Awakening Minds, Raw Art & A Mother's Wish

My name is Choo Kah Ying. I am a writer/educator, recovered sufferer of manic-depression, and homeschooler of Jean-Sebastien Choo. Sebastien is moderately autistic with significant delays in language.  Both of these conditions have inspired me to create Awakening Minds. Its aim is to raise awareness on autism and mood disorders through my books, articles, learning materials, talks, workshops, and consultations.

Despite all the progress that Sebastien and I have made during the eight years of our homeschooling life, he is unlikely to achieve independent functioning in mainstream society. Therefore, before I pass on, it is my dream to offer Sebastien and others like him a strong and loving community that will engage them with a well-rounded programme on a daily basis. This is why I have started A Mother’s Wish that has been principally funded by sales of Sebastien’s water colour paintings — Raw Art.


Check out my books, articles, learning materials, talks, workshops and consultations on mental wellness, autism, and special education.


Sebastien, my son with moderate autism, has been donating 30% of the sales of his paintings to “A Mother’s Wish” Fund.

Prices for these affordable paintings vary from $100 to $800, and the sizes from 9"x12" to A1 size.


Social enterprise providing subsidised activities for autistic individuals.

- Blog Musings about A Mother's Wish and raising Sebastien


I am excited to announce our fourth “A Mother’s Wish” (AMW) Holiday Programme for individuals with moderate to severe autism — June 5th to June 19th. The AMW fund and the families of the participants will share in the costs.

The holiday programme concept constitutes our baby steps towards the ultimate vision of creating a community that provides affordable quality programmes for youths and adults with moderate to severe autism all-year-round.

Through the holiday programmes, we hope to offer an experience of AMW’s model of collective caregiving that spreads the responsibility of caring for individuals with autism across the community.

Concise Overview of Holiday Programme, June 2015:

Programme Outline:

Friday, June 5th Creative Arts — Music and Dance
Monday, June 8th Creative Arts — Making Windchimes
Tuesday, June 9th Fitness — Frisbee
Wednesday, June 10th Creative Arts: Making Decorative Paperweights
Thursday, June 11th Creative Arts — Drama and Movement
Friday, June 12th Fitness - Football
Monday, June 15th Lifeskill — Baking I
Tuesday, June 16th Creative Arts — Music
Wednesday, June 17th Fitness — Functional Training
Thursday, June 18th Sensory Creative Arts — Making Aroma Play Dough
Friday, June 19th Lifeskill — Baking II

To read more about the individual activities and enroll your child, please click here.

To learn more about the service providers, please click here.

Cost: $40 per day


Contact: or 8163-4509.

The AMW Fund that allows us to subsidise the holiday programme is principally funded by the sales of Sebastien’s paintings and products inspired by his artwork:

If you would like to offer a contribution to AMW (100% to AMW), we will send you an A4-sized print of Sebastien’s artwork in return.  


At our third “A Mother’s Wish” (AMW) Holiday Programme for individuals with moderate to severe autism (spread across Nov 28-Dec 11, 2014), I was delighted to see how we were beginning to cultivate a sense of community. As our group congregated each day, we were happy to reconnect with familiar faces —participants, helpers, and parents from previous holiday programmes — and excited to welcome new ones. For the parents and helpers shouldering the primary responsibilities of caring for our children, the holiday programme also offered a degree of respite and connection, thanks to the assistance of the volunteers.

This time around, our participants took public transport and participated in eight activities:

1. Football— Nov 28th 2. Baking I: Banana Oat Cookies — Dec 1st
3. Functional Training (Fitness) — Dec 2nd 4. Building a Miniature Garden — Dec 3rd
5. Drama and Movement — Dec 4th 6. Baking II: Fruit Tarts — Dec 8th
7. Embodied Movement — Dec 9th 8. Assembling an IKEA CD Box — Dec 11th

We are most grateful to our service providers, assistants, volunteers (principally from Meridian JC, but also from NIE and NUS), and families for their involvement and support. Special thanks to Mrs. Selina Tan who opened her home to host four of our events and the refreshments she provided! Together, we embody AMW’s model of collective caregiving — spreading the responsibility of caring for individuals with autism across the community. With these baby steps, we hope to achieve our ultimate dream of building a community that provides affordable quality programmes all-year-round.

To ensure that the AMW holiday programme activities are affordable for families, the costs of the programme are subsidised by the AMW fund. If you are looking for some unique gifts, please check out AMW’s product offerings.

Please contact Kah Ying at for more information and purchases.

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