If your child is on the autism spectrum, has been diagnosed with a learning, developmental, language, or other disorders, disability, or difficulty, early intervention, and daily inclusive education are the best things you can give them – and yourself.
The educational scene in Singapore is exceptionally advanced when it comes to inclusivity. Schools are opening spaces or even dedicating their expertise to the inclusion of children with special needs, learning differences, and disabilities into mainstream settings – or preparing them for it. This not only sets them on a path towards personal and academic growth, but also provides them, and you, with the much-needed, life-changing support and resources.
We bring you a list of schools that offer full-day early intervention programs, go beyond labels, demystify special needs education and collaborate with you, your kiddo, and dedicated specialists to rewire your child’s brain with quality, early, targeted intervention, and supportive education!
The Growing Academy prepares kids for a smooth transition into a mainstream school. Their approach draws inspiration from the Reggio Emilia and combines Applied Behavior Analysis and TEACCH, therapy and academics. It recognizes the innate uniqueness of each child and customizes interventions to address their specific needs, helping bridge the gap between mainstream and special needs learning! It offers a number of different inclusion programs, including Nursery & Kindergarten, Buddy PLUS Program, Therapy, School Shadow, Mainstream Readiness Preparatory Services, and more!
KidsFirst is an early intervention centre and school with intensive integrated speech and occupational therapy supports provided within the program. Through their Early Years Intervention Program and School Readiness Intervention Program, they provide specialized learning environments for children with developmental needs from 2-12 years. Each child within the program has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) with goals based on their unique developmental profile and the family’s priorities.
They provide holistic behaviour support through evidence-based assessments and curriculums, with intensive integrated therapy and parent support such as caregiver training, parent coffee mornings, therapist facilitated play dates and other supplementary services. The school programs run either 3 or 5 days a week, for up to six hours each day.
This inclusive preschool implements a whole-school approach that supports diversity, evolves inclusive practices and creates inclusive cultures. As its name suggests, Kindle Garden believes that the environment is the “third teaches” and uses intentionally designed spaces to support learning and be accessible to kids of all abilities. This preschool strongly emphasizes collaboration between educators, occupational therapists, psychologists and families. It has a toddler program for kids aged 18 to 36 months and a kindergarteners program for ages 4 to 6.
Bright Path’s educators are trained both in early childhood education and early intervention. Every child at Bright Path has an individualized curriculum tailored to their needs. The preschool uses the TEACHH teaching program and the knowledge and support of a team of specialists: an Inclusive Education Consultant, an Occupational Therapist and a Speech Therapist. Their inclusive education is carried out in a learning environment designed for children of all abilities who (above the age of 3) are placed in classes based on their current development level instead of age group.
ABC Center is a global expert is autism treatment and that, among other services, runs EarlyPreps, a private early intervention special needs preschool based in the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis therapy. ABA is the most clinically proven method for helping children with autism, which results in 100% kids making progress and successfully communicating their wants and needs within a year! EarlyPreps enables 90% of their students to successfully attend mainstream schools with peers and develop independence. Also note that kids can join daily or 3 times a week.
KidzRock International School is one of the first full-fledged special education preschools in Singapore that offers a mainstream preschool curriculum for kids with diverse developmental and learning needs. The preschool uses Applied Behavior Analysis and two curricula: the Nurturing Early Learners Curriculum by MOE as well as the Carolina Curriculum for Preschoolers with Special Needs intervention program. Speech and occupational therapists are there to support them, and therapy sessions can be integrated into the school schedule!
Along with a host of fantastic early intervention services and programs, Wee Care runs a mainstream play-based preschool to encourage kids of all abilities to learn together. First Starts, its specialized preschool program for kids with learning needs, has a modified academic curriculum that accommodates learning differences and emphasizes the development of social language, social and creative play and social interaction skills with the goal of enabling kids to transition into a mainstream setting!
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The Winstedt School offers the mainstream International Primary Curriculum from age 4, but tailors class structure, lesson plans, homework packets, activities to each individual child, celebrating learning differences as a core value, which makes learning support a priority. It uses a unique Integrated Therapy model and a dedicated team of educators, support specialist and Speech & Language, Occupational and Behavioral Therapist at disposal and involved in all aspects of the school day!
MSIS uses a unique, innovative model that brings together educational and therapy services, including during the Early Years. Teachers, specialists and therapists (specialized in Occupational, Speech, Art, Music Therapies and more) work together to integrate therapy into the classroom, with a 1:1 teacher to student ratio for children who require extra support. MSIS works with therapists, educational and clinical psychologist to engage students with special needs through an art-based program that uses dance, drama, music and visual arts to teach functional English, Math, Daily Living Skills and more!
Dover Court Preparatory School is passionate about inclusion and offers a range of unique learning pathways, i.e. different levels of curriculum personalization, for all students, including those who require both short term intervention and structured ongoing support. Their Supportive Education Program starts in Early Years from the age of 3 and tailors lessons to different learning styles. The school offers Speech, Occupational and Physiotherapy on site, as well as Learning Support, Counseling and the support of a Learning Psychologist.
If you're looking for an early intervention center that your kiddo can attend alongside a preschool (with a mainstream program) for half a day, a couple of hours every couple of days or wish to find out more about the kinds of early intervention programs offered in Singapore outside of specialized and inclusive (pre)schools, check out these early intervention centers that offer integrated support to children and parents:
Note that citizens of Singapore can also check out the subsidized Early Intervention Programme for Infants & Children (EIPIC).