This "Intensive" programme is a little different than our usual Social Learning programme that we do throughout the year.
Our usual Social Learning Programme is twice a week, spread out over 5 weeks (10 sessions total). We have found that having a few days break between sessions allows the child to absorb, digest, and practice the concepts learned in sessions during everyday interactions in their everyday environments, such as home and school. This is based on feedback from parents and teachers about the improvements in the children, in terms of social awareness, self-initiatied social interactions, and social language.
Our "Intensive" Social Learning Programme is a bit different. Right now it's offered twice a year. 4 days in a row, at 2 hours a day. We have found that this higher intensity (and the careful selection of activities) help the children bond quckly with children they may not have known prior to the intensive. In fact, children who go separate ways afterwards often talk about their new friends for many months afterwards! What great emotional memories! This option is also great for children who may not be able to join our "regular" twice a week Social Learning programme.
By the way, we keep to an average of 6 children per session, to ensure quality interaction between and among the children.
Part 1: Helping parents with issues in the home and community.
Part 2: Updating and refresher training for educators.
Often, we try to "change behaviour" without considering why the behaviour is happening. An in-depth exploration and consideration on the WHY often leads to the choosing of strategies which are more effective and long-lasting.
"My son has progressed to a stage where he wants to have friends, but he didn't have the tools or know-how to make friends. The Social Skills Module has provided him with these tools and allows his to be more aware of others' perspectives. Since attending the classes, he is progressing at making friends, has lengthier conversations, is more aware of social rules, and he even started recalling what he does with his friends in school! It is the one class that he looks forward to each week." - Mother of an 8-year-old, Petaling Jaya.
The relationship between the child with special needs and the grown-up is a partnership, and more. It should be a Dance -sometimes you lead, sometimes I lead. A Dance.
Are You Curious?
Are you wondering about the effectiveness of ANDI's Parent Training Programme, and Home-Based Remedial Programme? Well, you can hear from the parents themselves by clicking on the Parent Testimonial buttons below. Or contact us by email/phone so that we can connect you by phone to another parent who has done this training. Often, OTHER PARENTS are the BEST source of information along this journey with our wonderful children!
INTAN MIRANTI, M.Ed, is a Learning & Behaviour Consultant for children on the autism spectrum. She has worked with more than 110 children between the ages of two and twelve since 2005.
Currently, she works in designing remedial learning programmes for young children on the autism spectrum. She also advises and trains parents and other educators of children with autism, on learning curricula, behaviour management and school/community integration skills.
In addition, she runs ANDI Initiative which offers training and related services to the autism community. She is a part-time lecturer in autism intervention topics to Diploma-level students at a college in Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta, Indonesia, and has been a speaker at several seminars and conferences, most recently in the United States and Sabah.
Her article, “Six Metacomponents of Metacognition in Parents of Children with Autism: A Cross-disciplinary, Cross-cultural Review” was published in the Journal of Special Needs Education 2014.
She was also an advisor, in 2016, for the special needs programmes offered by Alam Kreatif, a non-profit endeavour located at Pusat Kreatif Kanak-Kanak Tuanku Bainun, Kuala Lumpur.
Most importantly, she is the parent of two teenagers, one on the autism spectrum.
Her husband and co-conspirator in parenting, Anthony G. Miranti, is currently pursuing his Ph.D, and plans to research how media portrayals of autism affect public perception.
The Miranti Family in 2005
When the kids were shorter than us!
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