CTC参观珠海自闭症协会 CTC Visit to Zhuhai Autism Society ZAS 11/22

Denise Schipani
2019年12月2日

On Friday 22nd November, the CTC team gathered to visit the Post-School Day Care Centre built with CTC donations in collaboration with the Zhuhai Autism Society (ZAS). CTC has been working with ZAS since 2014 on a variety of projects that endeavour to provide autistic children in Zhuhai with a safe space where they can develop their skills through fun activities, while at the same time allowing the children’s families to maintain a regular working life once the children are done at school. Friday’s visit to the centre did not disappoint and allowed us to witness the countless benefits that this space and activities have on the children and their families. 

11月22日(星期五),CTC小组在珠海参观了由CTC与珠海自闭症协会合作建立的校外日托中心。CTC自2014年以来一直在与ZAS合作开展各种项目,努力为珠海的自闭症儿童提供一个安全的空间,让他们通过有趣的活动来发展技能,同时让孩子们的家庭在孩子们完成学业后维持正常的工作生活。星期五这天对该中心的访问没有让我们失望,让我们看到了这个空间和活动对儿童及其家庭带来的无数好处。

On our arrival, we were greeted by Charles He Bingling, President of ZAS, who introduced us to the group of children while they were enjoying post-school tea and snacks. From the very first moment our team stepped into the room, all the children were extremely welcoming and hurried to introduce themselves, shake our hands, and give us a hug. Introductions were soon followed by the main activity of the afternoon: Teacher Song’s dance class! So, it had to be done, the team joined the children in learning the choreography. Needless to say, none of us are going to become professional dancers, but we all thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to let go of our fear of embarrassment and have fun with the children.

对我们的到来,我们受到查尔斯—何炳岭的欢迎,他向我们介绍了一群孩子,他们正在享受着课后茶和点心。从我们小组走进教室的那一刻起,所有的孩子都非常热情地介绍自己,和我们握手,给我们拥抱。介绍之后,很快就有了下午的主要活动:宋老师的舞蹈课!所以,必须要做的是,团队和孩子们一起学习舞蹈。不用说,我们没有一个人是专业的舞蹈员,但我们都非常享受这个机会,让我们摆脱对尴尬的恐惧,和孩子们一起玩。

ZAS is a non-profit organisation set up by the parents of autistic children under the auspices of the Zhuhai Civil Affairs Bureau. They provide specialised classrooms on both part-time and full-time basis to offer autistic children and young adults appropriate education and to help them gain the skills they need to live fulfilling lives on a personal and professional level. ZAS’s President He believes that the CTC’s donation to their charity has enabled the children to have quality education and the parents to earn a living by creating a safe space where the children can spend their time and learn new skills until they can be picked up by their parents. 

ZAS是由珠海市民政局主办,由自闭症儿童家长创办的非营利性组织。他们提供非全日制和全日制的专业教室,为自闭症儿童和年轻人提供适当的教育,帮助他们获得在个人和专业层面上过上充实生活所需的技能。校长他相信CTC向他们的慈善机构捐款,使儿童得到了高质量的教育,使父母能够通过创造一个安全的空间来谋生,在那里,孩子们可以花时间学习新技能,直到他们能被父母接走。

Not only does ZAS create a space where autistic children can go to after school allowing their parents to work full time, but it also commits to offering them a wide range of classes where they can get active and improve several areas that they would normally be struggling with in their daily life. Some examples of this are limited attention span, repetitive or ritualistic behaviours, and the difficulty of carrying out simple instructions and troubles with fine motor control (Autism-help.org, 2019). Even though physical exercise hardly ever becomes a part of the routine of an autistic child, there are several studies that suggest that a few minutes of aerobic or vigorous exercise a day can positively impact these behaviours by stimulating the production of new brain cells responsible for the impulse of control, attention, and empathy (Dangerouslyfit.com.au, 2019). Therefore, physical exercise can reduce repetitive behaviours while boosting motor and social communication skills, on-task behaviour as well as academic response (Dangerouslyfit.com.au, 2019). 

ZAS不仅创造了一个让自闭症儿童放学后可以上的地方,让他们的父母全职工作,而且还致力于为他们提供各种各样的课程,让他们能够活跃起来,改善他们日常生活中通常会遇到的几个问题。这方面的一些例子包括注意力广度有限、重复性或仪式性行为、执行简单指令的困难以及精细运动控制的困(Autism-help.org, 2019)。尽管体育锻炼几乎不可能成为自闭症儿童日常生活的一部分,但有几项研究表明,每天几分钟的有氧运动或剧烈运动可以刺激产生负责控制、注意力和移情冲动的新脑细胞,从而对这些行为产生积极影响 (Dangerouslyfit.com.au, 2019)。因此,体育锻炼可以减少重复性行为,同时提高运动和社交技能、任务行为以及学习反应 (Dangerouslyfit.com.au, 2019)。

At ZAS, we were able to witness the benefits of physical exercise throughout the afternoon: all the children were getting involved to learn the choreography, playing games and engaging in conversation with the CTC team. Overall, it was a fun and successful afternoon which has made us at CTC more aware of the importance of our efforts, and willing to carry on working to benefit the lives of a larger number of children in Zhuhai. 

在ZAS,我们目睹了整个下午体育锻炼的好处:所有的孩子都参与到学习舞蹈、玩游戏和与CTC的对话。总的来说,这是一个愉快而成功的下午,使我们CTC更加认识到我们努力的重要性,并愿意继续努力,造福珠海更多儿童的生活。

If you are interested in helping us raise money for this and other worthy causes, check out our social media accounts for more information on the upcoming Come Together Festival taking place on Saturday 7th December. Join us in enjoying music, drinks and fun activities while raising money to benefit more and more members of our community. 

如果您有兴趣帮助我们为这项活动和其他有价值的事业筹集资金,请查看我们的社交媒体帐户,了解更多关于即将于12月7日星期六举行的一起来慈善音乐会的信息。加入我们一起享受音乐、饮料和有趣的活动,同时筹集资金,让更多的社区成员受益。

The CTC is also accepting corporate donations for this year’s 8th Annual Charity Music Festival, to be held in Zhuhai on Saturday December 7th. 100% of earnings are used to benefit the local community, and aid Children in need as none of CTC’s organisers takes any salary or admin fees. If you’re interested in donating or helping out in any way please contact info@ctcommunity.org.

CTC还接受企业捐款,今年的第八届慈善音会节将于12月7日(星期六)在珠海举行。所有的收入都用于帮助当地社区,帮助有需要的儿童,因为CTC的组织者不收取任何工资或行政费用。如果你有兴趣捐赠或以任何方式提供帮助,请联系info@ctcommunity.org。

Click here to watch the video of our visit to ZAS.

请点击这里看ZAS参观的视频。

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Autism-help.org. (2019). Autism, PDD-NOS & Asperger’s fact sheets | Introduction to Asperger syndrome and Autism, the most common disorders on the Autism Spectrum. [online] Available at: https://www.autism-help.org/introduction-asperger-autism.htm [Accessed 2 Dec. 2019].

Dangerouslyfit.com.au. (2019). The Benefits of Exercise for Children with Autism. [online] Available at: https://www.dangerouslyfit.com.au/exercise/exercise-and-autism/ [Accessed 2 Dec. 2019].

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