The Struggle – Autism, Development Delay and suspected Sensory Processing Disorder
The family of four used to rely on dual income to get by. Yan Lin, who worked as a senior account executive, gave up her high-paying job to be a full-time caregiver to her two young children when her son was diagnosed to be on the Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Coupled with Global Developmental Delay, and now suspected to have Sensory Processing Disorder as well, ZC who is four years old this year, has a mental age significantly lower than that.
Yan Lin is also recovering from a stroke she suffered last year. Her husband is now the sole breadwinner for the family.
Help Needed – Give Hope to ZC’s recovery
The journey of caring for a child with disability never gets any easier.
In July 2018, Yan Lin was told that ZC has not made much progress since 2016 and they need to find out his root cause of his symptoms, to help him in the shortest time. Yan Lin had attended the ‘What to Do to your Brain Injured Child’ course in 2016 and started him on an intervention programme for the past two years on her own.
The family is currently fighting with time. ZC is growing up, but he isn't improving as well as he should. The family needs your help as they hope to send ZC for his evaluation visit with The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential (IAHP) in Philadelphia, United States. IAHP is a non-profit organisation dedicated to help children with special needs achieve complete wellness. They educate parents and provide personalized guidance to families during evaluation visits with the staff.
The Institute is internationally known for its pioneering work in child brain development and for its programmes to help brain-injured children achieve wellness and well children achieve excellence. After each child is carefully evaluated and a functional diagnosis is made, the staff will design an individual programme for the child's development.
Arduous Trial & Error To Help ZC
During the last two years, the couple has exhausted their savings to help their son get better by home schooling ZC and carrying out aspects of the IAHP programme through trial and error. August 2018 marks their third year trying out the programme, but ZC needs to be properly evaluated and formally diagnosed to determine the root cause of his developmental delay in order for the IAHP to intervene with a customised programme to treat him better.
The family is appealing for your kindness so that ZC is able to take his first step towards receiving treatment to get well, by knowing the root cause to his brain injury.
ROHI is helping to raise S$5,225.00 (US$3,800.00) for ZC’s evaluation and programme plan in Philadelphia, United States so that the family can help fight ZC’s lifelong battle with him. Your kindness will make a big difference to ZC’s and the family’s life.
The approximate total cost for evaluation is:
Airfare cost US$3,100.00
Intensive IAHP programme and customisation U$3,800.00*
Medical tests US$1,600.00
Equipment required US$4,000.00
Total cost US$15,125.00
*Yan Lin was referred to IAHP's satalite institute in Japan due to concerns over ZC's ability to withstand the long haul flight to the U.S. However, the family would be going for the evaluation visit to the U.S instead as the cost per family is way higher for the visit to Japan.
28 Dec 2018
Zhancheng is making progress!
The case workers recently visited 4-year-old Zhancheng. They were greeted by a bubbly boy who were at all smiles when we visited. His mum told us that Zhancheng has recently picked up an interest in maths and chemistry! Despite the lifelong battle that he needs to fight, she is greatly encouraged by the progress that he is making every day.