Name : Hei Hei Age : 6 years old
Referral Problem : Hei Hei was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) at the age of 3 years old. When he entered primary school, he had troubles with school adjustment. During class, he was easily distracted by his surroundings and had a harder time following instructions. He often threw temper tantrums and was unable to express his thoughts and emotions. Additionally, Hei Hei often fixated on objects that his finds interesting and was unable to socially interact with peers. The school reflected the situation to Hei Hei’s parents, which led them to bring him to our centre for further assessment and training.
Assessment results indicated that Hei Hei's social communicative skills are weaker than that of his same aged peers. It is evident that he has difficulties communicating with peers during social interactions, despite having no problems with listening to instructions in class. Our Educational Psychologist recommended Hei Hei to take some individual educational programs (IEP) as well as social group class to enhance his emotional regulation, self-control, and communicative skills.
IEPs entail training on emotional regulation and following instructions through the use of activities that require perspective taking and understanding social cues
Group classes aim to help Hei Hei improve his social interaction with peers (i.e: cooperative and communicative skills)
Hei Hei has improved immensely in the following:
Now understand when is an appropriate time to ask instructor questions
Able to use newly learned calming techniques to help him calm down when feeling angry and frustrated
Has a better understanding of different types of social cues and stronger perspective taking skills through reading social stories
Begins to initiate interactions with peers and participate in group activities during group training