Kololo is a Japanese method developed in 1980 in Tokyo by Mr. Ishii and Ms. Kubota; for individuals on the Autism Spectrum Disorder as well as those with challenging behaviors. The underlying philosophies of this method are:
- No one is left behind– priority is given to those with severe difficulties or in dire situations
- One for all and all for one– the emphasis is on group dynamics as people are so cial beings and cooperation with one another, harmony and order are needed for a group to function well
- The training is science, technique & lifestyle– the training is based on scientifically proven techniques and the quality of life for the trainee improves when it is implemented into his/her lifestyle
- The parents are the main facilitators with the trainers as supporters– Kololo is a program that supports home training with both parents carrying out the program. It is to facilitate the trainee to live with their families within their own homes
It is based on the Kololo theory of brain development and the theory of changing behavior. Training of the trainee begins from the level he/she is at with the intention to move him/her towards the higher levels of functioning; and its components, in practice, are:
- Programmes for group behavior which encourages those with severe difficulties to be integrated into the group
- Programmes for acceptable behaviour (tolerance training) and regulating of behaviour rhythms which aim to reduce obsessions, and frustrations that bother them in order that they can lead smooth social lives
- Programmes for language training which improves vocabulary, develop language concepts, communication skills, ability to write and to understand general ideas
Kololo is the main method conducted in the Autism Department, laying the foundation for the trainees’ further learning in Seri Mengasih Centre’s functional living skills programmes (which include activities of daily living, community access, safety, functional academics, work, and leisure) useful for their present and future lives. We offer the Kololo program (both full time & part time), to any child or young adult requiring it.
Special education schools and centers, as well as parents who wish to know more about this method, may call up for more information.