Autism newsletter 2020 August LR - Flipbook - Page 3
CIRCUIT BREAKER SPECIAL EDITION
My Reflection on Home-Based Learning
The transition to Home-Based Learning (HBL) was accompanied
by numerous challenges and learning opportunities for myself, our
clients, and their parents/caregivers. To help our clients better
manage these changes, I kept in close contact and provided advice
them adapt to these changes faster. They also used their spare
time to teach their child daily living skills, such as preparing
meals and doing laundry. Thus, my work during the HBL period
involved keeping in close contact with our clients and their
families, serve as a facilitator and render my listening ear.
During this period, I shared tips and strategies to help parents and
caregivers better supervise their child’s learning process. These
include prioritising their child’s physical and emotional well-being
while establishing routines around exercising, eating and sleeping.
Overall, this HBL experience has allowed me to learn more about
our clients and strengthen my relationships with them.
The parents and caregivers are incredibly resilient. Many worked
enthusiastically and tirelessly to help their child through the HBL
period. Our clients are equally inspiring, and I will always be there
to support and assist them!
I would also tailor my suggestions based on the age and ability
of each child. Additionally, I would check in on how our clients
were coping with these changes. Many parents/caregivers were
managing well, patiently encouraging and helping their child to
adapt to the new routines. For example, they would make minor
adjustments to their child’s schedule and use rewards to help
Cutting vegetables for meal preparation.
Jefrey Kiunisala (Mr)
Senior Coach, Eden Centre for Adults (Hougang)
Continued Support for Clients, Parents/Caregivers and Staff
Both our Eden Centres for Adults have been closed since 7 April
2020 as part of the Circuit Breaker measures.
Our clients, generally speaking, do not like sudden changes in their
Client focusing on puzzle solving activity at home.
To improve in the quality of life outcomes, our clients are
meaningfully engaged through a structured and systematic autismfocused approach and activities in our centres. During a difficult
period like COVID-19, more effort is needed, as many of our
clients are not able to comprehend the impact, severity and
seriousness of the situation if they do not stay at home. Thus, the
provision of continuous and sustainable support is needed on the