Interviewed by The Success Today – A Digital Webzine.
𝟭) 𝗧𝗲𝗹𝗹 𝘂𝘀 𝗮 𝗯𝗶𝘁 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗳 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗯𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀.
I completed my course from Ali Yavar Jung in 2000. I have done numerous short courses from the US namely ABA, PECS Level 1, Specialisation in Speech-language development in Autism. I have also written research papers on Early intervention in Autism, on the Green scan Model of Therapy in Autism and so on.
It wouldn’t be wrong to say Aakaar is my brainchild ever since I started college I had envisioned having a center where I can cater to the needs of Special children. My vision got a foundation in 2009 with just 3 people including me we opened our doors primarily for Speech Therapy, Occupation Therapy and Special Education. Now my professional family tree has grown, over the years more professionals have joined so that we are able to guide every child that comes to our center.
No academic institution teaches you entrepreneurial skills. When I opened Aakaar, I had no idea what it takes to run a business, I simply relied on my instincts, soft skills, honesty and above all followed Aakaar’s motto rigorously which is “Every child has potential” Throughout whatever challenges we faced at Aakaar we asked ourselves just one question ‘What can we do to maximize the child’s potential?’ And as an answer, we kept on improvising and enhancing our facilities. To ensure smooth running we have a collaborative team of pediatricians, Dieticians, Adult, and Child Psychologists, Rehabilitation psychologists. Other than that we conduct vocational courses for kids like baking, we have teachers who specialize in NIOS studies, we constantly have meetings with parents, we have feedback forms to understand parents’ perspectives on our services, we have progress mapping for continuous development in children. While taking care of everything me and my team made sure that the quality doesn’t get compromised. Currently, we have also started catering to children of economically weaker parents. Fees for them are subsidized or additional sessions are provided to enhance the progress.
𝟮) 𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝗻𝘀𝗽𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗮 𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗲𝗿 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗳𝗶𝗲𝗹𝗱?
I have always loved children. I was naturally good with them. While growing up too I used to be surrounded by them spending my free time playing with them. It occurred to me why not make a career in something I love doing, it was a brainer that I wanted to work with children. Specializing in speech therapy appealed to me as I believe “Your life is an expression of your thoughts” and enabling children to express themselves independently gives me a sense of empowerment.
𝟯) 𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘀𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗶𝗰𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝗿 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗱𝘂𝗰𝘁𝘀 𝗱𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘃𝗶𝗱𝗲, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗵𝗼𝘄 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝗯𝗲𝗻𝗲𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝘁𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗰𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗿𝘀/𝗰𝗹𝗶𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀?
My center has a broad range of services catering to the needs of every unique child. The prominent services are Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Psychological Testing (Adults and Children), Counseling, and Special Education, each of these services are customized and planned suiting to each child’s need. We pay attention to minor details while planning out goals and sessions for the child ensuring there would be a considerable amount of progress with passing time. Other than that we have group sessions for kids to enable them to learn social skills; we have a brain gym for cognitive development also summer camps are planned during the school break for them.
𝟰) 𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗮𝗰𝗵𝗶𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗱 𝘀𝗼 𝗳𝗮𝗿 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗶𝗻𝗱𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗿𝘆?
The real achievement that I have gained in this industry is trust and appreciation from parents. My father and family are proud of my work. Trust and belief from my staff; these achievements are something I truly cherish.
Other than that I was named as Young Emerging Entrepreneur by Silicon Valley in 2015 the same year I was also awarded Young Entrepreneur by Prime Time. Later in 2019, My Centre Aakaar CDLC was chosen among the top 10 Clinics in India by Silicon Valley.
𝟱) 𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗱𝗿𝗶𝘃𝗲𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗽𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗮𝘁𝗲𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘁𝗼 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸 𝘁𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗹𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗹𝘆?
My love for kids and the love I receive from them in small innocent ways is what keeps me going. Each time a parent appreciates or they express what it means to see the development in their child it just boosts me; Even the tiniest of progress in a child for eg: a child who was once non-verbal in expressing now coming up and saying Hi ma’am, even such simple things drives my motivation. Other than the wonderful kids at the center, my father is my ultimate motivation his immense belief in me and the future he saw for us keeps me passionate and motivated each day.
𝟲) 𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗽𝗶𝗲𝗰𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗮𝗱𝘃𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗮𝗰𝗵𝗶𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘀𝘂𝗰𝗰𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝗹𝗶𝗳𝗲?
The thing that I have lived by and has given me success is “Follow your heart and intuition they truly know what you want, everything else is secondary.” Also, love what you do put your heart and soul in your work it always pays off on all levels.