Autism newsletter 2020 August LR - Flipbook - Page 4
CIRCUIT BREAKER SPECIAL EDITION
This was to address any sensory issues that could surface during
this challenging period.
With the client staying at home for an extended period of time,
the parents’ and caregivers’ well-being was also impacted. For
example, without regular respite, parents and caregivers may find
it physically and emotionally challenging to support their child at
home on a full-time basis, even if it is just for a few weeks.
5. Continual Learning for Staff
We saw the opportunity of promoting lifelong learning for staff
even in such challenging times. We structured the systamatic
reading of the book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by
Stephen R. Covey. This was facilitated by the Autism Association
(Singapore) HR department.
As these are unprecedented times, it is understandable that some
parents and caregivers may experience different levels of distress
and pressure. Therefore, the creativity and level of commitment
to provide daily remote service and support from our coaches
and social workers are considered crucial and essential. To
continue supporting our 88 adult clients from both centres at
Hougang and Clementi, we implemented the following alternative
All staff were scheduled to read the book, engage in online
discussions and submit a weekly worksheet. We believe that selfimprovement can still continue even if our staff are working from
1. Daily Remote Check-In
Our end goal is to continue maintaining the engagement,
involvement and well-being of our clients and their families, even
if they are not attending our programmes and services at our
We contacted our clients, parents and caregivers daily from
Mondays to Fridays to provide various forms of support and
Sarayanan s/o Mariappa (Mr)
Head of Programmes (Services for Adults)
This meant having our coaches use different communication tools
such as the phone, messages, emails and video calls to check-in
with our clients, their parents and caregivers.
2. Online Learning
For our adult clients who could follow video instructions, we
provided exercise videos produced in-house by our coaches. This
helped their child/ward keep fit even while at home.
For clients that required live interaction and direct instructions,
our coaches conducted daily exercises with them using video calls.
3. Daily Living Skills in Home Setting
For our clients who could cook and bake, they were provided
with recipes to follow at home. This allowed them to continue
practising the adaptive living skills taught at our centres.
As part of continued learning, a revamped approach was used for
Home-Based Learning. Our coaches provided customised homebased daily schedules and work systems using pictures, icons,
photos and symbols to teach skills such as mopping and doing
4. Additional Support for Families
We deployed our social workers and occupational therapists as
additional support for the clients’ families. Our social workers for
example contacted the parents and caregivers regularly to check
on their general physical and mental well-being.
Likewise, together with the clients’ coaches, our occupational
therapists provided remote support to the parents and caregivers.
Helping client to keep fit with exercise video produced
by coaches from Eden Centres for Adults.