What You Can Do About Self-Injurious Behaviour in Children with Autism
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Self-injurious behaviour is a common yet serious issue that is prevalent amongst children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Such behaviours of self-injury may be in the form of small actions, like pinching, skin picking, nibbling and biting themselves. Larger and more extreme actions, like head-banging, hair-pulling, scratching and, slapping themselves, may also be observable. All other non-lethal forms of intentional self-harm that have not been listed above should also be considered along the same vein, and tended to with the same degree of urgency and care. While it is not all that odd ..read more
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3 Ways To Support Your Child With Dyslexia
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1y ago
One of the most common learning disorders in Singapore is dyslexia. This disorder makes it hard for the affected child to read and identify speech sounds. This makes learning how to link speech sounds to the right letters and words a difficult task. For instance, they might reverse letters and read ‘pot’ as top, or you may notice them having trouble sounding out new words and only recognising the ones they already know or had learnt previously. In this blog, we will look at how you can support your child through these difficulties and ways you can help them at home. What Is Dyslexia Dyslexia ..read more
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How Early Can I Start An Early Intervention Programme In Singapore?
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The first thing any parenting book or blog will reassure you is that all children grow and develop at their own unique pace. While age-related milestones can help you get an idea of how your child is developing in relation to their peers, it is not uncommon for children to develop skills months ahead or after their peers do. For example, some children may begin speaking or babbling before their first birthday, whereas others may only start doing so many months after their first birthday has passed. That being said, this variation means that many parents often find themselves worrying about wh ..read more
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Preparing For The First Early Intervention Programme in Singapore
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1y ago
As a parent or caregiver, it is not easy to watch your child struggle. When they are behind their peers developmentally, it can feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders and you may be overwhelmed and unsure of what to do next. But, there is hope. One of the best things you can do for your child is to enrol them in an ,Early Intervention Programme (EIP). EIPs are designed to help children with differing needs and can ,help children with developmental delays catch up to their peers. These ,programmes can provide significant support for children and their families as they work to o ..read more
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Why You Should Consider Caregiver Training As A Parent
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1y ago
Placing your child in an, early intervention programme ensures that they receive the professional care they need to overcome developmental delays. But that does not mean you can’t play your part in your child’s growth. You are the supportive pillar for your child at home where you can help them build a secure attachment to the home environment as the familiar adults in their lives whom they can trust and approach. This important erole as a caregiver requires you to balance your responsibilities and love as a parent with caregiving techniques. However, being a caregiver does not come naturally ..read more
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Echolalia in A Child With Autism & Other Developmental Needs
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1y ago
If your child has autism or other developmental conditions, you might eventually come to be familiar with the phenomenon known as ‘echolalia’. Echolalia, in the context of child and human development, refers to children repeating the words or sentences used by those around them. This can range from their parents to relatives to speech from their favourite videos or shows. Repeating the words of those around them is a typical part of children’s early language development; however if it persists with no further development it might be a symptom of autism or another developmental conditon. It sh ..read more
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Books That Special Needs Students Love Reading In Educational Therapy
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1y ago
Reading is an important skill for all students to master, but it can be especially beneficial for children with special needs. Reading helps these children to better improve their communication skills, grow their vocabularies, and develop a better understanding of the world around them. However, students with special needs often have a hard time finding educational books that are both enjoyable and appropriate for their level of reading. So, what type of books should you read to your child during educational therapy or your free time? Here are three types of books to consider for students wit ..read more
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How Can Child Therapy Help With Selective Mutism
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1y ago
Do you notice your child speaking freely at home but shutting down when they are in public spaces? Or, when strangers are around, do you notice your child pointing and nodding instead of answering questions? If these symptoms have persisted over time and caused significant impairment in the child’s life, then your child may have selective mutism. What is Selective Mutism? When children are unable to speak around certain people or in unfamiliar settings, they have an anxiety disorder known as selective mutism (SM). It is quite common for children with SM to be very chatty at home when they are ..read more
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How Occupational Therapy Can Help Your Autistic Child
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1y ago
Occupational Therapy is a form of developmental therapy for children or adults that aims to develop, improve, and maintain their day-to-day capacity for every day tasks. It addresses specific deficits or gaps varying from person to person, and can cover a wide range of activities from fine and gross motor skills to self-care skills to handwriting skills. Children and individuals across a variety of support or developmental needs can ,,benefit from Occupational Therapy, including those with Autism, Global Developmental Delay (GDD), or Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD). For autistic ..read more
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How to Help Your Child Manage Sensory Overload
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1y ago
In a previous piece, we discussed sensory processing disorder and how it can affect afflicted children in ways that disrupt their daily lives. Today, we will cover several methods through which you can better help your child regulate their sensory experiences and better manage sensory overload: Practising Yoga with Your Child One method you can use to help your child regulate their sensory experiences is through yoga. Yoga has been shown to be helpful in managing a wide variety of conditions, including anxiety and depression. For children with sensory processing disorder, practising yoga can ..read more
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