Beautiful, brilliant day of learning

I had been getting a bit pushy with Nisarga’s movement lessons. Needless to say, it was counterproductive. He was getting bored rapidly or cranky. I was getting frustrated at the lack of a breakthrough. So yesterday, I decided to back off (long overdue). I spent time reading about the Feldenkrais Method, reminding myself of what… Read More »

Living with my son’s Cerebral Palsy

The last day since that tentative diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy has been surreal. In many ways, nothing has changed. While my husband was very resistant to the idea of a handicapped child, I had long reconciled myself to Nisarga never being “normal” – whatever that is. For me, Nisarga is normal. He is my only… Read More »

Amazing day at the hospital

Over the years, I have become rather cynical of the medical fraternity. The cincher was when my son progressed rapidly after stopping mediations he’d been taking or two years. As far as Nisarga’s story is concerned, doctors have proved about as useful as your average tantrik wanting to slaughter two pigeons as a cure. At… Read More »

On the train

Nisarga. Had an exciting day. Yesterday. Raja took him visiting friends and family who have Ganesh idols in their homes. I joined them in the evening at Raka’s uncle’s place in Malad. He makes his idol at home, from clay. This year he had painted it too. Nisarga was all agog, watching proceedings with wide… Read More »

Nisarga’s 4th birthday

Today is Nisarga’s fourth birthday and it is a day of mixed feelings. On one hand, life is full of affection and small, but real learning. On the other, no matter how much I wish not to measure milestones, it is yet another birthday gone past without Nisarga achieving any dramatic milestones. He sits well… Read More »

Walk in the stormy breeze

I had taken Nisarga out on a longer walk yesterday evening. He can be really tough to carry for long periods, so I took him riding piggyback, with a dupatta to hold him like a sling. This is very easy to carry and I did fairly good time with it. The weather was perfect pre-monsoon… Read More »

Feldenkrais method for kids: Sitting straighter, using hands more

Posture Analysis: Nisarga’s development seemed stuck with him sitting hunched, braced against his hands or rather the back of his hands. Looking at some videos of using the Feldenkrais Method with kids and reading and mimicking his posture, I realized that this too is a manifestation of him not using his lower back. His knees… Read More »

Update on Nisarga’s health

To make a long story short, much has happened since I used to write here regularly (and I think I should update regularly for reasons more than memories – to record changed in health). Nisarga had shown no real improvement in his physical development since we started treatment. He was on increasing doses of medicine… Read More »