September 2015 update *NEW*

I am excited to announce our fifth “A Mother’s Wish” (AMW) Holiday Programme for individuals with moderate to severe autism — Nov 30th to Dec 15th. The AMW fund and the families of the participants will share in the costs.

The holiday programme concept constitutes our baby steps towards the ultimate vision of creating a community that provides affordable quality programmes for youths and adults with moderate to severe autism all-year-round.

Through the holiday programmes, we hope to offer an experience of AMW’s model of collective caregiving that spreads the responsibility of caring for individuals with autism across the community.

Concise Overview of Holiday Programme, Nov-Dec 2015

Programme Outline:

Monday, Nov 30th Creative Arts — Making Vegetable Print Wrapping Paper
Tuesday, Dec 1st Creative Arts — Embodied movement
Wednesday, Dec 2nd Wellness — BodyTalk Techniques
Thursday, Dec 3nd Creative Arts — Music
Friday, Dec 4th Lifeskill — Baking I
Monday, Dec 7th Creative Arts — Making Creative Gifts Tags
Tuesday, Dec 8th Fitness — Physical Cooperative Activities
Wednesday, Dec 9th Fitness — Functional Training
Thursday, Dec 10th Creative Arts — Drama and Movement
Friday, Dec 11th Lifeskill — Baking II
Monday, Dec 14th Fitness & Wellness— Yoga
Tuesday, Dec 15th Creative Arts — Music and Dance

To learn more about the service providers, please click here.

To read more about the individual activity and enrol your child, please click here.

Cost: $40 per day

Deadline

Contact: choo.kahying@awakeningminds.com.sg or 8163-4509.

The AMW Fund allows us to subsidise the holiday programme and keep the rate at $40, while compensating our service providers, assistants and coordinator fairly.

Click here to find out all the different ways that you can support us!  

July 2015 Update

We have just completed our 4th A Mother’s Wish (AMW) holiday programme with 11 activities (June 5–19, 2015) for 17 participants! Once again, we would like to give special thanks to our community-in-the-making — the autistic participants, their families and helpers, service providers, and last, but not least, the volunteers! This time around, our motley group of volunteers were sourced from all quarters —students from Raffles Girls’ School, Hwa Chong JC, Meridian JC, and NUS, working adults, friends of acquaintances, and even my sister and niece.

At this juncture, with four holiday programmes under our belt, we would like to take a step back to look at how we have been doing from a ‘big-picture’ perspective:

Check out our day-to-day descriptions of the activities and the gallery of photos here!

MARCH 2015 UPDATE

I am excited to announce our fourth “A Mother’s Wish” (AMW) Holiday Programme for individuals with moderate to severe autism — June 5th to June 19th. The AMW fund and the families of the participants will share in the costs.

The holiday programme concept constitutes our baby steps towards the ultimate vision of creating a community that provides affordable quality programmes for youths and adults with moderate to severe autism all-year-round.

Through the holiday programmes, we hope to offer an experience of AMW’s model of collective caregiving that spreads the responsibility of caring for individuals with autism across the community.

Concise Overview of Holiday Programme, June 2015:

Programme Outline:

Friday, June 5th Creative Arts — Music and Dance
Monday, June 8th Creative Arts — Making Windchimes
Tuesday, June 9th Fitness — Frisbee
Wednesday, June 10th Creative Arts: Making Decorative Paperweights
Thursday, June 11th Creative Arts — Drama and Movement
Friday, June 12th Fitness - Football
Monday, June 15th Lifeskill — Baking I
Tuesday, June 16th Creative Arts — Music
Wednesday, June 17th Fitness — Functional Training
Thursday, June 18th Sensory Creative Arts — Making Aroma Play Dough
Friday, June 19th Lifeskill — Baking II

To learn more about the service providers, please click here.

Cost: $40 per day

Deadline

Contact: choo.kahying@awakeningminds.com.sg or 8163-4509.

The AMW Fund that allows us to subsidise the holiday programme is principally funded by the sales of Sebastien’s paintings and products inspired by his artwork:

http://www.awakeningminds.sg/sebs_raw_art.html
http://www.awakeningminds.sg/amw/our_products.html

If you would like to offer a contribution to AMW (100% to AMW), we will send you an A4-sized print of Sebastien’s artwork in return.  

FEBRUARY 2015 UPDATE 

At our third “A Mother’s Wish” (AMW) Holiday Programme for individuals with moderate to severe autism (spread across Nov 28-Dec 11, 2014), I was delighted to see how we were beginning to cultivate a sense of community. As our group congregated each day, we were happy to reconnect with familiar faces —participants, helpers, and parents from previous holiday programmes — and excited to welcome new ones. For the parents and helpers shouldering the primary responsibilities of caring for our children, the holiday programme also offered a degree of respite and connection, thanks to the assistance of the volunteers.

This time around, our participants took public transport and participated in eight activities:

1. Football— Nov 28th 2. Baking I: Banana Oat Cookies — Dec 1st
3. Functional Training (Fitness) — Dec 2nd 4. Building a Miniature Garden — Dec 3rd
5. Drama and Movement — Dec 4th 6. Baking II: Fruit Tarts — Dec 8th
7. Embodied Movement — Dec 9th 8. Assembling an IKEA CD Box — Dec 11th

We are most grateful to our service providers, assistants, volunteers (principally from Meridian JC, but also from NIE and NUS), and families for their involvement and support. Special thanks to Mrs. Selina Tan who opened her home to host four of our events and the refreshments she provided! Together, we embody AMW’s model of collective caregiving — spreading the responsibility of caring for individuals with autism across the community. With these baby steps, we hope to achieve our ultimate dream of building a community that provides affordable quality programmes all-year-round.

To ensure that the AMW holiday programme activities are affordable for families, the costs of the programme are subsidised by the AMW fund. If you are looking for some unique gifts, please check out AMW’s product offerings.

Please contact Kah Ying at choo.kahying@awakeningminds.sg for more information and purchases.