Preparing Your Child With Autism For A Birthday Party

Birthday parties are typically a highlight for a child and their parents as well, as they celebrate another milestone each year.For most typically-developing children, birthday parties are an enjoyable event filled with lots of celebration, fun, entertainment, games, and gifts! Nonetheless, for children with autism, birthday parties can be a daunting and challenging event, and some children with autism may demonstrate challenging behaviours as a result...

UNICEF Inclusive Playground Initiative

On the 18th of April 2018, our team at EAP were invited to a workshop held jointly by Sime Darby Property and UNICEF to discuss the designing of the future UNICEF Inclusive Playground Initiative. This playground is envisioned to be the first of its kind in Malaysia, and would be based in the City of Elmina, Shah Alam ...

Open Sea Swimming Challenge and How To Prepare For It

On 21st April 2018, two of our kiddos took part in an Open Sea swimming event at Pulau Redang, Terrengganu. This event coincided with World Autism Awareness Month 2018, and challenged the boys to swim a distance of 1km over an open sea! To prepare for the event, two of our boys, Daniel* and Sam* had to prepare at least a month in advance for the big day...

EAP Malaysia's Response To The Arrest of Young Man With Autism

It is very unfortunate for both families involved in the recent incident in Kuala Lumpur, involving a 22-year old man with autism, Ahmad Ziqri, who was arrested after being accused of molesting another woman. In light of the recent events, we at EAP were asked for our perspective by a number of media reporters and so we would like to share our thoughts on the matter, as well as to recommend various strategies that would equip other individuals with autism with the expected behaviours and appropriate social skills with regards to this matter...

EAP 2018 Mid Year Highlights

As we kick off our third and final term for 2018, we want to take a moment to reflect back on all that has taken place thus far here at EAP. We’d love to celebrate and share some of our highlight moments with all of you!

EAP Summer Camp Highlights

A few weeks ago, we kickstarted our first ever ‘Summer Camp’ programme for a few of our kiddos who were on school holidays over the summer break. We created this programme as a means for our intermediate children to have social interactions with their peers and to build meaningful friendships...

World Autism Awareness Month 2018 Highlights

April is always a big month for us here at EAP, because it is World Autism Awareness Month! It was such an eventful month and our greatest efforts thus far in raising awareness and promoting acceptance for autism in our city! Here’s a snapshot of what took place throughout the month-long campaign:

Preparing Children With Autism for a Successful Live Production

For the first time in 12 years since the establishment of Early Autism Project (EAP) Malaysia, 42 of our children with Autism participated in a production, titled “The Greatest Treasure”, in Pusat Sains Negara on the 30th of June 2018. In ensuring the success of the production, the preparation of the children played an even bigger role in ensuring a successful production and event..

Highlights from EAP's First Live Production

On the 30th of June 2018, Early Autism Project (EAP) Malaysia held its first ever live production since its establishment 12 years ago. The production, “The Greatest Treasure”, was held in Pusat Sains Negara where 42 of our children with Autism participated and played a role on stage...

Preparing Your Child With Autism For Christmas

During the Christmas season, most families may want to participate in various Christmas activities and events, however, these activities/events may be potentially challenging for a child with autism. This week on our blog, we would like to share with your some tips and strategies on how to prepare your child for Christmas.

How To Desensitise Your Child With Autism To Sounds

Some children with autism may have sound sensitivities, or tolerance issues to various sounds or loud noises. This issue can potentially be challenging, particularly if you intend to take a flight to your holiday destination. This week on our blog, we would like to share some tips and strategies on desensitising your child with autism to certain sounds, and we will be focusing on the loud sounds on an airplane.

Preparing Your Child With Autism For A Successful Trip To The Aquarium

The aquarium can be a fun and educational place for children and families to visit. Most families enjoy taking trips to the aquarium during the weekends or school holidays, and schools may also organise field trips to the aquarium. Nonetheless, going to new and unfamiliar places can be potentially challenging for children with autism. Furthermore, the aquarium can be dark and crowded during peak hours, which could trigger anxiety in children with autism.

Fire Safety and Evacuation Planning

Several weeks ago here in the beautiful city of Kuala Lumpur, a fire had broken out in a school dormitory, claiming the lives of 21 students and 2 teachers. Here at EAP, we were deeply saddened by the news and express our sincere condolences to those affected by the blaze. With that, we would like to take this opportunity to share some insights on fire safety and evacuation planning. Whether you live in a landed house or in a condominium, it is important to have fire safety practices and plan for evacuation in the event of a fire.

