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    The Beautiful Music Fountain

    I remember coming to Perdana Park when my children were younger. A great recreational leisure area, for family activities and  nice spot to meet friends as there are a few eateries there.

    We visited the place again and old memories started playing in my mind, when my kids were younger playing at the playground and at one time we thought we lost them with their cousins as they wandered around the area…those were the days.

    Nice timing to go there, as everyone is on hari raya holiday mood. This place will usually be full of people.

    The water fountain comes alive from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, from Monday to Thursday and all you have to do is sit, relax and enjoy yourself with the beautiful synchronized fountain water accompanying music and lights, creating a dazzling visual display.  It just look spectacular as it it is dancing.

    If you want to make memory, this will be the place. Enjoy!

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    Getting The Right Drum Set For Your Child

    It is established that when children are given the chance to play a musical instrument, it benefits them in many ways and usually has a lasting effect on them throughout their lives. The opportunity forms the basis for them to understand and appreciate music.

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    One of the best instruments for kids is drums and when you are about to buy drum sets for your child, making the right choice of drum to buy may feel like a challenging task. It is helpful to consult the buying guide of best drum set for children in order to make the perfect choice for your kid. Besides, here are a few useful tips to set you on the right path;

    Determine your price range

    Before you begin browsing drum sets, you need to first know how much you are willing to spend. Despite the fact that drum sets for kids are usually cheaper than regular drum sets, the price can still vary significantly. The price ranges from as low as $100 to more than $1000, depending on a number of factors, such as brand, materials used, number of drums in the set etc. Typically, the higher the price, the better the quality. However, a decent kid’s drum set will cost around $300.

    Decide how many drum pieces you want in the set

    Most drum sets usually have three to five drum pieces. A three-piece drum set usually has a kick drum, one tom and a snare while four-piece and five-piece drum sets usually have extra toms. For most beginners, it is advisable to start with a three-piece or four-piece drum set and not worry about having more drum pieces in the set.

    Pay attention to the details

    Many people make the mistake of not paying enough attention to what is included in the drum set kit. As a result, some of the necessary components of the set may be missing and they would not know. The essential components, asides the drums, include cymbals and cymbal stands, a kick pedal and a drum throne. Some of these components do not accompany some drum sets, so pay attention to the listed items in the drum set before making the purchase. When necessary, the other components can be purchased separately.

    Get to know the different drum brands

    Many brands produce drum sets, both for kids and adults. Sometimes, the knowledge of one brand from the other helps define what choice you will make when other factors, such as price, have been considered. The more you know about the brands, the better your chance of making the right choice of which to go with.

    Despite how it may seem, buying the right drum for your kid is not difficult. Besides, kids are always going to be excited about the drums, regardless of the one you buy. The adventure and learning that comes with beating the drum set is in itself enthralling for them. Equipping them with kits and an instructor further sets them on the right course of learning the instrument.

     

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    Tips To Get Autism Ready for Social Gathering and Events

    My parents just celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary last Saturday, 29 July 2017.  While we, the family members preparing for the event, i myself busy preparing my mild autism asperger teen, in making sure he know what is going on and how to react on every situation.

    After the celebration last Saturday, i should say its a success.  I am happy the celebration has over but i am celebrating the achievement made by my son.

    It bugs me when people tell me ‘biar saja‘ or  ‘its okay, just let him be’.   Maybe for work for other parents but not me, I don’t want my son to get too excited or too nervous which will lead to meltdown which will later regret and embarrassed him.

    Autism especially asperger are no different from other typical kids, they too have feelings and dignity.  They only need assistance and guidance in whatever they do.

    Let me share what we did before the event last Saturday, probably this will help especially those with special needs child.

    THE PREPARATION

    You will need at least 1 or two weeks to prepare especially if it’s a big event.   Let him know what is the occasion about.  When is it going to be held, how long and who are going to be there.  Be specific and details as you can.

    Most special needs has sensory problems so its good to prepare them using VAK (Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic) technique to get them fully understand.

    VISUAL

    Make it visual, as for my son i just tell him when and he will marked it on the calendar.  I informed my son that there will be music and it might be loud sometimes. I also informed him that he can join any dance if he feels comfortable with, also reminded him that its okay if people look at him or laugh as it does not mean it meant for him.

    You can show your child a picture of their cousins or a wedding picture with crowds just to give them ideas.

    AUDITORY

    Look into their eyes when you speak in making sure your child know your child know you talking to her/him and it is important to listen.  Your tone of voice and facial expression are important in sending them the message. You may need to be strict yet gentle at the same time.

    Each day i reminded him about the event and keep on saying ‘I know you can do it’ and ‘remember to relax‘.

    I let him know all his cousins and other people will be there and possibility of weather, noise etc.  I told my son ..‘the venue might be long, weather might be warm, there will be music and it might be loud…but whatever it is you must relax’.

    KINESTHETIC

    This is the fun part.  We had a role-play of whats going to happened, for example how to interact with people.   We did a role-play on how to react when someone come to him and how to introduce himself to others.

    WHAT CAN AND CANNOT DO

    I keep a reminder on what he can and cannot do. Some simple rules such as..if he is tired..uncomfortable he need to inform me or other family members..this to prevent meltdown. Shouting.. or any unnecessary action are prohibited in public..he may need to relax.

    Remember they learn by rules and they will understand more if we keep on reminding..and it may become good habit.

    ON THE BIG DAY

    What happened on the big day was a success. My son introduced himself and was not ashamed.  The moment there were music..he was dancing and when he hears his cousin sang he actually told me he wanted to sing..probably next time as he don’t really know what song to sing either. But he dance to every music beats..I was with him only at the first songs to make sure he feels comfortable..the rest is history.

    THE SCENT

    I have been using essential oil for a year now and for those having sensory problems..such scents does helps but this does not heal autism. I believe certain essential oils such as vertiver and peace & calming does helps but make sure to apply at time there are ready and in a relax mood. Never apply essential oils when they are moody or having a meltdown.

    THE GOOD AND BAD NEWS

    Yes you just read our achievements ..isnt it good news? it takes 50% of all hardwork, commitment for the early preparations. 20% of the reminder, standby and commitment on that day, 10% of the essential oils scents that helps him keep calm and 20% of his own commitment, focus and self esteem. Bravo my son! We can do it..you can too.😊

    Be remided that autism are just full of surprises..today i might succeed but tomorrow with many things that can triggers and things that of our control i might lose the battle.

    Thats how it goes..just keep on sharing to others about autism and we will never feel alone and those with autism will feel accepted.

    Always be ready with plans. If plan A does not work out..there will always other plans but never gives up.

    Thanks for reading!

    P/S – This is a sharing from my personal point of view as a mother and may not be right from the medical perspective. Every child with autism are different from each other..my tips may not work for others but there are no harm trying.