All Hands Together: Helping children with different learning needs

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As a mum, you have a sixth sense when it comes to your kids.

You know something’s up when your two-year-old doesn’t interact with others or when your five-year-old refuses to practice writing at school.

You know that even though your little one’s developmental milestones are not set in stone, there are certain red flags that tell you that perhaps he may need a bit of help.

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The importance of developmental milestones

There are certain functional skills that most kids can do by a particular age range. These are known as developmental milestones and include skills such as sitting up, crawling, walking and talking.

Paediatricians use these milestones to assess how a little one is developing in relation to expected motor, cognitive, social and language skills.

It is important to note that there can be a big variation in the actual age that developing children reach at different milestones.

However, if a child hasn’t reached his various milestones within a reasonable age-limit, then this may hint at certain developmental delays or learning difficulties.

A child who is found to be delayed in any of the developmental areas may be at a disadvantage both in school and in society, especially if an appropriate course of intervention doesn’t take place.

One of the ways to assist children with learning difficulties is through All Hands Together (AHT). Their customised home-based support programme is recommended to help children who appear to have a non-mainstream learning style and could do with special attention on a one-on-one basis.

Sandra 'busy' at work!

Sandra ‘busy’ at work!

Obelia Lacanilao-Cutiongco, mum of 11-year-old Sandra who has Down Syndrome, shares her family’s experience with AHT’s programme.  (The following has been edited for clarity and brevity):

Before we started with AHT, my daughter wouldn’t allow me to tutor her or play with her. With the very interesting materials provided by AHT , Sandra now shows more interest in learning with me.

The programme provides good bonding between parent and child, and makes learning more enjoyable especially Maths.

Sandra now has a better understanding of telling time and addition which I used to have a hard time in teaching her.

I highly recommend AHT to parents who have children with special needs. Most of our children are visual and kinaesthetic learners and the tools used can help them learn by seeing, feeling and experiencing the lessons.

Some facts about child development issues in Singapore

In 2005, the Child Development Programme (CDP) in Singapore saw 1,333 new cases diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), speech delays and behavioural problems. This almost doubled in 2010.

According to a recent article in the online newspaper Today (February 2015), there are currently about 7,000 children aged six and below who have been identified with developmental difficulties.

However,  only 2,000 children of preschool-age with mild developmental needs have access to and are benefiting from learning support and therapy.

These figures clearly highlight the fact that there is a large number of kids with developmental issues who do not receive support.

Then there are also those children who need help but do not have access to an early intervention programme.

With this shortage in support for kids with special needs, what other options are available for these children and their families?

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Every child can and will learn – some just need a bit more support than others

According to Dr William Spady, an internationally-recognised education authority, “All students can learn and succeed but not on the same day in the same way.”

This is exactly what All Hands Together (AHT), a customised, home-based, Singaporean programme for kids with learning difficulties, believes in.

To find out more about All Hands Together, please go to the next page…

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