Let’s be real, taking care of a child is a difficult job and most parents would agree. But, imagine how much harder it is for someone to take care of a child with special needs. Raising them can make you feel burden physically and emotionally regarding money and effort. From helping them learn how to interact with others to save up for medical treatments and to find qualified therapists.
Here in Singapore, we provide quite an amount of special needs child care centers or schools for your little angel. In these schools or centers, parents need not to worry about their daily lives while busy working.
Child care centers and schools for children with special needs
1. MINDS Woodlands Gardens School
Opening in the year 2019, MINDS Woodlands Gardens School will be opening a care center in Singapore, and it’s among the first of MINDS’ special education schools. The center will help caregivers who are usually working parents and housewives to coach the students with their work and their daily tasks. Book a place for your child today because they are only limited to 50 students, and there are already more than 20 applicants!
2. Bright Path Preschool
Bright Path is a preschool for children of special needs where they are offering early intervention and specialized therapies while taking a child-centered approach. Lessons will be customized and adapted to each kids’ individual needs for them to achieve independence and academic success.
Besides that, the school also has a bilingual psychologist with more than 10 years of clinical experience and the school also works with occupational therapists, psychologists and speech and language pathologists to help bring out the best in every child.
3. Bridge Learning
Neuroscience-based, Cross and Non-categorical approach and highly effective specialization for early intervention. Bridge Learning offers one to one and also group programmes to target a diverse range of children with learning difficulties. The school uses Dynamic Diagnostic Assessment (DDA) to identify a child’s strengths and weaknesses which will affect their learning process and also incorporate Bridge NeuroGym and Israeli Brain Techniques to improve a child’s communication in the brain and boost their academic success.
Bridge Learning takes in both mainstream and gifted children between the age of 2.5 to 12 years old. In addition to that, they are also accepting Singaporeans citizens and even non-citizens and is also available for lower-income families.
4. Melbourne Specialist International School (MSIS)
Melbourne Specialist International School (MSIS) has a lovely campus tucked in the corner of Loewen Gardens that provides a nurturing performing, and visual arts inspired curriculum and therapy programmes for children and teens with special needs from the age of 3 to 21.
5. Nurture Pods
A center for children with special needs, Nurture Pods, offers a suite of services for children and caregivers under the supervision of Clinical Director Alex Liau and Centre Director Soh Yong Hao. They cater for children from the age of 18 months old to 12 years old. Their aim is to help children develop social, academic, communication, compliance and daily living skills. Besides that, they have also launched the world’s first professional school shadow certificate that teaches their students how to integrate them into mainstream schools.
Fear, not parents, after you’ve sent your kids to these centers or schools, they will learn lots of new things which you may not be able to teach and take note that they are under the care of professionals. You not only can relax for a few hours but your child will have fun too, learning new things and meet new friends. All of this requires patience, but it indeed is a bittersweet experience that only a few can truly understand.
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