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The Power of Play

Play is the work of the child- Maria Montessori Play is as natural to children as breathing. It is a universal expression. Play has been observed in virtually every culture since the beginning of recorded history. The use of fantasy, symbolic play, and make-believe is a developmentally natural activity in children’s play. Playing helps to …

Tips to Encourage Vocalization

Most of the time adults take language for granted. Parents often feel children learn language on their own. Infact, children seem to be especially designed to listen to language. Speech can be heard in the womb- yet-to-be-born children are evidently listening, at birth they prefer their mother’s voice to other female voices. They prefer the …

Setting Boundaries for Babies

Even the most angelic baby can act a little devilish sometimes- pulling your hair, throwing cereal all over the floor, or trying to stuff a waffle into the DVD player, While all that behaviour may be annoying, keep in mind that your little one is just doing her job, learning all about the world around …

4-7 Month Motor Milestones

New Parents! Here are some gross and fine motor your baby should be meeting between the ages of 4 – 7 months. If you notice your baby is behind in one or more of these, contact iRockit Early Childhood Intervention for a complimentary parent consultation. The earlier delays are caught the better chance your child …

Tool Kit

Toys that represent real life actions and items are always a must for any toddler as it helps them to develop vocabulary, social skills, and symbolic play skills. One of our favorites at iRockit are toy tool-kits. Encourage your toddler to use the plastic hammer, screwdriver, spanner, and nails to “fix” things around the house. …

Trying to Run

Around 14-18 months children begin to run with a rapid walk. Here are some tips to help your child during this stage of gross motor development:   Hold her hands and help her “run” to get something Play chasing games; chase her as you playfully exclaim “I’m gonna get you!” and catch her for a …

Supporting 3 Year Old’s Language Development

At 3 years of age, your child should be rapidly expanding their language skills with a vocabulary of 300-1,000 words, mostly intelligible speech, an even larger receptive vocabulary (words your child can understand), and more adjectives (hot, cold, fun), adverbs (really, very, now, quickly), verbs (run, jump, drink), and prepositions (in, on, under) in their …

Atlantic Article Family Stories

  The research shared in this article from The Atlantic resonates strongly with the ethos of early intervention that: Simple activities in your day-to-day life can alter the course of your child’s development. Here the author discusses the developmental benefits children demonstrate well into adolescence from listening to their caregivers tell stories about their own …

Developmental Red Flags 24-36 Months

Parents of 2 year olds: Sometimes it is difficult to miss the signs of developmental difficulties in young children- especially if this is your first child, or if your child is not around children of his or her age often. The earlier intervention for developmental delays begins- the better! To help spot signs your child …

Simon Says

Simon Says is a game that can be played anywhere, by anyone above the age of 4. It is a great family activity to boost language comprehension, motor, cognitive, and social-emotional skills. Children have to follow the verbal directions of whoever is chosen to be Simon. He or she starts by saying “Simon says . …

Wanting to Tag Along!

For a short time around 1 year old, children like to be in constant sight and hearing of adults and may act as your tag-along shadow! While they are feeling independent, they also realize how attached and dependent they are on you and like you nearby as a secure base. Remember to try and be …

Tips to Encourage Spoon Use

While a lot of Indian foods allow us to use our hands to eat, using a spoon is an important developmental skill for 15-24 month olds. Not only for their overall independence, but also for fine motor control and coordination. At this age children should be given the opportunity and guidance for use of a …

YouTube Video – Twins Babbling

This video went viral on YouTube because it shows what appears to be twins having a conversation with each other in their own language, but what is actually happening here are twins supporting each other’s development of key communication milestones in the exact ways parents can, and should for their babies! Babbling conversations help young …

NYT Gender Toys Article Link

The New York Times recently published an article outlining research which shows the importance of eliminating notions of gender when selecting toys for your children. Have a read and see how playing to toys traditionally thought to be gendered helps boys and girls develop more holistically: Breaking Gender Stereotypes in the Toy Box  