How To Teach Your Child With Autism To Stay With You In The Community

Going out to different places in the community is an activity most families engage in to enjoy some ‘Family Time’ together. Most families enjoy going out to places like malls, parks, swimming pools and playgrounds during the weekends and school holidays. Spending some quality family time helps build interaction and strengthen bonds between family members, allows everyone to unwind from work, school and other responsibilities. However, going out to the community can be challenging for families with children with autism, perhaps even for families with typically-developing children. In the community, there are various safety concerns, one particular example is the risk of children wandering off from the adults.

LEGO Therapy: What is it and does it treat autism?

Have you heard of the LEGO-Based Therapy? It is an alternative intervention to help children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) learn social skills and social competence through LEGO play. The developers of LEGO-Based Therapy believed that this intervention approach has long-term outcomes on the child’s social skills, such as improvements in initiation of social contact with peers, duration of social interaction with peers, as well as reduction in stereotyped behaviours. 

How To Have A Successful Trip To The Cinema

Going to the cinema to watch a movie is something most children get to experience during their childhood. We all remember the different movies we watched growing up, and how some of these movie experiences become memories we’ll never forget. Most kids nowadays enjoy trips to the cinema to catch the latest release, and would thereafter share about the movie with their parents, siblings or peers. Movies have become a great source of fun for most children and a popular social activity during the weekends and school holidays. Nonetheless, children with autism may not share the same interest or excitement when going to the cinema, and this can become a challenge for the child as well as their family. As a result, families with a child with autism may not get to share the same experience that most families would.

How To Successfully Have A Family Portrait Session With Your Child With Autism

Family photographs are important to most families in keeping special memories and recording milestones of their children. However, a family photography session can have its’ challenges even for children with typical development. It may be difficult to successfully meet the demands of a photography session from having to deal with the multiple verbal instructions from parents and the photographer, fulfill the different poses and possibly costume change as well as tolerate the length of the photo shoot!

What's Up With The Fidget Spinner?

“Hey, check out my new fidget spinner! It has red and blue lights!”, “Mummy, all my friends have a fidget spinner, why can’t I have one too?”. These comments may be familiar to most school teachers and parents of children of the current generation. Everywhere we go, we see kids (and even adults!) walking around with this spinning device placed between their thumb and index finger and being spun as they stare at it with fascination.

Structured Independent Activities - Interactive Play Ideas For Your Child With Autism

Hey everyone! We are back with the third part of our Interactive Play Idea series and this time we have structured independent activities...

How To Prepare Your Child WIth Autism For Hari Raya

Hey everyone! Hari Raya is just around the corner...

We Appreciate All Fathers With Kids With Autism

We would like to take a short moment to appreciate all fathers out there with kids with autism...

Interactive Play Ideas For Your Child With Autism - Outdoor activities and physical play

We've compiled more interactive play ideas that are easy and relevant as a continuation to our first interactive play video...

Interactive Play Ideas for Your Child with Autism

It can be difficult for parents to engage and play with your child with autism. Especially with hectic schedules, it can be hard for parents to come up with creative ideas...

EAP Family Day Highlights

Every year, we at EAP host our Annual Family Day to celebrate Mother's Day as well as the upcoming Father's Day...

Hari Raya tips - How to prepare your child with autism to start fasting for ramadhan

We are 2 weeks away from welcoming the month of Ramadhan, a holy month for Muslims around the world as our journey of spiritual purification begins...

To Our Beloved Mothers

Awhile ago we received an email from a parent sharing with us her challenges in obtaining a diagnosis and finding help in Malaysia...

World Autism Awareness Month Highlights

We are in the final week of World Autism Awareness Month for the year...

Dance for Hope Highlights

In conjunction with World Autism Awareness Month this year, a group of individuals came together for an awareness and fundraising campaign called Dance For Hope...


In our efforts to raise autism awareness and acceptance in schools in this nation, we launched our #KindnessStartsWithMe School Tour Campaign, where we go into various schools to speak to their students about autism and how to be kind to each other ...

