We are in great need of a speech therapist to work with the children. There are few in Malaysia with this skill, which has made it difficult to find someone for the centre. Speech therapy involves more than just helping someone with the gift of words, it can also aid essential bodily functions such as swallowing. We will consider volunteer therapists from Malaysia or overseas, students or others, and could help navigate any administrative issues that might arise for potential volunteers.
Tasputra was the first place in Malaysia to install and actively use this Dutch-origin method of therapy. It is designed to stimulate the five senses - sight, smell, touch, taste and hearing. It uses a unique combination of peaceful music, special lighting, gentle vibration, tactile sensation and aromatherapy in a safe, secure atmosphere. Each child has its own specially designed programme.
The centre has its own physiotherapists, who works with the children and also help train staff and parents in techniques for ongoing therapy. Tasputra has also several foreign experts in this field, who have visited from time to time to lend a useful helping hand.
Occupational therapy is teaching basic skills to Tasputra’s children and also training staff and guiding volunteers on how best to help. They work closely with the physiotherapists to ensure children get the maximum benefit for their physical and mental skills for daily life.
Complementary and Alternative Medicine (C.A.M.) Therapy is the most advanced scientific
approach of holistic medicine (Pranic Healing), which focus on subtle layers of human’s body to
facilitate the process of treatment. This technique has been successfully tested in many hospitals
and universities worldwide.
We have volunteers who play the organ and sing with the children every week. This has proved to be a great source of entertainment for the children and is very therapeutic. They of course join in with the music making with drums and other instruments.
The physiotherapist massages about 6-8 children on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to improve their flexibility, reduce muscle spasms and to improve blood circulation generally.
Every week, the children take turns to go pony riding. This strengthens their posture, head control and is good for their balance. It also helps their coordination skills. The classes take place on Wednesday mornings and are given by volunteers from “Riding for the Disabled” operating at the Royal Selangor Polo Club.
Children undertake daily swimming sessions at the centre's own pool, which involves exercises in the water with the help of a care giver. This helps to develop each child’s mobility at the same time as being an outdoor activity, which is fun.
Our staff use essential oils to massage our children, soothing and stimulating them. This also helps relax those who have tension in their muscles.