4-5 Year Language Milestones

4-5 year olds should begin tying all that hard language development work together with storytelling! Below are language milestones for 4-5 year olds to look out for:   Recalls parts of a story Speaks sentences of more than 5 words Uses future tense Tells longer stories Says name and address If you notice your child …

Play Routine – Hot Lava

Our very informal polling suggests that kids of many generations and countries play a variation of “Don’t Touch the Hot Lava!” Basically a game in which children do everything they can to make their way around a room/outdoor space without touching the floor or ground because it is made of hot lava/mud/water/some dangerous substance! Avoiding …

Toy Tips – Fishing Set

Fishing sets a great developmental toy for children ages 3 and above. In this game your toddler will use fine and gross motor coordination to align magnets on the fishing pole and fish. You can make this toy easier or more difficult by altering the distance between the pole and the fish which need to …

Tips to Encourage Developing Head Control

By 3-5 months old, infants should be holding their head up steady for a minute or two without letting it bob forward or to the side when they are sitting with support. Here are some activities and tips to increase your baby’s ability to reach this important gross motor milestone: Gradually reduce the amount of …

24-36 Month Cognitive Development

Between 2 and 3 years old toddlers are making many cognitive leaps. Cognitive development is the foundation for most other areas of development, though the signs of it can be slightly less obvious. Have a read at the milestones you should be paying attention to at this stage: Makes mechanical toys work (30-36 mos.) Matches …

Play Routine- Mystery Bag

There’s nothing kids like more than a good surprise. Harness the excitement of surprises for language, cognitive, fine motor, social-emotional, and sensory development by making a mystery bag! Gather items from around your house, or from outside. Make sure they vary in texture, shape, color, function, and familiarity. Put them in the bag and take …

Toy Tips, Dollhouse

Buy a dollhouse for your 2, 3, and 4 year olds! Around 24 months, children begin to play make believe.  They use play to imitate more complex routines in their environment and act out their imaginations. This type of play is a big indicator of the cognitive development happening for children at this time, and …

Tips to Encourage Toy Sharing

Parents: Here are some helpful tips to use when encouraging your 12-15 month old to share toys!   When your child shows or gives you a toy or treasure to share, exclaim how wonderful you think it is, even if it isn’t that terrific. For example, you could say “what a beautiful sock that is! …

Tips When Giving Up the Bottle

Parents: Here are some helpful tips for weaning your child off of their bottle! Children typically give up drinking from a bottle by the time they are two years, but the transition can be difficult as bottles are often sources of comfort and security for children. Gradual weaning may be the easiest. Do this by …

Download for Toileting Routines

Toilet training often begins around 18 months of age, and can extend until a child’s 3rd birthday. This new frontier in your child’s self-help skills can certainly bring its challenges. Below find a link to the American Occupational Therapy Associations guide for toilet training tips. This will help you to identify the signs that your …

8-12 Months Fine Motor Milestones

The time between 8 and 12 months of age is an exciting one for parents, as their little ones begin to start doing more with their hands and fingers. The ever important “pincer grasp”  comes about in this stage- used for picking up smaller pieces of food, or using smaller parts of a toy. Though …

Tips for Feeding Positioning

One of a baby’s first jobs after they are born is to coordinate sucking with swallowing and breathing. Proper positioning during feeding is very important to help baby achieve this goal. Comfortable positioning also helps a baby to associate feeding with good feelings and closeness. Here are some tips to make sure you are positioning …

Podcast Recommendation “Unruffled”

For those podcast listeners out there (or those who want to start- you really should!), check out Unruffled: Respectful Parenting by Janet Landsbury. Janet Landsbury is a parenting expert and author. The Washington Post states that “her soothing, reassuring advice makes you feel as if you really can be a calm, confident parent even in …

12-24 Mos. Social-Emotional Milestones

It might be tricky to spot the important social-emotional milestones babies are expected to reach in their 2nd year. Here are some to look out for!   Imitates behavior of others, especially adults and older children (18-24 mos.) Increasingly enthusiastic about company or other children (20-24 mos.) Demonstrates increasing independence (18-24 mos.) Begins to show …

