|Minu Budhia addresses the session with parents of
La Martiniere for Boys’ students. Picture by B. Halder
My 13-year-old son is so obsessed with cricket that he shadow-practises for hours. Every time he goes shopping, cricket gear is all he wants to buy. What do I do?
My eight-year-old son is terrified of learning a new chapter. If it’s a chapter that he has already read, he is good at it. Is it a learning disorder?
Young mothers sought answers to many such worries at a session organised by Addlife Caring Minds at their Sarat Bose Road address.
Several myths were shattered during the one-hour session with parents of students at La Martiniere for Boys as a group of psychologists talked about common behavioural problems and how to recognise a child with special needs.
“Some students love structure and are not always comfortable with change…they have a different temperament to adapt to change,” said one of the psychologists associated with the centre, an initiative of the Patton Group.
Some learning disabilities like dyslexia or dyscalculia, which is difficulty in comprehending numbers, can be identified with regular monitoring. “These are some of the red flags that parents and teachers need to monitor so that care can be taken at an early age.”
The psychologists’ advice to the mother of the cricket-crazy boy? “Build stories around cricket, of cricketing heroes and reinforce the fact that one cannot achieve his goal without a foundation in academics.”
The centre founded by Minu Budhia is dedicated to delicate issues of the mind. “Our aim is to spread awareness on the need for mental health and positive well-being. We get so engrossed in the rat race, our careers, our households, our families and friends that we rarely stop to think about our mental health. How many of us have recognised our need for emotional well-being? And just how many of us come to grips with issues and problems that face us or sought help for ourselves or a friend?” she asked.
The centre has Governor M.K. Narayanan as its chief patron. “I see Addlife Caring Minds as an extremely well-conceived and well-thought-out programme… that is trying to empower people of all types,” the governor wrote in an email to Minu Budhia and her team.