Many of us may not be aware of the fact that April is ‘Autisme Awareness Month’ or a time to be thoughtful about the challenges faced by autistic persons. In conjunction with Autisme Awareness Month, a mini carnival is held at Palm Square, 4th Floor, Centre Point Sabah, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, from the 29th April – 30th April 2011.
The theme being ‘The Many Faces of Autism’, the organisers hope that it will instil awareness about autisme among parents and knowledge on how to approach the issue.
The participants also provided explanation on how to recognise the signs of autism in children and alternative ways of managing autistic children.
There are a few centres in Sabah that provide consultation to help autistic children and C.H.I.L.D. is one of the famous ones. Before my son was placed in Special Education Class in a school here in Kota Kinabalu, he has attended a few sessions at C.H.I.L.D. and few other special centres such as Seri Mengasih and Stepping Stone Child Learning Centre.
At the carnival, I had the opportunity to view the latest reference books published by Universiti Malaysia Sabah and being introduced to ‘Sensory Integration’ therapy provided by Sensory Integration Centre located at Taman Kinenty Luyang, Kota Kinabalu.
For those interested to learn more, do visit the carnival.
The Welfare Department is available to give info on how to register a child as a disabled person (‘OKU’) which is necessary for those who wishes to enrol their child into the Special Education classes.
Registration as an OKU is a pre-requisite for enrolment into Special Education.
There are a few schools in Kota Kinabalu that offer ‘Integrated Special Education’ such as:
For more info on how to enrol a child into the ‘Integrated Special Education’ program, please enquire from the Education Department, who also participate in the carnival.
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital is there to impart info on their own occupational therapy.
Their paediatric department is also there to answer questions on how to get treatment and reference letter for OKU registration.
I was delighted to see the products handcrafted by autistic children at the Autism Awareness Carnival. As you can see from the photos, they are lovely and creatively done. The price is also very reasonable.
For those in Kota Kinabalu, I hope you can spare some time to support this Autism Awareness Carnival. Your visit is much appreciated.
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