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How To Improve Sensory Experiences In Your Child’s Daily Routine In Less Time

Posted on July 7, 2020 by All In

As adults, we have unique ways of self-regulation to cope with stressors in our day-to-day life. A cup of coffee may be the perfect start to your day or listening to your favourite tunes may make you feel better. Similarly, children need to experience different sensory activities to regulate themselves too! SPD’s senior occupational therapist, Velusamy Santhakumar, shares some ways that you can incorporate different sensory experiences in your child’s daily routine.

A Super Dad to 303 Kids

Posted on June 10, 2020 by All In

This Father’s Day, learn about how Danny Ong manages to balance his job as an educator for children with special needs, and being an Active Parent to 3 of his children.

Uncommon Interventions that I Wished My Parents Tried

Posted on May 4, 2020 by Ann

“Parents often ask me about advice on what can help their autistic children. I am not an autism expert but I believe that some things might have worked for my own personal situation as a child.” Eric Chen is one of Singapore’s first autistic autism advocate and the founder of WhatsApp Autism Community Singapore.

Home-based Learning for Kids with Disabilities

Posted on April 6, 2020 by Ann

With the Covid-19 Circuit Breaker measures, all schools will shift to full home-based learning from 8 April till at least May 4. Face-to-face tuition, music lessons, dance classes, sports training and other such activities will all be put on hold. All In’s founder Daniel Tan shares four helpful steps parents can take to proactively manage the days ahead.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): Classroom Management Strategies for Teachers and Tutors

Posted on March 28, 2020 by Ann

ADHD children may not be able to handle simple day-to-day tasks that teachers expect, and other children take for granted. Yet they do have strengths. What they need is understanding and support to help them cope in class. This article by Society for the Promotion of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Research & Knowledge (SPARK) provides practical classroom management tips for teachers and tutors for ADHD students.

Structured Teaching – A Teaching Model for Caregivers

Posted on January 12, 2020 by Ann

As quality intervention most often takes place in the child’s natural environment, caregivers’ involvement is important in extending learning opportunities to children with developmental needs at home. In this article, SPD’s early intervention teacher, Gerry Da, explains how caregivers can play the role of the teacher at home.

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.

What is intellectual disability?

Posted on August 13, 2019 by Ann

Written by a team of social workers from MINDS, this article explains what intellectual disability is and common causes of intellectual disability.

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.

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.

Changing Perspectives: “Special Needs” vs “Disability”

Posted on June 25, 2019 by Ann

Over the last two centuries, we have seen an evolution of the terms used to describe disability. It is heartening that the trend has consistently been towards greater awareness, inclusivity and sensitivity. In recent years, there have been discussions in many countries on the use of the terms “disability” and “special needs”. What are some of the thoughts and research behind this topic?

Role Models in Science and Mathematics Series: Larry Baggett, the Blind Mathematician

Posted on May 27, 2019 by Ann

As caregivers or friends, we can help a child with special needs achieve his or her potential by telling him or her about inspiring role models. This helps them understand that they can do what they might have been told can’t be done, and how others have done it. As the third part of a series on Role Models in Science and Mathematics, the spotlight is on Lawrence Baggett, Professor Emeritus in Mathematics.

Specific Learning Difficulties: Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia and Dysgraphia

Posted on May 24, 2019 by Ann

What are specific learning disabilities (SpLD)? How does it feel to be someone diagnosed with SpLD? This article provides an overview to common SpLD such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia and dysgraphia and the assessment options available for parents in Singapore.

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. 

Preparing Your Child with Special Needs for Mainstream

Posted on May 5, 2019 by Daphne Seah

Having made the decision to send your child with special education needs (SEN) to a mainstream school, you may find yourself worrying about whether your child can cope. However, with the right support, children with special needs can thrive in mainstream schools. This article aims to help you prepare for your child’s entry into a mainstream school.

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.

List of Mainstream Schools with Barrier-Free Accessibility

Posted on April 18, 2019 by All In

This is a list of mainstream schools in Singapore that have barrier free accessibility for children with physical disabilities. This means that the schools have better facilities like disabled toilets, ramps and lifts for those with limited mobility.

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.

Support Schemes for Students

Posted on January 31, 2019 by All In

Here’s a list of the various government schemes that may help support your child’s education financially.

Improved Early Intervention Support for Families

Posted on January 30, 2019 by All In

If you are a parent of a child with special needs and is currently or planning to send your child for early intervention, here are some good news for you. Beginning this year, the Ministry for Social and Family Development (MSF) will be pushing out changes to the early intervention (EI) framework for families with …

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.

Should My Child Attend a Special Education or Mainstream School?

Posted on January 4, 2019 by All In

As your child approaches schooling age, you may begin to wonder if your child should attend a mainstream school or a Special Education (SPED) school. This article lays out the differences and considerations to assist you in making your decision.

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.

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.