Criteria for Selection

  • 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.

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.

Enable the Disabled; Translate Disability into Ability.

- Dr. Veena Kumari.

Individual Education Program (IEP)

The disabled child attending the Day Care and Training Centre receives an individualized education program based on his/her learning abilities. This program is drawn based on the type of skills the child requires in 5 basic areas.

  • Teaching the child to balance, crawl and walk without support, to climb steps etc.
  • Includes eye contact, learning to sort shapes of different sizes and colours.
  • Toilet training, feeding, dressing and drinking without assistance.
  • We have a Speech Therapist who works with the teachers twice a week to help develop the skills needed to prepare the child to feed him/herself and eventually to vocalise.
  • Learning communication skills, social interaction through games, group exercises and such similar therapies. Each child has an individualized program that ranges from basic motor/movement skills, responding to languages/instructions to more advanced skills such as reading, and sorting shapes and colours. We concentrate on teaching a few skills at a time, building until we achieve 80-90% automatic response before going on to a new skill.
  • The Individual Education Program (IEP) is kept at a low teacher/therapist : student ratio, i.e 1 to every 3 children. The child therefore receives a more intensive and individual attention from the teacher or therapist. This is vital in ensuring the effectiveness of the IEP. The children's progress is reviewed every three months by the staff and external Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist and Speech Therapist. Parents are appraised of the progress of their child twice a year.

Living Skills Group (LSG)

The older child who has been weaned off the IEP is put on a weekly program to ensure continuity in their training and development.

The Living Skills Group focuses on teaching teens and young adults the basic self-help skills needed for daily living such as household cleaning, gardening, social interaction and exercises. It aims to develop a degree of independence in the students.

This is basically a social group where the disabled are given the opportunity to interact with each other and to practise the skills learned.