Lucas was diagnosed with mild intellectual disability and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) when he was 2 years old. In 2021, he was admitted into Chaoyang School as a Primary 1 student. Faced with difficulties regulating his emotions, he was enrolled in the Autism Structured Programme (ASP) where the teacher to student ratio is smaller at 4:1.
Over the last two years going through the programme and with the close support of his parents, teachers and therapists, Lucas has made leaps in improvements in his communication skills. Other than being a helpful, friendly and respectful boy who helps with tasks in the classroom such as cleaning the whiteboard, he even enjoys dancing and can teach dance steps to other people by writing the steps down.
Now that Lucas can better express his feelings and thoughts, he was fully integrated into a Primary 2 Integrated Programme for students with mild intellectual disability and ASD, where the teacher to student ratio is 10:1.
Chaoyang School is one of the four Special Education (SPED) Schools operated by Social Service Agency – APSN, funded by Community Chest. It is a primary school funded by Community Chest for 7 to 12-year-old children with mild intellectual disabilities and also takes in those with mild autism to gain critical developmental skills and support.