Equip deafblind children with skills for life!

by St. Nicholas' Home, Penang
May 22, 2013

Shine in the Dark

Dan using his motor skills to identify fruits
Dan using his motor skills to identify fruits

Dan is a ten year old boy who joined the  Deaf-Blind and Multi-Handicapped program (DBMH) at St. Nicholas Home, Penang. He has been here for almost 11 months now. Dan is diagnosed as a visually impaired child with a rough light perception since birtg.

When Dan first came to St. Nicholas’ Home, he was unable to follow simple commands, walk or climb the stairs. In addition, he hardly communicated and used to be quite aggressive at times as he usually bites himself or his teachers. Due to his capability to quickly pick up the lessons from the DBMH program at St Nicholas Home, this belongs all to the past. The teachers find Dan quite intelligent and see the potential for him to learn through education.

Dan is quite an acrobatic young fellow and climbs on the furniture. He likes to roll on the floor and turn his body upside down. He has learned daily living skills such as eating, drinking and brushing his teeth.

He is also able to identify different objects in class. Dan achieved his objective for motor skills since he is now capable of identifying left and right. He can also climb up and down the staircase with trailing and he also makes all sorts of puzzles. His mobility skills improved where he is now able to walk from dining hall to classroom, from classroom to field and toilet and from dormitory to laundry.

Besides that, Dan shows improvement in his daily living skills. He washes his hands before and after tea break, cleans the table after lunch time, washes his plate and cup after lunch time and puts on his clothes with little assistance. Since Dan’s thumb does not function at all, he had to learn to use only four fingers.

Dan adapts to this so well that he now is able to pick up small objects. He can hold a spoon in one hand and hold a cup with using both hands when he drinks a hot beverage.

Upon observation, Dan seems active in his movements and play. He understands commands and moves around independently indoor and outdoor. Furthermore he seems to be happy in the presence of teachers and fellow classmates.

We are really grateful for all the contributions of our donors. Because of your support we are able to continue to supply our services to the children of the Deaf-Blind and Multi Handicapped programme in order to develop their potential and exercise their rights to a life of dignity. Thanks for igniting something amazing. You’re making a difference in their lives in securing a bright future for them.

Dan using his motor skills to differentiate shapes
Dan using his motor skills to differentiate shapes



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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