Amidst the sweltering summer heat, 24 little children in saigonchildren’s free ‘Early Intervention class for autistic children in difficult circumstances’ joined their caregivers and siblings to have great fun on an outing to a farm last weekend.
This year, accompanying the children on the excursion were volunteers from Intel Vietnam. Upon arriving at the farm, the “young farmers” were filled with excitement as they saw and touched the friendly animals being raised here for the first time. The children were also not hesitant to play with mud, catch fish and snails, visit the vegetable garden, or dig and plant trees in small, adorable pots. The little ones soon became close-knit and perky with the donor members as they spent the whole morning playing captivating games together.
After a rejuvenating lunch break, the children eagerly engaged in activities such as moulding and painting clay, and making the traditional “bánh ít” wrapped in banana leaves. At the end of the day, a series of entertainment performances contributed to the joy, as the children spontaneously and joyfully showcased their talents, accompanied by enthusiastic cheers from the volunteers. M.’s mother shared, “Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to provide our child with opportunities for regular outdoor play with his peers or a visit to the zoo. Witnessing how joyful he is today fills me with happiness and pleasure as well.”
Outdoor activities are not only crucial for the holistic development of autistic children, but they also create truly precious memories. Due to challenges in communication and behaviour, opportunities for carefree play in a new space outside of the family or classroom are rare. Every child, regardless of their circumstances, deserves enjoyable experiences and memorable childhood days.