It has been an exciting past 3 months in Wings Melaka with activities including:
Luncheon in YAP on 18th August 2014
Staff from OCBC (Melaka Branch) visited our centre and had a scrumptious lunch of nasi lemak prepared by our trainees. It was a fun time together of understanding more about our work in Wings Melaka as well as having the opportunity to interact more with our trainees.
Parents Support Group on 23rd August 2014
Our guest speaker for the occasion is Ms. Lois Fu, a teacher with Bridges EIP, PJ. She shared about early communication skills: what we can do to help develop and enhance a child’s communication skills, and subsequently to encourage them to communicate with others.
It was an insightful session as parents and service providers are able to be more equipped with the skills and to share experiences and tips with each other on the topic.
Visitation from Board Members of Cheras Baptist Church on 11th September 2014
2 board members from Cheras Baptist Church visited our centre and observed our EIP and YAP programmes. YAP trainees also prepared lunch for our visitors.
Centre Outing to Melaka Wonderland Theme Park & Resort on 18th September 2014
This outing was held during school term break and it was opened to all programmes ie EIP, SAP & YAP. A total of 35 parents/relatives and 26 children joined the outing and had tremendous amount of play and fun for the day!
Coffee Session on 26th September 2014
This session was held in McDonalds, Limbongan and was the last session scheduled for the year. A total of 25 parents and 17 children attended the event. It was a casual time for parents to fellowship and to get to know one another while their children played with their friends in the playroom under the supervision of the teachers.
As to-date, our staff force of 6 teachers in EIP & SAP, 5 trainers in YAP and 1 centre manager are supporting 29 students in EIP, 4 students in SAP and 8 trainees in YAP.
We are grateful for your continuous support throughout the years that allows us to cater better to more children and young adults with developmental needs.
We’ve reached the second half of the year and our activities for the past 3 months include:
Parents Support Group on 24th May 2014
Our guest speaker for the event is Ms. Wong Tze Ping, a Speech Language Therapist from University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus. During the session, she helped us understand better on the development of speech and shared with us strategies and tips on encouraging speech, language and communication of a child.
The event was an interactive one as there are parents who also shared their experiences and how they helped/encouraged their child’s communication skills.
5th National Early Childhood Intervention Conference (NECIC 2014) from 4th to 7th June 2014
The event was held in Kolej Sains Kesihatan Bersekutu (KSKB) Sultan Azlan Shah, Ulu Kinta, Ipoh, Perak. The theme for the conference is “Passion has no Parameters” and it focuses on (1) inspiring families to be involved, (2) inclusive education, advocacy and needs beyond EIP, (3) sharing our pain, hope and ideas, behavioural management & skills transfer and (4) policy and managers.
Participants of the event consist of locals and international attendees. All staff from Wings Melaka attended the event.
Visit from the dentist on 21st and 22nd July 2014
There was a visit from Klinik Pergigian Klebang Besar, Melaka consisting of a dentist and 3 nurses to our centre. They did dental screenings and a presentation on “How to Brush Teeth” during the session. We are able to understand better about dental health i.e. why and what we should do to take care of our teeth & gums.
As to-date, we are supporting 27 students in EIP, 5 students in SAP and 8 students in YAP with 6 teachers in EIP & SAP, 5 trainers in YAP and a centre manager.
A big thank you for your constant support as it is a blessing to us in our work in Wings!
It has been a blessed start of the year for us as we continue to reach out and share our work with the parents and the community. Activities for the past 3 months include:
Coffee Session on 21st February 2014
Parents from our EIP Groups 1 & 3 organised the event. They each brought a meal to share with other parents from other groups/programmes. It was a fun-filled time as they share stories and life experiences with one another as well as encouraging each other in their walk with their child.
Parents Support Group on 23rd March 2014
Our guest speaker is Dr. Alefiya Nomanbhoy, Assistant Professor in Special Needs and Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes at the School of Education, University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus. Emphasis on the topic shared was on behaviour management i.e. “Using an Intervention Continuum to Manage Behaviours”.
In this session, participants were taught on how to identify a problem behaviour, understanding it and subsequently finding solutions to manage it. It was an enlightening session as it gives us a better understanding of managing and teaching our students/children more effectively.
