through-mothers-eyes

Through a Mother’s Eyes

A: When did you learn about Mkhitar’s autism diagnosis and what were the initial signs you noticed? H: Mkhitar’s struggles became evident around age two and a half. He faced concentration issues, lacked eye contact, and displayed restlessness. Concerns arose over his non-responsiveness and nonverbal nature. Despite various medical consultations, an accurate diagnosis eluded us…

Hovhannes

Hovhannes: an ear for music

Hovhannes, a 19-year-old diagnosed with Intellectual Developmental Disability, overcame considerable challenges upon joining Emili Aregak Center in 2009. Overcoming nonverbal communication and behavioral hurdles, he discovered transformative support from therapists, psychologists, and peers. This facilitated significant strides in his personal growth. Guided by Kara, the center’s psychologist, Hovhannes’ journey unfolded. Despite initial restlessness, his potential…

Peace for Benjamin

Peace for Benjamin You came from a beautiful city, didn’t you? Stepanakert?” Our director had asked the question with good intentions, trying to connect with Benjamin. Instead, the 19-year-old’s smile changed. He looked frightened and put his hands over his head in a defensive position. We felt terrible. He was re-living memories of the Artsakh…