Child Psychology Services
Customised Parent/Caregiver Training
Socialising in various settings can be difficult for some children. The concept of pragmatics is not an easy one to grasp and some children need more structured guidance to achieve this skillset.
Children with mild autism and/or those who are looking at mainstream education but struggle to understand social rules would benefit greatly from attending social skills classes. These classes can also be tailored for children with other developmental concerns such as anger management and emotional regulation. Conducted on a weekly basis, the child psychologist will see the child to teach them skills in social interaction and social communication.
Emotional Regulation Sessions
The sessions help children with their Emotional Regulation skills. During sessions, our psychologists will help the child explore their feelings using various principles and theories in child psychology. The child will learn to identify:
What is the emotion they are feeling
What causes this emotion
Strategies to manage the emotion
Who should they tell/ share the emotion with
What can they do to feel OK again
The targeted outcome would be for the child to have better daily interactions with his or her family, friends and teachers. Children can also experience other benefits like being better able to cope with their schoolwork and being more capable of managing expectations.
Suitable for: Children who are temperamental, tense, fidgety, unfocused, need constant reassurance, don’t sleep well or are hypersensitive.
Anger Management Sessions
Managing anger can be difficult for some children as anger is a big and negative emotion that requires quite a number of steps to deal with. During sessions with the psychologist, a child can learn strategies and skills to help them with anger management issues that they might be facing, like:
Expressing anger in a positive manner
Self-appreciation and appreciation of others
Anger in school, at home and more
During the session, the child will be involved in, but not limited to- sharing sessions, written expression, hands-on activities, role play and discussion work. The use of social stories, movies and specific reading materials and articles may also be included.
Suitable for: Children who need support in dealing with their emotions, particularly in anger.
Report for Examination Exemptions or Accommodations
This report is required for children with circumstances such as:
Known behavioural issues at home or in school
A diagnosis of ADHD
When parents do not want to embark on a Diagnostic Assessment and/or Psychological Assessment, but would like to have insights on how to move forward
When requested by the school, teachers and/or parents
With a report from a qualified child psychologist, speech therapist or occupational therapist, Singapore students may apply for access arrangements such as extra time for examinations or exemptions.
IQ Reports for Placement in Special Education Schools
For parents who are looking to enrol their children in government special schools in Singapore such as Rainbow Centre and Pathlight School, there is a standard application package to be completed. One of the application requirements involves submitting a Psychological Report completed by a qualified psychologist, which consists of the child’s IQ test and an adaptive behaviour questionnaire completed by the parents.
A school observation is the first step required to diagnose ADHD in children. At other times, this documentation may also be requested by parents who would like insights on the child’s behaviour in school. This process usually takes up to 1.5 hours which includes obtaining information from teachers on the child’s learning and behavioural traits in school.
Full Diagnostic and Psychological Assessments
We offer diagnostic and psychological assessments for conditions such as Dyslexia, Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Learning Difficulties and Selective Mutism in children aged 2 to 16 years old. Book an initial assessment with us and let our highly experienced child psychologists advise you on the best course of action for your child’s needs.
Parents play a crucial role in raising their children. Apart from sending the child for early intervention services, it is important to support parents in understanding the child’s learning and developmental challenges (e.g. in terms of play skills, good communication, academic abilities, and emotional regulation) to enable them to guide the child at home. Here, our psychologists will customise a plan according to the needs of the child and family for parents to follow up at home, and this will be reviewed on a regular basis.