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Permata Negara patron Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor (centre) checking out a model of the Permata Kurnia centre which will be built in Jalan Sentul, Kuala Lumpur, at an estimated cost of RM28 million. Pic by Fariz Iswadi Ismail


INTERVENTION PROGRAMME: Construction of Permata Kurnia likely to start in August with completion in 18 months

PUTRAJAYA : THE  Permata Kurnia centre, which is a  new programme under Per mata Negara, will help to teach  autistic children and address the prob lems faced by them.autistic children in the country.

Datin Seri Rosmah  Mansor, the Permata  Negara patron and, who is also  the prime minister’s  wife,  said it was timely  to have such a centre,  especially when the  country was heading to wards achieving the developed nation  status.

“In order for us to be a  developed nation, we  must have a systematic  and scientific centre to  address such issues and  Permata Kurnia would  be catering for autistic  children.

“It will also be a centre  where wewhich will teach par ents to understand their children  better and to help them to cope with their  disorderdisability,” said Rosmah during the  centre’s pre-launching event held at  Seri Perdana complex,   here, yesterday.

Permata Kurnia, to be built on a  1.05ha2.6-acre plotplot in Jalan Sentul, Kuala  Lumpur, at an estimated cost of and the approximate cost is  RM28 million, is, which is fully funded by the  government.

Construction of the centre is expected to start  in August with completion will take in 18  months to complete (Feb 2015).

The pre-launch of Per mata Kurnia was held in  conjunction with the World  Autism Day celebrated  celebration which is held on April 2 annually.

Rosmah said that even though autistic  children had special  cognitive abilities.

“Some of these chil dren are talented,  whether academically  or musically.

“So, with the interven tion programmes that would be pro vided by the centre, they  can be equipped with  skills that will help them  go through their lives as  normally as possible.” aside from developing their abilities.”

She said that the centre  would providebe providing three  types of services, name ly and they are full-time intervention, family and  support intervention and training  programmes.

They and would be designed to cater to  the needs of  parents and their children.

“For example, the full-time inter vention programme is for a catered to children  aged 4 to 6 who has been diagnosed with mild  autism.

“This early intervention pro gramme willwould be used to guide and help the chil dren toso that they would be ready for their formal edu cation.”  Rosmah added.

Rosmah added that the idea ofto  building the centre was conceived  during working visits to various autism cen tres in the United States and the  United Kingdom between Feb 4 and  Feb 11, 2013.

The objective of the working visits  was to learn and observe the im plementation of autism pro grammes in the centres.

Read more: New centre for autistic children – General – New Straits Times

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