Repost Asperger’s Reality
Repost Asperger’s Reality
What is the I-CAN programme?
My elder boy who is turning 14 has been doing teens’ yoga for over 3 months weekly and he loves it. For a boy with ADHD and dyslexia, it has helped him in many ways, especially in staying more focussed and managing stress.
I decided to design the I-CAN activities, which can benefit children with conditions such as ASD, ADHD, Down Syndrome. Many parents get turned away by either the unsupportive learning centres or the higher fees just because they are not prepared to cater to these children. My almost 7 year old with autism absolutely loves being there with his 2 new friends.
FIRST Kids Yoga for special children in Singapore and possibly Asia
12 January was an awesome start to the year as the FIRST kids’ yoga class for special children was started in partnership with Om Shiva Yoga, taught by the ever so passionate and patient Juliana Phua@ Om Shiva Yoga.
Here’s what Juliana has to say
“After some years of teaching adults, I was one day asked to teach a Kids Yoga class and I quickly realised that teaching Kids requires a whole different skill set and I could not just do the same things as I do in an adults’ class. Kids benefit immensely from Yoga but if it is boring they would not be interested. Kids are innately wise, they can feel if the teacher was interested in them or if the teacher was confident in teaching them. I managed to adapt to the children at that time while doing the best that I can.
As I wanted to learn more about teaching children yoga, I brought in Kids Yoga Teacher Training from all over the world so I can learn from the best. I believe that Kids Yoga will help our new generation in so many ways and to prepare them well for their adulthood. I wanted my own children to start young as well.
Yoga brings back balance – Our children now have busy lives where they face pressures from parents, school, tuition and enrichment classes. They are constantly surrounded by video games, mobile phones and social media. With all these constant hustle and bustle, our children now face overstimulation more than ever. Yoga is an amazing form of activity that teaches them practical ways to release stress and bring their body back into equilibrium.
Dr. Howard Gardner, an author and professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, describes eight intelligences innate in all of us—linguistic, logical, visual, musical, kinesthetic, naturalistic, interpersonal, and intrapersonal—and emphasizes that children should be given the opportunity to develop and embody as many of these as possible.
In keeping with this theory, Kids’ Yoga classes usually integrate storytelling, games, music, language, and other arts into a complete curriculum.
Benefits of Kids’ Yoga
Now this sounds like a long list of benefits and we sometimes wonder if it is possible to accomplish in one yoga class. The answer is no. That’s why we as teachers have to be patient and we ask parents to be patient as well.
Yoga practice for the long term – Yoga is a lifelong journey. We cannot expect one class to cover it all, we work slowly but surely towards letting our children experience all these, and commitment is important, from the teacher, the children and the parents. Being impatient and pushing it too fast may end up having the opposite effect.
For more information about the Kids’ Yoga class, please contact Juliana from Om Shiva Yoga at 9689 5392 or Lilian at 9105 8929.
About the I-CAN activities
The activities are specially designed for children who just need to start off in a smaller group before they join the regular classes. Each class is no more than 5 children and activities are well-thought through. These actvities help the children develop a routine, understand expectations, grow to love the activity and have fun keeping fit. Once they are ready to join the regular classes with other neuro-typical children, they will progress to another level to help them develop the much needed social skills, focus and resilience. Brought to you by 8under8.
The following post written by Geraldine Tan from The Therapy Room was originally featured on Facebook @ thetherapyroomsg
AUTISM: A Christmas Story
A young boy came 3 years ago. I recalled him running around his school and not being able to be in the classroom. His parents saw his need and did not run. They chose to sit with Psychologist Gerry and from there we walked. The school, his parents, his therapists. We journeyed. A quiet road. No fanfare. Just walked.
Much effort from his mother who embraced the child and his abilities. She trusted that help was there and help can be given. His abilities developed and limitations decreased! His mother held his hand through and she never let ours go too. There were people that doubt and naysayers but she trusted.
We saw him through Kindergarten 1 and them from Kindergarten 2, his mother took a brave road and chose to believe and try the local mainstream school. Her efforts to coordinate all the help he needed gave all of his therapists the encouragement and joy working with the local schools. Psychologist Gerry educated the teachers about what can be done in the school, his ABA therapist and Psychologist Jinyi worked tirelessly with him week after week.
Three Christmases with us, he has completed his Primary 1! Sat his first year end examination! But prouder are we that he is chattier, cheekier and affectionate, no longer just the little boy lost in his world.
This Christmas he joined us for Camp Global®️, The Therapy Room’s multisensorial Camp! He was tenacious in attempting everything, challenging himself. The cheers the team gave him when he succeeded and the smile he gave us can only be described as ‘fulfilled’.
The road, this quiet road, we will walk with you. A promise given. A promise kept. A promise to be continued. Next Christmas, we are looking forward eagerly. But for now, a Blessed Christmas to you and your family. And to your amazing mother, thank you for trusting us and all your amazing work! Thank you for embracing the word ‘AUTISM’ when Psychologist Gerry first said it. After 3 Christmas, and all the ups and down, AUTISM now stands for, ‘A Unique and Tenacious Individual Searching for Manna’. Manna because:
1. What sustains us?
2. What gives us life?
3. Who loves us?
4. Who believes in us?
5. What do we want to believe in?
These questions and more have been asked when we see clients with Autism. But young A showed us his answers. Psychologist Gerry and Team TTR loves you!!! May you and your family have a beautiful Christmas! Thank you for bringing hope to parents struggling, therapists working with autism! There is hope! Hope. Trust. Love.
Merry Christmas to all!
This week Little A was attending multi-activity programme at Camp Asia, which is a 1-week programme from 9am to 3pm. Activities vary every hour with the children participating in activities ranging from sports such as soccer, basketball, athletics, swimming to drama, art and cooking.
The first 2 days were uneventful but by day 3, he started to hit and push some children. We couldn’t hear his side of the story as he couldn’t articulate what happened. Here are some tips to manage behaviour in a social setting.
As your child begins a new phase of his/her life as a primary school kid, I would like to share some tips for a less stressful transition (for you and for your child) based on my experience.