If your child has special needs, there are now many preschools, schools and after school programs that offer a wide range of activities that can help your child. From ADHD, Down Syndrome, Dyslexia, speech delay and more, there are some wonderful places where you child can learn and have fun too. Go swimming, try gymnastics, or explore something new – here are some of our top picks for classes, courses, schools, and programs for your kids.
Bazgym physiogym class specially caters to children with special needs. The aspiration is to use the gymnastics environment as a tool to increase children's’ potential to function at higher levels in their everyday lives. The program also aims to improve their confidence. The program is designed to have variety of athletic and creative skills set for the children to perform while also having the social element of peer contact with other children.
Bazgym, Various Locations, www.bazgym.com/programmes/
Swimming is fantastic for kids with special needs allowing kids to develop self-confidence and physical strength. Swish Swimming offers swim classes catering to special needs ranging from extreme fear of drowning to mild special needs needing a little more help from the swim coach. Give it a go!
Swish Swimming, 72 Loewen Road, #01-08, Dempsey Hill, Singapore, 24884, firstname.lastname@example.org, https://www.swishswimming.com/special-needs
This gym offers a unique range of programs for babies, toddlers, nursery and school age children up to 10 years old. This group are great believers in integrating special needs kids into the mainstream. Their classes are fantastic for development with a focus on balance, strength, and stamina.
Power Gym Kids, +65 6333 8511, email@example.com, www.powerkidsgym.com
Kaleidoscope offers support, assessments, and therapy in a wide range of areas including Autism, ADHD, speech therapy, occupational therapy, anxiety, picky eaters, and more. Programs include Ready Let's Go (early intervention for preschoolers ages 2-4), Socially Skilled (program to develop social skills) and more. Plus, their therapy rooms are gorgeous and very well equipped. Programs run for 8 weeks at a time.
Kaleidoscope, The Grandstand, 200 Turf Club Road, Bukit Timah, Singapore, +852 6468 8991, www.kaleidoscope.com.sg
KidzRock International Preschool is one of the first full-fledged Special Education Preschools in Singapore, offering a mainstream preschool curriculum for children with diverse developmental and learning needs. Their school programs are designed such that we have emulated the feel of a typical preschool setting whilst simultaneously incorporating a differentiated learning environment. Check out their classes catering to kids in grades 1-6 at the Grandstand!
KidzRock, The Grandstand, 200 Turf Club Road, #04-11, Singapore 287994, www.kidzrockintl.com.
The centre serves infants, children and youths 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. Among their classes is Art Therapy for kids will special needs. Art Therapy involves the use of visual art and the creative art-making process as a therapeutic tool for people to express and communicate their inner thoughts and feelings in a therapeutic setting.
Rainbow Centre, 501 Margaret Drive, Singapore 149306, +65 6472 7077, http://rainbowcentre.org.sg
AWWA Family Services provides community-based family services through preventive, developmental and educational programs for children, youth, adults and families to enhance the quality of their lives. They run Community Support Programs such as drop-in service, academic development, kidsREAD-NURTURE Programs for families, children and youth. Family Empowerment and Bonding Workshops are also conducted on monthly basis.
They provide tailor-made intervention programs for each and every client. Their therapists are trained in a variety of approaches and methods to allow them to choose and apply the best one based on the client’s needs. They also develop individualized goals, both short-term and long-term, so that all therapy and intervention is outcome-focused.
Dynamics - Therapy Centre For Kids, 583 Orchard Road, Forum The Shopping Mall, Singapore 238884, +65 6100 9235, www.dynamics.com.sg
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 his or her development.
Fei Yue Community Services, www.fycs.org. Locations Island Wide.
In 2004, the Ministry of Education (MOE) announced several initiatives to support students with mild special educational needs in mainstream schools. Included are: the Deployment of Allied Educators (Learning and Behavioral Support) to support students with mild special educational needs such as dyslexia, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in mainstream schools. They provide training to a core group of teachers in all mainstream Primary and Secondary schools with a Certificate level training in Special Needs. For a full list of schools where these initiatives are supported see below.
Ministry of Education Singapore, www.moe.gov.sg/education/programmes/support-for-children-special-needs
A one-on-one assessment will be personally conducted by one of their Certified Trainers. Your child will be given a simple cognitive exercise designed to measure the strengths and weaknesses of your child's cognitive skills. Based on the assessment results, the trainer will recommend the appropriate program to enhance your child's foundational learning skills. There are several programs your child can take part in after school.
Singapore Brain Development Centre, 1 Tampines Central 5 #03-16 CPF Tampines Building, Singapore 529508, OR Novena Goldhill Plaza #01-49 Goldhill Podium Singapore 903388, +65 6653 7667, +65 6653 7667, +65 6653 7667 http://brain.com.sg/our-programs/
The Child Development Centre at Novena Medical Centre focuses in providing assessment and therapeutic interventions for special needs children with developmental delays or learning disorders. At the Child Development Centre, they have a team of specialists with the right skills to accurately assess your child’s needs. These needs are then properly addressed with the right follow-up action, or what they call interventions. There are many programs your child could benefit from that will help them with school.
Thomson Pediatric Centre, 10 Sinaran Drive, #09-03/04/36, #10-06/07 (Reception is located at #09-04), Novena Medical Centre, Singapore 307506, +65 6397 6627, www.thomsoncdc.com
At the core of their clinical philosophy is evidence based practice. This means that they support practices and techniques that have been scientifically researched upon and found to yield beneficial results. They cater for speech and language pathology, educational therapy, and occupational therapy. Your child will be well looked after with their large team of specialists. Sign up for one of their many back to school programs.
Total Communication, 896 Dunearn Road #03-03A, Sime Darby Center, Singapore 589472, +65 6467 2995, www.totalcommunication.com.sg, www.totalcommunication.com.sg/back-to-school-programmes/
A product of the collaboration between Port Phillip Specialist School (PPSS) in Port Melbourne Australia and White Lodge Pte Ltd, the Melbourne Specialist International School strives to be a truly innovative school that will challenge you to re-think how special education is taught. A wide-range of educational, paramedical and mental health services operate collaboratively within the school and therapy is embedded in all classroom activities. They also have an arts-based program that uses dance, drama, music and the visual arts to teach functional English, functional Mathematics and daily Living Skills.
Melbourne Specialist International School, 75C Loewen Road, Singapore 248853, +65 6634 8891, http://msis.edu.sg/
List of SPED schools, www.moe.gov.sg/education/special-education/list-of-sped-schools
The SPED schools run different programs catering to distinct disability groups of children.
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