“When I was pursuing under graduation, as an intern, I along with my peers was wondering how to deal with the behaviour of the children with ADHD and autism as the syllabus we were exposed to was from the 70s or 80s. However, when I went to the UK for my Masters in my early 20s, I did see the kind of in-depth research and material available there.” Having returned to India, just a few months ago, she hopes to apply the acquired knowledge and practical experience to help parents here.
Archana has been conducting a free workshop where parents with children with ADHD or autism are guided to work around the behavioural pattern of their children. “They want to know why their child is flapping his or her hands, in case of autism or why they are always running around. They can manage these effectively at home,” she pointed out.
She said that the desire to share her knowledge through free workshops is in continuation of her public health outreach programmes in Andhra for many years and in the UK. “My parents and grandparents have stressed on being service minded, saying Love all, serve all and it will come back to you in one form or the other. I am just following in their footsteps,” she said. Archana said that she will continue to hold these workshops for free for the benefit of all parents who need them.