Hari pertama persekolahan Danial

Benarlah seperti orang kata, anak yang masuk sekolah, mak ayah yang stress atau risau lebih-lebih. Danial masuk sekolah 2 Jan yang lalu. Dan selama 2 hari aku dah menjadi penunggu kantin di sekolah (seperti kata rakan ku). Menjadi ibubapa yang anaknya dikhuatiri mempunyai sindrom autism, hari-hari pertama persekolahan adalah lebih mendatangkan kerisauan kepada ibubapa tersebut. Walaupun Danial sudah boleh menyatakan apa yang dia kehendaki, tapi ada ketikanya dia akan kembali kepada sifatnya yang asal iaitu cuma menunjuk-nunjuk apa yang diperlukan olehnya. Perbualan adalah menjadi kesukaran untuk Danial. Persoalan dari kita dalam B.M adalah amat sukar difahami olehnya berbanding jika kita ajukan dalam Bahasa Inggeris. Sometimes it is a daunting task to teach him. Sometimes not.

For example, I teach him a simple note on how to play a piano. I think the song was Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. Ya Allah, 3 kali je tunjuk, dia dapat mainkan perisian tersebut. And he started to play as he like. And he explore the apps. And I learn from him to use the apps.

Then I bought him a watch. He explore the watch. He stopped the alarm. He discovered a button to on a light in the watch. I'm surprised. His little brother too. And we asked "Macam mana Danial buat?"

Then the games in our tab. Oh no. I forgot. It's Danial's tab now. :)

He can play almost all game based on observation. And I notice certain level on Angry Bird, he already completed. Side note, I've downloaded all Angry Birds games in the tab. The Original Angry Birds, Angry Birds Rio, Angry Birds Star Wars, Angry Birds Star Wars II, Angry Birds Season, Angry Birds Space. All are downloaded and installed in the tab. And he can play all of it.

Back to Danial first day at school.

Hari pertama Danial tidak dapat kelas lagi. Jadi, ibu Danial temankan dia sementara aku hantar Irfan ke tadika. Separuh masa pertama (sebelum rehat) ok lagi. Boleh duduk walaupun tak diam. Boleh dengar walaupun tak memberi sepenuh perhatian. Tapi waktu rehat dan selepas rehat sudah mula mood yang tidak baik. Danial mula tidak mahu masuk ke kelas. Jadi ibu Danial teman masuk ke kelas. Sampai masa untuk subjek Matematik, Danial mula keluar dari kelas. Hari pertama sekolah, cikgu nak tengok siapa tahu pasal nombor. 1 hingga 10. Of course Danial knows. The problem is, Danial know the numbers in English. Not in BM. Walhal di dalam kelas, cikgu tulis 1 = Satu. Dan minta tulis eja untuk nombor 2 hingga 10. Danial tulis nombor 2 = Two. Dan cikgu cakap nombor 2 = Dua. Bila sudah konfius, Danial terus keluar dari kelas. Of course I don't like when my kids going out from the class. I asked Danial to went back to his seat and write. And of course I had to wait beside him. But just for 5 minutes. At that time, the teacher wrote the solution on the whiteboard. And Danial copied it one by one. Except for number 2 where he wrote it as Two. I just stand outside of the class but in full view of him. And I started to hide minutes after that. And went back to the back (outside) of the class. Apabila Danial menoleh ke belakang, dia akan nampak aku. At least he stayed at his seat.

During Pendidikan Islam period, the teachers brought the kids to sightseeing around the school. Danial was so happy. He kept telling us until the next morning that he went to see the school library. God, I don't know my child love library so much. If I know, I bring him to my workplace library.

There were a couple incident during the first day that made the school's gardener and other teachers know Danial. And a few more know about Danial's syndrome. All the teachers during the first and second day has been notified by his class teacher about Danial's behavior. During second day, no incident happen. And English teacher gave comment about Danial's English and his participation in class.

On second day, I talked around 15 minutes with Danial's class teacher. She wanted to know more about him. And I don't know what would prompt Danial to speak in Bahasa to his teacher (during our conversation). He played near me when I had the conversation with the teacher. He removed one of his shoe. Then he went to his teacher and said "Kasut", "Ambil kasut". He pull his teacher hand and brought her to the place where he removed his shoe. He didn't said any Bahasa word during 2 school days. Suddenly out of the blue, he said to his teacher (also teach Bahasa). And the teacher said "Eh, boleh cakap Bahasa. Danial boleh cakap bahasa. Kenapa tadi tak cakap?"

When we want to go back (after all its Friday, so, I need to rush back home), I asked Danial to shake hand with his teacher and said "Cikgu XXX, Danial hendak pulang dulu". And he said it words by words. And yeah, that's is how my wife and I teach our Danial on how to speak. Words by words.

I've getting requests from several people (friends and I don't know who), to write about how my wife and I cope with Danial. I don't know if I can write about it or not since sometimes we feel stress in dealing with his condition. Its hard work. Very hard work. Maybe I will write, maybe I won't. Depends.

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