BEING WOMAN: The 'Mother' of Autistic Kids

 

Twelve years ago, it was a tough time for the Takalkar couple from Aurangabad to accept the fact that their child had been diagnosed with autism - a developmental disorder. Initially, it was a scary thought, but then they took this as a challenge; and began to work towards their one and only goal - providing education to autistic children and transforming their lives for the better.

It was with this in mind that Ambika and Balasaheb Takalkar founded the Aarambh Autism Centre, the first and only institute in the whole of Marathwada region, for children suffering from autism. 

After their first son Srihari was detected with autism, the Takalkar family shifted to Mumbai for a while. During their brief stay in Maximum City, they enrolled their son in a special school for autistic children. But then, it was only after they shifted back to Aurangabad, that they realised - Marathwada lacks a special centre for specially-abled kids as these. This motivated them to open a centre for such kids after a detailed research on the matter. Thus, what started off as an effort to provide good education to their own son turned into a movement of its own, with the establishment of an institute for autistic kids across Marathwada region. 

Balasaheb was employed with the Indian Navy and Ambika, in an IT company. But with their mind set on this institute, the husband-wife duo quit their jobs and worked to set base after taking formal training from the Thakur Hariprasad Institute in Hyderabad. Ambika also learnt the intricacies of imparting training from another institute in Chennai and started this institute in a full-fledged way. 

"There was no institute in Marathwada region that provided education specially for autistic children. Taking all this into account, and not only limiting my study on education for autistic children for my son only, I started this institute that has proved helpful for other such kids in the city too," Ambika says. 

Apart from imparting basic education like reading and writing, this Centre also has sessions on dance and music therapy. Extra-curricular activities like craft, painting and sports are also a part of their education. Ambika also received help from her friend Yogita Patil, whose child also was diagnosed with autism, in running this centre. 

Ambika believes that a proper channel of training is required for these children to lead a normal life. And hence, not only theory but also practical education involving music and dance therapy assists in their development on a major scale. 

VIVEK RAJURKAR
Aurangabad


You may contact Mrs. Ambika Takalkar, Founder, Aarambh Autism Centre in Aurangabad on the following numbers: (+91)827524178/  
(+91)9145381228

Comments (1)

  • Hello mam,

    I am from Ambajogai,my sister's age is 6 years and she is celebral palsy patient.
    So I can meet your center plz tell me your center address

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