The year 2011 has been a challenging year for me to operate the Active Mind Child Development Centre. I have developed the skills to discover children’s learning disorders when they are in pre-school with me. I now can provide timely early intervention therapies to minimise the learning disorders.
I have noticed the comments of a primary school headmaster that even children that have been send to pre-school still happen to fail to integrate in their first year of school, lacking the ability to read and write with proper stroke or understand the concept of mathematics. What has gone wrong with these children when they attended pre-school?
I have a very child centred focus, I will observe the child’s physical, emotional and cognitive development. I sincerely believe these three will make up the basis for the child to integrate into society as they grow up. For each learning disorder I observe in the child I will provide early intervention.
Many children will look normal at first glance, but when it comes to learning proccessing, one will notice some of them have a learning proccessing disorder like data proccessing, language proccessing or sensory processing.
Some parent will begin to run and rush for therapists to help their child. Some send their child to a stand alone therapist for many years and yet the child does not show much improvement. Some parent even resort to private schools and hire a shadow aids teacher for their child. My point is: “What is more effective: a stand alone therapy or a holistic therapy development”?
Children are very complex beings, their brain is still in full development (they have actually a more complex brain than adults) and a therapy that focusses on one or a few symptoms only will not enrich the child’s experience. Rather the child is to be seen as a whole and all its mental and physical properties need to be taken into account at the same time. If the therapist fails to do this, the therapy cannot be effective and the child is likely to end up poorer and more challenged than ever before.
The above is a summary of my experiences of 2011. Nobody knows what 2012 will bring us, but standing on the bridge between 2011 and 2012 I can only promise to continue my best efforts in helping these learning disorder children based upon my past experience and training.
Best Wishes to All for 2012!