.

Step 3

One of the facts about autism that you must understand is that not two individuals who suffer from autism have the same problems. Therefore, it cannot be justified that you use the same method to teach them. You will have to understand the abilities of the child and tailor your teaching methods according to that.

Step 4

Children suffering from autism may have weak motor skills. This makes it really challenging especially for learning mathematics. It can sometimes be really overwhelming for an autistic child to learn mathematics through pen and paper. This problem can be solved by the use of technology. Make the child familiar with the use of computers and other devices. Teach them subjects like maths and science through online learning portals. This will make it really simple for them to learn and understand the concept easily. Here is a website which provides you with multiplication tables. Use it to make the child develop maths skills.

Step 5

Another effective method of teaching an autistic child is to teach through replication. Make the child replicate your actions. Doing this will help the child make conclusions for herself when you are not with them. This makes them confident.

Step 6

Use games as a learning medium. There are certain games which have been developed to improve the mathematical skills of children. These games are easy to play and help the child learn while having fun.

It has been two years since that day and Kriti has shown a lot of progress in learning. Her parents are no longer worried. They are sure of the fact that their child has a bright future. As for the person who came to their help, he is still on his mission of spreading hope among other parents and helping children like Kriti live a better life.

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Bucket Lists – Writing Down What You Want to Do Before You Die

Our life is something that we often take for granted. We keep forgetting that we’re not going to live in this world forever. There will be a time when we have to say goodbye. so, why not live a life full of thrill and excitement and make the most out of your days? To make things happen and do what you love, you need to write in down so that you don’t forget about it. That is what we call a bucket list.

Create a bucket list and do not wait until you’re way too old to enjoy your bucket list.

So why do we wait until we are too old to actually enjoy all of the stuff we wish to do? Look around you at all of the older travellers finally doing whatever they needed to do 20 years ago.

Do you think anyone lies all over their death bed thinking I wish I had worked some more? Start right now, grab that notebook and pen, make your list of the next ten things you would like to do if you die this year.

  • Travel to a strange place and eat strange food
  • Learn a new language and talk like a local
  • Go parachuting, flying, skiing, ballooning anything to make you hold your breath
  • Go live in another country and experience their lifestyle
  • Write your own novel
  • Stand next to the Effiel Tower or under the pyramids and feel the power of the ancients
Just do something before you cannot anymoreClose your eyes for a second and think of what you will regret not doing if tomorrow was your last day. Did you realize that future is surely the very last day at some point in your life?

As we get older our systems find it harder to walk steep stairways, or trek along jungle trails, or run from bulls. Why wait and miss those chances to truly live your life?

365 is the magic number

Everybody gets the exact same number of days annually to do a thing with. Go buy a dairy with a page for every day and begin writing in every day, an exercise that you’d love to do.

Fill your whole year, 365 days, with activities and events that would become your life’s work. Challenge your friends to do something fascinating every month and also have a prize for the most fantastic experience.

Last year I challenged one of my closest friends to go on a road trip around northeast India. He did not just take the challenge, he completed the whole trip on a scooter? You can get the best electric scooters in India which are as good as fuel-powered scooters. I’m talking about the best electric scooters in India because electric scooters are eco-friendly and I’m a nature lover.

Believe me, when I say you don’t wish to be the forlorn man waiting in a cold carpark to do a thing so simple, he put off for his entire working life. We take life for granted and we need to STOP that and begin doing what we like to do.

 “If your life was a book title, what would it say?”

Now’s the perfect time to write the title, get out of the rut and step into your life today.

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