On the evening of July 26, foreign exchange students from the United States will put on a fundraiser for a Kunming organization involved in children's mental health services. The event will be filled with song and dance performances by the organizers as well as by many of the children who benefit from the center's programs.
Proceeds from all ticket sales will be donated to More For Baby Children's Mental Health Center, a non-profit outreach institute specializing in helping autistic children succeed in the classroom and in life. The show has been organized by students participating in the experiential education program Where There Be Dragons as well as by staff at host venue TCG Nordica.
Autism is believed to affect, on average, one child out of every thousand worldwide, and is much more prevalent in boys than girls. Although a complete study regarding the incidence of autism in China has never been completed, sample analyses indicate rates are close to global averages.
Diagnoses around the world have been on the increase for most of the past two decades, partially due to changes in the diagnostic criteria used. Now referred to as autistic spectrum disorders, the neuro-developmental condition covers a wide range of cognitive development issues. Children diagnosed with autism often have serious difficulties interpreting non-verbal communication and dealing with social interactions, among many other symptoms.
Children with any of the disorders falling under the autistic spectrum rubric often find learning in a classroom setting difficult. More For Baby is a foundation dedicated to helping children with autism. Its programs include one-to-one education with parents and teachers which are combined according to a comprehensive assessment of each child, utilizing a tailor made Individualized Education Plan (IEP).
The cornerstone of these programs is using behavioral analysis to determine which type of advanced educational methods will be most effective for each student. More For Baby offers instruction in sensory integration training, communication and language therapy, self-care training and musical education.
More For Baby is the first autism outreach facility in Yunnan. Services are free to Yunnan residents and fees for out-of-province families are capped at 1,800 yuan per month. As such, it is extremely busy. Established in 2006, the center has grown commensurately with demands for its services. Although receiving the majority of its funding from the provincial government, More For Baby needs to expand beyond the capacity of its endowment. Staff are currently involved in raising 120,000 yuan to build a new classroom focusing on sensory integration therapy.
GoKunming, along with More For Baby and Where There Be Dragons, cordially invite you to the fundraising talent show. Tickets are 50 yuan at the door and all proceeds will go toward constructing the new classroom. Come join us at TCG Nordica on July 26 at 7:30pm. Be a part of the community, be entertained, and help out in this worthy cause!
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