Autism awareness around the world

This year, on the 2nd of April, we celebrate the ninth annual World Autism Awareness Day! And, if you didn't know, the whole of April is World Autism Awareness Month, too! We would like to share what's happening around the world in conjunction with World Autism Awareness Day this year. ...

ICYMI: How to support your friends with autism in school

In case you missed it, last year, we published a resource on how your child can support their friends with autism in school. ...

Supporting children with autism and special needs - The School Edition

The partnership between schools, families and other professionals (particularly the ABA therapy programme supervisor) is very important especially when it involves helping a child with special needs, in particular, autism, to transition to a new learning environment. ...

What is Paint for Autism 2017?

Pioneered by EAP in 2016, the Annual Paint For Autism is a collection of hand-painted canvases pieced together to create one masterpiece to signify the collaborative efforts of our community to support individuals with autism and their families...

Creating a bully-free world for children with autism

We've all probably heard of, or even witnessed one, how individuals with autism are bullied because of how they may be different. In today's society, it is evident that individuals with autism are especially vulnerable to bullying as compared to their typically developing peers. ...


What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Valentine's Day? From red roses to chocolates to gifts, Valentine's Day is a day widely celebrated by couples all around the world. However, at EAP, Valentine's for us is also about loving on our kiddos and the autism community, just like we do every other day. We want to show the world how to #lovesomeonewithautism. ...

7 inspiring stories you need to hear right now

Everyone needs a dash of hope and inspiration at times. These are real life stories involving children with autism themselves, their parents and the public community, all of whom play their part in making the world a better place for individuals with autism. ...

Preparing your child for a successful Chinese New Year reunion dinner

Chinese New Year is a time of celebration and joy for most families and for those who have children on the spectrum, it is still important to have a meaningful experience of Chinese New Year as a family. This year’s resource article is focused on preparing your child for a successful reunion dinner ...

Back To School Tips for Children with Autism

Going back to school can be challenging especially after an extended holiday (even for us adults)! Here are some general tips that can be implemented for your child with autism in order to ensure a successful transition back to school. ...

Who We Are

Early Autism Project Malaysia (EAP) is a service provider for people with autism founded by Wisconsin Early Autism Project (WEAP). We provide individualized and research-based intensive Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) treatment programmes for people on the autism spectrum. ...

EAP Year End Highlights 2016

2016 has been a great year, and we are grateful for all that has happened, from the big to the small. Check out our highlight video of the year! ...

How to involve your child with autism in Christmas (Part 2 - Making Christmas cards & buying Christmas gifts)

Another way you could get your child with autism involved in the upcoming Christmas festivities is to involve them in the making of Christmas cards and buying of Christmas gifts. ...

How to involve your child with autism in Christmas (Part I - Decorating the Christmas tree)

For most people, Christmas can be a joyous and exciting time of the year that people look forward to. For children with autism however, they may not feel the same excitement towards this season, or understand how to join in the festivities. ...

EAP 10 Years Story

It has been a great 10 years for us here at EAP. Watch our story unfold here. ...

Preparing your child with autism for a long flight

In our previous article, we talked about how to prepare your child with autism for a holiday. Now the question that remains for most parents would be: how is the flight going to be like for their child with autism? How do we occupy them in a long flight? ...

How to successfully prepare children with autism for a holiday

With the holidays just around the corner, this can be an exciting time or a daunting time for families with children with autism. It is important to remember that new places and changes can be very challenging for a child with autism. However, with sufficient preparation and practice, they can potentially have a great time! ...

Creative Teaching Tips (Part II)

Following up with our previous blog post on Part 1 of our 2-part Creative Teaching Tips series, here are more tips and ideas you can use in your home and/or school! ...

Creative teaching tips (Part I)

These are a collection of ideas that our team here at EAP has utilised over the last 3 weeks during our Progress Reviews with Dr Rebecca Thompson, a Senior Supervisor from our parent company, Wisconsin Early Autism Project (WEAP), and we want to share this bank of ideas with you! ...

Preparing your child with autism for a successful Deepavali celebration

From all of us at EAP Malaysia, Happy Deepavali to everyone who’s celebrating! We wish safe travels for those who are travelling back home, too. Not unlike any festive celebration in Malaysia, Deepavali is celebrated widely and by many. However, for families with children with autism, celebrations like these come with their own set of challenges. ...

