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Group Programmes

1. Music and Movement

The objective of this programme is to help the autistic child develop language, speech and communication; mental; social; motor and coordination; auditory; visual and tactile; and affective skills. The rhythms and harmonies of different tunes can attract the attention of an autistic child. And when this happens, the child becomes more responsive and reacts favourably as his/her sensory functions (sight, sound and touch) are gradually stimulated by the music. 

       

2. Play Group Therapy

Play is an important part of a child’s life, and the lack of play skills isolates the autistic child from others. Generally, children with autism have problems in generating pretend play. Play may reduce repetitive and rigid behavioural patterns in children with autism. Overall, play addresses impairments such as social interaction, social communication and imagination in children with autism.

       

3. Lions OptiMusic

Lions OptiMusic utilizes a unique combination of light and sound to train children with autism to explore and interact with their environment. It provides a training tool for them to learn cause-and-effect by using light and sound to compose patterns and songs. The user breaks the visible light beams with a reflective bat or glove to activate a chorus of sounds, i.e an orchestra of instruments, whole songs and melodies or a cacophony of animal, transport or comedy sounds. The user can alternatively place a reflector on the floor and strike a note using his finger, foot, hand and whole body. It is a liberating tool in the sensory environment.

The bright colourful beams of light act as powerful stimuli for children with autism to locate and focus on the source of the music. These visual reference points help children with autism to realise that their movements can control the sounds they hear, thus empowering them to influence their environment. Once their interest and attention is held, this tool next trains interaction, communication and self-expression skills. 

       

4. Snoezelen

This therapeutic room provides an environment for tranquility and relaxation through visual, auditory and touch stimulation. The gentle stimulation has a soothing effect that helps to reduce temper tantrums and agitation in the autistic child. We plan structured stimulation and activities for the children in the room. The children are calmer when the stimulation and activity are given one at a time as we prepare them to receive changes. Encouragingly, the children learn to cope with changes under this soothing environment.

       

5. Pre-vocational and Vocational Training

  1. Pre-vocational Training

We have pre-vocational training where we use art and craft to enhance aesthetic values in the children by stimulating their visual, auditory, sensory and motor abilities. We also promote good working habits such as cooperation, sharing and cleanliness when they work together in a group. We provide the children with a source of income when their hand-made products are sold and the proceeds are handed to them as their salary.
 

   

  1. Vocational Training

We have vocational training where we focus on preparing young adults with autism for employment through the development of essential work-related skills at Little REACh Shoppe. We hope that they can eventually seek employment at other businesses or work in the community.
 

  

6. Story Telling

This is a session where stories are created and played out by teachers to stimulate the children to develop receptive (listening and understanding) and expressive skills, imagination and creative thinking, role play and dramatization, and social skills. We also use stories and real-life situations to teach values. All stories incorporate appropriate speech, communication, actions, emotions and social behaviours.

       

7. Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy uses purposeful activities to help children with autism achieve their greatest level of independence in their day-to-day activities such as motor coordination, self-care, play, social skills and performance in order to prepare them for transition and inclusion into school and society.

The group participates in activities which develop, maintain and improve skills which are necessary for them to cooperate and work together as a group yet independently perform living skills such as house chores, shopping, managing money and time, community living and camping.

       

8. Traverse Wall

The traverse wall was introduced as a new programme in March 2011. This activity introduces children aged 13 and above to the use of a climbing wall in a safe manner. They simulate a climb across the traverse wall. This activity also aims to improve body coordination and muscle tone of our children. Apart from training our children to queue for their turn, we also stimulate their problem solving skills and teach them to manage their socio-emotional behaviours. The traverse wall is also an avenue for recreational activity.

    

9. Pottery Class

The pottery class was introduced as a new programme in March 2011. This activity is for children aged 13 and above. This programme is aimed at improving the children’s gross and fine motor skills, training their sensory issues and improving their listening and communication skills. We hope to encourage children’s creativity, expression and socially appropriate behaviour. Through the pottery class, we also provide an opportunity for young adults to participate in a recreational activity. 

    

10. Art and Creativity Programme

There are two parts in this programme:-

  1. Art and Creativity Stimulation

By using an audio-visual PowerPoint presentation, children are encouraged to give an account of what they see, feel or imagine, whether on the picture itself or the characters in the presentation. They are encouraged to express their thinking verbally, by drawing or writing. This session provides information that serves as an area of research which will allow us to uncover the thinking patterns of our children with autism so that we may better understand them to help them.

      

  1. Art classes

Under this programme, we also provide phonics art class (age 4 to 8) and art class (age 11 to 19) for the children to learn proper concepts of drawing and the skills of colour combination. Fine motor skills, hand and eye coordination, as well as creativity are further developed in these art classes.

         

   

11. Family Group Therapy

We hold family group therapy weekly. This programme is aimed at creating opportunities for the children with autism to socialise and interact with each other while learning self-help and living skills such as household work, handicraft, woodwork, preparation of meals, queueing up for the canteen, and also learn the concept of money. Parents or family members are required to be with the children to provide support for each other and receive training on how to handle the children with autism at home and outside. This group session is conducted entirely by parents with the help of volunteers.

    

12. Community Living Camp

Community Living Camp is organised two to three times a year. We organize the camp to train our children with autism to live independently away from home and together with their friends from our centre. It is designed to improve their survival skills. We hope that through community living camps, we are able to encourage independent living so that our children with autism can be self-supporting when they grow up and especially so when their parents are not around anymore to guide them.

   

 

 

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