Birthday: July 16, 2013
Arrival: November 1, 2017
Project: Pattaya Redemptorist School for the Blind
Family History and General Information
Chef was brought to our school by his family from Rayong, a province adjacent to Pattaya. His parents are general workers. Chef has been blind since birth. He is the only child of his family.
Chef’s family considers that the lack of knowledge within the family can only mean that their child will not reach his full potential. They decided to place Chef into our care because they believe that the specialized teaching method at the School for the Blind would be beneficial for his development and education.
Having been accepted, Chef was promptly assigned to the Kindergarten Level Class 1 for evaluation and for possible training which would enable him to attend to his daily personal routine needs. He is still adjusting himself to the new environment, learning to take care of his personal needs, and making new friends. Progress seems to be a little slow but we are hoping that he will be able to increase the pace before long.
Other than being blind, he is a strong and healthy young boy. He needs some physical therapy and Thai massage to develop his leg and foot muscles. Being the age he is, he needs a lot of help getting through the day, but he will be taught at the school to become as independent as possible.
Chef will continue in Kindergarten Level 1 when the new school year begins in May. He has been at our school for almost one year now and is making great progress in both his personal independence and skills. Chef is starting very talkative and always vocal about his personal needs and attending to his daily routine.
His teachers report that Chef is a clever young boy who loves spending time playing games that help develop his fine motor skills. His favourite activities include beading and puzzles, both of which he is very good at because he focuses on the small details.
Chef is a very social, he loves spending time with his friends, playing together, sharing stories and singing English and Thai nursery songs. The only problem is that sometimes he fights over toys with his friends and it is then when he prefers to play alone.
Overall, Chef continues to be healthy and strong with no major issues. He was very lucky this school term since he was able to go to Pattaya Water Park a few times with our volunteers. Chef loves swimming and he had an amazing time playing on all the slides.
The school closed for the summer holidays in April and Chef returned home to spend time with his family. He is also lucky that during the school year his parents live close enough to be able to take him home for the weekends.