Miracles

In Kuching, there are miracles. I am blessed to have a friend who hosts me even though she is not at home till Thursday. I will be in Kuching for a few weeks. Training and setting up a center. Pray, pray, praise!

Dear God
Thank you for a church
Sponsors the training site
Blesses the church
Opens doors for the church
To reach out
Touches lives
Touches souls

Blesses my host
Opens the windows
Opens the doors
Of blessing
Pours unto her

Grants wisdom
Unto parents and teachers
Opens eyes
To learn how to train
Children with autism
Children with special needs
Children with dyslexia

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阅读障碍和学习障碍儿的经历

A Chinese student with learning challenges shares her struggles in Mandarin in the remediation center, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.

FEB 5
学习障碍孩子的故事

四年的学习挣扎
上一年级了, 刚开始都很高兴,因为有很多朋友在那里,我很开心。
本来上课很兴奋,平时我上课时爱作梦,脑海里都是漫画戏。所以我每天都会被老师骂。我第一次考试都不及格,所以我都会被妈咪打骂。后来,我第二次考试到50,60分。如果,在学校里算是及格,只是妈咪觉得很差,所以妈咪都给我补习。每次补习都很累,我还要读 ejaan 和读听写要读很多次才会。如果不会的话,就要被妈咪打骂。经过妈咪的努力和教导后,终于得到了80%。

头脑空白
但是,上了四年级后,功课很难又很多功课,妈咪帮还是不会做。所以,上课时,老师讨论答案的时候,我就乘机写下答案。四年级的第一次考试快要到了,妈咪一直以来为我补习,让我做很多练习题。但是,在考试的时候,我就什么也做不了,所以我一直在想要怎样写出作文。刚好时间到,我把我的白卷交给了老师。老师将之交回给我,我看了看,竟然才得40%。放学了,我在学校的篮球场的侧门等妈咪来接我回家。真是时候妈咪到了,我跟妈咪讲今天老师派了考卷,我便把考卷交给妈咪看,妈咪看了考卷后,我觉得看见了一只恐龙似的。回家时,妈咪便开始打骂我,因为我的考卷不及格。

转机
过了几天,妈咪觉得我很有压力,她便问我要不要休学,去中心读书。我说要,因为这里有很大的读书压力。妈咪便帮我和蓝老师说我要休学。后来,我便到中心读书。这里,也有很多朋友,功课也难。我在这儿也没有读书压力,考试也能90%。我在这里很开心。
(十一岁女学生,学习障碍,分心儿童)

A Dyslexic Story

Hi, My name is Simon Tan. I am 16 years old and I have dyslexia.

I studied at Sin Ming Chinese school, when I was in primary school. I did not do well in school. My report card was all red marks. I did not like school because I cannot read well the words and understand it although I tried my best. I have great difficulty coping with three languages (Chinese, English, and Bahasa Malaysia) taught in school. The teachers punished me. They say I’m lazy.

I have two brothers who have dyslexia. My mother noticed that I have the same characteristics and difficulties as my brothers. She had me tested by Pastor Serena. She took me out of school and I joined my brother, Jonathan at Katsu when I was 9 years old.

I started the reading program with Jonathan. This is the best thing that happened to us. In 6 months we could read, write, and spell words that we could not spell before. I met many amazing people having the same problems as me. I started learning phonics and I was able to understand the words after I have learned the phonics. Slowly everyday I improved. I was able to work on my own after 6 months of training. I became independent, helpful, and hard working. I have purpose and even thought about writing a book. I like all my teachers and they encourage me in my studies and writing.

After 7 years studying at Katsu, I became much better at reading and writing. I am more disciplined and helpful.

I am thankful my mother is my advocate. She made so many sacrifices for me. I love my mother for helping me to become what I am today.

Now I would like to be a Hotel Owner. My ambition is to have a Multi-Billion-Dollar Hotel where all the rich and famous will come and enjoy my luxurious hotel.