Book Reading

Reading to children often and early carries great impact on their language and literacy development, but what if your child doesn’t sit for story books or struggles with attention? Here’s a tip: Modify the book to make it simpler and move from page to page more quickly. For young children struggling with language learning or …

Wind UpToys

Buy wind-up toys to boost your child’s motor, language, cognitive, and social-emotional development – they also are super motivational and seem like magic to young kids! Read below about the ways in which these simple toys can support each developmental area: Fine Motor: Turning the knobs to make wind-up toys move can be tricky, but …

Tip to Encourage Hand Arm Coordination

8.5- 12 month old babies have important work to do! Learning to use their hands and arms together in a cooperative way is one of them. The first step to this is learning ot bring their hands together at the center of their body (like when clapping). Those with sensitive ears may not like this …

Free Download- Tips for Tummy Time

Free download from the American Occupational Therapy Association on establishing Tummy Time! All babies benefit from Tummy Time (including newborns) as it helps to build the strength and coordination needed for rolling over, crawling, reaching, and playing. Follow the link below for wonderfully detailed tips on how to make Tummy Time part of your family’s …

Normal NonFluency

Sometimes stuttering or stammering is typical, but as a parent, one must take caution as to how stuttering-like speech is addressed. Between the ages of 2-4 children are having a “language burst”. They are rapidly learning and testing out new vocabulary, sentence structures, and even beginning to tell simple stories. Like anyone learning a new …

2-3 Year Self-Help Milestones

When a child is 2-3 years old he is able to do more things for himself and should be prompted to do so. Remember: completing age appropriate self-help tasks independently or with minimal assistance not only helps your child achieve a sense of self pride, but also helps them to develop fine motor and cognitive …

Peek a boo

Peek-A-Boo with infants is a popular game for good cause! It taps into essential cognitive developmental processes, teaching and stimulating the concept of cause and effect  (i.e., when she moves her hands mommy’s delightful face reappears!) and object permanence (the notion that something still exists even if it disappears from sight). These two concepts are …

Toy Tips- Play Food

Development of symbolic play closely mirrors the development of language in a child’s first three years. Just as they learn that words symbolize meaning, they learn that play can symbolize real-life routines and items. The key way to encourage symbolic play for your toddler is to have the right toys. One of our favorites at …

Tips for Catching a Ball

From the age of 3 to about 3.5, children begin learning the difficult though essential skills of catching. While the act of throwing can be random, catching requires coordination between what your child sees and how her motor skills reaction. She will need practice and encouragement as she learns to catch balls, balloons, and bean …

Tips for Using Pronouns Appropriately

From age 3 – 3.5, children are beginning to use correct pronouns (I, him, he, his, her, and she). These can be tricky to learn and naturally children will make grammar mistakes; however these errors indicate that growth is occurring, and incorrect or incomplete sentences will appear less and less. Imitation, reinforcement, and the process …

Babies Use Their Tongues to Understand Speech

More fascinating evidence that babies as young as 6 months are forming their communication system! This study found that when babies hear sounds, they use their tongues to try and mimic the sound movement so they can begin making it themselves. (Spoiler Alert: This research uses sounds from Hindi)!  If babies this young are so …

Myth Authority

Time for a #MythBust … In our work at iRockit we have seen how many parents feel that their role is primarily that of authority figure and that play with children diminishes a child’s willingness to following set rules and structure. Some families feel that children’s play partners should only be their peers or younger …

4-5 Yr Old Self-Help Milestones

Self-Help skills in toddler-hood contribute to a child’s ability to be an independent person. Lay the right foundation for your child by encouraging them to do things to take care of themselves (having yourself or nanny feed/dress your child beyond a certain point is not doing them any favors!). To check-in with what your child …

Play Routines: Water Play

Hi Parents! Extend bath time, or put a big bucket of water on the table at home to allow your child time for #waterplay. As is the case with many play routines, engaging your child in water play affords developmental benefits in speech & language skills (children should speak aloud their plays for how they …

Toy Tips Play Doh

Play Doh, or any kind of modeling clay, has our favorite toy feature: simplicity!  Toys that do not bells, whistles, or voice output prompt young children to be more creative and turn on their brain in different ways. Not only does Play Doh tick this important box, but children playing with it are using skills …

