Chew (fourth from left) and Tan (third from left) with teachers, parents and pupils outside the Frog Classroom at SJKC Sin Min in Simpang, Taiping.
(Left) The interior of the Frog Classroom.
By Ivan Loh - 23th August 2019
SJKC Sin Min in Simpang, Taiping, has been enhanced with a Frog Classroom for its special needs pupils.
Funded by YTL Foundation, the specialised classroom will allow the pupils to learn more positively.
YTL Foundation programme director Datin Katleen Chew Wai Lin said the classroom used interactive modules such as videos, presentations and visually-attractive methods to make learning more accessible for pupils who tend to struggle with traditional methods of teaching.
“The interactive modules help the children understand their lessons more easily and retain knowledge more effectively.
“The classroom is also equipped with keyboards and other input methods for children who find handwriting difficult, touch screens for interactive learning, rocking chair to calm them, special games and other learning aids,” she said.
The classroom was launched by Tan Tiong Yih, who is senior private secretary to Deputy Dewan Rakyat Speaker Nga Kor Ming on Aug 6.
It can support pupils with autism with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyslexia, cerebral palsy, delayed development and other learning disabilities.
The teaching and learning process is customised for pupils according to their ability, to optimise their potential through the specialised application of teaching and learning techniques.
This is the second school in the country to be equipped with the special classroom after SMK Bandar Baru Salak Tinggi in Sepang.
School headmistress Tan Choy Ying believes the classroom would be fully utilised by current and future pupils.
Thanking YTL for supporting children with special needs, she said the school was an active user of the Frog Virtual Learning Environment for teaching and learning.
She added that the school started its special needs class in 2012 and was open to children aged seven to 14.