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Hyperactive boy with ADHD now a model scout

Boy who earned 23 badges in two years among 5 students with ADHD recognised for their achievements

Published on Sep 16, 2012 6:00 AM
 
Among those who won the inaugural ACE Awards are (from left) Victoria Junior College student Shaun Sim, 17; ACS (Barker Road) allied educator Vikneswaran Krishnan Murthi, 31; and Griffiths Primary School pupil Raja Ahmad Zikri, 12. -- ST PHOTO: LIM WUI LIANG

While at home, Raja Ahmad Zikri would jump onto the dining table and trample around, sometimes tripping over plates of food laid out for his family.

It was no different at school, where the 12-year-old Griffiths Primary School pupil would regularly "go crazy" in class, often running around in circles and disrupting lessons.

But such episodes are now a thing of the past. Zikri, who was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) when he was five years old, has since found an avenue to expend the boundless energy that is a result of his condition.

Now, he directs it all into scouting. Ever since he was introduced to the co-curricular activity (CCA) two years ago, Zikri has become more placid in class.

 
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"Much more attention has been paid to people with special needs in the last decade... but I strongly believe stakeholders... must come together to make our vision become a reality. Our faith and our belief must come with action."

MS DENISE PHUA, an MP for Moulmein-Kallang GRC, who has an autistic child. She was the guest of honour.