Equip deafblind children with skills for life!

by St. Nicholas' Home, Penang
Nov 21, 2012

A cheerful difference

Chee Cheong
Chee Cheong

Since enrolling in the DBMH program, Ng Chee Chong has transformed to become one of the most active children
in the program as he always likes to move and jump around cheerfully. He seems to be on cloud nine all the time. He enjoys being cuddled by the teachers and housemothers and has very high spirits in doing classroom activities. Chee Chong has also improved in his speech delivery as he is able to answer more questions during circle time. Besides that, he enjoys listening to the music and is also capable of dancing according to the tune. He usually does this in the toy library. He is also very good at following the lyrics of the songs but mostly the pronunciation and utterance of the words will be different from the real word. For now, the most common song that he always sings is, Three Blind Mice which sounds more like “chee bind mice”!

Chee Chong has become independent in managing his daily routine and he is more aware of all the things that need to be done regularly. In the dormitory, he is able to identify his clothes and wear it on his own with very little assistance from the housemothers. He is also very good at applying powder all over his body and face evenly and he enjoys the pleasant smell of the powder and he usually says, “hmmm…Wangi (fragrant)…”. Chee Chong has also learnt to wash his hands independently without being told and assisted by the teacher after using the washroom. Immediately after washing his hands, he looks out for the towel to wipe his hands.These actions show an enormous improvement in Chee Chong.

In the classroom, Chee Chong is in the midst of familiarising himself with the Brailler. He is being taught on the
ways to load and unload paper from the Brailler. He is also in the process of learning Pre-Braille Tactual Discrimination activity whereby it involves sensory training which actually helps him to develop his finger dexterity. This training would eventually help him to recognize the Braille dots and lead him to read Braille alphabets accurately later on.

Chee Chong has also learnt to climb stairs on his own without being assisted by the teachers. He is able to hold
the stair’s railing and climb one step at a time and at the same time he will be counting the number of steps. Besides that, Chee Chong has also shown improvement in his pre-vocational skills whereby he is capable of doing
packing. He takes one plastic and places one button in. Once he is done, he places the packed button in another basket. This shows that he understands the process of packaging.        

These achievements show that the DBMH program is improving the lives of these children and we would like to once again convey our sincere gratitude for all your generous contributions!


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Organization Information

St. Nicholas' Home, Penang

Location: Georgetown, Penang - Malaysia
Website: http:/​/​snh.org.my
Project Leader:
Daniel Aik Bin Soon
Bagan Jermal, Penang Malaysia