珠海市蓝晶灵融合教育支持中心 班级访问 : Lanjing Ling Class Visit
CTC intern Kim visited the Social Class on Sunday 31st December 2017. The class is funded by Come Together Community (CTC) and run by Lanjing Ling (LJL). LJL is an organisation dedicated to helping children with autism learn and develop key skills in a holistic and safe environment. They teach the children through love, compassion, creativity, communication and happiness.
The class itself is held in the Zhuhai Special Education Centre. When you walk in, the hallways are covered in crafts on the walls, and multi-coloured lanterns are hanging from the roof all the way down the corridor. The classroom looks like a standard primary school classroom, with resources on the shelves and pictures on the walls.
LJL provided a translator and he explained that the classes were for children on the lower functioning scale of autism. However, LJL hopes that children with high functioning autism would eventually be able to participate in the classes.
There are three classes per day in the weekend, and the classes go through the same story book. Each week the story changes, and this week it was The Hungry Little Caterpillar. The teacher started by reading the story to the class, with the caterpillar as a puppet on her finger. She got the children to read along with her as she ‘turned the pages’ on the TV version of the story book. Then they went through the story together with a board and magnets. The children each took turns to put up different aspects of the story onto the board. All the children did very well at waiting for their turn, to come and place the magnet on the board. After they had finished this part of the class, individual desks were put into lines and each child took a number that had velcro off the top of their desk. From here, they went to collect the container that had the matching number on it. In the container was an individual story board for the children to complete with their parent helper.
By getting their own resources, the children were allowed the opportunity to be independent. Along with this, they also tidied up their resources and put them away, only using assistance from their parent when it was required.
One great thing about this class is that the parents take part in the class activities with the child, and the class is structured to be helpful for the parent and child together. By participating and observing the activities, it gives the parent ideas and strategies to further develop and teach their child at home, hopefully to further benefit their child. After each activity, the children were asked by the teacher to come and get a flower with velcro on the back. They would stick it next to their name on a chart. It was explained that it was a reward system, and receiving a flower each time they participated (every child got one for every activity) was a great honour, and was used to motivate the children to pay attention to tasks at hand.
On a bright and sunny Friday morning, two sleeps until Christmas day, representatives from BossFitness and CTC, along with Santa, visited the Zhuhai Orphanage to spread a little Christmas cheer in the form of presents!
CTC was lucky enough to receive over one hundred donated gifts from Christmas fundraisers held by BossFitness and InternChina in December. CTC Community was thus delighted to be able to pass on these awesome gifts, split between the Zhuhai Orphanage and the Zhuhai Autism Society, .
The children at the orphanage welcomed everyone so warmly with hugs all round and smiles from ear to ear. The morning was filled with chattering, Christmas tree decorating, singing songs, and of course – the chicken dance!
Zhuhai Orphanage is home to around 190 children ranging from a few months to 20 years old. CTC and BossFitness got to meet approximately 30 of the children, but provided gifts for around 90 of them. They each wore their Christmas head wear, ranging from Santa hats to light-up reindeer antlers while they sang and danced with huge smiles on their faces. They even joked with Santa, who had a good laugh after being fed a wasabi filled pancake sandwich!
Thanks to all who donated gifts, it definitely brightened up the children’s 2017 Christmas.
Following on from this: on the eve of Christmas Eve, BossFitness, CTC and Santa headed over to attend a party with some of the children who attend CTC funded classes through the Zhuhai Autism Society (ZAS).
Santa bought plenty of presents for all the children and all the representatives were joyous to see the smiles on their beautiful faces.
All of us here at Come Together Community wish everyone a merry Christmas and a happy New Year. We look forward to bringing you another positive and inspiring year of helping to fund some of the best organisations in Zhuhai, which are making a difference in the lives of children in the local community.