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Managing Challenging Behaviours in Children – Part 2

Posted on August 30, 2019 by All In

In the previous article, “Managing Challenging Behaviours in Children – Part 1”, SPD’s early intervention psychologist, Jacelyn Loh, introduced five strategies that caregivers can use to manage their children’s challenging behaviours. Jacelyn shares more methods in this second part of the series.

Managing Challenging Behaviours in Children – Part 1

Posted on August 19, 2019 by Ann

Some caregivers may be at a loss as to what to do when their child displays challenging behaviours. If you are one of them, the good news is that there are strategies that you can make use of to manage your child’s emotions. In this first of a two-part series, SPD’s early intervention psychologist, Jacelyn Loh, shares how.

What do I do if my family members are not able to accept my child?

Posted on August 13, 2019 by Ann

Written by a team of social workers from MINDS, here are 3 tips for managing family members who are unable to accept a child with disability.

6 Tips for Strengthening Your Marriage

Posted on August 13, 2019 by Ann

Written by a team of social workers from MINDS, here are 6 tips for strengthening your marriage while taking care of a child with disabilities.

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.

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.

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.

Being Kind Gives Us An Evolutionary Advantage

Posted on July 31, 2019 by All In

In this article, All In’s founder Daniel Tan shares the findings of a research study that shows that being kind is an evolutionary advantage, as well as how parents can nurture kindness in their children. 

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 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?

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 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 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.

Financial Planning for Families with Children with Special Needs

Posted on June 25, 2019 by All In

What are the key considerations in financial planning for families taking care of a child with special needs? In this article, our guest blogger Eric Seah, Founder of Eric Seah & Associates takes you through the 5 main considerations in detail. In particular, he explains the five financial ratios for cash management, his recommendations for insurance planning, reasons why the costs of education for children with special needs is more expensive than people think, the two methods for retirement planning, and various considerations for estate planning. 

Working with Children with Disabilities

Posted on June 25, 2019 by All In

In this article, All In’s founder, Daniel Tan, shares his experience from working with children with disabilities. 
Daniel Tan is currently the Honorary Assistant Secretary of the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS). He is also the Chairman of the Residential and Community-based Care Services Committee.

Financial Planning for Families with Children with Autism

Posted on June 24, 2019 by All In

Why is getting insurance coverage for a person who has been diagnosed with ASD so tiring, difficult and confusing? In this article, our guest blogger Senior Financial Services Consultant Wilson Lee shares with us the reasons, options and useful tips when getting approval from insurance companies. He also provided a summarized roadmap on how parents can set financial goals and get started on the path of wealth management.

The Layman’s Guide to Autism: How to Talk to People with Autism

Posted on June 19, 2019 by All In

At All In, we sometimes get interesting questions from the general public.

Today, we will be answering this question: How do I talk to people with autism?

The Layman’s Guide to Autism: What should I do if my relative’s or friend’s child has autism?

Posted on May 31, 2019 by Ann

Given that about 1 in every 100 of our population has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), it is likely that many of us would know someone with autism, no matter whether it is a relative’s child or a friend’s child. How do you act around the parents of the person with autism and with the child herself or himself? We consulted a few parents of children with autism to put together some suggestions to these questions.

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. 

How to Nurture the Potential of Children with Special Needs

Posted on May 13, 2019 by Ann

Here are some ways we can help a child with special needs achieve his or her potential.

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. 

Fabulous Self-Care Practices in Under 15 Minutes

Posted on May 10, 2019 by Ann

As caregivers, we have so many responsibilities that we often neglect ourselves. But taking time out to care for ourselves is really important. Not only does it improve our physical and emotional health, it makes us a better caregiver.  “But the problem is time!” you cry.  Never fear! We have prepared a list of 15 …

The Layman’s Guide to Autism: How can I tell if someone has autism?

Posted on May 6, 2019 by Ann

Today’s Layman’s Guide to Autism is: How can I tell if someone has autism?

The Layman’s Guide to Autism: What can I do if I see a stranger with autism having a meltdown?

