Equip deafblind children with skills for life!

by St. Nicholas' Home, Penang
Feb 10, 2014

No Signs of Slowing Down

14 year old Jason is a multi-handicapped boy who is suffering from cerebral palsy, development delay and total blindness. He came to the Home in the year 2009 and when he first came, he was not able to neither respond to his teachers’ instructions nor move around without supervision.

As Jason suffers from cerebral palsy and development delay, he had difficulties following instructions and his progress was slow. Jason was unable to move around freely due to the condition with his legs. Thus, he was always brought around on his wheel chair. He was able to utter simple words with almost perfect pronunciation although he needs prompting from the teachers when it comes to greeting others or to express his needs. When it comes to meal time, he is able to finish the entire meal using his spoon and fork. He loves eating fruits and is able to peel off the banana and orange skin before he eats it. He is also able to peel off the boiled egg skin. He still needs hand on hand assistance from the housemothers and teachers for some of the skills which he is still trained on, for example personal grooming skills such as brushing his teeth and wearing clothes.

Jason had 5 annual goals which was targeted to be achieved by end of 2013. One of the goals set for him was to be able tell his personal details to the other person and identify the surrounding people. Towards the end of 2013, he was able to identify his teachers and able to say his name when asked. The second goal for Jason was to practice social manners and greetings. He is now able to behave and greet accordingly with some verbal prompting from his teachers. Jason was also trained in class to use the pincer grip to pick up objects. He is now able to pick up small objects, nuts and bolts with the pincer grip but he is still unable to place it correctly. Besides that, Jason has also been trained to express his needs in words. He is able to express his needs with little verbal prompting. Other than that, another important goal which was set for him was to be able to practice independent self care. Some examples are brushing teeth and washing his face. He is able to do them with some hand on hand assistance from his caretakers.

Jason still has a long way to go but he is already showing positive improvement and we hope to see him carry out activities with less dependency on his teachers by end of the year so that he will be able to lead a more independent life.

We are really grateful for all the contributions of our donors. With your undivided 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. Thank you for making a difference in their lives in securing a bright future for them.


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St. Nicholas' Home, Penang

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

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