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Pupil with autism, hearing problem excited to start school

Last Update: 02/01/2019

TAMPIN, Jan 2 (Bernama) -- There were no tears but cries of excitement for an autistic girl with a hearing problem starting her first day of school at Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Tengku Zainun here.

Dhia Faiqa Abdul Akram, 7, who enrolled in the school’s Special Education Integration Programme (PPKI) today, was diagnosed with autism when she was three years old seems cheerful and happy as her mother ushered her into the classroom.

Speaking about her feelings on the first day of school, the eldest of the two siblings responded that she was happy to attend school.

“The school is fun… There are many friends,” she said briefly to Bernama.

Her mother, Nurul Faizati Mohd Ali, 32, a housewife, said initially her daughter was nervous to start her first day of school but she was happy after making friends in the classroom.

She said Dhia Faiqa was found to have hearing problems when she was six years old during a medical check-up when applying for disability (OKU) card.

“Although she had a hearing problem on both of her ears she still can answer questions as she is wearing a hearing aid,” the mother added.

The PPKI programme in SK Tengku Zainun has 15 pupils students with various learning disabilities aged seven to 14-year old with a maximum of six students per class.

It has seven teachers.




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