A few weeks ago, we kickstarted our first ever ‘Summer Camp’ programme for a few of our kiddos who were on school holidays over the summer break. We created this programme as a means for our intermediate children to have social interactions with their peers and to build meaningful friendships…
April is always a big month for us here at EAP, because it is World Autism Awareness Month! It was such an eventful month and our greatest efforts thus far in raising awareness and promoting acceptance for autism in our city! Here’s a snapshot of what took place throughout the month-long campaign:
On the 30th of June 2018, Early Autism Project (EAP) Malaysia held its first ever live production since its establishment 12 years ago. The production, “The Greatest Treasure”, was held in Pusat Sains Negara where 42 of our children with Autism participated and played a role on stage…
During the Christmas season, most families may want to participate in various Christmas activities and events, however, these activities/events may be potentially challenging for a child with autism. This week on our blog, we would like to share with your some tips and strategies on how to prepare your child for Christmas.
Some children with autism may have sound sensitivities, or tolerance issues to various sounds or loud noises. This issue can potentially be challenging, particularly if you intend to take a flight to your holiday destination. This week on our blog, we would like to share some tips and strategies on desensitising your child with autism to certain sounds, and we will be focusing on the loud sounds on an airplane.
The aquarium can be a fun and educational place for children and families to visit. Most families enjoy taking trips to the aquarium during the weekends or school holidays, and schools may also organise field trips to the aquarium. Nonetheless, going to new and unfamiliar places can be potentially challenging for children with autism. Furthermore, the aquarium can be dark and crowded during peak hours, which could trigger anxiety in children with autism.
Several weeks ago here in the beautiful city of Kuala Lumpur, a fire had broken out in a school dormitory, claiming the lives of 21 students and 2 teachers. Here at EAP, we were deeply saddened by the news and express our sincere condolences to those affected by the blaze. With that, we would like to take this opportunity to share some insights on fire safety and evacuation planning. Whether you live in a landed house or in a condominium, it is important to have fire safety practices and plan for evacuation in the event of a fire.
Going out to different places in the community is an activity most families engage in to enjoy some ‘Family Time’ together. Most families enjoy going out to places like malls, parks, swimming pools and playgrounds during the weekends and school holidays. Spending some quality family time helps build interaction and strengthen bonds between family members, allows everyone to unwind from work, school and other responsibilities. However, going out to the community can be challenging for families with children with autism, perhaps even for families with typically-developing children. In the community, there are various safety concerns, one particular example is the risk of children wandering off from the adults.
Have you heard of the LEGO-Based Therapy? It is an alternative intervention to help children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) learn social skills and social competence through LEGO play. The developers of LEGO-Based Therapy believed that this intervention approach has long-term outcomes on the child’s social skills, such as improvements in initiation of social contact with peers, duration of social interaction with peers, as well as reduction in stereotyped behaviours.
Going to the cinema to watch a movie is something most children get to experience during their childhood. We all remember the different movies we watched growing up, and how some of these movie experiences become memories we’ll never forget. Most kids nowadays enjoy trips to the cinema to catch the latest release, and would thereafter share about the movie with their parents, siblings or peers. Movies have become a great source of fun for most children and a popular social activity during the weekends and school holidays. Nonetheless, children with autism may not share the same interest or excitement when going to the cinema, and this can become a challenge for the child as well as their family. As a result, families with a child with autism may not get to share the same experience that most families would.
Family photographs are important to most families in keeping special memories and recording milestones of their children. However, a family photography session can have its’ challenges even for children with typical development. It may be difficult to successfully meet the demands of a photography session from having to deal with the multiple verbal instructions from parents and the photographer, fulfill the different poses and possibly costume change as well as tolerate the length of the photo shoot!
“Hey, check out my new fidget spinner! It has red and blue lights!”, “Mummy, all my friends have a fidget spinner, why can’t I have one too?”. These comments may be familiar to most school teachers and parents of children of the current generation. Everywhere we go, we see kids (and even adults!) walking around with this spinning device placed between their thumb and index finger and being spun as they stare at it with fascination.