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ParkCity Medical Centre Celebrates The Unique Hues Of Autism With ‘Colours Of Life’ Event

The Colours of Life event, part of Autism Awareness Month, drew families, professionals, and supporters to engage in meaningful dialogues, interactive activities, and shared learning experiences about autism.

The Centre's experienced therapists can offer free developmental screenings and consultations. Picture courtesy of ParkCity Medical Centre.

KUALA LUMPUR, April 29 – In a celebration of diversity and understanding, ParkCity Medical Centre’s Child Development Centre (CDC) hosted the ‘Colours of Life’ event to highlight the vibrant spectrum of life experienced by individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

The event, part of Autism Awareness Month, drew families, professionals, and supporters to engage in meaningful dialogues, interactive activities, and shared learning experiences about autism.

Dr Savitha Dharan, chief executive officer of ParkCity Medical Centre, reflected on the significance of the event.

“Autism Awareness Month is a time for us to come together as a community to learn, support, and celebrate the unique talents and perspectives of neurodivergent individuals.

“The Colours of Life event provided us with an opportunity to also showcase our commitment to fostering an inclusive community.

“Seeing so many families and children coming together for this cause whilst gaining valuable insight was incredibly heartwarming.”

The day was filled with various activities structured to provide support, education, and fun.

One of the main highlights was the parent-sharing session, where families of neurodivergent children gathered to share stories of challenges, triumphs, and the joys of raising autistic children.

The session was led by Dr Rajini Sarvananthan, consultant general and developmental paediatrician and Dr Khairunnisa’ Mohd Khalil, consultant paediatrician, who provided professional insights into the journey of nurturing neurodivergent children.

“Every neurodivergent child grows and thrives differently. All of us have our own strengths and weaknesses, which means there is no one size fits all when it comes to intervention.

“Our role in the Child Development Centre is to work with families in deciding what intervention would help their children achieve their best potential, developing functional skills to be able to navigate the challenges and ultimately live fruitful lives as part of society.

“For intervention to work, families have to be on board, and we strive to work together to support them through this journey.

“Hence, for this year’s Autism Awareness Month celebration, we at ParkCity were honoured to have parents share with other parents their own families’ journey thus far, in addition to celebrating our amazing children through games and other activities,” said Dr Rajini. 

The Centre’s experienced therapists offered free developmental screenings and consultations, providing attendees with immediate and actionable insights.

The event also featured a Sensory Play Booth, where visitors experienced first-hand the challenges of hypersensitivity and hyposensitivity in autism, providing a deeper understanding of sensory processing issues that many individuals face.

The Matching Game booth focused on enhancing preverbal communication skills, an essential step towards language development in children.

The Mini Bazaar, a festivity of community and craftsmanship, featured unique products from local vendors, including those run by individuals with autism, showcasing their talents and entrepreneurial spirit.

Additionally, a special art corner was set up in the hospital lobby to showcase the endless creativity and talent of exceptional children.

“Our ‘Beyond the Surface’ workshop, scheduled to launch on May 18, offers strategies for supporting children’s mental health and development, reflecting our ongoing dedication to empowering educators and parents with the knowledge they need to foster nurturing environments for children’s holistic growth and wellbeing,” shared Dr Dharan on future initiatives.

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