Supporting special needs children

Production line: Aspiring chefs making speedy tuna pizza at KidZania Kuala Lumpur.

KIDZANIA Kuala Lumpur teamed up with official industry partner KPJ Healthcare Berhad to run a workshop to help create awareness on the need for a support system that will positively inspire children with special needs as well as their caregivers.

The workshop was run with the intention of equipping caregivers and parents with up-to-date information.

Led by KPJ Damansara Specialist Hospital’s resident consultant paediatrician and neonatologist Dr Mohammad Iqbal Mohammad Sarwar and disability equality trainer Mary Chen, the workshop covered topics such as the challenges of diagnosis, management of conditions, new developments in the field, and – most importantly – the critical need for a good support system.

It also saw 25-year-old Ho Wai Keen providing his testimonial on living positively with Down Syndrome.

Themed Attractions and Resorts Sdn Bhd director of operation William Edwards hoped participants of the workshop would come away with a better understanding of special needs children.

“We are dedicated towards making available educational sessions for adults as well and will continue to conduct workshops so they can benefit as much as possible as the children of KidZania from their experiences in this family edutainment centre.”

KPJ Healthcare senior general manager Rafeah Ariffin said they were honoured to further enhance their partnership with KidZania Kuala Lumpur by reaching out to adults.

“At KPJ Healthcare Berhad, the concept of care is not just limited to the field of medicine, but in being a responsible corporate citizen by reaching out and educating the public.

“Hence our motto, ‘Care for Life’, which is also a practice and way of life.”

Also at the workshop were employees of Themed Attractions and KidZania Kuala Lumpur as well as some of KidZania Kuala Lumpur’s official industry partners – Telekom Malaysia, Poney, Nippon Paint, Marrybrown and F&N.

Zupervisor Wan Afiq Muzani said: “All Zupervisors at KidZania Kuala Lumpur undergo training that helps equip us to handle different groups of children.

“This informative workshop further reinforced our knowledge and strengthened our confidence in interacting and communicating with speical needs children who visit KidZania Kuala Lumpur,” he added.

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