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Key Word Signs 101

Posted on May 3, 2020 by All In

MINDS is collaborating with Key Word Sign (Australia) and Singapore Association for the Deaf to develop Key Word Sign (Singapore). This article introduces some basic Key Word Signs (KWS) that help facilitate communication with persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

All In Diary: Our Faith in Humanity Restored

Posted on April 5, 2020 by Ann

Here is an amazing story that restored All In’s team’s faith in humanity. Read on for a true story about kindness and generosity in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

How to Enhance Your Child’s Gross Motor Skills

Posted on March 1, 2020 by Ann

Working on your child’s gross motor skills at an early stage helps to set the foundation for developing more complex skills as they grow. SPD’s Physiotherapists Natalia Szukalska and La Min Maung will share some activities that you can do with your child to help develop or improve their gross motor skills.

Playing with our children

Posted on August 3, 2019 by Ann

Play is the most important part of every child’s life and it is crucial for their development. Written by a team of psychologists from MINDS, this article explains why we should play with our children, and how to do so.

What to do when your child refuses to go to school?

Posted on August 2, 2019 by Ann

Written by a team of psychologists from MINDS, this article explains why children may refuse to go to school and what you as the caregiver can do about it.

Maysoon Zayid has 99 problems and palsy is just one of them

Posted on July 25, 2019 by Ann

Maysoon Zayid shares her life with us in this exhilarating and hilarious TED Talk about her 99 problems and how cerebral palsy is just one of them.

Guide to Improving Handwriting

Posted on July 18, 2019 by Ann

Written by a team of occupational therapists from MINDS, this article covers activities for improving a child’s handwriting.

[Advertorial] Guide to Developing Fine Motor Skills

Posted on July 18, 2019 by Ann

Written by a team of occupational therapists from MINDS, this article explains the components of fine motor skills, factors that influence fine motor skills and how you can help your child improve these skills.

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 Developing the Social Skills of Children with Disabilities

Posted on July 13, 2019 by All In

It is important to help children develop social skills so that they can establish relationships and exhibit behaviours that are age-appropriate and culturally acceptable. Written by a team of psychologists from MINDS, here are 4 ways we can use to develop our children’s social skills.

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.

8 Strategies for Effective Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC)

Posted on July 4, 2019 by Ann

Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) refers to all forms of communication that enhance or supplement verbal speech or writing. It is an internationally recognised area of clinical and educational practice that attempts to compensate, temporarily or permanently, for significant speech, language, and writing disabilities. Earlier this year, Specialised ATC, SPD published the AAC for Caregivers Manual. Read on to learn about the tried and tested strategies for effective communication that are found in the manual.

Interview with Rich Donovan, Top 50 Most Influential People with Disability

Posted on June 25, 2019 by All In

This week, we are honoured to have Rich Donovan sharing with All In’s founder Daniel Tan his thoughts about: 1. the case of SingPost’s discarded mail, 2. hiring and onboarding best practices for people with disabilities, 3. latest trends in corporate social responsibility, and 4. the potential of consumers with disabilities as a market. Rich Donovan is the CEO of The Return on Disability Group and a globally recognized subject matter expert on the convergence of disability and corporate profitability. He was named one of the Top 50 Most Influential People with Disabilities in the world by UK-based Powerful Media and Shaw Trust in October 2016. Rich was appointed Chair of Ontario’s Accessibility Standards Advisory Council by the Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure in January 2016. He also happens to have cerebral palsy.

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. 

Travis’ Story in The Birthday Book

Posted on May 17, 2019 by Daphne Seah

“It’s been a difficult road that leads me to where I am today.” These are the words of Travis Chua, a 7-year-old boy with cerebral palsy. His essay “The Roads We Take” is published in the book “The Birthday Book Jr”.

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. 

Resources for Parents of Children with Cerebral Palsy

Posted on April 20, 2019 by All In

This article introduces the resources available to parents of children with cerebral palsy. These includes local organisations, support groups, and informative sites.

About Cerebral Palsy

Posted on April 19, 2019 by All In

This article provides useful facts about cerebral palsy, including definition, symptoms, and related physical and medical issues.

