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Every child a Leader | Horizon Primary School

When Hiroshi came back from school today, he squealed in excitement telling me that he has something special to show me. After rummaging through his stuffed bag, he proudly fished out a medal. His FIRST medal!
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I was pleasantly surprised to see the medal. But, to see the medal being awarded for a Chinese Singing Competition left me completely bewildered.
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I vaguely remembered him telling me about this Chinese Singing Competition a while back, but I’ve never in a million years expected him to participate in it!

Well you see, getting Hiroshi to converse in Mandarin is just like putting water and oil together. No matter how hard we try, they’ll never gel! Despite our best efforts, the resistance remains strong.

Even though this medal is only an Award for Participation, it meant a lot to Hiroshi and myself. I am thankful that the school has chosen to not only recognize the top 3 winners, but also of those who had tried and put in the effort.

Everything happens for a reason, and perhaps not being able to get into one of the more prominent school in Punggol area might be just a blessing in disguise for us.

I am glad that Hiroshi is in Horizon Primary School. I am happy about how the school is shaping young minds. Nurturing confidence in individuals, leading them to live their lives responsibly and eventually contributing back to society with joy.

Indeed, with the right guidance, every child can be a leader!

Living in the World of Excessive Labeling: ADHD

When Hiroshi suffered from a hairline fracture this February, I was allowed to pick him up from the school’s general office. And for the days that I arrived earlier than dismissal time, I’ll read whatever that was left on the magazine racks to pass time.

One of those fateful days, I’ve picked up a nicely illustrated book entitled “I Not Naughty!” by Lim Swee Huat. It turns out that “I Not Naughty” is a comprehensive handbook about ADHD/ADD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder/Attention Deficit Disorders). The book was simple and straight forward. The more I read, the more I thought that symptoms the author was illustrating sounded very much like Hiroshi.

Just to play it safe and to be absolutely sure, I emailed the school’s counselor to voice my concern. She promptly replied and set up an appointment for me to meet a child physiologist and an Occupational Therapist from Reach.

The first appointment with the specialists was long and tedious. We went though a series of extensive questionnaires. Some were really challenging as we ransack our failing memory banks for the required information. It suddenly dawn onto me how quickly my kids are growing. As we were wreaking our poor brains out, the Occupational Therapist gave Hiroshi a quick initial assessment.

A couple of weeks later, we received feedback from the Occupational Therapist suggesting a FULL Assessment to be done on Hiroshi. During the Full Assessment, Hiroshi was required to perform a series of tasks. And there were also observation to his behavior over a number of occasions in classroom activities.

We were recently presented with the final findings, the occupational therapist confirmed Hiroshi’s condition as ADHD. Specifically, Hyperactive-Impulsive Type.

If a child displays at least six of these symptoms,
do get them accessed for ADHD (Hyperactive-Impulsive Type):
(Better safe than sorry. Early intervention always works best.)

-Fidgeting
-Forgetfulness
-Does not seem to listen when spoken to
-Talking nonstop
-Having trouble doing quiet tasks, such as reading
-Touching and getting into everything
-Running from place to place
-Banging into people or objects
-Acting like he’s “driven by a motor”
-Constantly jumping or climbing — on furniture and other inappropriate places
-Being impatient
-Blurting out comments at inappropriate times
-Interrupting conversations or speaking out of turn
-Having trouble waiting for a turn or standing in line

Part of me wants to wallop in self pity and go into my drama-mama “why me” moments, but yet another part of me was full of anger and extremely upset with myself! How could I have misjudged my son for the past 9 years!

I am feeling awfully sorry about all the screaming and smacking over a condition that even he himself has no control over of. It’s definitely a moment that felt like I’ve failed as a nurturing mom.

Now all I want to know is what can be done to help Hiroshi.

The easiest way out of this situation is medication. But, the specialist’s suggestion was to put that option on hold until we’ve exhausted intervention programs. Hiroshi will be put onto a 8 weeks program. In this program, he will be taught skills to help control his hyperactivity and impulsiveness. We will also be working closely together with his school teachers to implement strategies from the program.

Time to make right what has been wrong.
My Son; Hiroshi is Not Naughty!
Even Mommy herself has wronged you for a terrible 9 years.
I am sorry. I will do better to understand you and help you.
Together, I am sure we will be able to weather through this period.

If you are a parent of an ADHD child, I’ll like to hear your strategies of coping.
If you have natural cures and remedies, I’ll love to hear them too.

But above all,
please just pray for us.
We need God’s wisdom badly!

I’ve got the Most AWESOME looking Kids on Planet Earth!

“It’s a funny thing about mothers and fathers.
Even when their own child is
the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine,
they still think that he or she is wonderful.”
—Roald Dahl

Can you spot Hiroshi?
Horizon Primary School P3 Reflector Class Photo 2014
Horizon Primary School P3 Reflector Class Photo 2014

3rd row, 4th from the right!
Looks like I am having a John Travolta with the Saturday Night Fever Dance Pose!
Horizon Primary School P3 Reflector Class Photo 2014

Can you spot Sophia?
Horizon Primary School P2 Discoverer Class Photo 2014
Horizon Primary School P1 Discoverer Class Photo 2014

1st row, 4th from the right!
That smile will definitely brighten up any dull days!
Horizon Primary School P1 Discoverer Class Photo 2014

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