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All In Recommends: Mushroom Boys

Posted on October 17, 2020 by All In

Mushroom Boys is a short film about five boys with Down Syndrome, Hong An, Ryan, Mark, Mick and Lennard. These five boys work at Singapore’s Citizen Farm, where individuals with intellectual disabilities work in a supportive environment. At the farm, the boys grow and harvest mushrooms to sell. We see the fruits of their labour when they cook mushrooms for their families, as well as mend their booth and make sales at SG Cares Carnival. Directed by Eric Lin, Mushroom Boys was selected for the BAFTA Student Film Awards in 2019 and Viddsee Juree Awards Singapore – Audience Choice Award in 2020.

How to Engage Your Child in Conversation

Posted on October 17, 2019 by All In

“My 5-year-old son does not like talking to me or responding to my questions. He talks only when he wants something from me.” If you are facing similar challenges as a caregiver, here are some useful tips from SPD’s speech therapist, Ridhima Batra, to help you engage your child in conversation.

How Experiencing Joy Can Help Children and Promote Optimal Development

Posted on September 23, 2019 by All In

Joy is a powerful tool for solving childhood challenges and promoting brain health. Yet in our culture of doing, teaching, treating and pathologizing, too often we forget that when a child needs help, the first thing we should increase is joy. Here the author stresses the importance of finding many opportunities for moments of joy every day with our children.

All In Recommends: Sam Berns’ Philosophy for a Happy Life

Posted on August 13, 2019 by Ann

What is the secret to a happy life? Sam Berns who was diagnosed with a rare rapid ageing disease called progeria shares his advice for a happy life. 

Meet Julia: The Sesame Street Muppet Everyone Loves

Posted on August 3, 2019 by Ann

Julia is a four-year-old girl with autism. Her mom, Elena, is an art teacher and her dad, Daniel, is an EMT who plays the saxophone. She also has a neurotypical big brother, Samuel, and a dog, Rose. Her videos of her life in Sesame Street will warm the cockles of your heart.

Understanding Temper Tantrums and Aggression

Posted on July 28, 2019 by Ann

Written by a team of psychologists from MINDS, this article explains why children throw tantrums or behave aggressively and provide useful tips for managing such behaviours.

Guide to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Posted on July 28, 2019 by Ann

Written by a team of psychologists from MINDS, this article explains what Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is, its symptoms and causes, and how caregivers can manage a child with ADHD.

Guide to sexuality awareness and management

Posted on July 27, 2019 by Ann

Written by a team of psychologists from MINDS, this article explains how you can manage your child’s sexuality awareness and related issues.

Guide to self-injurious behaviour

Posted on July 27, 2019 by Ann

Written by a team of psychologists from MINDS, this article explains reasons why a child might exhibit self-injurious behaviours and what you can do to manage it?

Blaine Lewis: He struggled in school and so he decided to start his own school

Posted on July 21, 2019 by Ann

Children with learning disabilities often struggle in mainstream schools. Blaine Lewis, who was diagnosed with dyslexia, is no different. But instead of accepting this as a fact of life, or getting angry over it, he decided that he’s going to do something to change the world. He decided to start his own school.

Guide to Managing Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)

Posted on July 18, 2019 by Ann

Written by a team of occupational therapists from MINDS, this article explains what sensory processing disorders (SMDs) are, why sensory processing is important and what parents can do to manage children with SMD at home.

Guide to Improving the Self-Esteem of Children with Disabilities

Posted on July 13, 2019 by Ann

As caregivers, we have a major role in helping our children build up a healthy self-esteem. Written by a team of psychologists from MINDS, here are 7 ways we can improve our children’s self-esteem.

Guide to Activities of Daily Living Skills (ADL)

Posted on July 12, 2019 by Ann

ADL are essential activities that we perform in our daily lives. Most children with disabilities have difficulties performing self-care. It is important that we help develop ADL skills in children and encourage them to be independent, thus decreasing their dependence on caregivers. Written by MINDS’ Occupational Therapists, this guide explains how we can get started with developing ADL skills through activity analysis and intervention strategies.

