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In January this year, the autism community in Singapore witnessed a milestone partnership between the National Library Board (NLB) and the Autism Resource Centre (ARC),
All parties play a part in enabling a child with special needs - the system, parents, the public, as well as the child himself. When one is willing...
For Professor Ramamoorthi, an encounter with an autistic child moved him to take action. Feeling that people had the wrong perceptions about an autistic child, he decided to use drama to...
Since young, I have always been aware that I was built differently. Even as I took my first steps out from the special education school I started with into a mainstream primary school, I knew my differences span a number of areas. Years of growing up amidst...
When you happen to be someone who is non-verbal or minimally verbal, it is especially frustrating to get yourself understood. Whether it is in the classroom, in the playground, in the workplace or in the restaurant, people...
I am finally meeting Chung Xin En, the girl who made headlines1 in 2009 when she passed the Primary School Leaving Examinations (PSLE). I remember how her story had offered a ray of hope for new parents...
It took four final year undergraduates from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) to initiate a three ­month long nationwide campaign to champion the need for better support for Family Caregivers in Singapore. Special Seeds gets up close and personal...
My friends and I have shared a common ground for many years now – we are all parents of children and youths with varied forms of special needs. Like any typical parent, our lifelong mission is to ensure our children’s rights are respected...
Some people have difficulty walking. Some people have trouble seeing. Some people cannot hear. My daughter has difficulty eating by mouth - specifically, she cannot swallow. My little girl received her nutrition entirely via a device known as a feeding tube since birth. If not for this simple...
As a friend to a single parent with “special needs” (SN) child, I have come to realise that in most instances, people do not mean to say hurtful things, they just truly do not know.
I have been a Special Needs Mom for three years now. During this time, I have heard many comments and questions (often repeated ones) about my child’s condition. These often unsolicited responses came...
To the member of public who cross our paths, If you have felt awkward because of how different we, our children, or our loved ones look, behave or sound,

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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