Adolescent Mental Health

Adolescents (12 – 19 years) face lot of changes in their life right from hormonal changes leading to development of secondary sexual characteristics, striving for independence from their caregivers, importance of socialising with friends and peers. They are known to face lot of problems but many parents are not aware of these. Even if they are aware they do not know how to handle them. This article aims to throw light on few of these issues and provide solution for them. Major problems faced include: Drug Addiction Internet Addiction Sexual problems Depression and Suicide Eating Disorders Adolescent Mental Health Issues Treatment: Not to panic or criticise or threaten them or else he will lose faith in you. Be friendly and be empathic, gain his confidence. Get consultation with a psychiatrist who will help him. There are medicines available for reducing craving & becoming free from substance dependence. Root cause analysis…


Occupational Therapist approach to handwriting development


The development of writing ability is not only important in building a child’s self-esteem, but is considered an essential ingredient for success in school. Children spend 31% to 60% of their school day performing handwriting and other fine motor tasks, and difficulty in this area can interfere with academic achievement. Illegible handwriting can create a barrier to accomplishing other higher-order skills such as spelling and story composition. Despite the use of computers, hand-writing remains an important developmental skill for a child to master. In our society, handwriting is both a means of communication and a necessary life skill, as in writing a letter or telephone message, completing an application form, or writing a cheque. Handwriting ‘is still the most immediate form of graphic communication.  However, handwriting is not a simple fine motor task; it involves perceptual-motor skills, motor planning, visual perception, visual-motor integration, bilateral hand coordination, in-hand manipulation, kinesthesia, sustained…

Self Development

Making the right decisions

If you had to choose a million dollars, a life time supply of food or one wish what would you choose? In life we encounter alternative courses of action to any given problem all the time. There is no one solution to any problem or situation and we have to make choices and choose one action above the other. Our decision making ability is what guides us to make the right choices. However if the decision making skill is faulty, or if it is done in a hasty manner then we are in a danger of taking a wrong decision and thus ending up with the negative consequences of it.Simply put, decision making is concerned with the key issue of choosing between alternative courses of action that will hopefully solve the problem. Decision making is both an art and science. Both your ‘intuitions’ and your ‘analytical skills’ can both be helpful—well….that is if…



Posiive Thinking

“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”  Abraham Lincoln This statement has the essence of what positive thinking is all about. It is our mind which tells us whether to be positive or negative in our thinking. So if we are indulging in negative thinking, how do we change it? Changing ingrained ways of thinking is not easy and will take some sincere and systematic efforts from our side. Three C’s approach: One approach is called the three C’s: Commitment, Control and Challenge. Commitment Make a positive commitment to yourself, to learning, work, family, friends, nature, and other worthwhile causes. Praise yourself and others. Dream of success. Be enthusiastic. Control Keep your mind focused on important things. Set goals and priorities for what you think and do. Visualize to practice your actions. Develop a strategy for dealing with problems. Learn to relax. Enjoy successes. Be honest…


Psychological Assessment of Children

IQ Assessment

We often meet parents asking us with a bewildered heart, “They have asked me to get him assessed. Is something wrong with him? Is my child crazy? ”. Honestly, Psychological Assessments may sound intimidating, but in truth is the best way designed to help you. So what is a psychological assessment? Who does it? How is it done? Will they use needles, will they medicate? Parents typically have many such questions. Let us understand this mystery that is psychological assessment! What is a Psychological Assessment? First and foremost, a psychological assessment is NOT a medical test. You do not require blood or urine samples, X-Rays or any medical paraphernalia. Most of the psychological tests are ‘paper-and-pencil’ tests. In simple words, your child may be asked to answer a set of questions, solve a few puzzles, work with some blocks – games and so forth. This is done to assess a child’s personality, intellectual functioning, emotional adjustment and…