Early Intervention Programme for Infants and Children | SPD - Singapore

WHAT WE DO

EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAMME FOR INFANTS AND CHILDREN

  • Child receiving educational and therapy services

     

    Through the Early Intervention Programme for Infants and Children (EIPIC), we provide educational and therapy services to children aged six and below diagnosed with special needs that affected their development.

     

    This is a centre-based programme which aims to facilitate development and improvement in six areas:

    • Gross motor and fine motor skills
    • Cognitive skills
    • Speech, language and communication skills
    • Social skills
    • Self-help skills

     

    The Building Bridges EIPIC centre at SPD Ability Centre in Tiong Bahru was started in October 2011 to serve children living in the central region. SPD brought its early intervention services closer to children living in the western region when it opened its second Building Bridges EIPIC Centre at SPD@Jurong in July 2012.

     

    The early intervention approach
    Our team of trans-disciplinary professionals (teacher, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, psychologist, speech & language therapist and social worker) provides intervention as well as family support according to the needs of each child and his family. Teaching is conducted by trained early intervention teachers in class in small group.

     

    For EIPIC, we adopt a structured teaching approach, and particularly for children with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) is used.

     

    Children below 18 months receive three hours of intervention weekly and children above 18 months old receive six hours of intervention every week. Each child will have an Individualised Educational Plan (IEP) designed by the EIPIC team in consultation with caregivers which will be reviewed every six months.

     

    Caregiver involvement
    We believe that parental involvement is critical to a child's development in the early years. Hence, we encourage parents to participate actively in the intervention process as well as activities that we conduct including caregivers training programmes, parent support groups and social recreational activities.

     

    To apply

    • Singapore citizens or Permanent Residents are to contact SG Enable for a referral. Foreigners can contact SPD's social workers for a self-referral.
    • Applicants will undergo an initial screening before admittance to the programme.
    • Both SG Enable and the child's caregivers will receive an acknowledgement within two weeks of receipt of the referral.
    • Applications should be submitted before the child reaches 5½ years old at the point of referral.
    • As fees are determined by the Ministry of Social and Family Development’s Means Testing, caregivers are required to submit the following documents prior to admission:
      • child’s birth certificate and identity card-sized photo
      • NRIC and income statement/payslips of all members living in the same household

     

    For enquiries and more information, please contact:


    Ms Amily Goh, Lead Executive (SPD Ability Centre)

    Tel: 6579 0784

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    Ms Siti Hajar, Social Work Assistant (SPD@Jurong)

    Tel: 6665 1844

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    Ms Kazel Yong, Administrative Executive (SPD@Tampines)

    Tel: 6587 7610

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    Ms Junaidah Baharawi, Senior Social Worker (SPD@Bedok)

    Tel: 6435 0255

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