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Children With Autism in Malaysia Get Their Christmas Gifts

Christmas came early for children from the Kuching Autistic Association who were treated to a festive meal and presents from the Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC), The Star reports.

The Christmas treat was part of the corporation’s Love-in-a-Box programme for 121 children at the learning and daycare centre who were presented with books and other gifts.

“This is part of our corporate social responsibility to give back to society and meet the volunteers and teachers of various charitable organisations. ” We pick different recipients for each occasion and this time it is the Kuching Autistic Association ,” SEDC chairmanTan Sri Abdul Aziz Husain said. He noted that children with autism need close attention, understanding and support as they face unique challenges and are usually misunderstood by the public. “We hope that our programme will bring cheer to both parents and children”, he added.

Association’s president Datuk Dr Yao Sik Chi said the centre currently had 121 students aged between 3 and 37, who come for two or three hours of vocational training a day. The aim of the training is to teach the students communication and socialising skills including improving their attention span and ability to sit still for long periods.

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