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Children Education Services

Infant Toddler Program

Early Experiences last a lifetime

Our Infant Toddler Program (ITP) is an Early Intervention Program registered with the Ministry of Social and Family Development. It supports families and their children with Down syndrome aged 0 to 48 months.

ITP helps families build knowledge and skills to meet the developmental and learning needs of their child through everyday learning opportunities in a safe, fun, and loving environment. The play- and exploration-based New Zealand approach provides opportunities for families and children to experience learning in a meaningful and purposeful way. Infants and toddlers learn through all their senses by touching, smelling, hearing, seeing, and tasting different materials from an early age, honing their skills in exploration, investigation, problem-solving and decision-making.

The program also provides opportunities to meet other families for support, to discuss challenges and share information and resources.

Focus is on areas

Fine/gross motor skills

Fine/gross motor skills

Sensory development

Sensory development

Engagement and Self-regulation

Engagement and Self-regulation

Social Interaction

Social Interaction

Centre-based sessions are conducted on a weekly basis, along with home visits on a monthly basis to support parents.

This ensures that families of infants and toddlers with special needs have the opportunity to enhance the development of their children within their everyday routines, activities and places.

Integration Facilitation Support Program

Providing positive experiences in mainstream settings

Our Integration Facilitation Support Program (IFSP) caters to students with Down syndrome aged 3 to 14 years who are enrolled in Early Childhood Education Centres and mainstream education settings.

DSA adopts a student-centred approach by collaborating with parents and teachers to assimilate children with Down syndrome into the school community. IFSP aims to increase the possibility of children with Down syndrome completing basic mainstream education. Our MOE-registered teachers will support the student’s schooling journey by providing differentiated learning experiences that focus on academics, self-advocacy, and social-emotional skill development through exploration, modelling, and learning.

We believe all children are born with the innate ability to reach their own excellence, and we seek to address the total needs of the child as a learner and active participant.

Services include

In-class support during lesson time x

In-class support during lesson time x

In-class support during lesson time

In-class support during lesson time

Consultation and resource support for schoolteachers to embed intervention strategies into classroom routines and activities

Consultation and resource support for schoolteachers to embed intervention strategies into classroom routines and activities

Enhancement of the family’s capacity to provide learning opportunities for their child

Enhancement of the family’s capacity to provide learning opportunities for their child

Prenatal Support

Making an informed decision

DSA has a Prenatal Support service to guide and support expectant parents to make well-informed decisions. The team provides relevant, accurate, balanced, and up-to-date information about Down syndrome and living with Down syndrome. All expectant couples may contact DSA for free pre-natal support sessions and counselling for an empowered pregnancy.

Education Enhancement Program

 

Building an inclusive society

Our Children Education Services team provides a series of professional development workshops for early educators and schoolteachers. The workshop modules are geared to provide knowledge, build capacities, develop leadership abilities, and grow professionally.

Adult Education Services

Adult Enhancement Program

Enabling Independence

The Adult Enhancement Program (AEP) is designed for adults with Down syndrome and/or intellectual disability age 18 and above. DSA adopts an active support approach that engages the mind and promotes relationship building, positive language, and motivation. This method of delivery stimulates all five development domains – physical, emotional, cognitive, social, and language.

We believe that personal development occurs on a continuum and individuals learn and pick up skills differently. As such, AEP activities are designed towards the goal of minimal dependence on family and society. Our AEP team also work closely with our industry partners to prepare learners, who are placed or will be placed in open employment for work life and render support to help them succeed in the workplace.

Learning goals

Lifelong functional and self-care skills

Lifelong functional and self-care skills

Independent living skills

Independent living skills

Social emotional learning

Social emotional learning

Community integration

Community integration

Schedule: Monday to Friday
Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Venue: DSA Centre @ Bishan

Independent Living and Training Centre

Empowering Independence

The Independent Living and Training (ILT) Centre adopts an active support model to promote opportunities for adults with Down syndrome and/or intellectual disability age 18 and above to develop, practise and maintain independent skills together with their peers. The preparatory support service enables the practice of transitional life skills utilising local community infrastructure, thereby promoting greater independence.

The ILT Centre aims to support transitional life chapters from being solely supported by their caregivers to practising independent living skills and actualising adulthood lifestyles based at home or at a community accommodation option with drop-in support in the future. The module-based quality person-centred programs help to assist our persons with Down syndrome to better realised their goals and aspirations through their journey in gaining greater self-independence.

Learning goals

Independent living with minimum support in a community setting

Independent living with minimum support in a community setting

Foster mutual support among fellow peers

Foster mutual support among fellow peers

Socio-emotional learning

Socio-emotional learning

Community integration

Community integration

Schedule: Monday to Friday
Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Venue: ILT Centre @ Telok Blangah Crescent

Enrichment Programs

Visual Art

During the Visual Art sessions, learners will use a mixture of craft, drawing and painting on mediums like paper, canvas, and cloth. This helps our learners to explore self-expression, develop creativity and understand visual patterns. The program improves the fine motor skills and level of concentration of our learners.

Schedule: Tuesday
Time: 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Age group: 10 years old and above

Dance

Learners learn the art of communication through body language. They are taught a variety of dance techniques ranging from traditional to modern dance styles. Dancing improves their gross and fine motor skills, coordination, balance, visual-spatial reasoning, as well as boosts their self-confidence.

Happy Feet Dance (Basic)
Schedule: Tuesday
Time: 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Age group: 9 years old and above

Creative Dance (Basic)
Schedule: Saturday
Time: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Age group: 12 to 18 years old

Fusion Dance (Advanced)
Schedule: Saturday
Time: 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Age group: 18 years old and above

*Note that the age group categorisation is only a guide. Students will be grouped after an evaluation by the instructors and discussion with parents.

