Activities for special needs kids

Forty-three students from Taarana, a school for children with special learning needs, had a rare chance at experiential learning when they took part in a special programme recently.

Co-organised with programme managers Globalknox, the one-and-a-half-day event comprised outdoor activities such as camping, watersport, a rope course and drumming.

Taarana was established by the Vijayaratnam Foundation, the local chapter of Rhythm Foundation that is the QI Group’s global corporate social responsibility arm.

Foundation chairman Datin Umayal Eswaran said the activities were designed to build the students’ self-esteem, confidence and further improve their learning abilities.

“This programme enables our students to learn by taking part in specific activities. It helps to stimulate their brain power and ultimately contributes to improving their sense of understanding and comprehension,” she said.

Taarana deputy principal Christina Jeremiah said in the long-term, experiential learning woould impact Taarana’s students, who are aged between six and 12, and have a positive influence on them.

“It will help them learn and explore beyond their capabilities. This allows them to feel a sense of pride, fulfilment and achievement,” she said.

Sixteen of the 43 students took part in an overnight programme that included camping, where they picked up the finer points of setting up a tent.

“Some parents expressed happiness that the students will stay overnight at the school grounds without them as this will inculcate a sense of independence,” said Jeremiah.

Bantour Kaur, 52, from Taman Tan Yew Lai in Kuala Lumpur, said she was happy to see her son, Basanthrajdeep Singh benefit from the programme. She added that Basanthrajdeep was very attached to his teachers.

Another parent, Leong Ooi Foong, 45, of Taman OUG, Kuala Lumpur, said her seven-year-old son, Chen Kwok Onr, had enjoyed his participation in the Early Intervention Programme.

“It is a good experience for me and my son. This programme allows parents to mingle while providing the children with different challenges,” said Leong.

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