Rosmah Mansor today attended the Blue Kids’ Fun Zone at the Paralympic Games Centre of Excellence in Kuala Lumpur.
The prime minister’s wife, who is also patron of the Permata Negara (Permata) programme, spent about an hour and a half with the participants, comprising mostly autistic children and their family members.
“I feel very happy because many parents brought their autistic children today to the programme which exposes them to a number of approaches to get them out of the cocoon of autism.
“The activities held here gave exposure to them on how to communicate better, improve self-confidence and other important approaches,” she said when met by reporters at the programme.
Rosmah said the programme also encouraged autistic children to socialise with other children, aiming to change the stigma against them.
The programme was organised for the first time by Permata and Permata Kurnia centre, and it was held in conjunction with Autism Awareness Month this April.
Among the activities held during the programme were ‘Finding Bubbles’, ‘Down the Wonder Hole’ and the ‘Magic Mirror’, aimed at inculcating communication skills, as well as social, adaptive and cognitive development.
The programme was attended by about 2,000 autistic children and their families. –Bernama