S.M.I.L.E. Programme (Sensory Motor Instructional Learning Experience) is a highly successful experimental programme that was carried out in Nova Scotia, Canada and Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (HUKM). As such, Valley Psych's director Urmilah Dass has also been trained to run the programme here in the center.
The developmental programme is specifically designed for children with special needs and their parents. A child (mentee) will be exclusively assigned to an adult (mentor). Various activities will be carried out in individual (mentor-mentee) and group settings. Parents will have the unique opportunity to observe and apply the methods used to manage their children at the S.M.I.L.E. Buddy programme. In the recent years, the S.M.I.L.E Programme has underwent multiple tweaks and changes to cater to a broader population scope (children of abused women, human traffic children & women survivors and currently for the elderly).
Advantages & Benefits
Cognitive / Emotional Skills
Children learn to trust another person, trust to work in a group setting and learn to share and express his/her feelings in a positive way.
Children will learn social rules through working and playing together with other children, and become more cohesive.
Children will be empowered to work on and improve their fine and gross motor skills.