OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY FOR CHILDREN IN SINGAPORE

Occupational Therapy2022-04-19T06:19:28+00:00
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What is Occupational Therapy?

As part of our Early Intervention Programme, one of the main goals for our children is to develop independence in their daily routine. These daily activities include writing, feeding, wearing shoes, and zipping a bag. Therefore, our Occupational Therapy programme focuses on bringing the child to the best level of functional ability in school, home, and society.

Occupational therapy can help in improving gross and fine motor skills, sensory processing, self-regulation, posture, balancing, over-all coordination, visual-motor integration, handwriting, and activities of daily living.

Bridging the Gap Occupational Therapy Programme:
What is the Difference?

At Bridging the Gap, our occupational therapy sessions are held in our safe and fully equipped sensory integrated gym. Moreover, we have specially designed sensory wall to make every session more fun & engaging. Our sessions are conducted one-on-one so we can focus on the child’s area of difficulty and individual challenges.

As part our “all-inclusive” early intervention program, our occupational therapy sessions are conducted on a weekly basis and strategies used by our therapists are reinforced by the early interventionists daily, in the classroom setting.

Occupational therapy exercises and activities vary depending on your child’s disorder, age, interests, and needs. Various therapy approaches are implemented to maximize function. Our safe sensory gym is used to accelerate your child’s development.

What is the Occupational Therapy Process? What Steps are Involved?

1. Registration / Parent Interview

Before the assessment, you will be asked to fill out a form to provide information of your child’s developmental history and your concerns about your child. The therapist will also ask you for further information via dialogue.

2. Child Assessment

Our occupational therapist combines the use of standardised assessment tools with clinical observations to determine the strengths and weaknesses of your child. The assessment is then summarized and is used as a baseline for intervention goals. With solid information at hand, they can then proceed to develop an individually customized intervention plan with concrete goals.

The Occupational Therapist will be assessing these areas:

  • Visual Motor Integration and Visual Perception Skills
  • Fine and Gross Motor Skills
  • Sensory Processing
  • Motor Planning and Motor Coordination
  • Handwriting Skills

3. Goal Setting

Based on the assessments, the occupational therapist will plan tailor-made goals for your child’s therapy sessions. As mentioned, the strategies used are play-based especially for younger children. However, there will be specific exercises targeted for focus and specific areas in school environments and at home. These targeted goals will be explained to parents and will be followed up by weekly homework and updates from the therapist.

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What are the Signs to Look Out for in a Child That May Require Occupational Therapy? How Can Our Programme Help Your Child?

Children with Developmental Delay

  • Poor sensory integration skills – Thinks that sounds are too loud or soft objects feel hard, hyperactive, excessive salivation, uncontrollable fidgeting, etc.
  • Poor emotional regulation – Often angry, anxious, or depressed
  • Poor visual perception skills – Trouble with hand-eye coordination, skip words when reading or poor spatial awareness

Children with Poor Fine Motor Skills

  • Unable to hold utensils, writing materials or usage of scissors
  • Unable to manipulate with toys & puzzles (pulling, unscrewing, threading, pressing, kneading, slotting in, etc.)
  • Unable to tie shoelaces
  • Unable or shows poor handwriting

Children with Poor Gross Motor Skills

  • Needs assistance and support to walk to a flat ground or moving surface
  • Poor hand-eye coordination
  • Poor balance and spatial awareness
  • Does not understand concept of left & right
  • Shows fear of heights and swings

Children with Poor Attention & Focus

  • Poor memory
  • Poor time management
  • Restlessness
  • Unable to keep up in conversations
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Parent Testimonials

I am very happy with the services of BTG and the teachers. They are a nice and professional team who goes the extra mile to ensure our child develop and grow under their care. My son sees both the Speech therapist and Occupational therapist and their combined efforts have helped him stay in mainstream preschool.

Jasper’s Parents

Our son has sensory processing disorder and gross and fine motor issues. The therapists and the teachers are all supportive individuals. Our son has improved enormously and loves going to Bridging the Gap every week. We are so grateful for all they have done to help our family and strongly recommend them to any family needing help.

Matthew’s Mummy

We appreciate Bridging the Gap’s Occupational therapists and teachers who always work closely us. They have been diligently sharing some strategies and exercises which we can follow up at home. They have a great gym space which makes my kid enjoy it more!

Ishaan’s Parents

FAQs

Is there initial assessment for Occupational Therapy?2021-10-04T03:52:14+00:00

Yes, there will be an initial assessment prior to the start of the therapy sessions. This will be conducted by our licensed Occupational Therapists. To understand the child’s history and current level of functioning, there would also be a short interview with the parents to check whether there are medical history or incident which affected the child’s functional skills.

What is the age group for our Occupational Therapy Programme?2021-10-26T09:44:44+00:00

We have a range of 18 months to 8-year-old children in our Occupational Therapy programme. However, we will consider admittance on a case-by-case basis.

What are the qualifications of your Therapists?2021-10-04T04:00:52+00:00

Our EIP team consist of Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Educational Therapists, and specially trained Early Intervention Teachers. Our team is defined highly qualified teachers are trained and experienced in both mainstream and special education settings. It is emphasized that we use an integrated multidisciplinary approach in order to give your child the utmost support to generalise their new skills from the therapy sessions to classroom sessions, and to the home environment.

How will I be informed of my child’s progress?2021-10-04T04:03:49+00:00

Our teachers will provide a brief verbal feedback about your child’s progress and activities every day. Our teachers and therapists will also send home a weekly “Skills in Progress form” that provides you with details about how your child is progressing across several domains related to their IEP goals. At the end of each term, you will receive a formalised Progress Report that will provide you with detailed information about your child’s progress related to their IEP goals.

Can I sit in with my child during the Occupational Therapy?2021-10-04T04:06:01+00:00

Our Occupational Therapy is drop-off programme. Therefore, parents are not allowed to sit in. However, we consider special cases that really require special arrangements.

What measures does Bridging the Gap take to ensure the children’s safety and well-being?2021-10-04T04:08:05+00:00

Our teachers are provided with trainings that reflect safety and child development. Teacher-child ratios set a minimum number of adults needed to care safely for a group of children. We have a ratio of 1:2 teacher and student ratio to ensure our children’s safety. Our school facilities, which include the gym and the classrooms, are carefully designed and sanitized every day, after every session. In addition, our teachers are certified first aiders.

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