Community talk at Tadika Jelita Ria Graduation Day, Perak

The date is 20 Oct 2012.

We were invited to give a talk on children brain development. Our consultant, Ms Liew explained about primitive reflexes and rhythmic movement trainings to a good crowd of parents!

RMT Sharing

RMT Sharing by Pin Yuen

We had our Ms Elaine Lim demonstrating what is Fear Paralysis Reflex to the crowd.

FPR Demo


Live demonstration by a volunteer child.


Thank you principal Ms Boon Yee for inviting us!

Parenting Talk: Importance of Primitive Reflex Integration for Effective Learning

Who and why do we have Primitive Reflexes? What are the impact on a child’s learning ability if they are unintegrated? Find out more about Grasp Reflex, Tonic Neck Reflex, Step Reflex and Crawl Reflex and Reason why these early and primitive reflexes may not fully integrate in us or in your child.


We will discuss about the general observations that may indicate the presence of unintegrated reflexes, and recommended general management strategies when dealing with unintegrated reflexes and movement based learning e.g. Rhythmic Movement Training and Brain Gym ®.

There will be ample Q&A time.

Who will benefit?

Grandparents, parents, care givers, day care teachers and anyone who is interested to care for children especially those with special needs.


Ms. May Chuah
Licensed Rhythmic Movement Training Provider
BA in Early Childhood Studies, ECU Australia.
Advanced Dip in Early Childhood Education, CECE.

Ms. Phoebe Long
Licensed Rhythmic Movement Training Provider
Licensed Brain Gym ® Instructor / Consultant
Licensed Double Doodle Play Instructor
Licensed Touch for Health ™ Instructor

Ms. Premalatha Shanmugam
Licensed Rhythmic Movement Training Provider
Dip. Learning Disability and Child Psychology, Linguistic Council
Dip. Of Educational Studies, College of Teachers, UK

Admin Details

Date : 19 May 2012
Time : 10am to 12pm
Fees : RM20 each / Family Package : RM30
Language : English
Venue : Breakthru Enrichment Station
70-2, Block H, Platinum Walk, Taman Danau Kota,
53300 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Contact : Elaine Lim, 03-28587977

Please call to register and reserve a seat. This would help us in managing the space and location for our talk.

特殊孩童親子營 – 呼招义工辅导员 Invitation for Volunteers





We are looking for Christian volunteers to help in our camp! Join us and be a counsellor to take care of our children and support them to enjoy the camp to its fullness. Show love and care to our special need children and they will see this world a more beautiful place. Submit your application online: (This is a mandarin speaking camp)


Parental involvement in raising positive, self confident and responsible children

Children are valuable resources for the country. The children of today are leaders of tomorrow. Raising positive, self-confident and responsible children is like planting seeds in a garden. Parents are like gardeners because the journey of parenthood is like sowing seeds of love, nurturing them and believing that the seeds will grow to be a healthy, responsible and self-confident person. The parental role of loving participation in their children’s developmental milestones is the most important time in the children’s brain development. Parents’ involvement is so vital in building the character and values of their children. A safe, positive and loving environment contributes greatly to the physical, emotional and cognitive needs of children.

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“So that she can be happy.”

Last Friday we had mid autumn celebration in church. It has been a practice of our church to observe some Chinese culture and create a learning opportunity of the Chinese history. Prior to the celebration, some church members started to prepare the lanterns one week early for the event.

My daughter enjoyed watching the adults preparing the lanterns. Suddenly, she came to me and said she wanted the butterfly lantern. I told her that we have to wait till the event and answer the required question before getting one of the lanterns.

Throughout the whole week, she was mentioning and planning to be the first child to arrive church and answer the question of the riddle place on the butterfly lantern.

The day of the Mid Autumn celebration arrive. She got herself ready and arrive church very early. The riddle on the lantern was ‘what can be caught but cannot throw’. Do you know? After a while, with the help of her father, she found the answer – flu. She was so happy that she got her long waited lantern.

The night event was fun. Everyone enjoyed the activities until one of the lantern caught fire and totally burn out. Her friend, Eunice was so devastated and cried. It was her lantern. Some adults was putting off the fire while some try to pacify her. Suddenly the cry stop. I was not sure what help her to stop crying.

The next morning, my daughter came to me and we had the following conversation:

Daughter – “Mom, I did something good last night”.
Me – ” What was it?”
Daughter – “I gave away my butterfly lantern to Eunice”
Me – “Why do you do that?”
Daughter – “Her lantern was burnt and she was sad. I was very sad to see her cry so I gave her my lantern.”
Me – “You really did that? You waited for a week to get it. Why do you do so?”
Daughter – “I just want her to be happy.”

Wow! I’ve learnt a lesson from my daughter.


How to help a dyslexic child to improve in math/s – part 2

Many dyslexic children also have problems comprehending the vocabulary and symbols used in mathematics. It is also a common problem that these children will be confused with math symbols that look similar. Likewise, they often reverse numbers, which lead to errors when performing simple calculations and arithmetic.


Despite facing the above mentioned difficulties, a dyslexic child could further improve in math/s if he/she begins to feel more confidence about it and enjoys the process of learning math/s. Below are some strategies parents and teachers could apply:

Set up a specific time to do math together

Sit down with the child to help him with math homework/assignment.

