Children are by inquisitive by nature and Stiven is no exception. However, he struggled with not being able to communicate his curiosity with others.
At the age of 8, Stiven’s persistent aversion to speaking up and trying new things was worrying. He was later diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Stiven often shied away from attention, preferring to make requests by gesturing instead of speaking, and often rejected doing tasks. To help Stiven realise his potential, he was enrolled into MINDS Lee Kong Chian Gardens School (LGS), a special education school supported by Community Chest.
Being a competent and capable child, the programmes provided by LGS boosted his academic progress and enabled him to verbalise his requests and interact with his peers.
On Stiven’s journey of discovering the world, he has explored horse-riding with the Riding for the Disabled Association and now excels in it after overcoming his initial fear.
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