Nong Frame is a 18 year old girl with a low IQ, she is a slow learner. Nong Frame has problems with her thyroid gland and she is epileptic. Nong Frame is a student of TCDF’s Special School and she is involved in the Medical Care program of TCDF, both since January 2015.
Because of problems with her thyroid gland Nong Frame does not sleep very well, has problems with her weight, her hormones and her memory. She has regular check ups with a specialist at Rama Teebohdee Hospital in Bangkok, every 3 months. The last year she has been on a strict diet and has excercises to control her weight. Unfortunetaly there has been no improvement and Nong Frame has been operated upon. To prevent epilectic seizures (absences) Nong Frame has to take medication twice a day. The doctors in Bangkok are checking her status and use of medication quarterly. Once a year Nong Frame will go with a staff member of TCDF’s Special School to Chumpon Hospital for an IQ and EQ test. Depending on the outcome of this test her personal lessonplan for the Special School will be adjusted.
TCDF supports Nong Frame and her mother financially, by paying for all hospital visits (transport, stay), check ups by specialist and medication. A TCDF staff member accompanies Nong Frame on her visits to Chumpon hospital to communicate with the specialists there.
Before Nong Frame became a student with TCDF’s Special School, she attended primary school in Phato. She finished school with a lot of difficulties. From 13 to 15 years old she assisted her mother in the restaurant and on the plantation. After that her mother enlisted her as a student with TCDF’s Special School, to participate in the educational program and the occupational training. Nong Frame has a full scholarship at TCDF’s Special School.
The activities and the educational program of the Special School aims to make students independent and gives them opportunities for a better future.
By working closely together with families, caretakers, teachers in local schools, medical organisations (clinics, hospitals, specialists) and the professional staff of the foundation, TCDF strives to create a better health- and education system for children like Nong Frame.
Every student of the Special School is being trained and stimulated on:
Physical development: fysiotherapy, yoga, horseback riding, team sport, games and so on
Independency on daily activities and life skills: personal care, reading, writing, orientation in and around the home, telephone conversations and so on.