The Aram Learning Studio
The Aram Learning Studio was founded by Filipino mom Charina after her own son, Shane, was diagnosed with autism at the age of two.
Shane had lots of difficult behaviours when he was younger, such as biting and scratching, but when Charina looked for help for her son and her family she found that there was virtually no support available for children with Developmental Disabilities. Charina wasn’t happy to simply see her son and children like him simply go without therapy, so she teamed up with Special Education Professional Firie and founded the Aram Learning Studio.
The school’s mission is to promote developmentally appropriate learning support and literacy intervention for children with developmental disabilities so that they can become productive community members. Aram Learning studio offers a myriad of services for local children and their families. These include speech and occupational therapy programs, one-on-one therapy, small group therapy and parent education training. The school’s early intervention program for very young children with autism was life-changing for many families.
The school also caters to young people with more mild learning disabilities through vocational training for older kids with special needs and an afterschool support for children with learning needs who attend regular school.
We’ve already raised £3,000 to clean out the school, replace the damaged furniture & lost school supplies, and to carry out repairs. With repairs complete and the school open again, we’re now also providing financial support to meet the school’s running costs. This includes paying the teachers that give Shane and his classmates the support they need.
We’ve currently committed to paying the schools running costs until March but we need more funding to continue this work until the school can fully recover from the typhoon. Please give what you can so that we can fund teachers, therapists, and special activities for Shane and children like him.