Archive for November, 2007

Resala Children

November 17, 2007

A couple of volunteers and myself went for a trip to Al Azhar Park last Thursday with nine of the orphaned children from the Nasr City branch of Resala. Those responsible for the children at Resala accompanied us as well.

I really enjoyed that trip a lot. The children were cool and bright. They liked playing in the grass and had a good time out. Their ages range from one year to one year and a couple of months. Some of them were not yet good and walking well. It was a good opportunity there for practicing.

Resala Child

The above photo is for one of the nine children in the bus when we were still on our way from Resala going to Al Azhar park. He is one year and three months old. I am looking forward for more trips with those cute children.

Sense of Achievement

November 10, 2007

Today I attended a third session at Resala about dealing with children with various kinds of learning and developmental difficulties. The session continued discussion of the observation phase and how to observer children closely and try to explain any abnormalities you observer. The session also explained using various games with children to improve several of their skills and also to determine their skills levels.

Following the session, we dealt directly with several children who had several types of developmental and learning difficulties. The one I was assigned to had down syndrome. After going through various games with him, we finally provided him with a paper on which a circle has been drown and another empty paper and a pen. We asked him to draw a circle on the empty paper. That he did well. Upon asking him to draw a triangle, he refused. We showed him several times how to draw it, each time he tried he was unable to and resorted to draw a circle again. Repeatedly we showed him how to draw a triangle but each time he either drew a circle or started to color inside the circle. He refused to tray again drawing the triangle. He then refused to try and draw the triangle. He did not want his inability to draw a triangle to show.

The one responsible for the special needs children at Resala came and held a ruler asking him to draw a line using that ruler. She wanted to teach him how to use a ruler to draw the triangle. He failed even to draw a line using the ruler. All he was able to do was circles. After her persistence with him for several times he was finally able to draw a straight line using the ruler. He was very happy with that and we encouraged him by praising his small achievement. She then kept guiding him showing him how to connect one line with another using the ruler to make up a triangle. It was not easy for him, but in the end he was finally able to draw a triangle with the ruler with her help.

You cannot imagine how happy he was upon being able to draw that triangle after his repeated inability to do so at first. Children with learning difficulties can and do learn but they just need some persistence. The sense of achievement he had upon managing to finally draw a triangle was remarkable.

Down Syndrome, Autism and CP

November 5, 2007

Today at Resala Nasr City we met with children of special needs. We played with them using various games. I sat with some of them. One of them had down syndrome and another had CP. A third but younger one had autism. I gave them plasticine to form letters with. We then gave them papers with drawings in them to color.

After we finished and the kids left, we discussed with each other the case of each child. The ‘games’ were used to learn about he kids and discover the abilities and level of advancement of each of them. Based on this, we came up with what to be done with each child during the next sessions in order to further improve his/her abilities.

The group working with the children are all volunteers except for one employee who is working at Resala and is responsible for the Special Needs Children activity.

Experience of a Mother II

November 3, 2007

I have attended today a seminar with the title “Experience of a Mother” at the Nasr City branch of Resala. It is part of a series of seminars given by a mother of a child who has down syndrome. I had previously attended her previous seminar over a month ago. The seminar was jam packed with a lot of useful information that was delivered in a lively way that sounded sincere and practical.

Today’s seminar was about the phase of observation. A person working with children of special needs should have a strong sense of observation in order to be able to discover inappropriate behavior in children early and analyze what is causing such behavior then put measures or design programs to correct such inappropriate behavior.