In the early years post its inception, BMRF conducted extensive studies aimed at enhancing the learning, psychosocial well-being, mental health, and nutrition levels of the institutionalised children in Bala Mandir. A strong emphasis was placed on the efficacy of Ayurvedic tonics and medicines.
Smt. S. Manjubhashini, Founding Secretary of Bala Mandir, was a great believer in Ayurveda, and natural home remedies. Children in the institution were taught how to pick and eat/chew special leaves and berries for various small ailments. The Arogya Ashram Samithi (AAS), an organisation dedicated to Ayurveda, funded BMRF’s early work in this area.
The year 2000 saw a paradigm shift in focus, away from formal scientific, and medical research, to the increasingly relevant social sciences. Since 2000, BMRF’s work has focused on parenting, and the psychosocial relationship between the adult and child, for the betterment of all children. Today, BMRF works with various Government, and non-Government Organisations, on training and research initiatives, aimed at spreading positive parenting practices across diverse cultural and socio-economic environments in India.
EARLY RESEARCH PAPERS
- Valsa Koshi, Chatura Prabhakaran, and Vaidyanathan, B. (1997).Effect of Sankhapushpi on the Physical and Mental Agility of Institutionalised Children – A Preliminary Study. Namah.
- V. Narayana Swamy, and Maya Gaitonde (1988, 1995). Effect of Some Psychotropic Ayurvedic Drugs and Intensive Special Coaching on the Psychological Development of Mentally Backward Children. Arogya, Indian Medicine.
- Chatura Prabhakar, Valsa Koshy, Sarada Menon, and Vandhyanathan B. (1994). Effect of Wiyhania Somnifera, Aparagus Racemosus and Lakshadi Thailam in improving the Physical and Mental Health of Preschool Children. Medical and Nutritional Research Communications, 2, 15-18.
- Kanchana, Rekha Bhat, Valsa Koshy, and Sharada Menon (1993). Combating Aggression in Institutionalised Children with Physical Exercise and Music. Indian Journal of Psychiatry.
- Sarada Menon, and Valsa Koshy (1991). Effect of Enriched Learning and Improved Recreation on the Psychological Development of Under-achievers. Experiments in Education.
- Priya M.S., and Sarada Menon (1996). Effect of Enriched Sensori-Motor Stimulation on the Physical and Psychological Development of Institutionalised Preschool Children. Antiseptic.
- Jayaprakash Reddy (1989). Effect of Special Nutrition on the Mental Development of Institutionalised Children. Antiseptic.