Thursday, January 28, 2010

Wonderful Support

Since chubby kid's diagnosis last year, she has been registered as a partially sighted person.



Along with her registration, she has been receiving support provided to people with vision impairment. Earlier on, even before chubby kid was registered, a lady from an organization working with visually impaired children had been visiting her at her nursery once a week for an hour or so. Her responsibilities include teaching, guiding and facilitating chubby kid's learning and development. Her presence and guidance have helped chubby kid tremendously.

Furthermore, after her registration, another lady from another organization came to guide chubby kid in her mobility development. Her responsibility is to teach chubby kid how to move around safely. She has started chubby kid on a hoople (an equipment which looks like a tennis racquet without the net) to move around by feeling her surroundings using it. This is a prelude to using a roller cane (a cane with a roller at the bottom). Once chubby kid masters the technique to use the roller cane, she will then be given the white cane. Learning to use the cane at such a young age might sound strange to some people. The reason the lady pushes this skill set so early is only because I told her that we will be going back to Malaysia after my studies and that we do not have such a support back home. So, the lady will try to teach chubby kid as much as she can benefit from before we head back home.

The paediatrician whom chubby kid sees will eventually issue a statement/letter to ensure that chubby kid will get the appropriate support when she starts school. This will include a one-to-one teacher support (if I am not mistaken) reading materials in larger prints and other equipment that a visually impaired child might need.

The nursery that chubby kid attends has also been very supportive. The staffs treat her like any other children and include her in all the activities. Thus, she has been enjoying herself and benefiting from all the activities that encourage her to use all her senses and to become independent.

The more I write here, the more stressful I become when I think about what will become of her when we head back home and try to survive without all these support.

:-(

7 comments:

Nana said...

Thanks God that there is such great learning support over there. I guess it is quite important at this early childhood.. keep it up honey...

Melissa said...

Steph, like you, I doubt that Kuching has this facilities yet. But then in the future, who knows, right? maybe after u finish your contract, migrate elsewhere like OZ, they have good facilities.

at the moment, gambateh! :)

chuasteph said...

yeah, thanks nana.

melissa, i doubt that kuching will have such facilities in the next 20 years.

Melissa said...

true.. i agree.. perhaps u may consider to migrate after completing your contract then.. wish u all the best.

becky said...

migrate or don't come back! for her sake..............

I bake and cook for my love ones said...

Don't worry Steph, she has the greatest support God could bless her with : you and Justin! Bless her!

chuasteph said...

ah bit, dun tink it's that easy to migrate.

thanks sinee :D