06/2018 Updates | SPD - Singapore

06/2018 Updates

I Want My ‘Me Time’!

I Want My ‘Me Time’!

22 June 2018

In the second run of the parent support group conducted at SPD@Bedok, 11 caregivers registered for the five weekly sessions which started in February this year. The sessions, conducted by SPD’s senior social worker Junaidah Baharawi, and co-facilitated by social work assistant Michelle Tham as well as social work associate Gloria Thong, covered areas such as understanding emotions, identifying challenges, coping strategies, recognising strengths and moving on.

O.W.L – A Strategy to Engage Your Child in Play

O.W.L – A Strategy to Engage Your Child in Play

22 June 2018

“My son, Andrew, is almost 4 years old. At preschool, while his classmates are playing happily with one another, Andrew would stay in a corner on his own. He ignores others when they try to talk to him. It’s the same at home! He would walk away the moment I try to play with him. How do I get him to play with me?” Mrs Tan asked. Are you, as a parent, facing similar challenges with your children? SPD’s speech therapist, Sharon Charmaine Dickman, offers a useful strategy to help parents engage their child in play with others and ways they can enhance their growth through play.

People with Disabilities Are An Untapped Source of Manpower

People with Disabilities Are An Untapped Source of Manpower

22 June 2018

A recent survey found that inclusion of people with disabilities was the biggest issue in the workplace. SPD's Director of Adult and Elderly Services division, Ms Han May Ching responds in this letter that was published in The Straits Times Forum on 11 May.

In Memory of Mr K V Veloo

In Memory of Mr K V Veloo

08 June 2018

SPD is deeply saddened by the passing of Mr K V Veloo on 1 June 2018. Mr Veloo was an honoured member of SPD’s Management Committee from 1996 to 2004.

Celebrating Life’s Every Triumph: Alan Gwee Swee Phin

Celebrating Life’s Every Triumph: Alan Gwee Swee Phin

08 June 2018

49-year-old Alan Gwee had a successful career in the F&B sector. He was passionate about good food and great service, and rose up the ranks to become an operation supervisor at the Michelin-starred Hong Kong Mak’s Noodle - its first franchise in Singapore. All that came to an abrupt halt when he collapsed in his home. At the hospital, Alan was told that he had stroke. A brain haemorrhage also resulted in losing the use of his left hand. Heading back to the job he loved seem no longer possible. Read how things turned around for him in this story of determination and perseverance.

SPD Provides Home Therapy for Seniors with Low Vision

SPD Provides Home Therapy for Seniors with Low Vision

08 June 2018

SPD has started providing home therapy for seniors with low vision under the Senior Eye Rehabilitation (SEER) Programme since January this year. SEER is a one-year pilot programme initiated by the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) to build community capability. Two occupational therapists (OT) from SPD were trained to provide home rehabilitation for seniors with low vision.