Question of the Month - May '16

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…
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Question of the Month - March '16

Q: How can Occupational Therapy (OT) help my child with attention issues? A: Occupational Therapy suggestions for improving attention Design a facilitative environment to build attention by doing the following: 1. Remove sensory environmental offenders 2. Increase and encourage outdoor play as it prepares a restless body by calming it and also increases the flow of oxygen into and throughout the brain due to the physical activity 3. Correct breathing through nose and encourage deep breathing exercises or activities to help increase attention. Mouth breathers breathe inadequately, leading to a sluggish brain and inattention Read more on this topic here.…

Common Mistakes in How Attention is Perceived

To manage issues with attention, it is important to first understand what attention means. It is important to recognise that sometimes our perception of what attention is can be one-dimensional. We often mistakenly penalise the child when he/she seems to display behaviours that do not fit into our perceived definition of attention.
Our Experts Panel of subject matter experts is here to answer your caregiving and parenting questions. This include questions about the following categories: Speech and Swallowing difficulties Swimming for persons with special needs Animal Assisted Therapy Physiotherapy Learning and Developmental psychology of children and youths with special needs and many more As the ezine grows, so will our Experts panel and in the next few issues of 2016, we are expecting expertise in: Occupational Therapy Art Therapy Dental for special needs Financial and legacy planning Special needs trusts Self defence arts for persons with special needs and other relevant areas…
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Question of the Month - January '16

Q: My child has epilepsy. I'm not sure if swimming is suitable for her though many have told me that it is a good form of exercise. What do you recommend? Wee Yee Yee, Singapore A: I suggest to check with your family doctor for clearance first. It will be advisable to go with someone who can manage the situation when the child has seizure. If you are going to the public pool, you can inform the lifeguard beforehand. If there is a seizure, ensure the face is above the water surface and wait till the seizure has stopped before…
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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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