Thursday, 15 November 2007

Chao Yang Special School

Late in the night... and suddenly these kids from Chao Yang Special School came into my mind....

Chao Yang Special School... According to their website. They are " with mild intellectual disabililty(IQ level of 50-70, with concurrent significant limitations in adaptive behaviour as expressed in conceptual, social and practical adaptive skills"

To be very honest, I have never taught such students before and hence.. I was really afraid I can't manage them. But thank goodness... As a matter of fact, they are no different from any other children. Just that, most of them need alot of attention and patience...

I don't see them in anyway different from the other children that I taught. In fact, I feel that these kids learn to swim in a much faster way. I don't know why but not much explanations are needed for them. I show them once and they can do it! It amaze me, thought, correcting them in their strokings come with alot more patience...

I had 8 boys in my class.. Each with different temper, attitude and behaviour... And I really respect the teachers from these schools.. I think they are doing a great job! Because.. its not easy to control and teach them.

On a more personal side.... There were times were I feel so sad @ times for these boys. They are like 9-11years old... And I can feel for them... I wonder if the society can accept them. I hope they can be accepted! But I feel more for their parents... I'm not a parent yet of course... But I think their parents are going thru great pains to put them thru school, to communicate with them etc... Its not really easy I guess but they are hanging on to it....

I might not be able to help them in anyother ways other than teaching them swimming and water confidence but I hope I can do something thru my blog here....So.. Whoever is reading this....

Please, next time if you happen to see/meet such children/adults.... Give them a chance and time.... I think sometimes attention and a chance to speak matters alot to them

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