This book is a compilation of my learning’s that follow the journey of a child from the womb to adulthood. The book explores themes important to the development of children; factors from maternal health, parenting techniques, special needs, responses to crisis and other insights from the lens of an occupational therapist and clinical psychologist.
My learning’s come directly from my practice, distilled into reflections during the COVID lockdown and ensuing year. It was during this time that I took to writing weekly articles to share my thoughts on how children were being impacted by the unprecedented experience of living through a pandemic. At the end of this period, this book came to be.
The stories and insights in this book are colored by the fabric of Indian society, family structures and economic stratification that influences access, inclusion and therefore well-being outcomes of my patients
Dr. Mona Shah is a senior occupational therapist and clinical psychologist with over 30 years of clinical experience, based in Mumbai, India. She works with many parallel disciplines to augment her practice to be current, holistic and effective. This has made her uniquely distinguished in both diagnosing children’s development inhibitors and the solutions to overcome them.
She defines one of her core passions to be training therapists, teachers, and social organizations on childhood development with the goal to identify, treat, and transform their disabilities into abilities for a happier and healthier society. She cares deeply about raising awareness about children with developmental disabilities and providing a systematic and all-inclusive treatment program for them. She speaks a lot about the social and emotional aspect of children in addition to the physical and mental. Her commitment to work with parents and teachers to ensure the success and well-being of the child is at the forefront of all her activities.