Partnership with IDEAS Autism Centre

In 2017, EAP Malaysia will be partnering with IDEAS Autism Centre as as part The Hope Project. ...


On the 8th of October, EAP celebrated our 10th anniversary with our annual conference in the morning and a gala dinner at night. Both events were a huge success as we saw many people come, get equipped, have fun, and most importantly, leave with memories of celebrating with us. ...

Criticisms of Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA)

Whilst there is a lot of for the use of ABA as a treatment approach for individuals with autism, there are also some concerns as well as criticisms against ABA as a treatment approach. ...

Why is ABA So Effective in Teaching Children with Autism?

Amidst increasing alternative convincing treatments readily available and advertised, there is still no ‘magic pill’ for the treatment of autism. However, here are 8 key rationale reasons for why ABA remains the most effective treatment for autism to date.

How To Encourage Speech

At EAP, we are often asked if we have a speech therapist on board or a speech therapist to recommend. Our general response is that a good quality ABA (Applied Behavioural Analysis) programme should be able to address and teach individuals with autism to communicate effectively and hopefully speak fluently as well. The ability to pick up fluent speech is dependent on a few factors. ...

What is Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA)?

While there may be many treatments available for autism out there, with new alternative treatments on the rise, the treatment that is evidence-based and thoroughly research-based is Applied Behavioural Analysis (Autism Speaks). ...

What Is Verbal Stimming?

Verbal self-stimulatory behaviour can be difficult to discriminate from meaningful speech, especially in children with very mild autism. As explained in the first article of this series, speech is the expression of communication and thoughts through spoken language (Frost and Bondy, 2002). It is also important to note that speech directed to another person needs to be meaningful and purposeful. ...

Milestones of Typical Speech Development

In our previous blog entries, we have outlined the difference between communication and speech. To reiterate, communication is any behaviour exchanged with another person that produces related or direct social rewards (Frost and Bondy, 2002), whilst speech is the expression of communication and thoughts through spoken language (Merriam-Webster Dictionary). Here, we will be outlining the general speech development milestones of a typical child. ...

Red Flags of Speech Delay

The ability to express our thoughts and feelings is crucial to our survival as social beings. Children begin their journey of developing their speech as early as 2 months where they start cooing and make gurgling sounds. Speech is a developmental milestone that is observable and developmental problems may be indicated if a child is observed to not use their words to communicate. Thus, any delays in speech especially early on in a child’s development should not be taken lightly.

The Difference Between Communication and Speech

Do we see communication and speech as the same? Well, while both speech and communication are necessary skills, both words have different meanings. So, how is both communication and speech different from one another? ...

Persediaan untuk meraikan Hari Raya dengan anak anda

Terlebih dahulu, kami dari EAP Malaysia ingin mengucapkan Selamat Hari Raya Aidifitri kepada anda semua! Sebagai rakyat Malaysia, sama ada kita menyambut Aidilfitri atau tidak, kita mempunyai peluang untuk mengambil bahagian dalam pelbagai perayaan. Walaubagaimanapun, ini mungkin boleh mengundang cabaran kepada kanak-kanak autisme dan keluarga mereka. ...

Tips On Managing Challenging Behaviours

Challenging behaviours of children with autism can be stressful and frustrating for parents and caregivers. However, we need to take note that our children are not doing it on purpose. Some of the reasons why these behaviours happen include difficulty communicating their needs and wants, having trouble understanding what is happening around them, sensory overload or simply feeling anxious. ...

7 Things We Want All Superdads To Know

Superdads – that's what you are! Raising a child with autism has its challenges, but it definitely is rewarding. And if you didn't already know, you are a superhero in their eyes. Your sacrifice, patience, perseverance and persistence – we want to thank you for all that you do and all that you are to your child. With that, here are 7 things we want all superdads to know this Father's Day. ...

Myths About Autism

As the awareness of autism increases around us, so does many misconceptions and assumptions of the condition. ...

EAP Family Day 2016

Over the weekend on May 28th, we held our annual Family Day for our kids and their families. This year, we hosted a Sports Day for the first time ever and it was a huge success! ...

Can TV Cause Autism?

Do you think TV causes autism? ...

