Established in 1970, AWWA (formerly known as Asian Women’s Welfare Association) is a non-profit organisation with the mission to empower the disadvantaged in order to maximise their potential to lead dignified and independent lives by:

Down syndrome was an issue we were aware of but never understood. We had been part of a society that had once considered it taboo. And like most people we gazed at it from afar because we never had the courage...

Today I remember the day we lost and then found Faith. In fact, every year, on this day, I give thanks for that day, when friends and strangers rallied around our family, to look for Faith... 

“The strongest people make time to help others, even if they’re struggling with their own personal demons.”

– Anthony Guciardi 

The decision to continue working or not can be difficult for a mother when she has a child with special needs to care for. Be it going back to work or staying home as a full time...

Society demands it. A glamorous lifestyle beckons. Even if it is not glamorous, it has to be chic, swank and comfortable. Apart from cars and apartments, there are pursuits of interests, passions, hobbies,

I can vividly remember the shock and disbelief I had when the doctor told me about Hazel’s brain injury on that fateful night in the hospital. I kept thinking, what am I to do now? What is going to become of Hazel? A lot of questions popped up...

Having your child warded in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is probably one of the most stressful periods in a parent's journey. If your child needs to be here, it is likely because he or she is seriously ill.

My son was diagnosed with autism when he was three. Back then, he had no verbal communication, he was always on the move and I could not get him to engage or stay with me. He is now coming to nine years old...

In part I of this series, an introduction to Special Education and needs identification was made. Part II highlights the activity and decision process starting from the request for an evaluation by a psychologist right through the evaluation phase...

Remember how your heart fluttered to a new playground ride when you were little? I had that in the eighties when I saw Pasir Ris Park for the first time.

I have two children. Ethel, now 5, has so much to say. Calder, 8, is autistic. Ethel was born before Calder was diagnosed as moderately autistic. This is a very good  thing because autism is believed to be partly hereditary.

Introduction to Special Education Special education is instruction that is individually and specially designed to meet your child’s unique needs. This may include the instructional...

The benefits of sport are well known – it fosters better physical and mental health, acts as a catalyst for cultivating confidence and increases social interaction. Unfortunately, parents...

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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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