Build a connection between math and his/her daily living

Using examples of math from bills and home repair projects can show the child the relevant role that math plays in a grown-up world.


Learning math/s in fun ways using

Snacks i.e. candies, m&ms can be used to add or subtract parts.

Games that involve math concepts e.g Board games, computer/online games.

Online Tutoring lessons that combine fun math games with personalized instruction so that the child get to have fun and lots of extra help with math.

Individualized Independent activity sheet

Prepare appropriate individualized independent activity sheet for the child that allows him to succeed at every attempt of working on the math questions.

Help the child to discover his/her own error

Help the child to discover any errors by saying, “Why don’t you check that one again?”

The math children use in school is just a formal application of all kinds of daily experiences. A dyslexic child who struggles with math at school doesn’t need constant drilling of specific problem. He/She needs varied experiences that allow him/her to work with numbers in a hands-on and fun ways. When the math/s concepts have been woven into his/her perspective, he/she’ll be better equipped to handle the formal arithmetic encounters in the classroom and his daily living.

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How to help a dyslexic child to improve in math/s – Part 1

It has been estimated that around 90% of dyslexic children have problems in some areas of math/s, and most of the time they will need extra help especially when new concepts of math/s are introduced.

To help a dyslexic child improve in his math/s, we must first look into the reasons for this problem.

One of the difficulties a dyslexic child experience is with sequencing.

It is important to help the child learn his/her basic 1-100 systematically. Providing a hands-on experience by using a variety of physical objects and real scenarios (e.g. counting guests) to demonstrate numbers visually will enhance the child’s interest in math/s. The following steps are recommended:


  1. Lay out 100 blocks, with 10 blocks on each line, practice counting from 1 to 100 e.g. 1,2,..99, 100
  2. Lay out 100 blocks in group of tens, practice counting from 10 to 100 e.g. 10, 20..90,100.
  3. Arrange the blocks in group of fives, practice counting from 5 to 100 e.g. 5,10, ..95, 100.
  4. Count backwards, starting from 10 down to 0 e.g. 10, 9, ..0, and working up to 100 down to 0.e.g. 100, 99, …2,1,0 (practice daily until he/she can count backward fluently)

It’s important first to build a solid foundation on the child’s basic math/s and then build other concepts on top of it. Always remember to keep reviewing and never assume that the child knows everything.

Below was my observation of a 8 years old child that I helped to breakthrough with her sequencing concept. I hope this will encourage us to KEEP reviewing with our children until they breakthrough. It is definite a slow but sure process.

Observation on Counting Backwards

CY was able to count to 100 with some guidance especially where there is a change of tens. After few rounds of counting verbally while putting the blocks, CY was able to count 1-100 quite fluently.

Counting backward was a great struggle. She got stuck many times. We did a few rounds of you say and i say – ‘tell me the number before’. When she began to feel more confidence, we tried saying the backward numbers again, but this time I encouraged her to remove the block one at a time as she said the number.

I noticed that she still mix up some numbers. But she is now more confidence and and say the number more fluently.

After a few sessions repeating the above counting, I noticed CY was able to complete her counting backwards activity easily.


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Learning from the nature

A mentor is not measured by the splash he makes when he enters the water, but rather by the ripples he leaves in his wake.

Amy, Adeline and myself met last Thursday morning at the Marmalade, Bangsar Village II for  brunch and farewell gathering. It was interesting that we could meet and talk about ourselves, our lives and our dreams. Thanks to our pastor’s message to encourage us to gather in 2 or 3 for a time of encouragement and strengthening.

Amy’s  desire to learn about the nature so that she could inspired her kids to love and learn about the nature too really captivated me….

Yes, I felt that in our fast moving world and the ever improving technology that ‘supposedly’ help us to be more effective, has handicapped us, in many ways, from learning, exploring and enjoying the nature. One of the kids’ parent that I work with expressed that her lifestyle was the reason why her children seldom go to the playground. Thoughts to ponder for parents…

I came across an interesting site for kids, teachers and parents. I especially like the read-along audio stories about animals, nature that  help us learn about ourselves and the things that are important to us. Hope you have an enjoyable time listening to the stories with your kids. Do let me know how the stories inspired you and family too. Thank you.

Here is the link again…

Protect and Save the Children – Awareness Talk

Every now and then, we hear news reports of children abducted or abused. For each of these tragedies, many more go unreported. Every child has the right to be loved and protected.

4 single children

Every now and then, we hear news reports of children abducted or abused. For each of these tragedies, many more go unreported. Every child has the right to be loved and protected.

But who will stand up for their rights?

Preventing child sexual abuse by empowering communities


Saturday, 16 August 2008, 4.30–6.30 pm

The Father’s House (Bangsar Lutheran Church)
23, Jalan Abdullah off Jalan Bangsar, 59000 Kuala Lumpur (map)

Registration: FREE

Light refreshments will be served before the talk

Facts on child sexual abuse (CSA)

  • Any act of sexual contact between a child and an adult is CSA
  • Can be the result of force, coercion or trickery
  • Happens in all countries – to any child, any time, anywhere – including Malaysia
  • Goes beyond statistics, as it is often unreported

Preventing CSA is an enormous task. But the first step is easy. Come to the Protect and Save the Children Awareness Talk on child sexual abuse.

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