Tips to Encourage Being a Partner in Play

By 12-15 months, young children should learn to be a partner in play activities that require two people. A child at this age is learning that as a partner, she needs to cooperate or take a turn to keep a game going. At this age partner play occurs with adults or older children. Cooperative play …

Tips to Encourage Development of the Pincer Grasp

By 10-12 months, babies should be using their index finger and thumb to pick up objects the size of a raisin. This is known as the “Pincer” grasp. This is an essential fine motor milestone that lays the foundation to self-help skills such as: self-feeding and dressing. A “Pincer” grasp is also essential for most …

The Connected Vocabularies of 6 Month Olds

Exciting research which finds that babies as young as 6 months are listening to, organizing, and understanding the words of their environment! Until now, evidence of this type of learning has only been seen in toddler-age children. As the writer of this research states: “Babies are listening and you should treat them as conversational partners”. …

Myth: Boy Toys and Girl Toys

Making decisions in the toy store? Eliminate the idea of “toys for boys” and “toys for girls” if you want your children to have toys that represent all areas of child development. Try your hardest to ignore the toy store’s attempts to organize toys based on this gender division! Toys marketed and traditionally recommended for …

3-4 Yr Gross Motor Milestones

Toddler Parents: here is a check-list of gross motor (body movement) milestones for your 3-4 year old child. If you notice your child is not demonstrating some of these skills, contact the team at iRockit Early Childhood Intervention for support and additional information Hops and stands on one foot up to 5 seconds Goes upstairs and …

Hide & Seek

Games using the concept of uncovering something which is missing begins with peek-a-boo in infancy and extends to games like Hide & Seek, which can be introduced to children as young as 2. Hide & Seek is very adaptable to a child’s age or cognitive ability. It can be as long, or short as you …

Play with Blocks for Holistic Development

The developmental benefits of blocks are endless! Remember: smaller blocks (like LEGO) are easier for older children, as they require greater fine motor control to manage. But in general play with blocks allows for: Cognitive growth as children make plans to build structures, solve problems that may arise in construction, move through trial and error …

Toy Tips: Mirror

Encouraging your child to look at their reflection in a mirror or play games with you while looking in the mirror is a great activity to improve their self-awareness and fine-tune new skills. Think about how a mirror is helpful to us as adults to perfect our form while learning a new exercise move. This …

Tips for Putting On & Taking Off Shoes

As children approach 3 years of age they should be gaining independence in taking off their shoes including: undoing laces, straps, and buckles. Not only does this skill help children become independent and feel good about themselves, it also helps with their fine motor or hand development. Here are some tips to encourage your child …

Tips for Keeping Baby’s Head at Midline

At 4-5 months of age babies should be able to look at things facing forward with their heads in midline, rather than tilted or turned to the side.  This helps them focus on more of their surroundings, move their arms more freely, and establish symmetrical posturing. You can encourage your baby to keep their head …

Babbling Together

Babies begin saying their first words around 12 months of age, but these words don’t just appear suddenly. Babies spend months before this “warming up” their mouth and speech system with babble! Babbling can be repeating a sound over and over like: “ba-ba-ba” or mixing different sounds together like: “ba-da-ma-pa-ah”. As babies grow their babble …

Myth Bust: He’ll Catch Up

Myth: A child who is not talking at age 2, 3, or older will “catch up” and learn eventually.   Fact: It is highly atypical for a child at these ages to not be speaking. A child of 2 years should have a 50-75 word vocabulary and be putting 2 words together to make simple …

Language Milestones 12-24 mos.

