Refreshing Springs Resort site visit in preparation for 2011 Special Needs Family Camp

 
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The preparation is going on full swing for this year’s Special Needs Family Camp.
We have just visited the proposed camp site, and surely we love it a lot. The place is called Refreshing Springs Resort, about 6-7 km away from Tanjung Malim exit (PLUS highway). We love the idea of bringing the children back to nature.
The camp dates are from 1st – 4th September 2011. Since the camp site can only accommodate about 130 people, we will not be able to take more participants once we reach this number. We hope we have enough for all who need and registration will begin soon.
UPDATE: For those who wish to stay at Refreshing Springs Resort, you may visit their homepage and make a booking at http://www.refreshingspringsresort.com.my/
Parents’ Testimony 家长见证
Parents’ Testimony 家长见证
Posted 3 weeks ago

 

来中心后的改变

Jeremy Chu 的故事

四岁他上幼儿园启蒙班,课程大多是看图认字,考试那方面不成问题,我们也没发现什么状况。一直到五岁年初他无法完成幼儿园的英文听写, 他其实是完全拼不到字,也认不到字。他发音似卡通,像一般2,3岁小孩初步学语的阶段,说不出一个完整的句子,只能够说单字,例如toilet 。我们之前没有发现,也不以为意, 另外,我们也发现在教会主日学里,他也无法融入同龄孩子的活动空间,经常独处。

经由幼儿园园长的介绍,在2009年,我们认识了Breakthrukids的创办人,Aunty Phoebe。我们怀着希望,与她分享Jeremy的状况,听了她建议带Jeremy去见心理医生。经过诊断,他竟有轻微自闭症,读写障碍和社交障碍等等。顿时,我的心情荡入谷底,非常地彷徨,无助。我摸不着头脑,家族一直以来,没有类似的遗传病例啊!

最后,我们带他到Breakthrukids中心接受一小时的治疗。直到12月尾,觉得每个星期进行一次的治疗不够。6岁新学年,正式让他进入Breakthru Enrichment Station中心学习,成为第一批学生。在中心,导师运用各种健脑操动作以及其他治疗的帮助,Jeremy经历一次又一次的突破。

我曾经让他上安亲班,和一年级的小朋友一起学习,玩乐。大家都很好奇为什么只有他一人以英文交谈,谁料他还振振有词地回答说:”I am not a Chinese, I am a English man.”到现在10岁了,他既能够说华语,也能够说广东,并且非常愿意学习其他的语言,也会回应老师。说到数学方面,他是无法牢记基本的0至9。目前,迈入10岁,数学方面例如百位数的加,减及乘法,以及背诵乘法表都能完成。对于这样的进步,我甚感欣慰。

他在日常生活上也有很大的突破,可以自理,比如洗澡,也可以协助他人。每当看见妈妈在做饭时,他会主动询问有什么需要协助的,我就让他切切蒜头,做些厨房准备工作;他照顾年幼的弟弟,主动帮弟弟冲凉,更换衣服。他比较喜欢和弟弟一起玩,弟弟也爱跟随他。每当弟弟心情不好的时候,他会过来哄一哄和安抚闹情绪的弟弟。

爸爸为了让他有更多的学习机会,想让他参加中华武术班。但就因为中心里的一位好友- 勇翰,一句“打架是不好的”,他回家说不学了。朋友的影响力好大啊!非常感恩之前的机缘巧合,勇翰的妈妈愿意载他回家,让两人的友谊在那段时间迅速成长。他俩会到彼此家中玩乐,也曾经要好到与教会小组的其他朋友一同到kidzania 同游。我很珍惜这位朋友的出现,鼓励他从自我封闭到可以融入教会主日学。看到牧师在台上,他也毫无怯场上台,教会的人都知道Jeremy Chu是谁。这对Jeremy Chu来说是一个很大很大的突破!虽说,学武不成,另一霜,我们发掘他对烹饪兴趣勃勃,尤其是在烘焙方面。他自己频要求学习蛋糕制作。蛋糕成了,还带去中心请同学,导师品尝!

从6岁到目前10岁的进展,我很感恩,也备受激励。看着他与别人在沟通方面取得极大进步,愿意与中心的勇翰以及其他同学成为朋友,再加上愿意在大众面前表现自己,证明他成功克服了自己的心理障碍。身为家长的我,除了感恩,还是感恩。当然,我相信他能够再上一层,我们都会在背后守护着,配合可以帮助他的方法,尽当父母的责任。

BEST Center 对Jeremy Chu来说是个怎么样的学习环境?我们如何帮助他的未来?

这是一个毫无压力,充满无限关爱的学习园地。在这里,他能够在各领域尽情地发挥自己的才能,例如上台表演,演讲以及完成数学习题,这些是他在普通学校无法获得的机会。面对读写障碍的挑战,籍着在中心运用各种健脑操动作以及治疗的帮助,他慢慢突破。相较于之前,现在能够与同龄的小朋友沟通和玩乐,整个人也变得朝气蓬勃。此外,在这里他获得许多上台表演以及演说的机会,无形中增强了他的自信心。这一切对他的未来扮演着举足轻重的角色。总的来说,这是一个低压力,给于孩子空间,机会,各种不同经验,及提升自信的学习环境。

之前的教导方式

未进入中心之前,我们都以一般传统家庭的管教方式来教导孩子,比较是属于权威性的方式,即是当我教时你要听。一旦不受教,我们很容易以判断性的思想去解说他的行为,认为他是无心向学,最终用鞭打的方式来惩罚他。

之后的教导方式

接触中心之后,我们才惊觉这些传统家庭的管教方式完全不奏效,也让他在无形中压力倍增;我们不再以填鸭似的方式逼他学习,相反的采用边玩乐边学习的方式来教导他。我们也让他有更多的机会接触大自然,到游乐场玩乐以及做多一些健脑操的动作。现在的他明显比以前更加开心,也更愿意学习新事物,所以让孩子轻松的学习尤为重要。

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