KUALA LUMPUR – Her face lights up each time Norida Sidek, 36, talks about her eldest child Muhammad Isyraq Zafran Mohd Hilmi, 9, who suffers autism spectrum disorder with speech impairment and ‘Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder’.
She was also very excited as she spoke to Bernama about the effectiveness of the programmes at the Permata Kurnia Centre which Muhammad Isyraq Zafran attended two years ago.
“The Permata Kurnia programmes really helped parents with autistic children like us.
“They gave us information which was really useful to help us manage our children,” she said when met at Sekolah Kebangsaan Taman Koperasi Polis here.
“Through Permata Kurnia, we saw his slow but steady progress, and now, when people look at him, they ask “is he really ‘hyperactive’?,” she said, when met with her husband Mohd Hilmi Salim, 36.
Earlier, the couple took part in the dialogue session with patron of the Permata Negara programme Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor held in conjunction with the World Autism Awareness Day today.
Rosmah also spent 30 minutes with four autistic children who had gone through the programmes at the centre and were now studying at the school.
Meanwhile, Mohd Norami Mat Karim, 39, father to autistic twins Amsyar Lutfan and Amsyar Luqman, 8, said he saw a lot of changes in his sons after they went through the programmes at the centre.
“They had less tantrums and their social skills improved,” he said. – BERNAMA