Welcoming a specially-abled child in your family isn't as easy as falling off a log. Cosmic questions and thoughts halt your consciousness. Where do we go? What to do? and perhaps the most salient of them all, why us?
The story of the Humble Marble
Rhythm is a word often used in music, but in this blog, it means ‘a smooth flow of daily activities of a child.’ A daily rhythm can be understood as a natural impulse like breathing. And this daily rhythm, if followed from early childhood, can impact a child’s healthy development.
Hyperlexia is a term that struck me when I first came across it. Maybe, because I had never heard of it. So, I decided to explore it further. It turned out to be my light bulb moment because I was working with an amazing little child diagnosed with Autism who would fit in the description of hyperlexia. I could relate the two now. And I finally found the word I was looking for.
I am from Balikpapan, Indonesia and I am a mother of two children. My first child is a girl and my second child is a boy. We realized there was something wrong with my second child when he was two years old. He liked spinning the wheel of a toy car for hours instead of playing with it. He also liked walking in circles and only stopped when you held him. He never responded when we called his name. We did not think his actions and responses were unusual. We thought if we waited, these actions and responses would change as he grew older. We were wrong. After 6 months, he remained the same. So, we decided to bring him to a pediatrician and after examining him, he diagnosed my son as having autism. He was two and a half years old.
Last year, a 68 year-old man was reported dead by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) lying among heaps of junk in his flat, after a neighbour complained of a pungent stench stemming from his residence. In another incident, a 58 year-old man who hoarded items died when the firefighters struggled to get through the stack of hoarded items to save him during an accidental fire.
"What's in a name? That which we call a rose
We are social beings who thrive on healthy relationships. Understanding how to maximize the positive relationships and minimize the negative relationships is one of the keys to living a happy and fulfilling life.
When we’re thinking of sending someone to the hospital to receive medical attention, it’s natural for us to call for an ambulance. However, do you know that there are non-emergency ambulances as well? For cases that are mild in nature, it would be a waste of resources to send a normal ambulance, which is usually reserved for life-threatening emergencies.
When someone brings up a possibility of an accident, you might scoff and think that there’s really nothing much that can be done about it. After all, an accident is something that’s out of our control. You can reduce the chances of it occurring, but when it happens, it happens.