Whether it’s to learn a new sport or practise arts and craft, there are plenty of centers and programs in Singapore that are specialized for kids with special needs. With customized classes and flexibility, kiddos will be able to acquire new skills and make new friends too! Check out where to visit for special needs programs.
Rainbow Centre provides a safe space for people with disabilities, offering early intervention programs and community support. For kiddos that require Special Education (SPED) assistance, the facility has a host of activities that meet their learning needs. Catered for 7 to 18-year-olds, choose from inline skating to batik painting. Through these, they will also be better able to pick up communication and language skills.
Rainbow Centre, Off Queenstown, Yishun & Marsiling, +65 6475 2072, www.rainbowcentre.org.sg
Unleash the crafty side of your kid with Very Special Arts. Their educational and rehabilitative programs include a special art class that trains young minds into expressing themselves creatively. The lessons take place over 10 weeks, and are personalized to each student to allow conducive learning. Besides art, they also have after-school programs in the fields of drama, dance, music and poetry!
Very Special Arts, Bedok & Changi, +65 6448 6275 or +65 6604 9431, www.vsa.org.sg
There’s nothing like spending a day being surrounded by plants and greenery, which is what you and the family can enjoy with a trip down to Grace Mission Hydroponic Farm! Walking tours and activities will help young ones with autism feel closer to nature, and get a hands-on approach to gardening. Who knows, gardening could even become their new favourite hobby!
Grace Mission Hydroponic Farm, 4010 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10, Tech Place 1, #06-05, Singapore 569628, www.gracemissionsg.com
With an experienced team of early intervention educators, Bridging The Gap is the perfect location to take your kid to if they acquire special needs. They host everything from therapy sessions for speech, language and social skills, to programs that enable kids to handle bullies. For fun activities, expect a sensory integrated gym that helps train motor skills, as well as playgroups and nursery care that encourage learning through creative play.
Bridging The Gap, The Rochester Mall, 35 Rochester Drive, #03-26, Singapore 138639. +65 6909 2170, bridgingthegap.com.sg
Plan a date to visit Enabling Village with your little one, as they’re open daily from 7am to 10pm. Featuring inclusive facilities and amenities that help people with limited mobility, the entire space is an invigorating and inspiring environment for all ages. Kids will love walking through the lush greenery, admiring the murals filled with drawings of animals, and checking out the workshops. There’s also an art gallery, cafes and retail spaces to wind down at!
Enabling Village, 20 Lengkok Bahru, Singapore 159053, 1800 8585 885, enablingvillage.sg
Everyone has a champion within themselves, and your kiddo might find that with the help of Special Olympics! The organization has plenty of programs for kids with any intellectual disabilities, and will provide plenty of support for them as well as their families. The Young Athletes Program for example, helps kids aged 7 and below develop their motor skills through playing sports with each other though weekly 1-hour sessions, which they can then apply in everyday life.
Special Olympics, 2 St George’s Road, Singapore 322002, +65 6293 3182, www.specialolympics.org.sg/programs
There’s nothing a kid loves more than play time! My Gym Singapore has everything from ball pits to slides to get anyone’s eyes lit up with excitement. They also provide a special needs enrichment program for kiddos aged between 4 to 8 years old, where they will be guided by an instructor to better their social interactions, motor skills and sensory abilities.
My Gym Singapore, multiple locations, mygym.com.sg
Cycling is a rite of passage for all kids, and if you require professional guidance for kids with special needs, look no further than Cycle School Singapore. Recommended for children aged 4 to 16, cycling lessons are planned out from the beginner stage of balancing to advanced skills of standing while cycling. They will have plenty of fun along the way, and who knows, they might be able to cycle within just 2 lessons!
Cycle School Singapore, +65 9755 2844, cycleschoolsg.com
Special People is a school that provides programs for children with special needs, such as education therapy, early intervention programs for young kids, and workshops for parents and caregivers. There are also exciting activities that they can join in, such as art therapy and adventure training to help break them out of their shell. What’s more, they can explore the lush garden within the school to practise their green thumbs!
Special People, www.specialpeople.com.sg
To improve kids with special needs’ attention to detail and patience to carry out their activities well, drawing and painting will go a long way. Little Artists provides art programs catered for anyone with needs such as dyslexia, ADHD and asperger syndrome. The classes are usually held once or twice a week for 1 and a half to 2 hours, and are customized according to each student’s learning capabilities and specific needs.
Little Artists, +65 6449 0960, little-artists.com/our-programs/art-for-special-needs
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Special Needs Courses, Programs & Activities For Kids In Multiple Locations Singapore:
Runninghour - Islandwide
Superherome - Online
The Lab - Orchard, Yishun & East Coast
Singapore Pro Sports Academy - multiple locations islandwide
Play Studio - Programs around Singapore
Aquafins - public swimming pools