Your child may have been labeled as being developmentally delayed, hyperactive, or as having cerebral palsy, autism, epilepsy, stroke, attention deficit disorder...

, reading or learning problems, or any number of syndromes like Down syndrome.

Depending on what area of the brain is injured, your child may have problems with movement, sensation, vision, hearing, language, learning, behavior or a combination of these things. In addition, your child may have problems with allergies, digestion, elimination, seizures and general health and well-being.

All of these things are symptoms of brain injury.

The brain is responsible for the entire function of the body. Since this is the case, brain injury may cause many different symptoms.

There are five pathways into the brain. We can see, hear, feel, taste and smell. We learn everything through these five pathways.

There are thousands of ways to stimulate the brain via these five pathways. When you improve one function of the brain, you improve all functions to some degree.

• The Brain Grows By Use.

• Brain Injury is in the Brain.

• Treating the Symptoms of Brain Injury does not work.

• Brain-Injured Children are not hopeless.

Thousands of brain-injured children from all over the world are on the pathway to wellness. Some have made it all the way. Parents are the answer to their problem.

The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential

The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential is a group of nonprofit Institutes that have been serving brain-injured children and teaching parents and professionals from every continent since 1955.

The objective of The Institutes is to take brain-injured children, however severely hurt and help them to achieve normality physically, intellectually, physiologically and socially.

They will be conducting a course for parents of children with special needs this July. 

GD Baby's Programs (S) Pte Ltd

GD Baby's Programs (S) Pte Ltd has been advocating the benefits of home-based early learning in babies and young children to countless numbers of families in Singapore and the region.

You can visit their website for more information. 

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  • 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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