Samui Learning Centre for Special Needs in association with
The Autistic Thai Foundations Suratthani Province Branch
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The Centre’s Origin.
Samui Learning Centre for Special needs was founded in 2009 by its current chairman, Mrs. Dalin Ruangaisoon who was born and raised on Koh Samui.
Dalin has a family of three children, two of whom have been diagnosed with slow learning disorders and Autism. Her children were not accepted at conventional educational schools. However she nevertheless tried her best to ensure that they received the care and support necessary for their development and to prevent further regression. In the beginning, having to travel to Saranrom Hospital (Surat Thani) and also as far as Bangkok, not an easy task with disabled children. It was at this point Dalin became inspired to establish a learning center for children with special needs like her own.
Early in 2009 Dalin met local teacher Mrs. Emma Rose and Pirat of the Samui Centre of Learning in Ban Lamai who introduced her to Mr. Choosak Chantayanon, the Chairman of the Autistic Thai Foundation of Thailand. On 4th June 2009 they met up with the head of the Koh Samui Municipality in the presence of parents who have children with special needs, along with doctors from Koh Samui Hospital with the objective of creating a plan to assist disabled children on Koh Samui. As a result Dalin was supported to start a classroom at The Samui Learning Centre in Lamai.
The centre was greatly supported from various local sources to cover space rental, teacher’s salary, educational supplies, food, water and electricity costs. In addition came some financial support from The Autistic Thai Foundation Thailand. She was then finally able to establish The Samui Learning Centre for Special Needs.
This entity served the community in Lamai until a series of problems occurred. Firstly Mrs. Emma Rose, a mainstay within the program, had suddenly to return to the UK, this was followed by damage to the school due to repeated floods and a general decrease in financial support.
Fortunately subsequent support arose from “The Rainbow Room” community in Bangkok whereby a fundraising event was held to help the centre’s financial needs. This event included the showing of a film, comparing the love and sharing within a normal family and that of a family with Autistic children. It was a great success, raising 160.000 Baht enabling the school to relocate to their current home in “MAYABURI”, Bangrak, Koh Samui. A location more conveniently located for both the children and the community.
Aims and Objectives.
To establish a positive and supportive environment for families with special needs children.
To find an appropriate way to develop each child’s individual potential.
To create a learning environment that encourages the physical, emotional, social and intellectual development of each child.
We aim to assist special needs children on the island and encourage their personal development from younger schooling to life careers, regardless of their parental finances.
To help the children in developing their cognitive abilities and enable them to continue through mainstream education. Ensure that each child can exist happily with others and is not a burden to family and community.
Future Aims and Goals.
In addition to securing the contributions necessary to cover the existing daily running costs of the centre we are hoping that it will be possible to secure, by donation or purchase, a suitable plot of land (One Rai = 1.680sq mtrs) within the Chaweng/Lamai area in order that the children can have their own purpose built school.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND RESOURCES
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Please visit the Autistic Thai Foundation website for SNSS
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If you would like to donate time or money to the school please visit our Contact page for further information and contact details. Thank you.