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Early Intervention Programme; WQ Park

September 30, 2012

I wrote previously on Uzair’s progress about his Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy and developmental paedsUnfortunately after months of therapy he is not showing progress as how we would expect. He also attends kindergarten and has adapt himself well but still not following the lessons per se. My definition of adapts here is he doesnt cry when i drop him off at school and basically knows his routine at school. We went for his follow up with Dr Rajini and doctor raised issue of his development. The fact that he has been attending therapy session but showing little improvement is an indication he needs more than just weekly therapy. 

 As i mentioned some would say “takpe nanti cakap lah tu” ” XY ckp masa die 4 years old tp now dah jadi doctor dah” In uzair’s case he was given the extra aid but however not progressing much. We wouldnt want to take the risk of “takpe nanti cakap lah tu” thus Doctor told us about Early Intervention Programme (EIP) .  She didnt suggest EIP on our first visit because when she asked me whether uzair is attending school (it was end of last year), i mentioned he will start schooling early of the year (2012) and doctor said it would be good for him to mix with other kids. some children improve a lot when they are with their peers. BUT since not much progress, we are left with no choice but to take a step back, which is to send him for EIP.

I know the existence of EIP before but didnt know the details of the programme. I asked uzair’s Occupational Therapy (OT) and she was rather optimistic and said uzair doesnt need it. And pretty much gave assurance uzair will improve. However it wasnt easy to get slot for his OT on a weekly basis, kadang once in 2 weeks. I would say the contact hours is really important. in fact by looking at uzair’s condition he would need to get slot twive a week.

I decided to pay WQ Park a visit. It’s located in Kelana Jaya. After looking at their programme..husband and i immediately agree to send him there. If only i visited this place earlier…i would definitely enrolled him pronto. I should have send him there instead of normal kindergarten and hopefully after a year he is ready to attend normal mainstream. However we are certainly glad to know this place now rather than later. The EIP will be from Monday – Friday either morning session ( 930-1230pm) or afternoon session (130 – 430pm). Since we have paid his school fees till end of the year, we decided to take the afternoon session, thus he will be attending school in the morning and EIP in the afternoon. Yes it sounds hectic, but hopefully this will make him less active — > more focus –> better progress, insyaAllah

In the EIP, Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy is tailored in their daily scheduled. They have 8 contact hours of ST and OT a month. Teachers and therapist will set up a timetable for uzair, for example a week he might have 4 session of 30mins in a week. The therapist will “pull him” out of his class to have one to one session with him of therapy. If they think uzair can focus for 30mins, they might make 20 mins instead but more session…and total will always be 8 hours a month.

**Clarification (Update) : The ST and OT is 4 hours each. Each session will be for 30mins. Thus it will be 2 ST and 2 OT session in a week. 

Oh i forget to mention this,  initially doctor diagnose him as Sensory Processing Difficulties…on our last follow up doctor said Uzair is showing traits between Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and some over lapping traits of autism. I googled alot on this and came across forums.Quite a number of parents of the same boat started giving Gluten Free and Cassein Free Diets (GFCF) . Parents said their kids with autism improved once on the GFCF diet, they had better eye contact, and more bubbly. But the benefits is anecdotal. Ive started doing this on Uzair bout 2,3 weeks. We have also changed our rice to brown rice about a month. It certainly not easy going GFCF diet on uzair for someone who eats bread as his snacks. Yes while others snack on biscuit, he eats bread..he can have 3 to 4 slices at a go. And he munch on biscuits too. Jacob crackers are among his fav. I bought him few gluten free biscuits but none to his liking. the only thing he eats is the brown rice crackers. I even boiled spaghetti and macaroni (gluten free of coz) and he eats that as snack. I mean for his in between meal food. The thing is im staying with my parents it wont be fair for me to make everyone on GFCF diet, thus the house do have non-gluten free food around. Im having problem hiding it from uzair…but so far we managed to do so rather successfully (happened one, two incident he found the food). Any improvement? I would say he is more attentive.

Im praying all goes well for his EIP . It has been a week since he started EIP. Really hope he enjoys it and doesnt see it as a “punishment” since he will be attending classes morning and afternoon. Initially we were afraid it would be too tiring for him, he leaves house latest by 830am and reaches home around 5 – 515pm, but alhamdulillah he seems okay, still very much energetic. The minute we reach home, he gets off the car and run straight to the garden. The must thing for him to do is, the trampoline and monkey bars,

 

 

sandpit,

main air,

 

and all the other rides and swings

All these faces after attending classes morning and afternoon, he definitely doesnt look tired, does he?

