How to interact with special needs children

Awkwardness and blank stares don’t help; understanding and empathy do.

Over the last year, I have been writing about neurodivergence, children with special needs, the trials and tribulations of such children and their parents, and the role preschools and counsellors play in helping them by fostering an inclusive environment and providing individualized care. I was toying with the idea of this piece when a video appeared on X (formely Twitter).

It shows the security staff of a movie star misbehaving, even if unconsciously, with a man with a disability, while the star walked away without acknowledging the incident. It drew wide criticism, and the star made another appearance within days, …


Arati Nanavati

Arati is an early childhood education specialist who is passionate about working with young minds in their formative years. Before joining the education sector in 2015, she had stints in the corporate world and was a full-time parent briefly. Currently, she is handling the school excellence function at a leading pre-school chain, where she helps build curricula, trains teachers and audits centres, besides conducting parenting workshops.