Survey: Malaysian's General Understanding About Autism

April will always be a special month for us as we join the world in celebrating World Autism Awareness Month. As part of our initiative in 2016 in spreading awareness and acceptance of autism, we wanted to find out what the general public understands about autism. Hence, we developed a mini survey and a total of 250 people consisting mainly of Malaysians took part in it. All they had to do was answer five true or false questions regarding autism. The results surprised us, so do read on to find out about it! ...

Did You Know? - Family Edition

Raising children with autism is not an easy feat. However, it is as rewarding and fulfilling as it can get. There has been many videos, stories and news articles focused on families affected by autism, be it from a parent's or sibling's point of view. ...

Preparing Your Child With Autism For A Field Trip

Field trips are a part of most school programs and these are done at least once a year. Several common places that are frequently visited during school field trips include science centres, zoos, and aquarium. For most typical children, field trips can be a highlight of their school term, as it serves as a reward and fun break from their usual school routine. Nevertheless, for children on the autism spectrum, field trips can be a nerve-wrecking experience and it may trigger higher anxiety levels in them. ...

World Autism Awareness Month Interactive Video

In conjunction with World Autism Awareness Month, we at EAP Malaysia came up with an interactive video to raise autism awareness. Throughout the month, many people took part in this activity and got a glimpse of what autism is like in terms of communication. ...

An Introduction To Autism With The Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA)

On the 11th of April, EAP Malaysia was invited by the Malaysia Chinese Association (MCA) to give a presentation on An Introduction To Autism. ...

World Autism Awareness Day 2016 Highlights

April is World Autism Awareness Month, and on the 2nd of April, we celebrated World Autism Awareness Day.

How To Support Your Friend With Autism In School

Dear parents, does your child have friends with autism in school? Or students, do you have anyone in your circle of friends affected by autism? Well, this video will show you some tips on how you can help make school a more meaningful experience for a child with autism. ...

Preparing your child with autism for World Autism Awareness Day and other events!

In conjunction with World Autism Awareness Day on the 2nd of April, we will be hosting an event at UCSI University’s North Wing. This is going to be an exciting event, where there will be a special ‘Paint For Autism’ project, a presentation by Dr. Nan Huai from our parent company (Wisconsin Early Autism Project), information booths, fun activities for the kids as well as special performances.

World Autism Awareness Day 2016

April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day. All over the world, people will be lighting it up blue in support of autism. ...

Autism Awareness Around The World

In conjunction with World Autism Awareness Day coming up in just over a month, we decided to share with you, what's been happening around the world related to autism awareness, from public safety officials getting trained on how to interact with individuals with autism, to events such as marathons and sales being held in schools, universities and local communities. ...

Autism Awareness In Malaysia

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that cannot be cured through medication. It is a lifelong and pervasive disorder which means that individuals diagnosed with the disorder have needs that are extensive. These needs include therapeutic intervention, special education, respite care and supported employment (Mann, 2013). The chronicity of ASD or autism thus not only brings an impact on the individuals diagnosed but the entire family unit (Macks & Reeve, 2007; Reichman et al., 2008, as cited in Cridland, Jones, Magee & Caputi, 2014). ...

Did You Know? - #welcometohope Edition

This next series of news pieces is all about hope. Trending all over the web, news and social media this past week has been a video of an inspirational father and son pair, Bill and Chris Davis. Born with physical disaiblities, neurological damage and on top of that, diagnosed with autism, Chris, now 22, has had a very tough life. However, that did not stop Bill from seeking treatment and showing unconditional love towards his son. "I thought, ‘If he’s happy, if he stops hurting himself, if I could hug him... That would be the greatest gift in life." ...

Preparing your child for a successful Chinese New Year celebration

Happy Chinese New Year (CNY) in advance from all of us at EAP Malaysia! Whether we celebrate Chinese New Year or not, being Malaysian means we have the opportunity to participate in all the national festivities of our fellow countrymen. However, this can pose some challenges for children with autism and their families. ...

Did You Know?

Did you know that autism-related events are happening around the world every single day? Did you know that scientists are coming up with new research? Did you know that many people and communities all around the world are coming up with different ways to include and love autism? Well, EAP Malaysia aims to bring you the best pieces of news, stories and events right here on our blog. ...

EAP Honour Moment

One of our core values here at EAP Malaysia is Honour. We strongly believe in honouring each and every one of our team members, regardless of their position. Honour moments are when we celebrate a team member each month who has gone above and beyond what is required of them. ...

