KK was only 3 years old before he joined us. While being suspected to have ASD, he did not talk much and had a hard time understanding what was happening around. After 6 months of intervention, we started to see improvements. Communicating with simple words, understanding instructions, and loving to play with other kids, the progress was so great that he was no longer suspected as autistic.
Tom was 1 year and 9 months old when he joined us. He was not talking at all, had very poor eye contact and rarely followed instructions; even his mother found it hard to teach him simple things. After 4 months of intervention, he has undergone a major improvement. Tom was able to verbally label things he could see like cake, milk, biscuit, bottle, and others. He was even able to call his family with names like “papa”, “mama”, and “jie jie”, all while pointing to communicate.
Ken was an autistic 4-year-old boy that showed no interest in playing, can’t following instructions, had zero eye contact, and often communicated by throwing tantrums. After a year of treatment, there has been significant improvement. He started to learn to communicate with PEC and showed high interest in toys, specifically toy train sets. He even showed great eye contact when playing with the adults, and his parents reported back that he was calmer than before and was able to communicate with “yes” or “no”. Ken showed curiosity with his surroundings and enjoyed going out to parks, jump streets, shopping malls, and even the beach.
Tan was introduced at 9-years-old with Autism. Showing minimal interest in plays and only communicating when being asked to, he had trouble fitting in and gave very little eye contact. Two years after his treatment, he now enjoys sharing his thoughts even with adults. Although his speech is still limited to short sentences, he enjoys chit-chatting through his own unique way of explaining what is in his mind. Tan also showed high interests in various activities, primarily role-play. Being able to “take flight to a different city” or “pretend to be a doctor or a racer” really excited him. His parents joked about him now being “too talkative” and “cheeky”, but they would not change him for the world.
Tom and James were both 8-year-old autistic boys. Before joining the training, they were only able to play with the therapist and their parents, as they could not understand the concept of friends and rarely enjoyed playing in groups. 3 months after group treatment, and their interests have changed. They have even learned to invite friends to join, express themselves appropriately in the group, and learned the basic rules when playing together, which is having fun all around.
Jasmine and Suri were both 6-years-old. Jasmine had development delays and Suri had Asperger’s. Showing no interest in other children, they often preferred to play alone and would easily get frustrated when other children wanted to play with their toys. They have both shown a great amount of change after 6 months of training as they now love to play together, especially dress-up games, and putting make-up on each other’s faces. Their parents have informed us that their children now show high interest with others, opening up to them, easily joining in while others are playing, and even throwing less tantrums whenever they were with their cousins.
Sabrina was 12 years old with Asperger’s, and she refused to go near strangers, and she would shout and hide at a corner as soon as she saw one. She would start to cry and mumble when someone she doesn’t know calls out her name. During the treatment at the group play sessions, she refused to join in and would always stay far away at a corner, shouting and crying a lot when the therapist asked her to join. But after 2 years, she’s no longer afraid of strangers. Sabrina is now friendly, always willing to know new people, and would start to join in on the activities with other teenagers and will stand up for herself if anyone tried to bully her.
Jamie was 7 years old with mild Autism and refused to play with others. She never felt comfortable when there were other children in her home and would cry and shout even when her own cousins would visit. Reports by teachers also stated that she couldn’t play well with her classmates and never really dealt well with losing. She would get easily frustrated and break down when things don’t go her way. After a year of treatment, Jamie has been able to deal with losing in a much better way. She has even started to play with her cousin. Her parents told us that though she would still cry when she loses, but in a quick moment, she would stop and join in on the fun again. Jamie has learned to be a good friend, willing to share her things with others and play happily with her friends.
Ben was 8 years old and came in with mild ADHD. He was aggressive and would easily “attack” others physically, pushing school teachers when they tried to correct him. When he found out that his favourite fried chicken was sold out at the canteen, he would push everything else on the stall onto the floor. After his treatment of 3 months, Ben has started to learn to control his anger. He was able to follow rules and learned to play gently with his friends. His school also noticed a great improvement in him, as he was easier to manage and was able to follow instructions well.
Tan was 9 years old when we met her. She was shy, and had low self-esteem. She hated herself and always felt that she was not welcomed by others. 3 months after her treatment, Tan cried out loud during the session where the therapist introduced the concept of a good and bad friend. She was able to express that she finally understood that she was not hated by others, but she was surrounded by bad friends instead. After her sessions, a powerful change can be seen as she starts to open up and learns to feel good about herself. She’s learned to be assertive, and doesn’t easily feel bad when her friends were being mean or even tried to bully her. Her school teachers reported a more cheerful girl that showed positive improvement in her academics.