Three years ago, B.N, a nearly-5-year-old child with autism, joined the Early intervention class in saigonchildren’s Special Needs Education Programme.
Before participating in our therapy sessions, N could only babble few simple words such as “Dad” or “Mom” and made unclear sounds when he demanded something due to his lack of requesting language. Similar to some autistic children, N enjoys comfort in isolation playing with himself and is shy to communicate with others.
After a few years, N is now a 1st-grader at a primary school in Bình Chánh District. He can learn to read and write the alphabet, perform simple math and speak short phrases. N used to dislike the change in either his learning or playing environment, but now he rapidly adapts to school and loves to spend his time with peers.
In tandem with N’s significant efforts, his family’s admirable support during the intervention journey should also be praised. Back at that time, N’s father decided to quit his job so that he could accompany and take care of N in the weekly class. Fortunately, they are well-put-together. As long as he has his dad’s support, N would be enthusiastically involved in learning activities.
At home, N’s parents usually recorded videos of N practising skills from previous lessons and sent them to teachers for preview and adjustment. Day by day, N’s dad becomes qualified in guiding N on how to experience what he has learnt in real-life situations.
This year, N returns to a public school, and saigonchildren still continue to support him in developing social communication skills through virtual classes. In the letter sent to saigonchildren recently, N’s mother wrote, “Previously, we could not afford the therapy for N due to our family’s financial struggle. Over 3 years participating in your organisation’s intervention programme and thanks to all dedicated teachers here, N has improved a lot, is able to be vocal about what he feels and wants and then is accepted to go to school. N’s father has found a new job, and our family’s economic condition has gotten better than before.”
Moreover, witnessing how N is more confident and proactive in daily activities makes his parents feel heartfelt. They also would like to give his slot to other friends who are from less well-off backgrounds, allowing them to access this Early Intervention Class after his “graduation”.