Child Psychology

Psychological Support is an Integral Part of Family Care

Our child psychologists and therapists offer all-inclusive assessments and personalised therapy to meet the psychosocial, emotional, behavioural and cognitive needs of parents and their children at each stage of their lives.

Child Psychology Services

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Social Skills Classes

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, classes run for one hour per session with a small group of children with similar profiles. In some cases, arrangements can be made to start off with 2 children and gradually increase the class size.

Emotional Regulation Classes

Tailored for children aged between 6 to 12 years old. The programme consists of six sessions and each session is 90 minutes. The child will go through the following:

 

  • What is anxiety?

  • What causes anxiety?

  • How do I manage my anxiety?

  • Who should I tell/ share my anxiety with?

  • Am I OK if I have anxiety?

  • What can I do to relax?

During the programme, the child will take a journey with an imaginary character named Jeremy (for instance). Jeremy experiences anxiety issues and these have negatively affected him, his studies and the people around him. Jeremy acquires the skills and strategies to manage his anxiety issues. As a result, his daily interactions with his family, friends and teachers improved. He also copes better with his schoolwork and is capable of managing expectations.

Suitable for: Children who are temperamental, tense, fidgety, unfocused, need constant reassurance, don’t sleep well or are hypersensitive.

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Anger Management Classes

  •  Recognising oneself

  • Acknowledging anger

  • Managing anger

  • Expressing anger in a positive manner

  • Self-appreciation and appreciation of others

  • Respect

  • Anger in school, at home and more

 

During this programme, the child will be involved in sharing sessions, written expression, hands-on activities, role play and discussion work. The use of social stories, movies and specific reading materials and articles will also be included in the programme.

Suitable for: Children who need support in dealing with their emotions, particularly in anger.

Report for Examination Exemptions or Accommodations

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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

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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.

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School Observations

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.

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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.

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Development of Individual Education Plan (IEP)

The IEP is a customised plan which includes specific goals that the family can work on with the child on a daily basis for a period of 3 months. This plan is usually offered to parents who may not be able to commit to weekly sessions with our child therapists, or for families with stay-at-home mums who are able to work consistently with the child towards achieving those goals. There will be a review of goals every 3 months as parents collaborate with our therapists to provide feedback on their child’s progress.

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Customised Parent/Caregiver Training

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.