Like all parents, Tan Kuan and Wanling would do anything to provide a bright future for their child, Shannyn. As Shannyn was growing up, they noticed that she was oddly aloof and resisted conversations with others. At four-years-old, she was diagnosed with autism. The dreams that they had for her seemed unattainable, if she was not able to communicate and relate to others.
Relief came to the family when they received support from the special school programmes under the care of Community Chest. Apart from providing Shannyn with specialised early intervention at Rainbow Centre and special education at Pathlight School, these organisations also guided her parents on managing her behavioural challenges.
With the opportunity to grow up in an autism-friendly environment, her parents witnessed Shannyn blossoming into a confident young lady who speaks her mind freely and is an artist. Her drawings have been featured in the artwork collection of the Autism Spectrum Australia Conference. She has also contributed illustrations to a wildlife protection book.
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