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.
Another exciting 3 months have passed and highlights of events in Wings for the quarter include:
Visit to Melaka Tropical Fruit Farm in June '13
This activity is opened to all programmes (ie EIP, SAP & YAP) and the children & trainees had a fun time visiting the fruit orchard, sampling some fruits as well as getting a tram ride around the farm. It was a great time of bonding for the students & trainees with their families & Wings' staff.
Parents Support Group in June '13
Our chairman, Mr Chee Kong Chi shared with our students' & trainees' families about his experiences and journey with his young adult son who has learning difficulties. It was also a time where parents too shared about their experiences and methods they used in helping their children.
Sharing in Hospital Pakar Sultanah Fatimah, Muar in June '13
We were given an opportunity by the hospital to share about our work in Wings Melaka in conjunction to their Angel Day's event.
Coffee Session in July'13
It was in a more casual setting where parents and Wings' staff gathered and had dinner together in our YAP kitchen. Our trainees also specially baked some cupcakes for the occasion!
Starting from July '13, we have a counsellor who visits our centre every week providing counselling services & therapies for our students/trainees' families as well as for Wings' staff. We also work closely with our visiting consultants who continuously give us insights in improving our programmes and services.
As of July '13, we have a total of 39 students: 22 in EIP, 12 in SAP & 5 in YAP. We are especially grateful and blessed by the continuous support that you have renderred for our work here in Wings and we hope to reach out to more families with children with learning needs.
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.
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