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  1. Mama Hazim says:

    I left comment about NASOM . Why was it not accepted? YOU ARE WRONG ABOUT NASOM. This is the place where my 2 sons improved a lot & were given opportunity to show their strenght.

    p/s: it would be a good for u & NASOM if u’re able to share yr brilliant idea & expertise on how to handle these special child.

    Mama Hazim

  2. Bridge says:

    Better late than never. That means you can have all the time in the world to do whatever you want without going to work! We don’t have that here in the US. I don’t know why. Or maybe we do, I’m not just aware of it.

  3. Mama Hazim says:

    Sorry, Cleffairy for your bad experience with NASOM. I agree in not using drug or Ritalin as it doesn’t help my sons. They look like zombies.

    For us Nasom is the cheapest alternative and they have Inclusive Education Program with Ministry of Education where teacher’s aid will assist the child in the class.

    We found ourself in dilemma 4 years ago when our third son Hafiz then 6 was diagnosed with mild autism like our eldest son, Hazim. We dreaded the thought of having to enrol Hafiz in a national school for we feared he might face the same outcome like Hazim

    Hazim, who was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome (a milder form of
    autism) at six, initially went to a regular school. Despite being able
    to read and write, he was bullied in class, as he did not know how to
    socialise. So we placed him in another school, which had a special education programme. But it was a mistake. Being in a class with other special needs children who had their respective issues, Hazim’s condition worsened because he copied bad behaviour and didn’t learn much. We pulled Hazim out and he returned to his previous mainstream school.
    But in the absence of trained teachers, Hazim could not cope with the demands of a school.We shift to Putrajaya as we reckoned our sons
    would enjoy the best education in the government’s administrative
    centre.

    But alas it was another mistake. So when we learnt about the National Autism Society of Malaysia’s Inclusive Education programme, we registered Hafiz for it. Hafiz joined the transition class, which is open to
    children five years and above. He underwent intensive therapy over six months to augment his skills in writing, copying from the board, counting and reading, and sharpen his communication and social skills. Hafiz was among four students selected to participate in the pilot project in the mainstream school, SK (1) Jalan Batu, Kuala Lumpur. Two teacher aides had been assigned to assist them during and after school.

    It is compulsory for those being mainstreamed to attend Nasom After School Support programme in which teacher aides are present as the students complete their homework. We also placed Hazim in the same programme.Today, Hafiz has been promoted to Year 3 while Hazim is in Form 1. No matter how high-functioning an autistic child may be, without therapy, support and the help of teacher aides, sending them to school will not work

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