There are no government facilities for children with autism or other learning difficulties on the islands of Samui and Phangan!
Children with even mild behavioral problems are excluded from mainstream schools since the school system is already under-resourced and stretched to capacity. There are two not-for-profit organizations on Samui caring for these children and The Rotary Club of Samui-Phangan offers its unconditional support to both these organizations and all special needs children and their families on the islands.
ROTARY SPONSORED ACTIVITIES IN SUPPORT4AUTISM
A large air conditioned indoor play area carefully designed for comfort and padded protection from falls. Here the children gain invaluable motor co-ordination skills and general exercise which they cannot practice in an everyday environment like garden, home, school playground, beach etc. With the help of Rotary members and other helpers we support the children with ball games, building blocks, climbing frames etc. Currently this activity is once a week for one hour.
Swimming Pool Sessions
We are lucky in having procured the use of a suitable swimming pool (shallow depth throughout). Under the guidance of a professional swimming coach and the watchful eyes of Rotary members and others helpers the children have one morning a week to learn to swim – plus splash, jump and scream like “normal” children Currently this activity is one morning once a week.
NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS ON SAMUI CARING FOR THESE CHILDREN
Friends of Autism: Learning Centre for Magical Autistic Children (MAC)
This day center was recently set up by Khun Dalin, a Thai lady from a long established Samui family with two autistic children of her own. MAC currently cares for 15-18 children. Rotary is raising funds for building renovation, ongoing running costs and basic comforts like furniture, fans, learning materials etc.