Support Malaysian kids with learning disabilities

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Sketch Performance for Graduation Party 2013
Sketch Performance for Graduation Party 2013

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.

Certificate Presentation to Graduating Students
Certificate Presentation to Graduating Students
Mr Deller during the workshop
Mr Deller during the workshop
Toy & Resource Centre after Inventory takes
Toy & Resource Centre after Inventory takes
EIP playing colour parachute
EIP playing colour parachute
SAP students playing wooden puzzles
SAP students playing wooden puzzles
YAP in session
YAP in session
Parents Support Group in August 2013
Parents Support Group in August 2013

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.

Birthday Party
Birthday Party
Visual Strategies Workshop
Visual Strategies Workshop
Outing to Taman Buaya & Rekreasi Melaka
Outing to Taman Buaya & Rekreasi Melaka
Parents Support Group in October 2013
Parents Support Group in October 2013
EIP during Art & Craft
EIP during Art & Craft
YAP
YAP
SAP
SAP
EIP
EIP

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.

SAP during Art & Craft
SAP during Art & Craft
YAP baking cupcakes
YAP baking cupcakes
Outing to Melaka Tropical Fruit Farm
Outing to Melaka Tropical Fruit Farm
Angel
Angel's Day in Hospital Pakar Sultanah Fatimah
Coffee Session
Coffee Session
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!
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
 

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Wings Melaka

Location: Malacca - Malaysia
Website: http:/​/​www.wingsmelaka.org.my/​
Project Leader:
Boon Hock LIM
Malacca, Malacca Malaysia
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