Where to bring your child this June holiday? 

The school holidays are here! While some parents are excited and have made plans to occupy their children’s...

time, some of us might be fretting over what to do to make every minute more meaningful for our children. 

Here are 4 events that we feel every child shouldn't miss, especially for our children with special needs because they are sensory-friendly!

1. MOB Proms: Land of Hope and Glory

Date: Saturday, 24 June 2017

Time: 7:30 pm

Venue: Victoria Concert Hall

Want to enjoy a multi-sensory arts performance in a safe and welcoming environment? That’s what MOB Proms’ sensory-friendly handbell concert offers. A pre-show sensory experience is included to help prepare the participants’ minds and senses on what to expect for the concert. There will also an educational exhibition on Autism Syndrome Disorder (ASD). Find out more here.

 

2. Children’s Season at the National Museum

Dates: 27 May to 31 July 2017

Time: 10am to 6pm daily

Venue: Various spaces around National Museum of Singapore

Let your children experience the favourite Singapore family hangouts of the good ol’ days from the 1970s and 1980s at the National Museum this Children’s Season! Families can hop on a bumboat, trolley bus or trishaw, and go on a trail to experience the connections of friendship, family, monuments and memories through interactive exhibits and installations, sensorial stations, hands-on play, story-telling sessions and more. 

For families of children with special needs, Children’s Season starts at 9.00am on Monday mornings in June, an hour prior to the official opening hour, so that our children can experience the museum without the crowd. Prior group booking is required for Quiet Mondays. The social story is also available for download to prepare your children on what to expect for the trip at the National Museum.  Find out more here.

 

3. Making It Home – Dreaming Rooms, Making Spaces, Creating Places

Dates: 16 May 2017 – 29 October 2017

Time: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm

Venue: Playeum, Children’s Centre for Creativity

Designed for children aged 1 to 12 years old, this interactive hands-on exhibition celebrates the home and embraces creativity and play through Playeum’s unique pedagogies. Children are free to play in the different ‘rooms’, each with a different purpose, and explore materials, colours and ideas. Find out more here

 

4. Peter and the Wolf

Date: 18 Jun 2017

Time: Sunday, 2pm and 4pm (each concert lasts approximately 45 minutes)

Venue: Victoria Concert Hall

The VCH Organ Series is a series of free concerts featuring the iconic Klais organ. Together with their special guest performers from Very Special Theatrics, the young audiences will discover interesting facts about the organ from organ builder Adriel Yap, and also enjoy the Prokofiev’s popular classic Peter and the Wolf as the finale to the VCH Organ Series in the 2016/2017 season. Find out more here

Have a great time with your family at these events! Happy Holidays!

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Question of the Month

  • Q: What are the various compressive suits available and in what way do they help a child with special needs?

    A: There are various compressive suits available worldwide, just do a google search on compressive suits for therapy and a long list will appear. Each suit has different properties, is made of different materials and claims to have certain benefits. For example: compressive suits for children with autism are supposed to improve sensory input. Compressive suits have also been used for children with poor balance and proprioception (knowing where your limbs are in space). However, not all suits are suitable for all children. Compressive suits can cause increased difficulty in breathing, worsen scoliosis or hip dysplasia if not fitted properly.

    Please consult your therapist for an assessment before use.


    Janell Lee
    Paediatric Physiotherapist

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