Hi Parents, here is a check-list of speech and language milestones for your 12-24 month old. If you notice your baby is not demonstrating some of these skills early intervention may be able to help! #DevelopmentalMilestones #SpeechLanguage #Communication #EarlyIntervention Says “no” with meaning (13-15 mos.) Follows simple, one-step instructions (14-18 mos.) Says several single words …

Eye Spy

Want to boost the vocabulary of your 4-6 year old? Teach them to play I Spy! This can be played with 2 or more people (it is great for the family to play during car rides, meals, or when there is downtime). Each player takes turns finding a secret item around the room, and giving …

Play with Bubbles for Development

Simple toys can carry great developmental benefit. Today let’s talk Bubbles! Bubble blowing is an activity rich in developmental stimulation that can be played with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Bubbles are the queen of toys because:   They are fun to look at: for young babies they can encourage visual tracking, attention, and can serve …

Tips for Independent Walking

Children should begin walking without support by 13-15 months of age. When walking becomes their primary method of moving around, challenge their walking skills in the following ways: Let your child walk as much as possible! You, your family members, and household caregivers should avoid unnecessary carrying. Let your child walk in bare feet on …

Tips to Ease Transitions for your 3 Year Old

Transitions between activities and times of the day can be distressing for toddlers. The most difficult transitions at this age are from sleeping to waking, from playing to going to bed, from playing to stopping for mealtime, and upon first arrival at school or play group. Here are some suggestions to help ease transitions for …

Talk to your child

Language Development Tip: When you talk to your babies use descriptive and varied vocabulary, good grammar, and long sentences. Have conversations with your babies even if they do not understand everything…Talk! Sing! Read!  A recent study from the American Association for the Advancement of Science found that the more words children hear in their baby …

Myth Right Hand

Parents: Right Handers and Left Handers have different but equally capable brain design. Training a young child to use his or her Right Hand instead of the Left goes against their nature. This can confuse children and delay their fine motor development (hint hint: fine motor development is essential for handwriting and typing!) #MythBuster #SupportLefties …

1-3 month motor milestones

New Parents: here is a check-list of motor (body movement) milestones for your 1-3 month old baby. If you notice your baby is not demonstrating some of these skills, contact the team at iRockit Early Childhood Intervention for support and additional information #DevelopmentalMilestones #Infants #EarlyIntervention Retains hold of object/rattle (1-2mos.) Brings hands towards center of …

Vocabulary flashlight game

A fun game to boost vocabulary development for your 2+ year old is the seek and find torch light game. Vocabulary for common objects develops as your child hears and tries to use them, but a little rehearsal never hurt! Problem is, naming objects around a room can get boring quickly- especially for little ones. …

Fine Motor Milestones at 8-12 Months

The time between 8 and 12 months of age is an exciting one for parents, as their little ones begin to start doing more with their hands and fingers. The ever important “pincer grasp”  comes about in this stage- used for picking up smaller pieces of food, or using smaller parts of a toy. Though …

What to do when your baby resists caregiving from others

Parents of 8-12 month old babies are likely challenged by a short stage of development during which infants begin to resist affection and caregiving from anyone but their mother (or primary caregiver). Baby may refuse to let anyone else feed, dress, bathe, or put him to bed, especially if you are in sight. This is …

Speech-Language Tips-Don’t Expect Perfect Articulation

Something to keep in mind for parents of 2-4 year olds: Don’t expect perfect sound articulation! Three year olds typically speak in words that can be understood about 80% of the time. Perfect articulation takes a long time to achieve for any child and children without language or communication disabilities continue to work on their …

Tips to Encourage Walking Up Stairs Alone

Parents, here is a great tip to encourage your 2 year old as she is learning to walk up the stairs alone: • Place pictures or decals for her to step on. Encourage her to watch where she is placing her feet and make sure the pictures are securely fastened with no loose edges. This …

A Comprehensive Guide To Civil and Criminal Proceedings in India

What’s the difference between civil and criminal cases? Both civil and criminal laws involve wrongs that have been done to a person or group of people or property. However, civil law treats such wrong as inter-personal, so if you make a civil claim against someone for crashing their car into yours, for example, the Court …

Pramod Arora vs Honble Lt. Governor Of Delhi and others

What was the issue before the Court? Writ Petition (Civil) 1225/2014 before the Delhi High Court The Petitioner, Pramod Arora, who is a parent of a child with disability, filed a Public Interest Litigation in order to seek the Court’s powers in quashing or removing the amendment to the Right to Education Act in 2012, mandating the …

