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RUPALI SAHAI BEHL

Director’s profile

The Barsha/Garhoudcentres run under the able and award winning management of RUPALI SAHAI BEHL

Strengths: People skills, adult & child psychology, mentoring and counselling

Work experience: Human Resources, Supplemental Education, and Training & Development

On continuous enrichment (supplemental education)

So far in my experience, I have noticed that there is a common misconception around after school enrichment, which is that it is the need of only struggling pupils. This is not true. Enrichment helps at 3 levels

  1. The Struggling pupil – helps the pupil to build solid foundation of concepts and clear mental blocks if any.
  2. The Average pupil – helps the pupil to realize full potential and push limits to achieve mastery over concepts
  3. The Gifted/talented pupil – acts as brain stimulation and expansion of learning paradigm.

On Coaching, Mentoring and Counselling (Adult & Child)

There are innumerable types of psyches and belief/value systems out there, resulting from different cultures, communities, ethnicities, family environment etc. It is fascinating to connect with my clients (adults, children and teenagers) and help them better their situations and take control of any inner battles, mental blocks etc.

On excessive screen exposure (I.Pad and other E-learning devices)

Without a doubt, electronic devices are taking over as an easy way to keep children ‘occupied’ when the parents are busy.

Pros

  • While there are pluses of such devices such as;
  • Child can be engaged audio-visually at the same time. For instance, sounds and visuals
  • Some learning/gaming apps help in increasing hand eye coordination

Cons

An increasing dependence of parents on electronic devices, result in worsening of learning difficulties or hampers timely development in multiple aspects. Excessive exposure to electronic devices;

  • Decreases the attention span and this side effect plays out in the long run.
  • Affects eyesight
  • Delays and negatively impacts speech development and language skills
  • Negative impact on social skills i.e. he child prefers to stare at a device rather than make new friends and/or socialize.
  • Decrease in physical activity. Child or adult, physical activity is a must for a healthy functioning mind and body.
  • Frequent headaches resulting from a mental drain due to screen exposure
  • Lack of multi-sensory learning

On healthy eating habits which affect the learning process

Parents are constantly faced with the daunting task of getting their children to eat and essentially ‘like’ healthy food items. I am aware that in most cases, both parents are working and find it hard to work on innovative healthy recipes to keep the nutrition needs of their children on track.

A few manageable tips for all parents; Cut down/ regularize Gluten (check for intolerance i.e. Celiac disease – an autoimmune disorder) – A protein found in wheat, rye, barley and all-purpose flour. A gluten free diet can help with borderline symptoms of spectrum autism and pervasive developmental disorders, which are becoming increasingly common. Gluten is known to make the body and mind sluggish and also has water retaining properties. This could slow down a learning process in children as well as adults. Sugar – Spikes blood sugar levels thus increasing hyperactivity. Daily sugar intake is extremely detrimental to children who are diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), which is extremely common these days. Sugar intake should be cut down in case there is family history of diabetes, insulin resistance, PCOD/PCOS,

Dairy (check for lactose intolerance) – a protein called casein present in dairy products could negatively affect learning process. Ensure that you child stays away from too much processed dairy products. Children should consume dairy as fresh as possible.

Artificial flavoring/additives/preservatives – Parents should always read the nutrition label behind every product that is consumed by their children. A high sodium/high fat content negatively impact cholesterol/obesity levels from a very young age. Artificial additives greatly hamper the learning process.

Eat fresh!

It is obvious that buying fresh meat/veggies are heavy on our pockets, but it’s all worth it when are children grow well and look healthy. Point to remember – a healthy mind and body go hand in hand!

On playtime

Physical activity such as running, swimming, dancing, acrobatics, yoga and sports are a great way to have an oxygen rich blood stream which is turn boosts oxygen supply to the brain. This boosts learning capabilities and increase blood circulation. Parents are urged to ensure that children indulge in healthy physical activity