Wednesday, March 17, 2010

My brave hero!

I dont believe it when my son teachers telling me he is able to walk on a single rope in Skytrek Bukit Cerakah...But now looking at this photo ! Am i being over protective to my only son..i never explore on what is his ability but now i will try my best..there is a hidden potential ... you never know...Irfan luqman you are my sweet brave hero..
Kak Ngah Cheeah and Kak Yang Nabila..i dont think your sister will be so brave as you!
mama luqman

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Loving Autistic Son

Today just completed book given by my sister in law coming back from Abu Dhabi.Loving Olivia Bringing Up my autistic Liz AstorThe story are similar with other autistic mother searching of way to improve her autistic daughter..anyway the ending words that really touch my feeling ....

she develop a new odd movement with her hand and some facial grimacing..........but she is beautiful and sweet......Each ot these characteristic are what make up..every single bit of olivia ,every single bit of her is autistic,,and every single bit of her i love,just as she is.I have arrived at full acceptance after all.

Teacher and carer all come and go,to them it is just a job..but people like us parents well,we"re in this for life,aren't we?and that's just fine with me.

To reach the level of acceptance is not easy and alhamdulillah i am there but still with hope .

Mama Luqman

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Hope for Autism

Today is already the end of 4th week January 2010.Too busy with my world as a specialist & passes too fast..and too many issues need to be tackle especially as a medical personnel..not enough specialist and my friend admitted for dengue therefore non stop on call for the past 3 weeks..I am lucky because rehabilitation medicine is not that heavy and thenks for a very helpful and strong support from my medical officers.

Sometimes i feel neglecting my special son..sorry Irfan ...mama is trying hard making the best for you.Anyway after 1 year attending MA Joseph speecial Nedds care .he has shown tremendous improvement..He start to focus..can make sound but still no words..I need to be patience and istiqamah and really hope 2010 will a year with light for Irfan Luqaman.The articles i enclose is just for me to remember in future....there is hope for them and you would not know which is the best for your son..Only ALLAH knows the answer...

