Criteria for Selection
Individuals with very low intelligence or multiple handicaps (physical, visual, auditory, epilepsy, etc) but :
- Who can still respond to skills training using legs, hands and jaws;
- Who can benefit from systematic habit training;
- Who can learn simple communications and manual skills, basic health and safety habits;
- Who are unable to receive care and training from other organizations for the handicapped in Malaysia.
The Children & Training
Training for the children starts at 8am and ends at 1 pm on weekdays. Some children who are more advanced have additional training sessions from 2-4pm. On Saturdays, group training is from 8am to 12 noon.
The following activities are covered:
- Self-help Skills :: Toileting, Eating, Dressing.
- Physical Exersices :: Walking, Balancing, Patterning, Stretching & Strengthening Exercises, Sensory Integration Exercises.
- Group Activities :: Musical Instruments, Ball Pay, Massage, Parachute, Therapy Equipment, Music/Singing.
- Cognitive Skills :: Listening Skills, Sorting Shapes & Colours, Communication. Teachers are equipped with individual tablet computers as part of their teaching kits.
- Snoezelen Room :: This is a room to relax the body, mind and soul. The Snoezelen Room is equipped with an ambiance and accessories that have been specially designed to stimulate all the five primary basic senses of touch, sight, smell, taste and sound. A session on this specialized room renders the child more receptive to other ensuing training activities.
Every child has an Individualized Educational Program (IEP) depending on the severity of his or her disabilities, on their learning potential. The program is drawn based on the types of skills required by the child covering the above activities and reviewed every three to six months. There is also a Saturday training program called the Living Skills Group (LSG) that caters to those children who have been weaned off the IEP. There are currently 9 students who come to SSMH every Saturday for exercise, social interaction as well as learning basic living skills.
Children who have graduated from the above training program and those who are unable to attend our Training Centre due to various reasons are placed under Home Visitation Program (HVP) where programs are drawn to be carried out at their own homes. Visits are made at regular intervals by the teachers to assess the child's progress and review the activities deemed necessary.