CHILDREN with Autism Spectrum Dysfunction (ASD), Down syndrome and different neurodivergent issues want particular consideration, care and remedy.
In 2021, a complete of 589 kids aged under 18 in Malaysia had been identified with autism spectrum dysfunction (ASD) and this variety of kids who confronted neurological points is alarming yr by yr.
In reality, the World Well being Organisation (WHO) Complete Psychological Well being Motion Plan 2013-2030 and the World Well being Meeting Decision (WHA73.10) has known as for international locations to deal with the social, financial, academic and inclusion wants of individuals dwelling with psychological and neurological problems, together with autism, Down syndrome and others.
Little identified amid the small Mantin city in Negri Sembilan is the Little Angels Nurturing Care Centre, a remedy centre based in April 2022 for youngsters with particular wants, specifically autism, Down syndrome, behavioural issues, speech delay and developmental delay.
In keeping with the centre’s founder Dr Jacyntha Lo, many dad and mom face problem to take care of these particular kids as they don’t seem to be skilled.
“These kids want particular therapies equivalent to our early intervention program (EIP), speech remedy, occupational remedy, physiotherapy and behavior remedy,” she defined.
“Hopefully, by giving them these particular care and therapies, the youngsters regain independence in all areas of their lives and overcome boundaries that have an effect on their emotional, social and bodily wants.”
The Little Angels Centre can be facilitated with a “Snoezelen room” which supplies a managed multi-sensory atmosphere (MSE) or remedy to appease and stimulate the senses of these with autism and different developmental disabilities, dementia or mind harm.
Whereas the centre cares for youngsters with particular wants, its sister Loving Angels Enhancement Care Centre focuses on youngsters who’re underprivileged and wish particular consideration.
“The lately launched centre has simply helped a woman who stays in a hut which doesn’t even have fundamental pipe water and electrical energy,” revealed Dr Lo. “She attracts water from the close by fish pond and we handle to get the authorities to look into the poor situation of her household.”
Each centres are owned and managed by Muhibbah Meals Financial institution Malaysia, a non-profit organisation which supplies meals and different fundamental and important objects to the homeless and underprivileged.
When requested what the best problem is to handle the 2 centres, Dr Lo mentioned pointed to searching for volunteers and sponsors. “We want extra folks in addition to the neighborhood to come back and lend a serving to hand and monetary assist because the operational prices are excessive and volunteers are uncommon these days,” she pleaded.
“Solely by making a secure and conducive house for autistic, neurodivergent and the underprivileged kids can we make this world a greater place.” – June 25, 2023
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