Social Jurist (A Civil Rights Group) vs Government of NCT of Delhi

What was the issue before the Court? Writ Petition (Civil) No. 4618/2011 before the Delhi High Court Social Jurist is a civil society organization that filed a Public Interest Litigation to highlight the deficiency of requisite teaching aids for children with disability and non-availability of special teachers, in unaided and aided private schools of Delhi, …

Ramesh Negi vs Government of NCT of Delhi

What was the issue before the Court? Writ Petition (Civil) 5949/2015 This Writ Petition, seeking a writ of Mandamus against the Department of Education, NCT of Delhi, was filed by a parent of an autistic child seeking its admission in the nursery class of either Sanskriti School, Springdales School, Bal Bharati Public School, Rajinder Nagar …

Siddharth International Public School vs Motor Accident Claim Tribunal

What was the issue before the Court? (Writ Petition Civil 2699/2016 and Civil Miscellaneous Application 11419/2016 before the Delhi High Court) A young boy who had lost his leg in a motor vehicle accident and whose case was before the Motor Accident Claims Tribunal received an order from the Tribunal directing his admission to Class I …

Why The Disability Certificate Is Important And How To Get It

What is a disability certificate under the Persons with Disabilities Act? A disability certificate is a prerequisite for obtaining any entitlements linked to the Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995, and for seeking enforcement of rights under it before the Commission of Persons with Disabilities. It identifies the person with disability, indicates the nature and degree of …

How The CBSE Ensures Inclusive Education For Children With Disabilities

What is the CBSE? The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is a Board of Education for public and private schools, under the Union Government of India. Many schools approved by the Central Government, like the Kendriya Vidyalayas, are governed by the CBSE. The CBSE has had guidelines in place since 2008 on Inclusive Education …

How ICSE Schools Ensure Inclusive Education For Children with Disabilities

What is the CISCE? The Council for Indian School Certificate exams is a national private board of education in India responsible for the curriculum of schools affiliated to the CISCE board. The council prescribes syllabi in various subjects of examination for the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (Classes IX & X) and for the Indian School Certificate(Classes XI …

Concessions Provided By NIOS To Children With Disabilities

What is the NIOS? The National Institute of Open Schooling is the board of education under the Union Government of India. The NIOS is a national board that administers examinations to increase literacy and provide education to rural areas. It also offers vocational courses after high school. It provides both distance education and an alternative …

Financial Assistance For Rehabilitation Of Persons With Disabilities

What is the Delhi Financial Assistance for Persons with Special Needs Scheme? This scheme provides rehabilitation and meeting of day to day expenses of persons with disability. What is the eligibility criteria to avail of this scheme? (i) The age of the disabled persons should not be more than 60 years (ii) Family income should …

Financial Assistance To Purchase Assistive Devices

What is the Assistance to Disabled Persons (for purchase/fitting of aids/appliances) Scheme? This scheme provides quality aids and appliances to persons with disabilities to facilitate their physical, social and psychological rehabilitation. What is the eligibility criteria to avail of this scheme? (i) The applicant must be an Indian citizen of any age (ii) The applicant …

Free Bus Pass For People With Disabilities

What is the Delhi Transport Corporation Free Bus Pass Scheme? This scheme provides free bus passes for persons with disabilities to travel by DTC buses. What is the eligibility criteria for this scheme? (i) The applicant should be a person with disability, as certified to be above 40% from amongst impairments under the Persons with …

Scholarships For Students With Disabilities To Study Abroad

This scheme provides scholarship for 20 students per year to study abroad at the Masters or PhD Level with a reservation for six female candidates. The scholarship includes tuition fees, travel to the US/UK, daily allowance, flight tickets, visa etc. There is also a ‘passage grant’ available for students who have otherwise secured scholarships by …

Work Policy For Caregivers Of People With Disabilities

The policy states that a government employee who has a child certified to have any of the below listed disabilities shall not be displaced due to routine transfers/rotational transfers, subject to administrative constraints. This is in order to avoid any disruption of the rehabilitation process of the child. It also seeks to prevent employees from …

