Autism newsletter 2021 August LR - Flipbook - Page 1
Newsletter of the Autism Association (Singapore)
MCI (P) 003/07/2021
A REWARD OF HOPE
programme, the Eden Activity Club, where his participation in the
programme enabled him to develop his social interaction skills by
exposing him to various day-to-day activities.
Daniel’s involvement with the Club, unfortunately, was rather
short-lived. As his challenging behaviours worsened, his family
decided to withdraw him from the programme.
In the next two years, however, we reached out to Daniel and
his family in the hope of getting him to re-join the programme.
While Daniel’s mother was initially hesitant and rejected this
attempt to re-engage him due to her reservations regarding his
participation level, we pressed on. As we deeply value the effort
caregivers put into supporting our clients, we wanted Daniel’s
mother to have the deserving respite she needs while he attends
the programme. Assured that we would make the effort to enable
his new transition to be as seamless as possible, Daniel’s mother
eventually relented and admitted him back to the programme.
Exercising on a Step-Master.
A well-known lyricist from the eighties summed it up perfectly
when he penned the opening line “There comes a time, when
we heed a certain call, when the world must come together as
one” to kick off what can arguably be considered the greatest
anthem of hope ever to impact the globe. Since its inception, the
Autism Association (Singapore) has embraced this philosophy
of instilling a sense of belief in every person on the autism
spectrum by first seeking to understand, accept and respecting
that person as an individual, and then enabling them to reach
their fullest potential by providing autism-friendly approaches and
strategies to shine.
Our centre provides individualised support plan for each client;
Daniel was no exception. Just like any Singaporean, Daniel loves
food. But with his difficulties in social interaction, Daniel expresses
his cravings for food by grabbing it from anyone he encounters. By
focusing on his likes and interests, we encouraged his involvement
in different meal preparation activities to better enhance his
appreciation and understanding of the gustation process. Through
empowering Daniel with control over the different ingredients
and food types, he has adapted positively and now refrains from
dispossessing it off others.
This belief has continued to spur the Association to deliver a
continuum of services relevant to individuals with moderate to
high support needs on the autism spectrum, and one Daniel Ang,
24, certainly looks forward to his.
To care unceasingly and to hope fiercely. These were the two
strong convictions that the Eden Centre for Adults (ECFA) held
steadfastly all throughout Daniel’s case.
Daniel encounters a myriad of personal challenges on a daily
basis, and requires a great deal of support as he has difficulty
interacting with others. Because of this, he needs meticulous and
round-the-clock care. In 2016, Daniel joined our subsidiary
Client Daniel in an Eden Activity Club art session.