TUESDAY, JULY 21, 1992
STONE ON THE PATH TO SUCCESS
stone, a centre in Ipoh to help cerebral palsy children lead as near
normal lives as possible, is close to achieving the goals it has set
by the Ipoh-based Yayasan Sultan Idris Shah for the Disabled, the centre
provides training and counseling for parents so they can cope with their
therapists Waltraud Rothe and Eugenie Tan are involved in the intensive
training programme, which involves muscle and co-ordination training
for the children, many of whom suffer from muscular dystrophy.
Rothe: "An important criteria for the programme to be successful
is early intervention."
have to start training the child as soon as his disability is detected,
otherwise our scope is limited."
that parents have to give maximum support because when the child is
not at the centre it is the family who would have to continuously stimulate
the child so that he can carry out his daily living skills as effectively
the role of Stepping Stone, Tan said as the name implies, it is just
a stepping stone as what is learnt at the center has to be carried out
in order to be of any benefit.
Stepping Stone's functions are beginning to show the desired results
since it opened its doors last September.
is clearly seen in the case of Adhwa Razali, six, who started coming
to the centre last year.
parents Razali Ismail and Mariam Abdul Majid followed the programme
with keen interest and all members of the family were involved with
could not walk or crawl when he first came. Now he is able to stand
with support and in time he will be able to walk with calipers."
22 children attend the sessions at Stepping Stone, which apart from
being educational, includes social integration programmes such as parties
to expose the disabled so they do not feel shy of their disability.