Our Child – Jin Hao is on NST today!

THREE years ago, Chong Jin Hao was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).


(Chong Wei Meng with his son Chong Jin Hao, who has improved through the programmes.)

Like other autistic children, he had significant communication, social and behavioural issues. The little boy liked to be left alone and was very emotional. He overreacted to certain sounds and fine motor skill weaknesses.

The biggest challenge for his father, Chong Wei Meng, was to get his 4-year-old son to talk and behave like other children of his age. His expressive vocabulary was limited and, most of the time, it did not make sense. Hence, he had difficulties expressing his feelings or understanding other people’s feelings.

Jin Hao had a short attention span and was hyperactive.

“The only thing he liked to do was watch television. So we allowed him to spend as much time as he liked in front of the television. When he was 5, I tried enrolling him in preschool, but two schools turned him away as they did not know how to handle him,” said Chong.

He was then recommended to try the movement-based learning approach to help his son. Almost two years into the programme, Chong says there has been tremendous improvement.

“The activities improved his expressive vocabulary, reading and writing. He can now communicate with others, understand instructions, is generally more obedient and likes to participate in activities.

“He is ready to be placed in the mainstream school system like others in his age group.”

While movement-based learning can help children with special needs, he says it will not be effective without support and commitment from parents.

It involves a lot of hard work and sacrifice, says Chong, who gave up his job as an accountant to focus on helping Jin Hao.

“Parents must be fully committed to help their children develop. You have to be involved in their learning process every step of the way. What the child does in the classroom alone is not enough. You have to take all that is taught in the classroom to your home and put it into practice daily without fail. Only then will you see results.”

Read more: Parents need to get involved – General – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/nation/general/parents-need-to-get-involved-1.71939#ixzz1rREN4PYT

Behavioural Experience

Journal – 14 Jan

One of our kids in the centre came crying. After enquiring what was happening, the boy was upset because some else press on the lift button. He refuse to go into the centre. His dad brought him to the ground floor and allow him to press the lift button again, he was settled and willing to enter the centre door. Later he snatched a toy from his peer and refuse to say sorry. I led him to a quiet room and allow him to have some space. I explain to him the situation and consequences of his action. This time, he settled down quickly and willing to apologise for his snatching behaviour.

What I learn – It is important to stay calm in dealing with behaviour situation. Allow time and space for a child with behavioural issue to cool down. In doing so, he would be able to choose and be responsible for his behaviour more willingly.

Happy Teacher’s Day

When You Thought I Wasn’t Looking

When you thought I wasn’t looking, you displayed my first report,
and I wanted to do another.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, you fed a stray cat,
and I thought it was good to be kind to animals.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, you gave me a sticker,
and I knew that little things were special things.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, you put your arm around me,
and I felt loved.
When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw tears come from your eyes,
and I learned that sometimes things hurt–but that it’s all right to cry.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, you smiled,
and it made me want to look that pretty too.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, you cared,
and I wanted to be everything I could be.
When you thought I wasn’t looking–I looked…
Wanted to say Thanks for all those things you did when you thought I wasn’t looking.

– by Mary Rita Schilke Korzan

My daughter commented this morning that another class teacher hugs all the children of his class before they sit down, and she said “How I wish my teacher gives me a hug too instead of just a high-five.”

Today mommy she gave a basket of fruits to her teachers, wishing them “Happy Teacher’s Day”, along with the above poem for each of her teacher – notice the red “bookmark” thing?