As seen in the Trinidad Express Monday April 9th, 2018. www.trinidadexpress.com
RICQCOLIA PHILLIPS CREATED : 21 MARCH 2018 LIFESTYLE
“I Am More Than Autism” is the 2018 theme for the Autism Awareness drive fuelled by Prestige Holdings Limited through their continued partnership with the Right Start For Autism Early Intervention Programme for Autism.
It speaks to any child on the autism spectrum being able to harness their superpower of autism to become and do anything they set their mind to. Prestige Holdings Limited has actively supported the Right Start For Autism since 2014 through financial donations, media launches, awareness material and various awareness drives.
On Tuesday, March 20, the new Prestige Holdings Limited Sensory Gym was opened at Right Start For Autism on Carlos Street in Port of Spain.
The Sensory Gym includes suspended swings, rock wall, trampoline and tailored play structures to help children on the autism spectrum improve their sensory functions while providing a fun and developmental physical space. Sensory gyms such as these, which cater to the special needs of the children is of tremendous value.
Unfortunately, these gyms are not readily accessible for many families and the company was very humbled, to fund the opening of the very first sensory gym at the Right Start For Autism foundation for children enrolled in their Early Intervention Programme.
The new Prestige Holdings Ltd. Sensory Gym includes:
-Suspended equipment with swings – for balance and vestibular treatment
-Crash mats and crash pillows – for fun, motor planning, and strength
-Rock wall – for developing coordination and motor planning skills
-Trampoline – for building leg and core strength
-Indoor play structure – for climbing and increasing playground skills
-Sensory-based toys – for improved auditory processing and fine motor skills
-Fine Motor and Arts and Crafts Area – for improved hand-eye coordination
To commemorate this occasion the Prestige Holdings Executive and Marketing teams spent the morning with the children of Right Start For Autism designing and painting fun ‘Superhero’ capes in keeping with the superhero theme for this year. This activity was then followed by an intimate ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Those present were with the children enrolled at Right Start For Autism, the staff and custodians of the Right Start For Autism - Donnella Rodriguez Laird and Sirloin George, the CEO of Prestige Holdings Ltd - Charles Pashley, the executive and marketing teams of Prestige Holdings Ltd and Dr. Tim Conway – Neuropsychologist and founder of Morris Centre for Dyslexia located at Diego Martin.
Saturday, April 28, 2018
MOVIE TOWNE POS - D, MovieTowne Boulevard, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
In 2007, the United Nations General Assembly declared April 2nd as World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) with the goal of bringing the world’s attention to autism, a pervasive disorder that affects tens of millions globally. WAAD shines a bright light on autism as a growing global health concern. WAAD activities help to increase and develop world knowledge of autism and impart information regarding the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention. For April Autism Awareness Month, we would like to offer the "Sensory Friendly Films" program as a special opportunity for individuals living with autism and others to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment.
What is the "Sensory Friendly Films" program?
In order to provide a more accepting and comfortable setting for individuals on the autism spectrum, the movie auditorium keeps their lights turned slightly up (dim lights will remain on) and the sound turned slightly down. The movie (typically G- or PG-rated) will start promptly at a designated time and won't show previews or advertisements. Because some children have strict, special dietary needs, families are permitted to bring their own gluten-free, casein-free snacks from home.
Additionally, audience members are welcome to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing - in other words, AMC’s “Silence is Golden” policy will not be enforced unless the safety of the audience is in question. Being able to relax and enjoy quality family time without worrying if someone will complain or be disturbed by noise of movement is a wonderful experience. Many others, not on the autism spectrum, also enjoy Sensory Friendly Films – it is a great opportunity for families to meet, siblings of children with autism and other disabilities to get to know other kids, and anyone to enjoy a movie in a climate of acceptance and understanding.
More and more parents are facing the realities of autism. 1 in 60 children will be diagnosed with this disorder. Unfortunately, the families of many of these children will not have the knowledge, money, or resources to give them the best chances at leading full and productive lives.
Please join us in our effort to make this possible. My hope is that through increased awareness of autism, and through early intervention and appropriate treatments, people with autism will lead fuller, more complete lives.
Donnella Rodriguez-Laird, Speech-Language Pathologist The Council for Professions Related to Medicine, Trinidad &Tobago License #856