Q: What is Chan-based mind-body intervention
Chan-based mind-body intervention is a
holistic intervention approach developed based
on traditional Chinese Chan principle and Chan
medical model with its origin in China for more
than a thousand years. It was since 2007 that
this intervention approach has been
scientifically and systematically studied in
clinical research conducted by the Chanwuyi
Research Center for Neuropsychological
Well-being at the Chinese University of Hong
Kong (CUHK). This intervention aims at
improving physical health, mood and cognitive
functions of human through cultivating positive
thinking and attitude, adopting a healthier diet
and practicing some mind-body exercises. It has
also been applied to children with autism to
improve their cognitive abilities and reduce
their behavioural and emotional problems with
positive outcomes. For more details about the
intervention and related research, please visit
the official website of the research center at
In view of the potential benefits of this evidence-based intervention approach on children with special needs, our school has attempted to practice certain mind-body exercises with some children every morning and afternoon before class. Those children are able to follow the sound track and the videos (that are available in the research center website) to perform the simple movements of the exercises. Some degree of improvement has been observed so far in those children:
"My daughter joined Bridge Academy in 2014. She started off with a very short attention span and the school suggested her to do a 3-minute session of Chan-based exercise in the morning and after lunch. After the first few weeks, we observed an increase in attention during class. Her session duration has since been increased up to 8 minutes and we have noticed she is a lot more attentive in class. I am really happy with the professionalism and I highly recommend the integration of Chan-based exercise with ABA therapy. " -- Emily Young whose daughter joined Bridge Academy in 2014.
Parents also reported that their children had improved social communication with others, reduced repetitive behaviours and loss of control after the application of the treatment.
All these positive changes are encouraging. Yet, it is believed that a greater degree of improvement can be achieved by extending the practice time at school and even at home. Therefore, our school will gradually increase the practice time and parents are encouraged to practice the exercise with their children with the help of the self-learning videos. Also, as mentioned earlier, it is a holistic intervention approach that also composes thought-changing and diet modification, parents may consider changing their living attitude and adopting the Chan-based diet for potentially greater improvements.
Click here (http://www.chanwuyicenter.com/Dejian-Mind-body-Intervention) for related details.
Q: Why Is Early Intervention Important?
Early intervention is a program that promote child's age-appropriate developmental growth. It is crucial for children with developmental concerns because early diagnosis incorporated with effective early intervention can assist the child to reach their maximum potential. Studies have been done to show children with autism spectrum disorder who enter programs at a younger age acquire greater achievements than those who enter programs at later ages.
Bridge Academy delivers a flexible range of evidence based intervention services for children aged up to eleven years old. We strive to provide services and programs that would guide the child to reach their age-appropriate developmental growth and provide support to parents with information and skills to enhance the child's development.