VSA Impact Story of Our Beneficiaries

Alexavier
Natisha
Nethil
Alexavier

The teachers are friendly, considerate, and, most importantly, they have the hearts to help people with special needs to find out their talents and interests.”

Alexavier
Autism spectrum disorder
Born in 2003
Student at APSN Katong School

  1. Alexavier is in VSA’s Percussion, Creative Dance and Visual Art courses. Can you describe to me the changes you observed in Alexavier that happened after he began participating in the classes?
    After joining VSA’s classes, he does display good behaviour improvements on almost all the areas.
    Especially on his rigidity, improving on his attention span and focusing, helps to developing both sides of his brain on the creativity and cognitive.

     

  2. What do you like about VSA’s classes and workshops?
    Its location is quite ideal because the Expo MRT station is nearby.
    The class fees, as compared to private owned studio or school, are pretty low and affordable; However, if it can get more sponsorships to further subsidized the fees will be better for some families.

    The teachers are friendly, considerate, and, most importantly, they have the hearts to help people with special needs to find out their talents and interests. The volunteers are equally dedicated as the paid teachers. They should consider conducting or opening more songs and music classes for example singing, classical drum and ukulele and behaviour workshops.

     

  3. Do you think you will be able to find classes outside of VSA that offer the same level of quality at similar prices?
    I don’t think external vendors can provide lower fees than VSA as they are profit driven. However, the quality of some might be better or worse than VSA’s classes.

     

  4. Will you continue to enrol Alexavier in our programmes in 2016? Why?
    I definitely will enrol Alexavier unless the timings and days are not suitable. Moreover, he loves to make new friends and learning new things always. Basically, he can relax his mind and body and use up his energy through participating in classes and workshops involving physical activities.

Natisha

Without VSA I think my daughter would not have a chance to participate on stage and enjoy whatever VSA is providing for them… Without VSA these kids will not be doing whatever they like and express themselves.”

Natisha
Intellectual delay
Born in 1995
Ex-Student at MINDS Fernvale Gardens School

  1. Narisha is in VSA’s Creative Dance, Speech & Drama and Visual Art courses. Can you describe to me the changes you observed in her that happened after she began participating in the classes?
    Since she joined VSA, I see a lot of changes in my daughter. They are: She is more focused. She understands the right and wrong when the teachers explained to her. She understands teamwork better now n what she has to do. In her Drama Class she is also able to express herself better now. She is able to relate what she does during her holidays or weekends. I am indeed very proud of her.
    For her Art class she has been able to draw shapes with patience n she is learning to focus well on what Mr Francis try to do or explain to her.
    For her Dance Class, she enjoys music and dance and although she can’t really follow the steps properly but we can see she is making her effort to be tentative and to make things better and let the children enjoy dance. Mr Ali makes sure that every child participates in the performance. He gives the weaker child more attention to prove themselves better.

     

  2. What do you like about VSA’s classes and workshops?
    Teachers and Volunteers. – They really play a good part in this innocent children’s life. Although they do their part, they make sure every child enjoys whatever they are taught. They make sure each and every child gets a chance to participate whether they are good or not and it makes the parents proud to see their kids on stage.
    The fees are very reasonable which every parent could afford and the location is accessible where we can take both the buses or trains and it make it easier for the parents to travel.

     

  3. Do you think you will be able to find classes outside of VSA that offer the same level of quality at similar prices?
    We will never get classes outside of VSA that offer this kind of fees and reliable teachers. They make an effort to teach children from their hearts.
    Without VSA I think my daughter would not have a chance to participate on stage and enjoy whatever VSA is providing for them.

     

  4. Will you continue to enrol Narisha in our programmes in 2016? Why?
    I will definitely continue to enrol my child in VSA as long as they provide for my child. Even in their YOGA classes, the teachers are so good and patient with the kids. I also wish they would continue with the YOGA classes.
    Without VSA, these kids will not be doing whatever they like and express themselves. I hope the Government will help to fund this project so that our kids will be able to learn so many things.

    Thank you.

Nethil

What VSA has achieved so far is very impressive. VSA makes a big difference in the lives of special needs people.”

Nethil
Autism
Born in 2008
Student at Pathlight School

  1. Nethil is in VSA’s Creative Dance and Speech & Drama courses. Can you describe to me the changes you observed in him that happened after he began participating in the classes?
    Nethil had never participated in such classes before. I can still remember the day when Nethil first started his Speech and Drama class at VSA. He lacked the skills and confidence. But now, he has developed the skills and confidence he needs to come out of his shell. He is a better communicator; his teamwork skills, problem solving and public speaking abilities have improved significantly.
    Music has always been one of his interests. Shortly after that, we decided to enrol him in Creative Dance as well. We know he had achieved an improved level of outgoingness when he participated in his first dance performance on stage at Woodlands Republic Polytechnic. I smiled a parent’s smile of joy to see him perform so confidently. He enjoys the limelight.

     

  2. What do you like about VSA’s classes and workshops?
    Sharing and passing on skills and knowledge is something the teachers at VSA are very passionate about and that passion is clearly what compels them to teach. The teachers are able to deliver information in a really interesting and inspiring way and have lots of different ways of presenting info. I like their small classes designed to give everyone individual attention.
    The class fees are reasonable. My son learnt a lot about himself and how he work, what he knew well, and what he didn’t know he soon learnt.
    It’s inspiring to see and meet new volunteers getting so involved with the participants. It’s really about sharing what they know and love.
    I’ve always liked the way VSA run their workshop. The teachers think on their feet in order to connect with the participants and ensure they are effectively illustrating what they are saying.

     

  3. Do you think you will be able to find classes outside of VSA that offer the same level of quality at similar prices?
    So far, I only know about VSA which is a non-profit organization that provides quality services and opportunities for special needs children and adults of all ages and all abilities. The fees are very affordable. I do not think I will be able to find classes outside of VSA that offers the same level of quality at similar prices.

     

  4. Will you continue to enrol Nethil in our programmes in 2016? Why?
    VSA is a platform of hope and a chance for special needs individuals to fit in-that just because they feel incapable at one point in time, doesn’t mean that they cannot improve at all times for the rest of their lives. They have feelings too. By helping them through those feelings VSA is giving them the gift of the hope that they can belong. First, the teachers are very committed and encouraging. My son has improved a lot since he joined the classes and his growth and love for performing arts is really beyond my expectation. I can’t imagine anyone else being so patient and caring in bringing out the very best of him. He has been very enthusiastic about his classes. He has learnt to appreciate performing arts much better than before. Would be nice if VSA could open up a singing class too.
    The entire atmosphere is very conducive however I feel that space is a constraint. Overall it has been a very positive experience. Every special needs child needs something as a hobby that he can excel at and enjoy/immerse himself. I am so pleased to find VSA offering such classes and building my son’s skill level and interest that has helped him grow into a confident individual. It is my hope that giving the opportunity he would take up art class in the near future at VSA Changi Point to cultivate his interest and appreciate the arts. I have and will continue to recommend VSA to my friends with special needs children. What VSA has achieved so far is very impressive. VSA makes a big difference in the lives of special needs people.