Especially for the senses

Sunday November 11, 2012

http://thestar.com.my/education/story.asp?file=/2012/11/11/education/12278055&sec=education

 

Sharing session: Goh (left) and Tengku Syed Badarudin (next to her) with a student at the launch.Sharing session: Goh (left) and Tengku Syed Badarudin (next to her) with a student at the launch.

SOME children dislike attending school but for special needs children, going to school is often an uphill battle.

The experience is not only frustrating for the pupils themselves but also the teachers as they need proper tools to mentor and support them based on their individual needs.

For the 25 special needs pupils of SK Taman Bukit Subang, Shah Alam, the problem has been solved.

The third F&N Sensory Integration Room has been set up at their school to cater for their needs and that of another 25 pupils from SK Jalan U3 which is just across the road.

F&N Beverages Marketing Sdn Bhd corporate affairs manager Cariessa Goh believes that every child deserves the right to obtain quality education.

“It is the basic foundation that helps to nurture and grow our young minds so they in turn can impact our society positively and contribute to the nation’s development.

“Based on four major evaluation benchmarks, the 90 pupils from our first two centres have shown an average improvement of close to 65% after six months of being exposed to the room,” said Goh, adding that the encouraging results were the impetus to continuing their efforts.

The room is filled with equipment such as a platform swing, protective mats, a resistance tunnel, a trampoline and a rope wall ladder.

Each tool plays its distinctive purpose in stimulating sensory integration such as increasing spatial awareness, concentration, relaxation and alertness while stimulating sensorial experiences such as sight and sound to help the brain organise and interpret information.

The room was recently launched by Fraser & Neave Holdings Bhd chairman Tengku Syed Badarudin Jamalullail and Selangor Education Department Special Education sector head Abd Latif A. Aziz.