I had a chance to visit Stars and Rain which is another school on the outskirt of Beijing. This school provides parents with training & strategies on how to deal with their Autistic children. “Our mission is to help people with autism reach their full potential, improve their quality of life, and enjoy equal opportunities. We strive to be a bridge between society and children with autism.” – Tian Huiping, founder.
The hall at Stars and Rain was packed with parents, teachers and students when I arrived. I was greeted very warmly . The audience cheered as I entered with the Principal and my interpreter. They were welcoming and gracious.
The children and the parents attend classes for two hours daily. I was informed this was because the parents had to pay part of the cost for the children’s education and the cost was an issue for most parents. After my presentation, I had a question and answer session with the parents.
The concerns were universal:
- How do I help my child?
- Can my child learn?
- I have difficulty coping.
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