Percussion

Through fun and engaging learning, learners are taught different drumming styles and rhythmic patterns. The lessons emphasise basic rhythms, speed and use of hand techniques. Aside from fostering their creative expressions, drumming develops their memory, focal attention, discipline, motor planning and teamwork.

Drums & Percussion 1
Schedule: Wednesday
Time: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Age group: 13 years old and above

Drums & Percussion 2
Schedule: Friday
Time: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Age group: 13 years old and above

*Note that the age group categorisation is only a guide. Students will be grouped after an evaluation by the instructors and discussion with parents.

Speech & Drama

In every child there is a need for expression and a desire to be known. Drama provides a safe space and instils in our learners the confidence to express themselves. It also helps to develop their skills in thinking, memory, speech, language, and motor planning and sequencing.

Speech & Drama 1 (Senior)
Schedule: Saturday
Time: 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Age group: 6 to 12 years old

Speech & Drama 2 (Junior)
Schedule: Saturday
Time: 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Age group: 13 to 18 years old

Speech & Drama 3 (Senior)
Schedule: Tuesday
Time: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Age group: 18 years old and above

*Note that the age group categorisation is only a guide. Students will be grouped after an evaluation by the Association and discussion with parents.

Literacy & Numeracy

Computer Math

Computer skills are a necessity in the 21st century, and the interactive options that technology brings make learning easier and more engaging. Conducted by a group of dedicated volunteers, the objective of this program is to demystify mathematics. We use a software solution that helps learners improve their numeracy skills while enhancing their computer literacy skills.

Schedule: Sunday
Time: 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Age group: 14 years old and above

kidsREAD

Literacy is essential for communication. kidsREAD, a program supported by National Library Board and run by a group of dedicated DSA volunteers, encourages the habit of reading. It encompasses dynamic reading activities that develop reading skills, creativity and imagination while working on pronunciation, verbalisation, and social communication. This program explores different genres of books to cultivate the children’s progressive reading habits.

kidsREAD 1 (Senior)
Schedule: Saturday
Time: 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Age group: 14 to 25 years old

kidsREAD 2 (Junior)
Schedule: Saturday
Time: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Age group: 8 to 17 years old

kidsREAD 3 (Senior)
Schedule: Sunday
Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Age group: 16 to 26 years old

Sports & Fitness

Aikido

Aikido is a modern Japanese martial art that enables one to defend against an opponent of larger size and strength. It focuses on continuous, circular motion and the dynamics of movement.

Aikido (Senior)
Schedule: Saturday
Time: 9:00 am to 10:00 am
Age group: 12 years old and above

Aikido (Junior)
Schedule: Saturday
Time: 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Age group: 4 to 11 years old

Bowling

Bowling develops good muscle tone and improves one’s balance, coordination, and motor skills. Instructors work on bowling techniques and prepare selected learners for competitive events. It is also a good platform for learners to interact with each other and hone their interpersonal skills.

Bowling
Schedule: Saturday
Time: 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Venue: Singapore Recreational Club
Age group: 8 years old and above

Gymnastics & Fitness

Specially designed by GIMSports, this gym and fitness program develops students’ strength, flexibility, coordination, and cardiovascular fitness. It adapts age-old training principles to form a fun and safe stress-busting workout.

GIMSports
Schedule: Saturday
Time: 4:15 pm to 5:15 pm
Venue: GIM Sports @ The Grandstand
Age group: 4 to 9 years old (Junior), 10 years and above (Senior)

Swimming

The ‘Yes I Can!’ swimming program, organised by SportCares, teaches basic swimming strokes under the guidance of coaches in a safe environment. Students will learn the fundamental aspects of water safety and water confidence through water activities before progressing to basic swimming strokes.

Schedule: TBA
Time: TBA
Venue: TBA
No. of sessions: 10
Age group: 6 years old and above

Please contact DSA for more information as program is conducted per Term.

Zumba

Zumba provides a full body workout, effectively engaging the muscles through moving and dancing to upbeat music. It also improves one’s flexibility and balance.

Zumba (Senior)
Schedule: Saturday
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Age group: 10 years old and above

Zumba (Junior)
Schedule: Saturday
Time: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Age group: 5 to 10 years old

Family Support Services

Care Planning

FSS works with parents to identify and discuss suitable pathways for their child with special needs. Areas of discussion includes education, health, and social needs. Relevant resources will also be shared with parents to aid them in making informed parenting decisions.

Caregivers’ Ukulele Group

Leaning an instrument and playing together builds rapport between caregivers and promotes caregiver resilience in a supportive environment. This instrument is chosen as it is easy to learn and has reported stress-relieving benefits.

Deputyship

Deputyship is a partnership between FSS and NUS Law School. This program helps parents of children with special needs with their deputyship applications so that they can continue to make legal decisions for their child after he/she turns 21.

Educational Talks

FSS organises specialised workshops throughout the year to equip parents and caregivers with relevant knowledge to promote mental wellness and better support their child’s development from infancy to adulthood. These workshops helped to increase the confidence and skills of caregivers in their caregiving role.

Parent Support Group

Parent Support Group serves as a platform to provide peer support for parents or caregivers of children with special needs. Trained parent mentors (who have children with Down syndrome) will share their personal parenting experiences and provide guidance and information regarding education, medical and community resources for children with special needs.

Their roles as friends and guides provide an unparalleled support system. Sharing their joys and sorrows, new parents will know that they are not alone in their journey.

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