Category Special Needs

Articles relating to specific neurodiversities / special needs.

Navigating Festivals for Neurodivergents: Tips for a Sensory-Friendly Experience

estive occasions are vibrant celebrations that engage the senses, from colorful decorations to the sounds of chanting and the aroma of traditional foods. However, for individuals who are neurodivergent – such as those with autism, ADHD, sensory processing disorder, or other neurodevelopmental conditions – attending these celebrations can present unique challenges. Navigating crowded spaces, loud noises, and unfamiliar sensory stimuli can be overwhelming. With some careful planning and consideration, individuals and families can enjoy festivals while accommodating their sensory needs.

Symbols, Colours & Themes: World Autism Awareness & Acceptance Day 2024

All these matter as we commemorate international observances. Gone are the days when the puzzle piece represented the autistic community. Granted, back in the day, people with autism were seen as puzzles. We are quite fortunate that we live in a world where we now have autistic self-advocates telling us, they are not puzzles to be solved and how it is a spectrum and no two autistics are alike.

Rare Diseases: Challenges and Solutions

Rare diseases, often referred to as orphan diseases, pose unique challenges to patients, caregivers, healthcare providers, and researchers worldwide. Despite their individual rarity, collectively, rare diseases affect a significant portion of the global population, presenting profound medical, social, and economic impacts. Understanding these conditions, their complexities, and the efforts to address them is essential for advancing medical knowledge and improving patient outcomes.

Nominate Someone for Anugerah Ibu Kiwanis 2024

The Anugerah Ibu Kiwanis (AIK) was first organized in 2001. AIK honors mothers who are raising children with special needs and mothers with special needs from across Malaysia.  After about 10 years, Kiwanis Malaysia is bringing back this iconic event. Eight mothers will be awarded Anugerah Ibu Kiwanis 2024 at a Gala Dinner hosted in their honor on 20 April 2024 at Courtyard by Marriott, Setia Alam.

Introducing Malaysia’s First Podcast on Inclusion & Diversity: Kita Family Podcast

The world continues to move at warp speed and how we consume information or what we call "content" these days has evolved. Nevertheless, the needs of the neurodivergent community remains the same - more awareness, acceptance and understanding so everyone can co-exist in an environment that embraces everyone as the are. 5 mother's with neurodivergent children decided to move a little out of their comfort zones and create a Podcast called Kita Family!

Navigating Work with ADHD: Coping Strategies for Adults

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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental condition that can present unique challenges in the workplace. Individuals with ADHD often grapple with difficulties in sustaining attention, organizing tasks, managing time effectively, and regulating impulses. Despite these challenges, many adults with ADHD can thrive in their professional lives with the implementation of targeted coping strategies and accommodations. In this article, we explore practical coping strategies to help adults with ADHD succeed in the workplace.

Understanding Executive Function: Challenges Faced by Neurodivergent Individuals

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Executive function is a complex cognitive process that encompasses a range of mental skills necessary for setting goals, planning, organizing, initiating tasks, managing time, and regulating emotions. Essentially, it serves as the brain’s CEO, orchestrating various cognitive processes to achieve desired outcomes efficiently. However, for neurodivergent individuals, navigating executive function can present unique challenges that significantly impact daily life.