Medical Management for Cerebral Palsy

Posted on April 19, 2019 by All In

Some symptoms of cerebral palsy may require treatment using medicine and surgery. Most medical and surgical treatment work hand in hand with therapy to better enable your child. This article outlines some of the possible treatments for various situations.

3 Special Education (SPED) Schools for Children with Physical Disabilities

Posted on April 19, 2019 by All In

There are 3 Special Education (SPED) Schools in Singapore that specifically cater to children with physical disabilities like CP. Learn more about them in this article.

Get Motivated: Inspiring Individuals with Cerebral Palsy in Singapore

Posted on April 18, 2019 by All In

Get motivated with the stories of these inspiring individuals with cerebral palsy!

Frequently Asked Questions (for New Caregivers of Children with Cerebral Palsy)

Posted on April 18, 2019 by All In

This is a list of FAQs for that addresses some of the initial questions that a new caregiver for a child with cerebral palsy may have. 

Myths and Facts about Cerebral Palsy

Posted on April 18, 2019 by All In

There are still many misconceptions about cerebral palsy due to a lack of education on the topic or misinformation in society. This article addresses some of those misconceptions. Our hope is that these facts would become common knowledge as our society grows to be a more inclusive one.

Non-Medical Management of Cerebral Palsy:  Therapy, Nutrition, and Assistive Technology

Posted on April 18, 2019 by All In

This article explains three aspects of non-medical management of cerebral palsy: therapy, nutrition and assistive technology. Therapy Therapists are health professionals that are equipped with skills in working with children and teaching parents effective ways to help their children. During therapy, a therapist would assess your child’s abilities and needs, and provide treatment and advice. …

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 …

My Brother’s Keeper – The Inspiring Story of Kyle and Brent Pease

Posted on February 27, 2019 by All In

Mention the phrase “Ironman triathlon” and one will immediately think of tall, tanned and muscular athletes who look like characters from a superhero comic. The Ironman triathlon is indeed considered one of the toughest endurance sports a person can take part in – starting with a 4 km swim in the sea, a 180 km …

Inspirational Stories: Laurentia Tan

Posted on February 21, 2019 by All In

  Laurentia is one of Singapore’s most distinguished paralympians with bronze and silver medals from the Beijing and London Paralympic Games. She was awarded the Public Service Star after London 2012 and inducted into the Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame in 2014. Laurentia has cerebral palsy and profound deafness, but it did not stop her …

Inspirational Stories: Muhammed Sayfullah

Posted on February 11, 2019 by All In

  Sayfullah is a teenager with a hunger for learning and communicating his feelings. Quadriplegic cerebral palsy left him unable to walk and speak clearly. His mother was determined to enable her son. She left her job to educate Sayfullah at home and strived to find ways to help him. In 2012, Sayfullah found his …

Inspirational Stories: Wesley Wee

Posted on February 11, 2019 by All In

  Although Wesley had to use a wheelchair his entire life, he did not let cerebral palsy stop him from chasing his dreams. Wesley’s parents thought his disabilities were a burden, and he had to endure years of abuse and neglect as a child. Eventually, his grandmother took him into her care when he was …

Inspirational Stories: Gemma Rose Foo

Posted on January 23, 2019 by All In

  Gemma was diagnosed with Spastic Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy, which has the most severe physical symptoms, at birth. Her parents did not want any special treatment for Gemma and sent her to a mainstream school. She began riding horses at 8 as part of physiotherapy, and was later discovered by a riding instructor. By age …

EIPIC and Enhanced PPIP

Posted on December 28, 2018 by All In

Learn more about the Early Intervention Programme for Infants & Children (EIPIC) available in Singapore. EIPIC provides therapy and support services for children with special needs.

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.

Explainer Videos on Cerebral Palsy

Posted on December 28, 2018 by All In

For those of us who learn better through an audio-visual presentation, here are some videos we have found helpful.

5 Minutes Overview of Cerebral Palsy

Posted on December 15, 2018 by All In

This overview packs key concise information about cerebral palsy, from symptoms to treatment.