School camp is a rite of passage for many students to discover life experiences but for those with special learning needs, the idea of joining a camp away from home may prove to be a challenge.
Taarana is helping change that when it organized a two-day one-night sensory camp for its thirty-two students aged between 4-16 years old from 20-21st July 2018.
Held in the school compound in Petaling Jaya in Malaysia, the sensory camp was one of Taarana’s flagship events specially curated to bring out-of-classroom experiences for the children conditioned with sensory processing dysfunction (SPD). The activities were focused on improving alertness, cognitive development and preparing the kids to be independent.
Over the duration of two days, the children enjoyed participating in activities such as sensory trail, arts & crafts, talent show, a real life pacman game and spongebomb war! The children were joined by 17 school staff and 10 volunteers from various universities.
Kalpana, an Administrative Executive from the Taarana School, said “The sensory camp is a unique experience which is carefully planned by our academic staff to provide a different learning environment beyond the classroom.”
She further added that student volunteers from universities such as Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) with a background in special education were very helpful and took home with them valuable hands-on experience working with children with special needs.