Thank you,
Simon Tan

Her Story, Mom has a Child with Autism

A Mom who has a child with autism shares

Testimony

January 31, 2013

Dear Pastor,

I would like to express my utmost sincere thanks to you and your team at Katsu for my son, XX’s character, behavior and educational development and progress for the past 7 years.

You and the team who are caring and passionate enough to take in XX 7 years ago despite all the challenges that we face in handling XX’s personality and behavior patterns.

I am very pleased that XX has progressed from not knowing how to read, write and communicate to what he is today. He couldn’t even hold a pencil at age six and his temper, cries and fights could have driven anyone to give up and let go. Those were the nightmare days. However, your team has the Grace and Love of God to continue to nurture XX.

The reading and writing skills taught to XX have opened up his world in communication and amassing knowledge. In fact, XX now reads the Bible more than me and is disciplined in following and carrying out what are instructed whether by teachers or by me, as long as we explain to him the underlying reasons for doing certain tasks or responsibilities. His hugs and pats for me, touch and soothe every bit of my heart and soul.

For 2013, I pray for a breakthrough in XX’s social communication and interaction. I explained to XX that he has to improve on this aspect as these are necessary skills for his work, family and social well being. XX affirms: “Yes, I understand, Ma”.

May the Lord Bless You and Your Team Abundantly!

XX’s Mummy

His Story, Dyslexic

Hello, my name is Jonathan Tan, and I was diagnosed with dyslexia at Katsu Training and Development..

When I was 8, I struggled in school. Whether i was hardworking or not, things were just not getting through me.. I just hated school because I couldn’t achieve the results my friends could. Even worst, i was caned for my disability with reason of laziness.. For I knew I was not lazy for I had faithfully handed in my work everyday.. Who likes being caned for what you are not guilty of? It’s like dropping into a trap and was scolded for tripping it.. And in time, I slowly did became lazy, and soon later naughty.. And the caning kept coming but I felt it was right because I was what the teacher said I was..

When I came to Katsu, I was the worst I could be.. I had no confident,I hated school ,and I was like a little devil created on earth by my anger and misbehavior, but everything changed when I was there. The teachers treated me with love and believed in me, instead of scolding and punishment.. And in time, I was soon able to read and write rather flawlessly.Though I believe I had gained more than that. I had my confident back, and I started enjoying to come to school.. I believe you could say I had become an angel now? Haha.. Its because someone had believed in me.

In this learning center, I was not just taught to read and write, but more than that.I was taught to be more like Christ. To show love before I am loved, to treat people like how I treat myself, and to give instead of taking.. These are just the many few characters of Christ that I am sharing with you. And its because of Christ, I am a different person today.

Though I have not yet finish my studies. I am doing rather well. I am a boss of my very own trading company…Jon’sTradeHouse. And a freelance professional dancer.. I have high hopes of becoming an international recognized dancer with a multi-billion-dollar trading company.. In the process, I would also like to share the Love that was given to me for Free..

Today, I am most appreciative to God who had blessed me with such a wonderful Mom, who had made one of the most difficult decisions of her life under the worst conditions one could imagine, which had saved me from a life time of suffering. I am also thankful for the amazing teachers and Pastor Serena, who had brought me up in such a loving and caring environment..

I hope my life story could inspire you to always believe in your child in the worst of conditions.. Because all we need is just that extra push of faith. Don’t give up because God had already written your Child’s Legacy to a blessing to the next generation.

(Student is studying Grade 10. He came in 2006 when he was 12, and learned reading in Katsu. As of today, he has finished 9 set/level text books for the past 6-7 years. Praise God!)

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Open doors

Just today
A Christian friend
Hands me his office key that
Behind our center for special needs
In Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Says

Use it freely
For special needs

Just today
Two bright and talented
Compassion
Passion
Young adults
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Says

Love to be part of the
new center
In Penang, Malaysia

Just today
A group
Dedicated friends
Desperate parents
With children of special needs
Says

Meet us
Assess our children
Give a talk on
Learning overcoming learning disabilities
In Kuching, Malaysia
On January 17, 2013

Just today

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Yes, this book is in Mandarin. One of the best training programs for special needs, especially for children with autism.