EAP Social Skills Group Classes

Social Skills is something children with autism struggle with. Whether it is having a proper play time with their siblings or peers, or going out to a restaurant for a meal with their family, or even just enjoying a birthday party, children with autism struggle to interact like how typical children would. Here at EAP Malaysia, to ensure that our kids to grow up learning how to share, take turns and interact appropriately with their friends and family, we have set up Social Skills Group Classes. These classes are specially designed to cater to the different needs of the children. ...

EAP Resource - DIY Christmas Wreath

In conjunction with this festive season, here’s a simple arts and crafts you can do with your child! It’s safe with little chance of failure, and most of all, fun! There are many ways to make your very own Christmas wreath, but here’s one of the most simple ways to do so.

EAP Annual Dinner 2015

Over the weekend, EAP Malaysia celebrated and honoured our team members for all their hard work and efforts in what they do, for the passion they have in changing the kids’ lives, for choosing autism. We hosted our Annual Dinner to celebrate all that has happened throughout the year, the big and the small, the milestones and the achievements. The theme of the night was Beauty and The Beast, and there was not a single person who did not look like they were going for a formal ball! It was definitely a sight to see.

Bridge The Gap 2015: Q&A Session

Bridge the Gap 2015: School Edition was a huge success! We hope that you’ve been impacted greatly by what Dr Nan and Jochebed had to share. For those of you who were not able to make it, fret not, as we will be recapping conference over the next few days. So stay tuned!

EAP Hooray Moment

This month, we at EAP Malaysia would like to honour one of our team members, Mardhiyah binti Amirudin (Mardhi for short).

EAP on The Bella Show

We had the honour of being featured live on The Bella Show, NTV7, last week, where our very own director, Jochebed Isaacs, spoke about autism, its symptoms, diagnosis and the need for awareness.

EAP Resource - How to Turn Milk Into Stone

This fun yet inexpensive science project was in fact used in the early 90’s to create different plastic ornaments! This is a safe project you can do with your kids under supervision.

Moving Forward (Part 1)

EAP was recently asked the question of what are the necessary steps a school should take in order to successfully integrate a child with autism to school. While there are a number of specific recommendations ranging from minor adaptations to the school facility to human resource development, the change starts with a change of mindset.

EAP Hooray Moment

We absolutely love celebrating milestones with our kids. Hooray Moments help us build a culture of celebration as well as show others that there is hope amidst it all.

The Hope Project - Last Week at EAP Malaysia

#ProjectHope is all about bringing hope to the community in various ways. Being able to give to the community is one of our biggest passion we look forward to where #ProjectHope leads us to.

EAP Social Skills Group Class

Children with autism normally struggle with social skills, whether it is playing nicely with their peers and siblings, or enjoying a birthday party. Here at EAP Malaysia, we want to make sure that our kids grow up having learnt how to share, take turns and most importantly, interact appropriately with their friends and families. Therefore, we have set up Social Skills Group Classes for our kids, with different group classes catering to the different needs of the children.

EAP Resource - How to Make Slime in 5 Minutes

Here is another quick project that you can whip up for your kids, especially for sensory play and even interactive and peer play! You can also make this with your kids as this is a pretty safe DIY project, but do ensure that there is heavy supervision, and that the Borax, slime and any fingers involved are kept away from the eyes, nose and mouth.

EAP Hooray Moment

Here at EAP Malaysia, we believe in honouring and celebrating moments, big or small. Whether it is one of our kids saying “mummy” or “daddy” for the first time, or learning how to use communication appropriately, or a team member that stands out, we want to celebrate each and every victory and milestone.

EAP Events - Sibling Day

On the 5th of September, we held our last Sibling Day for the year. We saw 6 children from 4 different families come together for a day of bonding and fun-filled activities. From fun games to sharing time, it is without a doubt that the children left with a assurance that they were not alone in this journey.

EAP Resource - Handprint Art Ideas

Just like any typical children, children with autism love getting involved, getting messy, and getting creative in their own ways. After all, that is what childhood is all about! There are many ways a child with autism can learn and have fun at the same time, and one of the ways we can get creative with our kids include paint! Did you know that with just your hands and paint, you can create over a hundred different handprint art, including animals, characters and greeting cards?

