Wings Melaka

Wings Melaka's mission is to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities and their families by providing learning opportunities that will enable them to achieve their full potential. As an expression of God's love, Wings Melaka embraces the following values: Compassion, Acceptance, Integrity and Hope.
May 6, 2013

First Quarter Activity Updates

Coffee Session
Coffee Session

We had exciting activities for the past 3 months which can be summarised as follows:

Coffee Session in February'13

Parents and families from all programmes met up and shared experiences as well as fellowshipped with one another. As it was held during Chinese New Year, they all had fun tossing yee sang and exchanging words of blessings and encouragement.

Parents Support Group in March'13

Our guest speaker, Ms Jac Ang shared about her journey and experiences with her 18 year-old son who has autism. She also shared about the teaching methods she used for her son. Parents, families and other service providers attended the sharing.

Melaka River Cruise Tour in March'13

  This trip is opened to all programmes and participants are parents & families, EIP & SAP children, YAP trainees and Wings staff. We all had fun touring the Melaka River and it is a great time of bonding and learning together.

EIP & SAP Children's Birthday Celebration in April'13

We had small parties for each group in EIP & SAP classes to celebrate the birthdays of those born in the months of January to April. Parents brought refreshments and party packs were given to each child. This activity is to teach them to learn how to communicate and socialise with others, for instance: wishing "Happy Birthday" to birthday boy/girl, saying "Thank You" when receiving gifts etc.

 YAP Bowling Activity in April'13

The activity was held in Mahkota Parade, Melaka. Our trainees and their instructors took public transportation to the event. They all had fun with friendly competitions with each other.

YAP Slumber Party in April'13

Our trainees and their instructors stayed over at the centre for one night. Activities conducted during their stay include independent living skills such as personal grooming & hygiene, shopping, buying their own meals (teaching value of money) etc.

We also have a few consultants helping us in improving and fine-tuning our programmes and services. As of April 2013, we have 21 students in EIP (8 new students since January 2013) and 6 trainees in YAP (2 new trainees since January 2013). In view that SAP is a follow through programme from EIP, the number of students remain unchanged at 11 students.

It had been a great first quarter of the year and as we gear up ourselves for the next quarter, we hope to continue spreading out our love and reaching out to these children, trainees and their families.

PSG
PSG
Melaka River Cruise Tour
Melaka River Cruise Tour
Slumber Party!
Slumber Party!
Feb 5, 2013

A New Year, A Fresh Start!

EIP: During one-to-one session
EIP: During one-to-one session

We are thankful for the many blessings in 2012 and as we usher in year 2013, we hope to continue with our work in reaching out and helping our community. We started the year with a staff force of 11 teachers and helpers, with 19 EIP (Early Intervention Programme) students, 11 SAP (School Aged Programme) students and 6 YAP (Young Adults Programme) trainees.

This year, we would like to re-focus on our mission which is to make a difference in the lives of children with special needs and their families by providing learning opportunities that will enable them to achieve their full potential. These learning opportunities are designed to maximise the outcomes for these children and their families through creative, empowering and transforming activities.

Essentially, the focuses of our programmes are:

 EIP

This programme caters to children aged 6 years and below with learning difficulties such as Autism, Down Syndrome, Hyperactivity (“ADHD”), Slow Learner etc. Each child is allocated to a one-to-one session with a teacher and they will also join in the group activities (ie playground, water play, gross motor activities etc) with their peers. The child will be accompanied by their main caregiver (ie parents, grandparents etc) throughout the whole session.

SAP

This programme caters to children aged 7 to 12 years old with learning difficulties, who have already been through our EIP. The aim of this programme is on school readiness to prepare/support them for/in formal schooling; thus, the setup for SAP is of a classroom setting.

 YAP

The YAP was launched in June 2011, and it caters for young adults between aged 18 to 25 years old. Our aim is to enhance our trainees’ quality of life by supporting them to equip themselves with skills that will help them gain employment. Their day-to-day activities include car washing, preparing breakfast & lunch, up keeping of YAP area etc.

As these children continue to inspire us in every way of our life, we too hope to be able to serve them and their families better with our services. As an expression of God’s love, we fully embrace on our core values: Compassion, Acceptance, Integrity and Hope.

Have a Happy New Year 2013!

EIP: During gross motor activities
EIP: During gross motor activities
EIP: Students having fun in water play activities
EIP: Students having fun in water play activities
EIP: A teacher telling a story to her students
EIP: A teacher telling a story to her students
SAP: Students with their individual tasks
SAP: Students with their individual tasks
SAP: Having fun in an aerobics session
SAP: Having fun in an aerobics session
SAP: Students enjoying playing with sand
SAP: Students enjoying playing with sand
SAP: I like helping my friend too!
SAP: I like helping my friend too!
YAP: A trainee preparing lunch
YAP: A trainee preparing lunch
YAP: Trainees polishing a car
YAP: Trainees polishing a car
YAP: Up keeping of YAP area
YAP: Up keeping of YAP area
Nov 8, 2012

A more holistic approach to intervention

Play - a most effective form of intervention
Play - a most effective form of intervention

A more holistic approach to intervention

Intervention in a natural environment

They may be children with some form of developmental disabilities but they are first and foremost children – typical of most children in many ways, enjoying fun time, loving to play, especially water!  So the children and young adults were treated to a visit to a water theme park not too far away.  What was so encouraging was to see staff, parents, children and young adults all playing together.  Opportunities for social interaction, language and communication are a lot more spontaneous and effective than in a formal classroom setting.

Providing dental health care & fostering self-help skills

Dental health clinics make their rounds to Wings Melaka on a regular basis.  During these visits, the children’s teeth are checked, and parents are required to attend talks given by the dental officers.  Parents and staff make the most of the opportunities to discuss issues of dental hygiene and the challenging task of getting their children to brush their teeth regularly.

Learning to make choices in everyday life

For the young adults, going to a shopping centre like TESCO is not just a an exciting outing for the day; it provides numerous learning opportunities such as making choices, managing money, taking turns and queuing up. The goal ultimately is to move towards independent living skills.

Becoming more family-centred

Effective intervention must involve the family of the child with developmental delays.  As Blackman (2002) reminds us, without involvement of the family, interventions are unlikely to be successful.  Thus Wings Melaka holds regular family support group meetings and informal coffee sessions where parents and staff have ample opportunities to share information and provide mutual support.  Such support for the family affirms the fundamental tenet that ‘families and homes are primary nurturing contexts (Odom & Wolery, 2003).  It encourages parents to move away from a mind-set that regards a centre such as Wings Melaka as the only place where real learning takes place.  Instead parents are challenged to assume primary responsibility for the education of their own child.  This is an effective way of empowering our parents (Lim, 2006).

Thanks & appreciation to all our donors

As always, I take this opportunity on behalf of the community at Wings Melaka to express our deep gratitude and appreciation for your invaluable partnership and support.

This is the way to brush my teeth?
This is the way to brush my teeth?
Let
Let's have a look at your teeth!
You decide - choose what you like.
You decide - choose what you like.
family support group meeting
family support group meeting

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