Early Intervention and Inclusion into Mainstream Schools

The right to education is one of the tenets of the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child. Within Singapore’s context, this takes the form of ensuring that each student has access to an appropriate environment – be it in a mainstream or specialized environment – whereby his or her opportunities in education […]

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Importance of Play in Developing Social Skills for Children with Autism

For all children, play is an essential aspect of development as it allows children to learn more about the world that they live in. It facilitates the emergence of many aspects critical in child development – cognition, language, joint attention, social behaviors, etc. As play is an enjoyable activity, it allows children to learn such […]

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Importance of Parents’ Involvement in Child Therapy

In a child’s early years, parents play an important role in nurturing and teaching them various important skills. Children with special needs may require more time and more specialized guidance in developing particular skills, and parents are essential in guiding them to do so. Therapists may help a child build his/her foundations of knowledge, but […]

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ABA Helps Picky Eaters with ASD

Does your child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) only eat French fries from McDonald’s or chocolates? Does he eat only foods that are crunchy? When offered food he doesn’t like, does he throw a tantrum? You’re not alone. These are just some common features of picky eating, or food selectivity, in children with ASD. These […]

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Developments in ABA: Teaching Perspective-Taking to Children with Autism

Perspective-taking, a complex skill involving behaviours necessary for successful social interactions, is deficient in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Perspective-taking entails the ability to infer others’ mental states (thoughts, beliefs, desires, intentions) and then use this knowledge to interpret what they articulate and do, and predict their subsequent behaviour (Peters and Thompson, 2018). Some […]

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Latest Research on the Causes of Autism

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental condition that involves a spectrum of cognitive, social and behavioral impairments. As the characteristics of this condition lies along a spectrum, individuals with ASD tend to be very different in terms of their behavioral patterns and development. Some may be more sensitive to sound or other sensory stimulus. […]

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Developing Social Skills for Children with Special Needs

Children with special needs often face difficulties interacting with people around them. They may struggle to make eye contact, ask and answer questions, or respond appropriately in different social situations. As they lack the skills to socialize with others, children with special needs may be overwhelmed and prefer to keep to themselves instead. Social skills […]

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School-Home Behavioural in Intervention for ADHD: Behavioural Intervention

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common childhood brain disorders and can continue through a child’s adolescence and adulthood. Inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity are the key behaviours of ADHD (National Institute of Mental Health, 2012). Key Behaviours: Symptoms: Inattention Often has trouble holding attention on tasks or play activities. Often does […]

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Early Start Denver Model

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder? Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder are characterized by 3 main primary areas of difficulties – impaired social interaction, disturbed communication and the presence of restrictive, repetitive behaviours and interest (Wicks-Nelson & Israel, 2013). What is Early Start Denver Model? Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) is a comprehensive play-based early intervention […]

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How do I know if my child has special needs?

Sometimes, it starts with a gut feeling. Then, you might start to take more notice of their actions when they are playing or interacting with others. Or perhaps, you might find yourself comparing the development or behaviour of your child with other children who are about the same age. Other than a formal assessment, there […]

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