Special Education School
Standing from left :
En Hassanuddin Marwan, Pn Titik Haryanti Suharno, Cik Grace Christina Indra Devavaram, Pn Niniyuhana Tajuddin, Pn Thilagavathi Paramasivam, Pn Halimah Mohd Sohod, Pn Sarifah Aris, Pn Zaibidah Mustapha, Pn Anizah Ayob, Pn Agalya Mahendran, Pn Yasmin Maiden, Pn Nursyuhadah Mohd Salleh, Pn Hamidah Suratman and Pn Tan Ah Lan.
Sitting from left:
Pn Asiah Abdul Aziz, En Kanan Muniandy ( Principal ), Pn Sarintan Maskam( Senior Assistant Student Affairs ) , Pn Zaiton Salamon.
The special School for Spastic Children which is located at No.138, Jalan Dato Menteri, 80100 Johor Bahru is one of the three schools in Malaysia catering especially to the needs of children/adults of Cerebral Palsy. It was formed in April 1967 with the main objective of providing education and rehabilitation services for these adults. Today it has 82 students in school.
- To maximize the educational abilities of Cerebral Palsied (CP).
- To provide therapy in order to assist in the physical mobility and communication of the CP children.
- To assist CP children with special needs to gain admission into a regular school when possible.
- To raise the quality of the CP through special education and therapy (rehabilitation) so that they can lead a life as normal as possible.
- To promote community awareness of the CP towards the understanding and acceptance of them in the community.
- To support, educate and encourage parents to provide better care for their CP children.
- To provide training and sheltered employment for the CP and other intellectually disabled adults.
TEACHING AND LEARNING
The Special Education School for children afflicted with Cerebral Palsy provides special education for 82 children between the ages of 5 to 18 with Cerebral Palsy in 10 classrooms. Many of these children have multiple disabilities and are not able to benefit from the education curriculum provided by normal schools. The school aims to provide opportunities to maximize the potential of each and every student at the school, through reviews of the services of programmers that are being offered, in order to ensure that the students receive the best education at this Sekolah Pendidikan Khas Cerebral Palsy Johor.
Teacher pupil ratio of 1:4 is kept low so that greater individual attention can be given to each child. The more academically-inclined children are given the opportunity to handle various levels of the special primary school syllabus in Mathematics, English, Bahasa Melayu and Science, tailored closely following the guidelines by the Ministry of Education Malaysia.
Educational goals of each student are analyzed to ensure continuity and suitability to the future needs of each student. This is where the Individuals Education Plan (IEP) was developed to provide appropriate education and training for every child with disability. A well planned IEP is programmed for the child by including various specialists Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy and behavioral management in addition to special education.
Significant developments have also been made in the area of co-curriculum activities. The revamping of co-curriculum activities will ensure greater focus, so that students can be provided with more opportunities to grow and develop in specific skill areas. The objectives of the activities are in two fold. Students who are new to the activities are given exposure and focus on skills acquisition while students who possess pre-requisite skill focus on competence training. In this way, a greater student population can be involved and benefit from the co-curriculum activities.
Focus – teaching children to focus on the activities.
Eye and hand coordination – colouring the picture.
To encourage students to communicate by using sign language.
Individual training-one to one activity.
The children are taught special pre-school curriculum tailored to their individual needs. The activities normally cover motor skills, perceptual skills, self-care skills, social competence, pre-numbers and language development. At the end of the year, students who are able and independent will be assigned to the main stream school.
Coloring : Students learn basic skills and are encouraged to color independently
Often, each student is given personal attention by the class teacher to ensure all students benefit.
Manipulative Exercise: Students are given work to improve hand and eye coordination.
Ipad as a teaching aid.
Manipulative activities –improve coordination and train students to focus.
Manipulative Exercise – improve hand and eye coordination
Children who are academically inclined are taught KSSR (Kurikulum Standard Sekolah Rendah) curriculum tailored to their individual needs. Academic classes are divided into two levels. Level 1 for year 1, 2, 3 and level 2 for year 4, 5, 6.
In level 1 and level 2, students are taught Bahasa Melayu, English, Science, Mathematics and Arts. In this class, the teacher will instruct more of KSSR curriculum lessons and activities.
Those who are academically inclined are also taught skills in computer. Computer skills are important for students because they will be sitting for the UPSR examination using the computer.
To enhance their understanding towards learning, students sat for monthly examinations, besides the usual year end examinations.
In 3 Biru and 4 Kuning classes, the children are very severely handicapped children who are non-academically inclined are taught special curriculum tailored to their individual needs. As they cannot move independently, we emphasize more Activities of Daily Living (ADL). ADL is used throughout rehabilitation and also used for adults with developmental disabilities. Dressing, feeding and toileting are examples of ADL activities.
Coloring -Students learn basic skills and are encouraged to color independently.
Art & Craft activity – Students pasting the colour paper cutting on the picture.
Between the ages of fourteen to sixteen, students who are physically and mentally able are placed in vocational classes, where they are taught pre-vocational and vocational skills. The types of activities provided to the students are based on their individual capability and ability. For example, cutting, folding, pasting, sewing, tying, etc. with material such as paper, clothes, woods, etc.
The pre-vocational and vocational programmes are designed to prepare, expose and initiate the children the proper skills before they are moved to the Bengkel 2.
Cookery class-Learning how to cook with the assistance of the teacher
Learning how to brush teeth:-helping students to be independent
Students were trained to arrange plates & cups which will improve their responsibility
Learning how to plant:-improving their skills & making them closer to eco.
Computers not only an aid in enhancing classroom lessons but also act as a vehicle of communication to non-verbal CP children. More students are being encouraged to become computer savvy.
Teaching student using special mouse.
Typing activity using special mouse and keyboard
Learning how to type using special keyboard
Using pictures to improve better understanding
The purpose of this class is to teach basic Islamic belief and concepts. It comprises of teachings and practices from the Holy Book of Al-Quran and Hadis. The Iqra’, Fardhu Ain and Fardhu Kifayah practical classes are provided to help students to visualize and enhance their understanding from the teachings. The CP Johor employed an Ustaz to teach and guide Moslem Student in understanding their religion and the virtual involved.
Teaching Jawi alphabets to muslim students
Learning Jawi alphabets and using the television to enhance student’s understanding
Students play “Dam” with teachers to improve their thinking skills
A group of students playing Carrom Board together
Students playing Congkak.
Students playing snake and ladder game with teacher.
Girl guide and Boy Scout are two uniform groups in our special education school. These are part of the school co-curricular activities. They hold their fortnight meetings on Wednesday. They are actively involved in activities which help to mould their characters through the specially modified programme tailored to their special needs. There are also indoor camps and campfire similar to activities of normal guides and scouts. Our guiders and scouters undergo training courses and sit for various tests in order to upgrade their skills and knowledge in guiding and scouting.
The AVA room helps to enhance classroom learning, ranging from nursery rhymes to language and mathematics. The children also are able to relax while enjoying cartoons and movies. We also provide TV Pendidikan, Radio Pendidikan and Educational CDs.
Teacher is explaining to the children about the programme
Music is a part of education lesson for the special children. The objective of the music lesson is to giver courage for the children to take part actively during the lesson. Music also can stimulate the senses such as listening, focusing and hearing. It also provide children with ideas and stimulus to play. Music lesson are conducted by: Solo singing, singing together in group, music and movement, modern & cultural dance and percussion.
Group activity- Learning music in a group
Learning music individually
*Everyday except Friday