mama irfan

Articles: Help at hand

With proper intervention, children with learning disorders can make significant progress, too.
WHEN the wiring is faulty, a light bulb blinks and dims. Tweaking the wiring may just do the trick. Similarly, neuroscientists and psychologists are attempting through various ways and means to tease and trigger neurons or nerve cells into working in harmony for those whose thinking process, speech and development have been impaired.
Among them is the venerable psychologist Dr Reuven Feuerstein from the International Centre for the Enhancement of Learning Potential in Jerusalem.
Good progress: Emy Lim is convinced that Feuerstein’s way has helped her son, Joseph Diong, 8, overcome speech impediment and propelled him to excel in school.
Dr Feuerstein strongly believes that the brain is modifiable. He says the brain is not a fixed, unchanged entity but is elastic and can be stretched like plastic. He postulates that with the right intervention, the brain, no matter the degree of damage or injury, can be made to function optimally.
The brain, he asserts, requires systematic stimulation to build cognitive function, that is, specific methods for interpreting information and problem-solving to support learning and development. This is the heart of Dr Feuerstein’s theory which he first tested out on children who were traumatised by the Holocaust and who showed autistic tendencies.
For the past 50 years, Dr Feuerstein’s teachings based on his Structural Cognitive Modifiability Theory and Mediated Learning Experience have benefited families and teachers in over 80 countries.
On the local front, therapists Foo Siang Mun and K.C. Soo have adopted Dr Feuerstein’s approach to teach their students on both ends of the developmental spectrum – from persons with autism, Down Syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder to those with high IQ. They notice the significant inroads their students are making. Those who could not speak, are talking now. Those who could not read, are reading now. Those whose memories had failed them, are now gaining ground in their studies.
“Prior to 2005, I had tried speech therapy, occupational therapy and behavioural modification therapy, but my daughter made little progress. Under the care of Foo, she is talking and reading,” enthuses Dr Ailina about her daughter, Aiman Syafiqah Mahathir, 10, who was diagnosed with autism at three.
Jane Yeoh was amazed to see her son, Ben, 6, improving in speech and behaviour.
“We help students with the right strategies to decode the meaning of words and symbols, understand causes and effects, ask questions, follow rules and ultimately, to learn independently,” says Soo.
“We unblock the barriers to learning and then build up the learner’s ability,” he adds.
Both Soo and Foo are science graduates, each with over 10 years of experience in corporate training prior to their current vocation as certified Feuerstein’s Instrumental Enrichment trainers.
They stress that teaching children with learning issues is never static. “The learning process is dynamic. As you teach, you reinforce what the student knows and mediate in areas where he is weak,” says Soo.
In their daily one-on-one sessions with students, they observe how the students tackle the task and decide on what they need to understand to enrich their learning. It could be decoding the meaning of words, learning how to retain memory for the task at hand, solving problems, decoding mathematical symbols or learning how to ask questions.
“Many with learning disorders do not know how to ask questions,” Foo observes. Because it is an essential skill for communication, Foo and Soo teach their students the need to ask questions and show them how to do it.
“When they learn how to ask questions, they gain knowledge. This lessens their frustration, especially when they are placed in an unfamiliar setting or situation,” explains Foo. When their level of frustration lessens, inappropriate behaviour will decrease, too.
Theoretically, a child with no learning issues, learns directly from his environment. But when a child has a learning disability, he needs a little nudge to help him make sense of the information presented to him. In doing so, he learns to interact with people and blend into the environment.
But that is only one side of the story. The person who teaches must also know how to teach. “The learning does not start and end with the student. The mediator or teacher must first know how to teach effectively and the only way to do it, is to learn with the right tools. We believe Feuerstein’s method is the way to go for parents,” explains Soo.
Concurs Emy Lim, mother of Joseph Diong, eight. She is convinced that Feuerstein’s way has helped her son overcome speech impediment and propelled him to excel academically.
“My son could not speak even at the age of five and had behavioural issues. He was taken to see a few specialists and he was advised to undergo speech therapy. But that didn’t help,” recalls Lim, a pharmacist. But when she took Joseph to Foo and Soo, she discovered that he had a problem with auditory memory. “He could not remember what he heard and saw,” she says. But as she worked hand-in-hand with Soo and Foo, Joseph gradually overcame his problem with memory and began to talk. To Lim, that is a breakthrough.
Now Joseph consistently emerges as the best student in the private school he attends. Talking to him, it is hard to believe this articulate boy with a ready smile once had learning problems. Today one of his favourite pastime is reading books. “I like to read about the adventures of Geronimo Stilton,” says Joseph. Geronimo Stilton’s character is a talking mouse and the series of books based on his adventures are considered one of the bestselling children’s books.
Jane Yeoh is another parent who feels that her children have benefited from Foo and Soo’s way of teaching. She gave up her job as an illustrator to care for her sons Keith, eight, and Ben, six, both of whom have learning disorders. “Ben underwent speech therapy for two years but he did not show any improvement,” says Yeoh.
Hard-pressed, she decided to give Soo and Foo a try two years ago and was amazed to see Ben and Keith improving in speech and behaviour. “What I like about their teaching approach is that they are flexible and creative in troubleshooting,” she adds.
Soo and Foo stress that parents play an integral role in interventional therapies. “The child’s progress depends on how much time the parents are willing to put in,” says Soo.
Wan Chik Hanoom, mother of two special needs boys, concedes parental involvement is vital. She gave up her job with a multinational company to care for Mohd Anas Syed Mohd, 13, and Abu Talhah Syed Mohd, 18.
For years, she had to bear the brunt of the wrath of Talhah’s teachers for his behaviour. While Talhah had no problem reading and talking, she says, he had no comprehension of what he read and his speech was inappropriate. In addition to that, she had to watch over Anas who has Down Syndrome.
But five years ago, she sought the help of Foo and Soo and together they worked through the issues her two sons faced. Now Talhah has not only completed his major government exams, he is looking forward to going to college. “Anas is able to talk without any tantrums and he is better at managing himself,” beams Wan Chik.
A healthy dose of optimism helps, too. As Feuerstein says on his website: “Have faith because there is hope.”

