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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).

Questions Answered by me

There are people manufacturing such cards and marketing them. So, some commercial interests are involved.
Without condemning them outright,...

Answered on : 01 Jul 2008

It is the first time that I have ever heard about a child as young as six years trying to stimulate another. I cannot say that it is normal. Some...

Answered on : 01 Jul 2008

I think the key sentences in your letter are the last two: one that you feel depressed and two, that you need help. Please do consult a doctor,...

Answered on : 23 Jun 2008

If your son is 2 years and 7 months old, why is he going to school? At the most, he should attend a play centre for a couple of hours. Since you...

Answered on : 20 Jun 2008

It is quite normal for parents want to have one boy and one girl. However, if you mean by sex selection, getting the mother to abort a female...

Answered on : 17 Jun 2008

Even when we as parents do our best, for the child, meeting other children and learning to make friends is an important process. It is also a...

Answered on : 17 Jun 2008

A little girl of three and a half is made to sound like a problem! Almost a monster!
To begin with, you will have to see what her strengths...

Answered on : 17 Jun 2008

Your daughter seems sensitive to noise (the school bell) and insensitive to how others feel (pinching and pulling your hair when you are asleep)....

Answered on : 17 Jun 2008

You have given quite a few details of the child's present situation. I find it difficult to imagine that your sister and the family finds a 4 year...

Answered on : 16 Jun 2008

It is not ‘normal’ for an 8 year old, to pick up things that belong to others. You should be able to reason with him. He must realize that we live...

Answered on : 09 Jun 2008
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