During this coronavirus or COVID-19 lockdown, many parents of children with disabilities are worried that this quarantine time will create stress and anxieties in their children. To make them forget their concerns, there are free counseling services started by Project Mumbai.
The services are available every day from 8 am to 8 pm, you can contact and tell the experts about your fears or queries.
The CEO and Co-Founder of Project Mumbai, Shishir Joshi says, 50 volunteers from across India are working on this initiative. Every day they get calls from across the country and they provide the service in different eight languages.
Project Mumbai has begun a counseling service especially for the parents of differently-abled kids. Last Friday, this latest move was launched and within 4 minutes they got a call. They have got many calls by parents who are asking about the different ways to address their kids’ anxiety levels.
"We have 30 special needs therapists on board. On the first day, we got 14 calls and on the second, the numbers were even higher. There is a crying need for this. We equipped the therapists with an idea of the questions they are likely to be asked and given them activity ideas to share. The good thing is that people are opening up because until now special needs counseling has been a private matter and not many people make a call to talk about what they are experiencing," Shishir added.
Shabnam Rangwala, Founder of Project Noor has teamed up with pediatric occupational therapists with some other therapist to volunteer in this project. The most difficult challenge is that many parents are coming with questions like how to keep their kids occupied especially kids who have autism spectrum for whom it's very tough to deal with the change in routine.
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