During children’s formative years, some of them may require more attention and care than others. It is crucial to seek the proper assessment for special needs kids and source out the specific help that they need to support their learning journey. If you’re unsure of where to begin finding the appropriate and accurate assessments for them, here are our top picks of places and organizations that will help you out.
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It can be overwhelming for parents of children with special needs to seek the additional help that the child deserves, with the multitude of various services out there. At Annabelle Kids, the AHPC allied health professionals have devised an innovative solution for parents with a multi-disciplinary intake assessment. This approach is conducted by professionals from 3 specialisations – child psychologists, speech therapists, and occupational therapists – to provide a holistic assessment within a single intake session. This alleviates the financial strain and time-consuming nature of assessments for parents while providing thorough recommendations to meet the child's needs.
Upon enrolling at KidsFirst Early Intervention School, a developmental assessment is completed to identify each child’s individual strengths and areas of need. Their team of Special Education Teachers, Occupational Therapists, and Speech and Language Therapists work together to assess each child’s motor skills, daily living skills, cognitive and social-communication skills. They create individualized education plans (IEP) for each child and review them regularly with families to help monitor developmental gains.
Dyslexia is one of the most common learning difficulties that kids face that affects their language development and memory skills. At DAS, students and pre-schoolers can go for assessments to check on their learning needs and what can help improve their condition. This is done via interviews, tests, and discussions on the results together with the kid and their parents. After the assessment, a report will also be provided, together with advice on what steps can be made at home.
Dyslexia Association Of Singapore, 1 Jurong West Central 2, #05-01, Jurong Point, Singapore 648886, +65 6444 5700, www.das.org.sg
Unlike Dyslexia, Autism is based on behavioral symptoms. It affects how kids socially interact with their peers, and their ability to communicate their thoughts well. It’s also noticeable if they have an unusual attachment to certain objects, activities or people. Spectrum Learning uses the brain mapping assessment that measures brain waves, to determine how serious a kid’s condition is. Thereafter, they provide help in the form of therapy and counseling. Learn more about autism here.
Spectrum Learning, 36 Purvis Street, #02-11, Singapore 188613, +65 6690 3257, www.spectrumlearning.com.sg
Sensory assessments are advised for kids that start developing issues related to receiving sensory information from their surroundings. If you notice that they’re easily restless, fidget excessively or have difficulty holding items, it might be time for a consultation. Dynamics Therapy Centre offers a Sensory Regulation Group that helps kids improve their sensory skills through fun activities and be taught how to increase their alertness level with the guidance of teachers.
Dynamics Therapy Centre, 583 Orchard Road, Forum The Shopping Mall Singapore 238884, +65 6100 9235, www.dynamics.com.sg
Whether your child with down syndrome is a toddler or a teenager, the Down Syndrome Association has various programs that will help their motor and cognitive skills. The Infant Toddler Programme will help first-time parents learn the ropes of looking after their kiddo through weekly sessions and home visits for a more hands-on approach. For older kids, the Integration Facilitation Support Programme focuses on their communication and social skills to aid positive relationships.
Down Syndrome Association, Junction 8 (Office Tower), 9 Bishan Place, #09-01, Singapore 579837, +65 6500 9321, www.downsyndrome-singapore.org
If your little one is always distracted and hyperactive, it may be more than just their personality trait. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a behavioral disorder found in kids below 12 years old and is commonly realized when they often forget things, fail to follow simple instructions and refuse to stay still. Meeting with an expert at IMH will conclude if your child needs medication to balance brain chemistry, or if parents can adopt methods to improve their kids’ behavior. Find more information about ADHD here.
Institute Of Mental Health, Buangkok Green Medical Park, 10 Buangkok View, Singapore 539747, +65 6389 2000, www.imh.com.sg
Dyspraxia is a learning disability centered around motor skills and hand-eye coordination. If you suspect your kid is facing such issues during their first few years, it’s best to get it checked out as soon as possible. Ways to identify this is by observing their balancing skills if they can’t perform well in simple games and having difficulty identifying left and right. Therapy Alliance has treatments like Occupational Therapy and Active Play to help them cope.
Therapy Alliance, 60 Paya Lebar Road, #10-35, Paya Lebar Square, Singapore 409051, +65 9328 9612, www.therapyalliance.com.sg
Kids should start talking from the ages of 2-3, but if they don’t, it could be a sign of a language disorder. They might also face challenges when it comes to reading and writing during their childhood years. To help curb this before it worsens, bring them for Speech Therapy at Speech Matters, where they’ll be observed and evaluated by expert therapists to be recommended various programs based on what’s suitable for each individual.
Speech Matters, 15 Scotts Road #09-11, Thong Teck Building, Singapore 228218, +65 6235 9778, speechmatters.com.sg
As compared to dyslexia and language disorder, dyscalculia is the condition whereby there’s difficulty with numbers and calculations. If your tot is struggling with simple math equations consistently for at least 6 months, they could have dyscalculia. At NUH, a psychologist will assess your child’s ability to see how it will affect them in the long run, and adopt a specialized learning method to improve their senses over time.
National University Hospital, 5 Lower Kent Ridge Road, Singapore 119074, +65 6779 5555, www.nuh.com.sg
There are two types of dysgraphia to look out for in your kiddo: language-based and non-language-based. Sometimes, they also occur together with other conditions like ADHD and dyslexia. However, kids with dysgraphia can read fluently, but face difficulty in writing their thoughts. If your kid faces these habits over the years, bring them for an interactive assessment that focuses on areas like Grammar and Comprehension skills, and provides periodic tracking for their progress.
Cognitive Development Learning Centre, Blk 130, Jurong Gateway Road, #04-201 Singapore 600130, +65 6635 8104, cognitive.com.sg
Cerebral Palsy is an incurable disability that affects physical movement. To assist kids in dealing with this challenge, therapy and treatments will help them lead a normal and independent life. Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore has a MOE-approved curriculum that helps kids with cerebral palsy continue learning in both academic and functional areas. The curriculum also includes the Trans-Disciplinary Approach that involves the help of teachers, psychologists, and therapists.
Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore, 65 Pasir Ris Drive 1, Singapore 519529, +65 6585 5600, cpas.org.sg
Anxiety should not be overlooked among children and can be handled better from an early age. If you notice incessant fear and worry from your kid, with symptoms like anxiousness and lack of sleep, bring them for a free consultation with Stress.SG. A professional will help analyze your child’s situation and perhaps recommend follow-up counseling and therapy to help reduce anxiety levels and help parents know how to control it better for their little ones. Understand more about anxiety among kids here.
Stress.SG, #05-01, 7 Straits View, Marina One East Tower, Singapore 018936, +65 9863 9408, https://stress.sg/
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