YAP outing to TESCO Melaka on 14th April 2014
Our young adult trainees and their instructors went to the shopping mall via the public bus. They each bought groceries on their respective shopping list and had lunch together before heading back to the centre. They had lots of fun during the outing and enjoy the time spent with their friends and instructors.
As to-date our centre has 17 students in EIP, 5 students in SAP and 8 trainees in YAP supported by staff force of 4 teachers for EIP & SAP, 4 trainers for YAP, an administrator and a centre manager.
We are grateful for your continuous support and encouragement to our work throughout the years. It has been a blessing to our centre as well as in touching the lives of those who are in need.
It had been an exciting past 3 months with activities as follows:
Graduation Party 2013 on November 2013
Wings Melaka organized a Graduation Party for students who are graduating from the EIP & SAP programmes. The event was held on 27th November 2013 in our premises. A total of 79 people (ie parents/relatives/children) and 9 staff attended the graduation party.
It was a fun-filled event with performances by students and trainees from all 3 programmes i.e EIP, SAP and YAP. There was also a certificate presentation to our graduating students (3 from EIP and 4 from SAP) by our Chairman, Mr Chee Kong Chi and a cake cutting ceremony.
Workshop with Robert Deller in December 2014
7 of Wings Melaka staff attended a one day workshop organized by SPICES in EFC Wangsa Maju on 4th December 2013. The workshop is conducted by Mr Robert Deller, a child psychologist from UK on the topic of “Sexuality”. It was also attended by staff from other centres namely SPICES, OrKids, Early Steps and Bridges EIP.
It was a great time of learning and sharing with each other on how to teach children with learning difficulties about their own sexuality i.e boy/girl, their differences, puberty etc. We also shared and discussed about past situations that we faced and on how we managed them or could have managed them.
Inventory takes on December 2013
As the students and trainees are on a one month break in December, the staff preps up for the upcoming New Year. They did inventory takes for the Toy & Resource Centre as well as preparing teaching materials for the students and trainees for 2014.
Start of a New Year on January 2014
It was back to school for the students and trainees after a month’s holiday. We started the year with 15 students in EIP, 6 students in SAP and 7 trainees in YAP.
We are thankful for your generous contributions and support as they have helped us spurn the work forward. As we start a new year, we hope that we could reach out and provide support to more families with special needs children and young adults.
Parents Support Group in August 2013
Our Board of Management member, Mr Lee Chee Gaip shared about his journey with his young adult son with autism. He shared methods that he had used to help his child and he encouraged parents to never give up on their own walk with their children.
Birthday celebrations in August 2013
We celebrated the birthdays of our EIP & SAP children who are born during the months of May to August. We had a pot-bless style party where parents contributed in bringing various types of refreshments for the occasion.
Visual Strategies Workshop in August 2013
A team from SPICES (“Support for Parents, Infants & Children through Early Services”) conducted the two-day workshop for our teaching staff. It was a lively session of learning the know-hows and implementing them through hands-on activities.
Coffee Session in September 2013
Our visiting counselor, Mdm Po Fong Fong was the guest for the occasion. She shared with parents about the importance of counseling and how it could help them. She encouraged parents to express their feelings and to be positive when helping their children. The session was also a time where staff and parents get to know each other over dinner.
Outing to Taman Buaya & Rekreasi Melaka in October 2013
This outing was opened to all three programmes ie EIP, SAP and YAP. The children, trainees and their families were excited as they visited the various attractions in the park such as crocodiles, Malaysia in Miniature, Mammalia House, Walkthrough Aviary, Water Playground, Jurassic Park train ride and others.
Parents Support Group in October 2013
Our advisor, Mrs Yammy Ang shared about the “Top 8 Ways to Improve Your Special Needs Child’s Behaviour”. She coupled the sharing with her own personal experiences with her child and methods she had used to help him. She encouraged parents that the hard work they put to help their children will reap positive results in the long run.
During the quarter, we have a counselor who visits us every week to render her services to the parents or their family members, as well as to staff of Wings Melaka. We also have a visiting consultant for our programmes who comes every month to give training to the teaching staff and to help fine tune our services.
As of October 2013, we have 21 children in EIP, 10 children in SAP and 6 trainees in YAP. We are continuously grateful for the financial help and support that you have given us to facilitate our work in Wings. We hope that we are able to promote more awareness and to reach out to more families who are in need.
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