My main reason of writing this entry is to share our experience and also to raise awareness among parents. Yes, it is normal to see kids who can’t sit still, has little focus,who never seems to listen or refused to listen to instruction. We the often hear this kids being labled , buas tak reti dok diam, degil. undisciplined and the list goes on. But in actual fact, it is something we should pay attention to, as it could be ADD/ADHD. Or on the other hand, we may have children who doesnt like to interact with others, poor eye contact, lack of respond to people and delayed speech development. These could be symptoms of Autism. Many of the austim traits start appearing between the age 2 to 3, thus i would strongly suggest parents who notice your child’s development to be a lil differ from other kids to seek advised rather than to wait. The purpose is not to be labled “oh my anak autism / ADHD” but to enable us parents to take the preventive measurement early. Yes, some children grow out of it, but should we take the risk? It is said every 1 out of 88 children are autism, thats pretty high percentage I feel.

We are that Uzair shows good improvement so we can get him back to the mainstream schooling.Looking at how difficult the standard 1 syllabus nowadays, i get pretty worried of coz. He will be 5 next year. Next year he will be attending only EIP and hoping by mid year the latest we could enrolled him back to Itqan and get supplement programme from WQ Park. Ideally, it would be better to let him continue both Itqan and EIP, but the fees would be steep for us. It is a tough journey but we are indeed grateful as we have seen others going through tougher. We accept this as a test from AlMighty in a positive manner despite the many many emotional, mental, physical and financial challenges we have to face. We will make the most out of it and do our best in raising this amanah from Allah S.W.T. Uzair has surely teaches me patience and also to tolerate nonsense…hihi. I could not thank the father enough, for putting the kids as his top 1 priority. It means a lot to me seeing him to agree in enrolling uzair for extra classes without hesitations.  “O Allah, pinjamkan lah kalam-Mu pada anak ku Uzair” Amin

“Allah does not charge a soul except [with that within] its capacity…”( Al-Baqarah : 286)

 

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  1. munirah,i pon ada appointment hari ni EAP kat bangsar.hoping for clear diagnosis.last time sume ambigious huhu pray for me and iman.all the best for u and uzair

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    admin Reply:

    tp mahal sgt kn yg EAP bangsar tu. is it true i heard their ABA fees is RM10k a month?

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    fara Reply:

    yep…i just find that out…berpeluh dengar.tu kalau centre based kalau home based 5k eh tu kalau half time.just got back from centre.kena baca balik.nnti update u

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    admin Reply:

    tu lah i rase mahal sbb ade Prof from US will come in to review bagai kan. just heard another option in Hartamas. Learning Connection. Heard the programme tailored in includes, ST,OT, music classes and Flykids Gym. RM2670. Not sure of the details though, ni i tau from the forum. I rase ade options lain besides EAP.

  2. Salam Munirah,

    Just wondering when u said that your uzair is not talking as yet, what do u mean by that? Did he ever call u ‘mama/mommy’ or ‘ayah/daddy’ to your husband? Does he ever say bird, busuk – like simple vocab? Thanx.

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    admin Reply:

    nope, no mommy/mama or papa. he can make various sounds but not words…boleh jer babble ma ma ma ma, but it doesnt means/referring to me. very limited word i shall say. no, nak and few other. tp yg tahu pun hardly use into context. yg he been using consistently in context for now is bye and shoes. everytime nak keluar he will say shoes sambil pegi to his shoes and slip it on.

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  3. yep..10k tu centre base full time mmg dari pagi ke petang.yg prof US tu datang once a year for review.ada gak senior wep consultant from US datang lawat tgk progress 6-8 bulan sekali tu yg mahal tuh.plus material bagai sume kan..mmg la bagus tp sengkek dibuatnye. besok nk try persatuan kat setapak.i pon x sure kat mana.will update u jugak.u pon share2 eh.so penat. i kena ada maid la rasanya.rumah mcm tongkang pecah

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  4. Hi Munirah,
    We did communicate via phone few months ago regarding our children.
    Dah book appointment with Dr Rajini and was scheduled 31/12 and alhamdulillah, i managed to get a slot today sbb ada cancellation. I have to start intensive OT n ST and skip next year’s kindy for my son cause doctor was very concern with his development. Most probably i’ll be seeing you around at WQ park 🙂

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    admin Reply:

    oh,lucky u dpt earlier slot. tu lah, i ni rase ralat tak tau pasal EIP earlier, could have send uzair since early this year and hopefully nxt year when he is 5 he can masuk balik normal mainstream. but alhamdulillah, i got to know this place now dpd tau much later kan. hoping he shows good progressment so boleh masuk mainstream balik, insyaAllah. Allah knows best. see you in WQ park insyaAllah 🙂

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  5. All the best to all of you…may Almighty ALLAH guide us and our kids.Lastly …AUTISM IS NOT A TRAGEDY ,,,IGNORANCE IS.

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    admin Reply:

    thanks for the support. Yes,this is not a tragedy,not the end of the world but the beginning of new life, insyaAllah

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  6. Hi,

    nak tanya, how much rouhgly is the fees? my daughter 4 years old pun ada autism spectrum jugak, doctor cakap mild tapi i plan to send her to WQ Park. belum sempat nak survey. Boleh bagi i your contact number?

    thanks.
    Anita

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    admin Reply:

    hi, sorry for the late reply. my number is 0192325747
    the fees quite steep actually tp tu lah trying our best to give him early intervention, and praying that he will be able to join the normal mainstream soon. fees is RM2170 a month, tp first month tu ade registration fees and deposit (refundable). and prior to getting a place, ade assessment session with the OT, ST, teacher and doctor.It was RM120 per assessment.

