After graduating from APSN Delta Senior School in 2011, Jia Yong joined APSN Centre for Adults and is now in our contract work programme. 31-year-old Jia Yong enjoys collaborating with his peers to assemble packaging boxes and remove decals from plywood. He strives hard to complete his tasks meticulously to the satisfaction of our clients. Little do people know that Jia Yong’s journey at APSN was not always smooth sailing.
Initially, Jia Yong got into frequent conflicts with his peers due to his penchant for joking without understanding social boundaries. To address this, his instructors, Chong Tong and Francis, with the support of our Allied Professionals staff, helped him to improve his social skills through work tasks. He was also able to put into practice what he learnt during a weekly social skills lesson, “I am a good worker”. He was able to identify his knowledge gaps on social boundaries and work towards making improvements.
Regular updates on his improvements were also shared with Jia Yong’s father to enable his family to reinforce positive social skills at home. Through the combined efforts of his supportive family and our instructors, there were marked improvements in his social skills and etiquette. He is now able to nurture cordial relationships with his peers.
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