Posted on May 5, 2019 by Ann

At All In, we sometimes get interesting questions from the general public. The Layman’s Guide to Autism are simplified answers to these real questions. Today, we will be answering this question from our friend, Tee Eng: What should I do if I see a stranger with autism having a meltdown?

Is Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory Autistic? Amy’s Vision of Neurodiversity May Bring Tears to Your Eyes

Posted on April 27, 2019 by All In

Does Sheldon have autism? Here is Mayim Bialik (Amy Farrah Fowler)’s touching response to questions about TV stereotypes on the Big Bang Theory. I’m not crying, it’s the onions.

Public and Private Therapy Centres for Autism in Singapore

Posted on April 21, 2019 by Ann

This is a list of some of the available centres that provide medical support for autism in Singapore.

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.

The Initial Diagnosis

Posted on April 19, 2019 by All In

When you first find out that your child has special needs, you may feel anxious and stressed. You may be filled with never-ending questions or feel alone. This short list could help ease your mind.

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.

5 Self-Care Tips for You, the Caregiver

Posted on April 18, 2019 by All In

Raising a child with special needs is no easy feat. Your child may need a lot of assistance with his/her daily activities like bathing, eating, and dressing. There may also a large number of hidden costs to bear, such as therapies and special equipment. This may place a large amount of stress on you and your family. You have your own individuals needs, and sometimes you may need a break from caregiving to rest and spend time doing things you need to.

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. …

Caring for Caregivers During Medical Crises

Posted on April 17, 2019 by Ann

One of the most difficult times a caregiver can experience is having to admit a child into a hospital due to a medical crisis. This is the time when support from friends and other family members is essential.

However, as friends and family members, we sometimes do not know what we can do. This article provides some suggestions on how you can help a caregiver during this period.

Assisted Deputyship Application Programme (ADAP)

Posted on April 17, 2019 by Ann

Parents of graduating cohorts in Special Education (SPED) schools can apply to be a deputy for their children through the Assisted Deputyship Application Programme (ADAP). Here’s how.

An Overview of Assistive Technology

Posted on April 15, 2019 by Ann

This is a quick overview of assistive technology (AT) in Singapore. It covers key issues like how you can get an AT assessment, where you can get help for purchasing or loaning AT and how you can get financial assistance for AT.

A Quick Guide to the Special Needs Savings Scheme (SNSS)

Posted on April 12, 2019 by Ann

What is Special Needs Savings Scheme (SNSS)? The Special Needs Savings Scheme (SNSS) allows caregivers to set aside CPF savings for the long term care for individuals with special needs. Under this scheme, caregivers can nominate the individuals to receive regular fixed pay-outs from the parent’s CPF savings after the parent’s death. How much does it cost? …

Caring for Your Child at Home

Posted on April 12, 2019 by Ann

Here is some information that may be helpful to you as you care for your child at home.

Integrated Child Care Programme (ICCP)

Posted on April 12, 2019 by Ann

Integrated Child Care Programme (ICCP) is an inclusive child care programme for children between 2 to 6 years old with mild special needs. Providing these children with a natural learning environment alongside mainstream peers will help prepare them for future entry into mainstream primary education. This article provides more information about ICCP.

Special Student Care Centres (SSCCs)

Posted on April 12, 2019 by Ann

What are Special Student Care Centres (SSCCs)? Special Student Care Centres (SSCCs) offer subsidised before and after school care services for students with special needs aged 7 to 18. The care services may also include educational support, social and life skills for independent living. The list of SSCCs, the services they provide and the fees can be …

Children Disability Homes

Posted on April 12, 2019 by Ann

What are Children Disability Homes? Children Disability Homes (CDHs) provide long-term residential care to children with disabilities who are neglected or whose caregivers are incapable of caring for them. Some homes also provide short-term respite care for those whose families are unable to provide care temporarily. Admission of children with disabilities into a CDH should be considered …

Overview of General Financial Assistance (Government Schemes)

Posted on April 11, 2019 by Ann

There are general financial assistance schemes and subsidies that are not specifically developed for children with special needs. Nonetheless, depending on your circumstances, your family may be eligible for them.

We hope you have found the information and tools on our website useful in supporting you and your loved ones in this journey of self-discovery!

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