Parent: Naz Ghouse
Child’s age: 6
School: Upper Bukit Timah
What were the factors that played in your decision to choose White Lodge as your son’s preschool?
My 6 year-old son Aashir Arthfael Ghouse was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) when he was approaching 3 years old. He has social-interaction difficulties, repetitive behaviour, speech delay, gross and fine motor delays along with sensory issues particularly tactile and taste.
I chose White Lodge because the school offered a low student-teacher ratio, staff trained in Special Needs and trial classes. The school also complemented an Early Intervention Programme he was receiving at Eden’s Children Centre. The teachers at White Lodge were patient, flexible and provided a creative environment for the children in the classrooms which convinced me that White Lodge was the preschool for him.
What did you love about White Lodge the most?
I appreciate the time, effort and perseverance of the teachers and the Principal who patiently built Aashir’s tolerance for larger-sized class. The hands-on activities with peers as well as child-centric group-learning activities allowed him to enjoy his time at school while boosting his social-interaction abilities.
How did your son adjust to the school? Did the school take any special measures to help with the settling in process?
Yes, the Principal and the teachers patiently waited outside the classroom for couple of days allowing my son to adjust to the new environment and overcome the crowd-sensory challenges at a pace suitable to him. In the due course, we agreed on getting a trained Special Needs teacher to come for an hour and observe Aashir’s participation in class and take her recommendations as well. I appreciate White Lodge for going the extra mile to help us out.
In what ways have you found your son to be prepared for the next school phase following their time at White Lodge?
White Lodge has helped build my son’s tolerance to be in a larger class setting and providing a platform for more social interaction. He was able to practice taking instructions and doing activities as a group which was essential to prepare him for the next stage. He started off at White Lodge as a child who didn’t like social interaction but we were thrilled to see him perform with 20 other children on stage in front of a big audience on his last day at White Lodge!
What feedback did you receive from his new teachers with regard to your son’s progress and settling in to his new school after White Lodge?
He will be joining Pathlight School in January 2019. I would like to thank White Lodge for the contributions and hands-on learning experience that helped my son. I am sure he will enjoy himself in his new school next year.