EAP Sibling Day

Raising a child with autism places some extraordinary demands on a family as a whole (Autism Society, n.d.). Parents are not the only ones affected. In fact, a child’s siblings are just as much affected, if not more. It is without doubt that every child’s dream is to have a sibling or siblings to play with, to grow up with and to share their childhood with. However, children with autism may not be able to play or interact with their siblings just like typical children would. Furthermore, they require more attention and care from their parents and this may affect their siblings. Sometimes, their siblings may suffer in silence, feeling neglected and less loved, or even feel the pressure for the need to be a role model.

EAP Family Day

On the 15th August, last Saturday, EAP Malaysia held our first ever (but definitely not last!) EAP Family Day to celebrate all the families of our kids. It was a carnival themed event, with a bouncy castle and pinwheels, special booths for ring toss, count the candy, face painting and tattoos! It was a huge success as we saw families come together on a Saturday morning to see their kids perform, dance, sing and act on stage. There was pride and love on every single face throughout the kids’ performances. These are the moments we work for, the moments we look forward to. We also had an honour moment, where we specially honoured one family for the incredible sacrifice they make to make sure their child receives 35 full hours of therapy as recommended.

Preparing Your Child For School

Once you have chosen a school for your child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), the next step will be getting your child ready to start. It is natural to have extra concerns about preparing your child for the transition to school. For instance, you might be worried about how he’ll go about learning a new set of routines and activities. However, with the right planning, you can help your child start school successfully (Raising Children Network, 2013).

Choosing a Primary School for Your Child

Education can make a real difference for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) (The National Autistic Society, 2014). Your child with ASD has the right to the same educational opportunities as all other children (Raising Children Network, 2013). Preparing for school is a complex process when you have a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder and planning for the transition to school should start as early as possible (Autism Victoria, 2015).

Safety Tips from Wandering

According to research done published in the Journal of the American Academy of Paediatrics, nearly half of children with autism are at risk of wandering or eloping from their present, safe environment. Children with autism go missing under a variety of circumstances. They may seek out small or enclosed spaces. They may wander toward places of special interest or may try to escape overwhelming stimuli such as sights, sounds, surroundings or activities of others (National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, 2015). Sadly, with the spike in stories of individuals with autism going missing in the past year, we’ve come to realise that many children with autism are not emphasized with safety skills as part of their integral curriculum enough.

Water Safety for Children with Autism

Drowning is one of the leading causes of death for children with autism. That statistic is certainly startling. But what makes it even more devastating is that with the right measures in place drowning deaths can be prevented. To understand how to prevent these drownings, it’s important that parents and caregivers understand why children with autism are at such high risk.

Internet Safety for Teens with Autism

In this day and age, it often seems like our world revolves around the internet. Everywhere we turn, there are teens and tweens “Google-ing it”, “Friend-ing someone”, or “Tweeting” about the latest news updates. Technology and the internet offer great opportunities for learning and equipping young people with tools to learn, communicate, and play. Individuals with autism, just like other typical teenagers, are equally as interested in using the internet as a portal to mass information or connection to millions of people.

Autism and Dietary Management

When it comes to food it can be very confusing to make the right decisions given all the choices; the information about what is “healthy” can be puzzling, your child’s temperament can be challenging and your own feelings around food can also impact how and what you feed your child.

Happy Father's Day

They may not be the best in communicating their emotions to you, or know how to express their love and gratitude, but you mean the world to them and more than anything, they want you to know how much they love you. Happy Father’s Day from all our kids at EAP to you, our real-life heroes!

Autism, Personal Care and Grooming

Grooming skills and personal hygiene is something we all take for granted as a simple routine everyday. It is not until we become guardians of a child with autism that we understand how a simple routine can overwhelm one’s senses and the act of grooming is truly a combination of various skills put together to make one large complex skill.

Puberty in Autism Teens (Boys)

As we discussed last week, puberty is one of the most challenging developmental states both for the child and also the parents. Many parents fear approaching the subject and are worried on how to relate the information to a child with autism. Individuals on the spectrum often need longer to adjust and understand the process of puberty.

Puberty in Autism Teens (Girls)

Most individuals with autism have a difficult time with changes and are very comfortable with familiarity and sameness. So one can imagine the stressfulness and uncertainty that occurs when their physical appearance start to change drastically and rapidly. It is not enough that they have a terrible time with changes, but that the changes are happening to themselves personally and that they have no control over the changes.