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Selamat Hari Raya

This year raya.. 2009 is my hometown Teluk Intan turn to celebrate Hari Raya..All my children very happy to meet their atok n opah intan...I manage to get release on Friday at least to spend 1 or 2 days fasting in my hometown...No place will ever change your feelings to your hometown..I am very proud that i was born in a least i am able to breath a pure clean and fresh air for at least 20 years .Rather than suffering from air polution causing respiratory distress in a city that i am facing least Shah Alam is not as bad as KL...
But surprisingly my hometown Teluk Intan now undergoing transformation..there is giant...Sushi King,old town white coffee and traffic congestion..Who will go to such place in Teluk Intan or maybe my hometown people are richer now that they can afford the city food..But if the same population during my old days that is low n medium income group is it necessary to bring all this modenisation ..or rather we should just be proud with our Mastan Ghani,Ghulam Rasul.
Dalam kerendahan hati ada ketinggian budi
Dalam kemiskinan harta ada kekayaan jiwa
Dalam kelembutan lidah ada keterlanjuran kata
Dalam gurau senda tenda ada khilaf dan dosa
mama luqman sekeluarga

Thursday, September 10, 2009

My daughter Merdeka Day

Today is the 3rd day and the last day for my daughter UPSR exam.This also mean starting tomorrow i will be working and stuck in traffic jam..HKL to Shah Alam..almost 1-2 hour every day...
Anyway for my daughter and her all her friends a big smile on their face ..most of them will say Merdeka Auntie,Merdeka...yes they are ...but UPSR is just a beginning of a long journey.For Person like me until this level ...exams already neutralised my heart more palpitation more incontinence..Possible next 2 years i will start my PhD or subspecialising in disabled children...but exams is still exams and to get flying colours there is only one study smart not hard.

mama luqman

Monday, September 7, 2009

Exam UPSR fever

While writing this page my daughter NurSyakeerah already in deep sleep as tomorrow is her UPSR day.This is my first experience with daughter facing such a big year will be Nur Nabilah turn..Despite my busy clinic my boss already promise to give me off for this 3 days as i have requested since Mei this year....I cant remember during my old Penilaian Darjah Lima days ,but i guess at that moment parents are not that excited as today...because most of my friend is in the same boat taking 3 days off to give moral support to their children.For sure tomorrow when i sent my daughter,it is not only full of children to sit for exam but the anxious parents .
But it is a great feeling...knowing your children already grown up and next year they will enter secondary school.It also reminds me on my age as i am no more young.
Yet as a mother to a special son,my special boy will always be the up most in my thought..what will be his this moment he is still dependent on someone for toileting and his speech is not develop...But i will never give up for my special son and i believe Allah will hear my doa's and maybe one day my special son will be able to sit for UPSR exam.Insyallah

mama luqman

Sunday, August 30, 2009


Hi today is our Merdeka Day and all Malysian should be proud of this day.But shouting,dancing and yelling among youngsters and school children is not should come from your inner soul,inner heart to realise what merdeka is all about.While typing this blog on air is the Bahtera Merdeka song ...very touchy and lovely music but do all the young generation knows about this song..I bet only 20% infact my daughter will only laugh to this old genre song.
It is not easy to understand Merdeka...when i am young, merdeka is just a fun day..kereta berhias ,perbarisan...and bunga api but now i realised merdeka is not for the country only but we as Malaysian citizen to merdeka our lifestyle,our dependency to outsiders and our dependency on orang putih technology.We are Malaysian ,we should be proud with our own identity ,our own technology and our own invention.
This remind me to my experience as a doctor

..during my undergraduate my Medical Degree is from USM..this is a very nice university infact it represent 1 malaysia.. i dont have much difficulty although my 1st 2 years in USM Penang followed by next 4 years in HUSM Kubang Kerian Kelantan.Such a wonderful place very peaceful and the competition among students is not that much....

But during my Master years in University Malaya it is very tough ..competition is very hard and tough must be independent and struggle to get your way.Your mind must be merdeka if not many of my friends failed in this battle.

Now as a specialist practising new field in medicine which is rehabilitation medicine is also a battle for me .. i have been to several countries for attachment just to merdeka my mind on the limitation that i have here.Adaptation need to be done as our country health system is different from them...our manpower is inadequate in term of numbers and knowledge therefore we need to Merdeka our mind and think our own way but maintain the quality.Infact think of the better way comparing the Australian way.....Merdeka is so broad..

just that i hope in future all malaysian mentality will Merdeka..I am still sad if others specialist will compare my way and the Australian way ...Dont their mind understand Merdeka or they dont even know what merdeka is all about.


mama luqman