Society for Child Development
I thought I was being welcomed by flowers when I walked into SFCD as there were flowers placed at every nook and corner of the campus making it look colorful and full of life. There were also dogs approaching me as I walked towards the entrance. I was a bit scared as I was an a stranger to the place. But they simply sniffed me and went away. I couldn’t help but think how it hardly looked like a school but felt rather like a house with few people, no chaos, pets and flowers.
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How it all began
Madhumita Puri, who is the founder of the Delhi-based Society for Child Development (SFCD), was a leading psychologist in the late 80s. She was amongst the top psychologists from AIIMS’ Genetics department. As part of her research, she was also working for disabled and mentally challenged (also known as Intellectually Disabled) kids.
During her research, she observed that the major gap was because the entire focus was on the segmented approach for these kids. They were not given proper resources for the same and there was no holistic approach for their overall developmen