SK Taman Bukit Subang and SK U3 to Share Facilities in 3rd F&N Sensory Integration Room
Posted on 04 October 2012
 
Shah Alam – While there are some children who dislike attending school for a variety of reasons, for special needs children instead, attending regular school is very much an uphill battle.

The experience can be frustrating not only for students but also for the teachers themselves as they strive to aid the children based on their individual special needs. In lieu of a proper Sensory Integration Room, which provides them with the right tools to assist these students, gain better social, motor and academic skills, the teachers often need to resort to ingenious methods to give these children the support they require.

For the 26 special needs students at SK Taman Bukit Subang, this will no longer be a problem. The third F&N Sensory Integration Room has been set up at their school to cater to their needs. What’s more is that 24 students from SK U3, which is just across the road, will also be able to utilise the centre.

Motivated by the progressive results shown by the special needs students who have benefitted from the first two centres, the soft drinks manufacturer has continued its efforts with the third centre. The first centre was set up in 2010 at Sekolah Kebangsaan SS19, Subang Jaya for its 30 students, followed by Sekolah Kebangsaan TTDI 2 (68 students) in 2011. The company’s investment in all three centres is close to RM300,000 inclusive of providing the latest apparatus and tools ideal for sensory integration therapy, conducting training for teachers and parents and conducting regular assessments with the help of Occupational Therapists to determine the progress of the children.

Speaking at the opening of the F&N Sensory Integration Room at S.K Taman Bukit Subang, Cariessa Goh, Corporate Affairs Manager at F&N Beverages Marketing Sdn Bhd, said that F&N believes that every child deserves the right to obtain quality education.

“It is the basic foundation that that helps to nurture and grow our young minds so they in turn can impact our society positively and contribute to the nation’s development.
  
“Based on four major evaluation benchmarks, the 90 students from our first two centres have shown an average improvement of close to 65 per cent after just six months of being exposed to the F&N Sensory Integration Room. These encouraging results have given us the impetus to continue our efforts,” Goh said.

The students are assessed every six months to determine their progress in hand writing skills, motor coordination, visual perception and a combined vision motor instruments/tool (VMI) skills, based on each individual’s requirements and achievements.

The room is filled with equipment such as a platform swing, a flexidisc, protective mats, target panel, resistance tunnel, trampoline, rope wall ladder and several other interesting equipments. Each tool has a distinctive purpose in stimulating sensory integration i.e. to increase spatial awareness, concentration, relaxation and alertness while stimulating sensorial experiences such as sight and sound to help the brain organise and interpret information.

Goh added that part of the formula that makes the F&N Sensory Integration Room program successful is its teachers. “Working with professional occupational therapists, F&N provides in-depth training to the teachers who will be manning the centres.”

The third F&N Sensory Integration Room was opened by Y.A.M Tengku Syed Badarudin Jamalullail, Chairman of Fraser & Neave Holdings Bhd. and Tuan Haji Mahmud bin Karim, Director of the Selangor State Education Department.


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