In 2020, when K. had just turned 4, he began attending saigonchildren’s free early intervention class. At that time, he preferred using short sentences and often responded to questions in an unrelated context. When he wanted food or toys, he would verbally demand, saying things like, “Mom, milk” or “I want to play with car toys” to his loved ones. Additionally, he often seemed engrossed in playing with toys, creating a private world rather than interacting with others.
Recognising the importance of early intervention and with the dedication of specialists, K.’s parents made time to accompany him to class, setting aside their work commitments. His mom diligently practised lessons with him for two hours every day at home. Furthermore, whenever there was a suitable outdoor activity, she encouraged him to participate, engage in exercises, and play in groups to improve his communication skills with friends.
The collective efforts of family support, specialists, and K. himself have made a positive impact. Presently, K. attends grade 1 at a public primary school in HCMC. He has made significant improvements in language and social interaction skills. K. is enthusiastic about making friends, often initiating hangouts or showing his new toys. He also confidently greets and converses with adults, asking questions or sharing his own stories.
In K.’s journey of integration, he exhibits a keen interest in reading books and displays impressive artistic talent. This year, he contributes to saigonchildren’s holiday season card collection with an illustration themed around Christmas, showcasing vibrant colours and animated elements. He sketches a large pine tree next to a blue present box, imagining it as the surprise Santa would give him on the cozy night of Christmas Eve. Adorning the foliage are clusters of red tinsel balls and patches of white snow. Lastly, the radiant twinkle of the star atop the tree extends, enveloping the entire trunk as if it were gleaming itself.