June Holidays 2019: Activities for Children with Special Needs

Posted on May 18, 2019 by Ann

June’s coming right up and we’ve done our best to put together the most comprehensive list of holiday activities for you. The list is systematically organised: first by the type of SEN support provided, then by the dates. Useful information such as a short description of the activities, age groups, time slots, costs and location are also provided. 

Updated Open House Dates of Special Education (SPED) Schools 2019

Posted on May 13, 2019 by Ann

Our children with special educational needs (SEN) require more specialised support in their education. One way to find out more about the programmes, culture and support a school offers is to visit the schools during an Open House. We have updated the list of Government-funded SPED schools (including Rainbow Centre Yishun Park School (RCYPS), which opened at Marsiling Lane in 2018). The list is organised by type of SEN support the schools provide, and contains information about the programmes, age groups of students, and updated information about the dates for Open House. 

PEEKABOO! An Inclusive Arts Festival by Superhero Me

Posted on March 18, 2019 by All In

Looking for a fun and meaningful event for your child to participate in over the March holidays? Look no further as PEEKABOO! is here this March!
PEEKABOO! is organised by Superhero Me in partnership with Rainbow Centre. The purpose of this event is to bring together children with and without special needs together.

Accessibility in Sports

Posted on March 12, 2019 by Daphne Seah

In the past, it was uncommon to hear about people with disabilities to participate in sports. People have always questioned their capability and at times have rejected the idea of playing sports with them. This misconception has resulted in children with disability being excluded from games at schools. Even when they have grown up, it …

Planning Ahead for Your Child with Special Needs

Posted on February 25, 2019 by All In

As your child approaches adulthood, you might be wondering, “Who will take care of my child when I’m gone?” or “Will my child be able to get a job and survive on their own?”
In this article, we will be covering some of the ways you can provide for your child, employment and housing programmes, as well as schemes available for adults with special needs.

Transportation Schemes for Children with Special Needs

Posted on January 23, 2019 by All In

A guide to assistive technology and transportation schemes available in Singapore for children with special needs.

Treatments and Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorders

Posted on January 8, 2019 by All In

This is a comprehensive list of almost all of the current treatments that are available for Autism Spectrum Disorder. Taken from the book “The Autism Sourcebook: Everything You Need to Know About Diagnosis, Treatment, Coping, and Healing” by Karen Siff Exkorn.

Education for Children with Autism

Posted on January 5, 2019 by All In

Finding the academic curriculum of best fit for your child is a matter of understanding what he needs in order to realise his fullest potential. We have gathered a set of comprehensive guidelines and resources to assist you as you decide on the perfect environment for your child to flourish.

Managing the Social Aspects of Autism

Posted on January 5, 2019 by All In

  As parents of children with autism, it can be overwhelming having to handle your child’s health related problems. On top of that, there’s the educational and intervention programmes, financial matters and the day-to-day stresses of living with autism to worry about.   Receiving social and emotional support can make things a lot less daunting …

Living with Autism – 18 Years Old and Above

Posted on January 4, 2019 by All In

  Tertiary Education   When your child graduates from secondary school to pursue a higher education, there are many higher learning options for youths with autism. Here is a list of tertiary level schools with Allied Educators on staff that your child can apply to: Nanyang Polytechnic Ngee Ann Polytechnic Republic Polytechnic Singapore Polytechnic Temasek …

All About Cerebral Palsy

Posted on December 28, 2018 by Ann

Our detailed guide covering everything you need to know about cerebral palsy – complete with Singapore-specific government schemes, resources, schools and inspiring stories.

Assessing Service Providers

Posted on December 15, 2018 by All In

Finding the right service provider can be a daunting task. We have compiled this list of helpful questions to guide you.