GOING the extra mile to help a special needs child to fully participate in class lessons has won Ms Joy Lim an ardent fan in the child’s mother.

Ms Lim, a teacher at PCF Sparkletots @ Tampines West Blk 887, taught Madam Shirley Ong’s daughter, Clarabelle, from 2016 to 2017. Clarabelle has hypotonia (weak muscle tone) and is unable to walk independently.

Although Clarabelle was the 49-year-old teacher’s first special needs student, Ms Lim went above and beyond to ensure that she was included in the lessons and cared for by her classmates.

“As the parents of a special needs child, it means so much that our daughter is accepted and included in a typical environment,” says Madam Ong.

Creating positive impressions

Ms Lim worked closely with Clarabelle’s parents and effectively integrated Clarabelle into her class, teaching the other students practical ways to care for her.

During snack time, the other children helped Clarabelle into her seat, brought her refreshments, helped her to clean up and supported her so that she did not fall.

Sports lessons featured yoga and badminton with balloons, activities that she could participate in. And the final graduation performance, instead of being a physically demanding dance or concert, was a play — narrated by Clarabelle.

Madam Ong says: “Ms Lim always ensured that Clarabelle was included in every class activity, and that every classmate got a chance to partner with and help her.

“She is truly the teacher who takes a hand, opens a mind and touches a heart.”

A truly great teacher is hard to find, difficult to part with and impossible to forget. Kids may forget what you said to them, but they will never forget how special you made them feel. Happy Teachers’ Day!
Ms Shirley Ong