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  7. Hi mommy uzair, 1st time landing to your page as I started gooling on autism. My son, khalish is 2yrs old now…i suspecting my son has some issues with regards to the speech & his development. He somehow showing similar symptoms for autims children. Mind to share what is the process of me getting assessment for my son? Should i go for ST 1st or OT? Thanks

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    admin Reply:

    getting appointment with developmental paeds can be a very long queue, it may even take a year long. what i would suggest is, get the appointment slot and meanwhile, send ur child for OT and ST. if everything falls into place by the time ur appointment slot approaching, u can always cancel the appointment 🙂

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  8. How’s your son now? My 4 y.o son having the same problem. No communication even he knows the word. I want to know if your son has a lot of improvement now and how you tackle that? Thanks.

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    admin Reply:

    hi dear,
    my son have shown great progress since we started him on young living essential oils. a long more way to go of coz, but considering from where he was, a complete non-verbal…now is starting to be verbal.
    u may call me at 0192325747 if u need any help

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    admin Reply:

    u may call / wats app me at 0192325747

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  9. Hi. I hope you still read this. I plan to get a disgnosis for my kids ADHD problem. As I did my own research and sees a lot of similar symptom in him. Do i need to book appointment for speacialist in Wq to diagnosis thesymptom? Roughly how much per session to see the specialist? I dont plan to enroll my kid there,, (price wise) maybe just get a consulting on how to improve and what to do etc.

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    admin Reply:

    hi, do check your email. i’ll email you

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  10. How much is the ST fees in WQ? I’m already sending my son for OT in Bangsar. My 3 years old boy refused to go to play school this year. Looking for EIP which is with reasonable fees.

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    admin Reply:

    i no longer send my son to WQ Park for EIP coz he did not generalise his behaviour in other settings. he behaves well during EIP session but he didn’t practice the same at home and other places. thus i decided to pull him out and have a teacher come to our house, 2 hours a day (mon-friday). by doing this i could join in during circle time when the teacher conduct the lesson and i do give him instructions as well. he responded well and started to listen to my instructions at other times.
    my son goes OT at Global Doctors Mont Kiara under Sandra

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    nadia Reply:

    tumpang tanya…may i know how much is the fees for home school teacher…

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    admin Reply:

    its RM80 per hour, depending on your location too…could be more if you are staying far from the teacher’s place. she is from Sunway

  11. Hi, i am looking for EIP programme as well for my twins. Currently doing OT once a week and i found that the progress is slow. I have checked with WQ Park, Sri Rampai and the fee is RM2450/month. Imagine for twins.. (fuhh… $$$). Looking for EIP with reasonable fees too. Appreciate if you could share. Btw, my twin is 5 YO. I am hoping that he can enroll into a normal school by 7YO. Doesnt have to go thru pendidikan khas etc.

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    admin Reply:

    hi, where about are u staying? maybe its cheaper to get a teacher to come over your place. she can do both twins. the special aid teacher i have charges rm80 per hour (could be more if your house is far from hers)

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  12. Hi,

    My son is also autistic.I’m interested taking special aid teacher. How much does she charging now? Is she doing speech therapy?

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    admin Reply:

    hi, no she doesnt do Speech Therapy. She is an Early Intervention Programme teacher. its RM80 per hour, depending on location too

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  13. salam,

    just nak tanyer..my daughter under Celebral Pasly..sesuai tak ke WQ park? she cannot walk & speak..late development..

    thanks

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    admin Reply:

    hi salam, when my son was there, I don’t come across CP students though. not too sure

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  14. As salam Puan. I am at the same juncture of when you wrote the article, searching for an EIP center for my son after going for a review with Dr Ranjini, where he has progressed very little despite the weekly OT/ST, weekly playgym and daily kindy. I am going to meet with the folks at WQ park this week to see the place.

    Seeing that this article was written few years back, did the EIP prog improve/speed up his progress?

    Thanks for sharing. It gives hope and semangat for mommy to fight harder.

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    admin Reply:

    Hi Nalia, will email you and drop you my phone number, easier to chat over the phone than typing here 🙂

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  15. Hi can u give me the contact number of the teacher? Planning to contact her for my son’s OT. Thanks

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    admin Reply:

    Hi salam, she doesnt do OT per say as she is not an occupational therapist. She is teacher for Early Intervention Programme

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  16. Salam, i am too searching for EIP class for my son. If you don’t mind to share the experienced you have sending your son to WQ Park can you please email me?.. I have called them, but the price is too high for me. try to search for other EIP but to no avail.. i maybe need to go for a loan if i do send my son to WQ PArk.. TQ..

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    admin Reply:

    hi, do give me a call 0192325757
    would be easier to do it over phone than typing 🙂

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