It is not easy to get information on support for autism in Malaysia. I have compiled here a list of centres that offer individualised learning programme in one-to-one or group setting. I have also added a few links to other services that you may consider in addition to the standard occupational therapy services. This list is far from complete; but at the very least – you have this list to start with. I am also still learning on what’s out there.
Early Intervention Programmes
So which one should you go for?
- Availability of frequent parent-therapist formal connect or communication. Otherwise, it can get challenging to flex learning content quickly if there are things that are not working well.
- Programmes with proper structure (or curriculum) – there should be some learning modules that the centre/therapists are using to coach your child, and those modules (and how they progress from basic to intermediate to advance) must make sense to you – you know your child best
- Therapists supervision – Most of the time, you will be assigned with junior therapists. Staff turnover in this industry is rather high. You need to understand how the therapists are supervised so that you can be sure of the consistency of the therapy quality that your child is getting
- Assessment structure – it would be good to have some periodic assessment done (like a checkpoint) so that the centre and you can benchmark your child’s development against an initial baseline. This will help you to re-focus the programme design or even consider other alternatives. Consider also some formally recognised assessments like IQ tests periodically if not provided by the centre
- Number of therapy hours needed – whether meeting your child’s needs.
This centre in Bangsar offers full time and half time ABA programme. You can go for centre-based or home-based programme or a combination of both. You get a team of therapists assigned to your child, and there is frequent connect between therapists and parents which allows you to jointly monitor/assess the child’s progress and see if any tweaks are needed in the programme. There are multi-level supervisions, and each level does periodic reviews with your child to assess the progress and give feedback if some further tweaks are required. Their curriculum is based on their US-based parent company’s curriculum – Wisconsin Early Autism Project.
EAP also has group classes – social skills/life skills and others.
This centre, also in Bangsar also offers one-to-one individualised ABA learning programme for your child. ABC also offers half/full-time programme, either centre/home-based. ABC’s programme is supervised by its in-house Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA).
Brightstars, in Ara Damansara also offers ABA programme (home and centre based) and group-based learning programmes. They also offer specific therapy programmes like Occupational therapy.
Group Classes (with Individualised Learning Plan)
WQ Park offers half day (three-hour) programme (either morning or afternoon session). There is usually six to seven kids with two therapists/interventionist per class. They have two venues – in Kelana Jaya and Sri Rampai. They have in-house occupational and speech therapist that will also come in periodically and assess the children’s progress.
The centre is located in Jaya One, PJ. Similar to WQ Park – the offer 3 hour daily sessions – morning or afternoon. They also offer separate speech and occupational therapy services.
If your child is also doing occupational therapy (OT) – you may want to consider other forms of physical therapy to supplement the current OT programme.
I found swimming is one of the best “therapy” one can do. Being able to swim is also an essential survival skill.
Hawary Sports Centre based in Setiawangsa offers one-to-one and group swimming classes. Hawary and his team coach children at various levels. He is trained to coach special needs children.
Check out also:- Autism Swim
Green Apple provides hippotherapy and therapeutic riding programmes. It is another form of occupational therapy and helps with improving the child’s balance and trunk core strength.
It's A Long Journey
Disclaimer: This list is compiled to help parents who need information on the kind of professional support you can get in KL/Selangor area. I have not necessarily engaged the services of all the centres mentioned; and I am not guaranteeing the service quality or outcome of any of the services listed. Every child’s needs and learning behaviour is different – you will need to invest time to connect with the centres to assess whether they are able to support your child and your family.