Sustainable Development Goals And People With Disabilities

What are Sustainable Development Goals? The Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs are an international set of goals that the UN member states are expected to use as a foundation to frame their political policies and agendas for the next 15 years. The SDGs expand on the Millennium Development Goals by including human rights, economic development …

Universal Declaration Of Human Rights

What is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights? The Universal Declaration of Human Rights or UDHR was created to lay out the minimum standard of fundamental rights that are available to all persons anywhere in the world. The declaration is the first international agreement that sets out core human rights and is based on the …

The Mental Healthcare Act & The Mental Healthcare Bill

What are the Mental Health Act and Mental Health Care Bill? The Mental Health Act is meant to regulate institutions for mental health care and provide for procedures for admissions of persons with mental illness to these institutions, and provide for procedures relating to guardianship and disposal of their assets when required. The Mental Health …

The United Nations Convention On The Rights Of Children

What is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child? The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is a treaty built to include all cultures and legal systems in order to protect the civil, economic, political, cultural and social rights of children. The convention is based on the principle that children …

The United Nations Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

What is the United Nations Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities? The United Nations Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD or CRPD) is an international document focusing on the rights for persons with disabilities. The need for the CRPD arose because despite the existence of numerous treaties that recognized various …

How Central and State Commissions Help Protect Your Child’s Rights

What are Commissions for Protection of Child Rights? The Commissions for Protection of Child Rights are established at the Central and State levels to ensure speedy trials of offenses against children or of violation of child rights. Who forms the Commission? The Commissions at the Central and State level comprise eminent society representatives (including the …

Fundamental Rights Under the Constitution for People with Disabilities

What are your child’s fundamental rights under the Constitution? Part III of the Constitution of India lays down the six fundamental rights guaranteed to all citizens, and in some cases, even to non-citizens in India. These are: The Right to Equality Article 14 says that the State shall not deny equality before the law or the equal …

The Persons With Disabilities Act

Which disabilities are covered under the Persons with Disabilities Act? Persons with disabilities under the 1995 Act are those who have been certified to have more than 40% of the following impairments: Blindness Low vision Leprosy-cured Hearing impairment Loco motor disability (including cerebral palsy) Mental retardation Mental illness In some instances, certain groups (such as persons …

Rehabilitation Council of India Act

What is the Rehabilitation Council of India Act? The Rehabilitation Council of India Act was meant to regulate the training of rehabilitation professionals in India, who work with persons with disabilities. In 2000, the Act was amended to increase the scope to include monitoring of the training of rehabilitation professionals and to promote research in …

Right to Education for Children with Special Needs

As a parent, you’d be happy to know that the government has provided certain special provisions for the education of your child. To begin with, the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 provides all children between the ages of 6 and 14 the right to free and compulsory education in a …

How You Can Stop Sexual Abuse Against A Child With Disability

What is POCSO? The Protection Of Children from Sexual Offences Act was enacted in 2012 to address sexual abuse of children (defined to be till the age of 18 years) in different forms. It creates offences depending on the circumstances of the act, and provides for a ‘child friendly’ investigative and judicial procedure for the …

How The Juvenile Justice Act Protects Children With Disabilities

What is the Juvenile Justice Act? The Juvenile Justice Act covers two important groups of children (from ages 0 to 18) considered to be the most vulnerable – one are children who are ‘in need of care and protection’, and the other are ‘children in conflict with the law’. The law also regulates institutions meant …

The Marrakesh Treaty

What is the Marrakesh Treaty? Over 90% of published material is not available to persons with a visual disability. The Marrakesh Treaty facilitates the access to published material for visually impaired persons and persons with print disabilities by allowing for copyright exceptions in domestic law. It has been created through an international campaign headed by …

Case Presentation: Developmental Delay

Name: N. M., age 2 years, 6 months Medical History: Unremarkable Family/Caregiver Primary Concern: “He’s not talking as much as other kids…I want him to be caught up and ready for preschool…mine and my husband’s parents are very concerned” – L.M., N’s mother Developmental Presentation per HELP Assessment: •  Only speaking 5 or 6 words …