For Special Needs intervention in Singapore, you have a lot of options for support. Whether you’re looking for assessments and diagnoses or a school or clinic to support your child’s learning, this list has it.
Every child should have the support that they need to get the best start in life. Thankfully, whether you’re a resident or ex-pat in Singapore, your family won’t be left out. From speech therapy to ADHD support, there are many centers and schools across the island that will cater to your children’s every need in their development and learning. Our guide to early intervention and assessments for special needs will help you every step of the way.
GDI is a child development and therapy center founded on the belief of Gestalt’s principles of ‘Whole-ness’. They strongly believe in developing the ‘Whole’ child, engaging the ‘Whole’ ecosystem, and walking with you through the ‘Whole’ journey to maximize your child’s potential to be included and be a valued contributing member of society throughout their life. GDI specializes in providing comprehensive support to children and adolescents aged 2 to 18.
With a focus on Gestalt psychology principles, GDI offers personalized interventions through a team of skilled professionals. Their holistic approach encompasses therapy services such as educational, occupational, and speech-language therapy, as well as psychology and school readiness programs. GDI also constructed a cutting-edge Immersive Reality Room (IMR) within their center which transforms their walls to be touch sensitive. Additionally, GDI strongly believes in empowering parents, teachers, and domestic helpers through their training programs.
Annabelle Kids (AKIDS) adopts a fun, play-based multidisciplinary approach to all aspects of therapy, from early intervention to assessments. Their clinical psychologists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, and art and music therapists work together to provide a holistic picture of your child. Interventions are aimed at helping children develop and nurture social, communication, and cognitive skills.
Their child therapists also assess, diagnose and provide early interventions to children and adolescents regarding their learning or academic performance, behavioral, social and emotional development, to change a child’s developmental trajectory and improve outcomes for the child and their family. Their Child Clinical Psychologists have extensive experience in conductive cognitive assessments, also known as IQ tests, and other diagnostic assessments. These formal assessments guide treatment, monitor developmental milestones and support applications to specialised or subsidised services such as special education schools or early intervention services.
Dinosaur Speech Therapy is team of highly experienced therapists and teachers committed to a philosophy of a child-directed, enjoyable approach. Their team has extensive experience with children with children with a variety of learning differences and difficulties, including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), ADHD, Down's Syndrome, learning delays/disorders and so on.
The Early Intervention Programs at Dinosaur Speech Therapy help children become independent learners and problem-solvers. The team recognizes the unique differences that each child has and strives to address their needs in a holistic manner. There is strong involvement from the therapy team and your child will receive input from different professionals when you enrol in the program. The program runs on 2,3 or 4 days a week (5 days available on request) for three hours a day – schedule a consultation to find out more.
At The Grounds Therapy, they believe in play-based experiences for young children with tailored activities for different learning needs. Their Early Intervention Program curriculum supports children from 18 months old to 7 years in realizing their potential so they can navigate society with dignity and confidence. The Grounds Therapy’s Early Intervention Program runs 2-5 days a week from 9am-1pm and 2pm -4.30pm.
Therapists collaborate with parents to provide well-rounded support in the program and home environment. Each child has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) set for them each semester and they can work with the child's preschool outside of the IEP and discuss how to better support each child.
There is also an Educational Psychologist to conduct diagnostic assessments (ADHD, ASD, IQ assessments and so on) and address any concerns regarding your child's diagnosis. Other services include assessment and official memos for deferment of primary or SPED school education.
Ohana Therapy is a boutique therapy clinic offering a variety of therapy services, both in their centrally-located clinic or at clients’ homes and schools. These include speech therapy, feeding therapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, educational therapy, and art therapy. The therapists at Ohana Therapy are passionate individuals who strive to empower and support parents and children in their day-to-day living needs through their family-centered, strengths-focused, evidence-based approaches.
Early intervention is available in the areas of speech and language, feeding, gross and fine motor skills, sensory processing, regulation, academic skills, social skills, handwriting, and much more. These sessions can be conducted either individually or in groups. With therapists who are strong advocates of child-led and neurodiversity-affirming practices, your child will receive the best care possible!
The Rainbow Center serves infants, children, and youth with a diverse range of special developmental and learning needs, including autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and multiple disabilities, which may involve a combination of intellectual, physical, visual, and/or hearing impairments. The center runs two Special Education (SPED) schools for students aged 7-18 years old and two Early Intervention Programme (EIP) centers for children two months to 6 years old. Read more about Early Intervention with the Rainbow Center here.
Rainbow Centre, Multiple Locations, +65 6475 2072, email@example.com, www.rainbowcentre.org.sg
AWWA Family Services provides community-based family services through preventive, developmental, and educational programs. Their services are for children, youth, adults, and families to enhance the quality of their lives by getting the support they need. They run Community Support Programs such as drop-in services, academic development, kids' reading programs, and more. Family Empowerment and Bonding Workshops are also conducted on a monthly basis for our service recipients. Early Intervention details can be found here.
AWWA, 9 Lorong Napiri, Singapore, +65 6511 5200, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.awwa.org.sg
These community services were appointed by The Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) to run the Early Intervention Program for Infants and Children (EIPIC). The program provides social, educational, and rehabilitative services for children from birth to 6 years old who have been diagnosed to be at risk of having a handicapping condition or special need that will affect or her development. More information about this and the other services you can access can be found here.
Fei Yue Community Services, Multiple Locations, +65 65631106, email@example.com, www.fycs.org
A one-on-one assessment will be personally conducted by one of their Certified Trainers when you first visit the Singapore Brain Development Center. Your child will be given a simple cognitive exercise designed to measure the strengths and weaknesses of your child's cognitive skills. The trainer will recommend the appropriate program to enhance your child's foundational learning skills based on the assessment results. Your child will be guided through physical, emotional, and cognitive functions based on the development phase and needs.
Singapore Brain Development Centre, 1 Goldhill Plaza #01-11 Singapore, +65 6288 4123, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.brain.com.sg
At the core of the Total Communication clinical philosophy is evidence-based practice. This means that they support practices and techniques that have been scientifically researched, so the programs and assessments that they lead for your child can give you confidence. They cater to speech and language pathology, educational therapy, and occupational therapy. Your child will be well looked after with their large team of specialists. Check out their Early Intervention program here.
Total Communication, 10 Winstedt Road, Block A #02-01, Singapore, +65 6467 2995, email@example.com, www.totalcommunication.com.sg
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