Child Counseling: Frequently Asked Questions

Explore frequently asked questions about child counseling services in MindChamps Allied Care centres.

What is the Therapy Process?





How long does the therapy journey take?


Every individual child progresses at a different pace, and each therapy plan is individualised and unique. It takes between 6 months to a few years for any individual’s therapy progress. The reason why some children attend therapy for years is not because they have not improved, but because there are evolving new goals to work on as a child progresses through the academic system (e.g. from working on interaction and engagement, to working on fine motor skills for writing tasks in school).




How frequent are therapy sessions?


Upon an initial assessment of a child’s developmental and sensorimotor areas, the therapist will draft an individualised treatment plan for the child, based on his needs and caregivers’ goals. Typically, we would recommend the therapy sessions to be held once weekly. The child’s progress will be monitored and reviewed every few sessions to determine the frequency of the clinical therapy sessions. Once significant progress has been made, we will review the therapy goals with the child’s family and determine whether to continue with weekly sessions or move onto a fortnightly or monthly basis, depending on the therapist’s recommendations, child’s needs and family’s preference.




What is the age range of the children that you work with?


We attend to children as young as 9 months to secondary school age for individual therapy sessions. Group sessions will be personally coordinated by clinicians based on the individual developmental milestones and learning objectives.




I would like to find out more about your services and treatment plans. How do I do that?


Should you be interested in knowing more about our services, we can arrange for a pre-consultation session for parents or caregivers. The purpose of pre-consultation is to allow parents or guardians to share more about the child’s background and needs to clinicians during the session. This is not a formal assessment. Based on the sharing, clinicians can propose possible intervention plans for your child. This can be done over emails, phone calls or face-to-face appointments at our centre. This service is complimentary. To read more about the types of assessment, click on the link below. Book a Complimentary Pre-consultation You may also choose to book an appointment for Initial Assessment straightaway. We will advise you on the cost of the Initial Assessment, which can range from $180 to $230. Book an Initial Assessment




Will therapy goals help prepare my child for school?


For Educational Therapy: The academic goals are in line with the MOE (Ministry of Education) curriculum in Singapore. This is important because the focus should be on helping students access and cope with the mainstream curriculum. For Occupational /Speech Therapy: Therapy goals focus on skills which your child can generalise to the school environment. Some of the essential skills include the child’s ability to pay attention and absorb the teachings in class and the ability to socialise and form fulfilling relationships with peers in school, as well as communication skills.




How can parents participate in their child’s therapy session?


These are some of the ways that parents can participate:

  • Through home-school-therapy collaboration among parents, teachers, and professionals.
  • Discussing a sensory diet plan with the therapist, and following through at home on a regular basis.
  • Attending parent seminars to better understand their child’s needs.
  • Communicating with teachers on a termly basis to understand their child’s progress and areas of improvement.
  • Collaboration with para-professionals (e.g. SLT, Psychologist, Educational Therapist) to provide their child with various services holistically, and prevent duplicating services.
As therapists, we strive to update parents on their progress weekly during the debrief period. This is to ensure that parents are well-informed of what has been going on in therapy sessions, and to give parents and caregivers ample time to follow through with the prescribed home-based exercises.





What is the Therapy Process?





How long does the therapy journey take?


Every individual child progresses at a different pace, and each therapy plan is individualised and unique. It takes between 6 months to a few years for any individual’s therapy progress. The reason why some children attend therapy for years is not because they have not improved, but because there are evolving new goals to work on as a child progresses through the academic system (e.g. from working on interaction and engagement, to working on fine motor skills for writing tasks in school).




How frequent are therapy sessions?


Upon an initial assessment of a child’s developmental and sensorimotor areas, the therapist will draft an individualised treatment plan for the child, based on his needs and caregivers’ goals. Typically, we would recommend the therapy sessions to be held once weekly. The child’s progress will be monitored and reviewed every few sessions to determine the frequency of the clinical therapy sessions. Once significant progress has been made, we will review the therapy goals with the child’s family and determine whether to continue with weekly sessions or move onto a fortnightly or monthly basis, depending on the therapist’s recommendations, child’s needs and family’s preference.




What is the age range of the children that you work with?


We attend to children as young as 9 months to secondary school age for individual therapy sessions. Group sessions will be personally coordinated by clinicians based on the individual developmental milestones and learning objectives.




I would like to find out more about your services and treatment plans. How do I do that?


Should you be interested in knowing more about our services, we can arrange for a pre-consultation session for parents or caregivers. The purpose of pre-consultation is to allow parents or guardians to share more about the child’s background and needs to clinicians during the session. This is not a formal assessment. Based on the sharing, clinicians can propose possible intervention plans for your child. This can be done over emails, phone calls or face-to-face appointments at our centre. This service is complimentary. To read more about the types of assessment, click on the link below. Book a Complimentary Pre-consultation You may also choose to book an appointment for Initial Assessment straightaway. We will advise you on the cost of the Initial Assessment, which can range from $180 to $230. Book an Initial Assessment




Will therapy goals help prepare my child for school?


For Educational Therapy: The academic goals are in line with the MOE (Ministry of Education) curriculum in Singapore. This is important because the focus should be on helping students access and cope with the mainstream curriculum. For Occupational /Speech Therapy: Therapy goals focus on skills which your child can generalise to the school environment. Some of the essential skills include the child’s ability to pay attention and absorb the teachings in class and the ability to socialise and form fulfilling relationships with peers in school, as well as communication skills.




How can parents participate in their child’s therapy session?


These are some of the ways that parents can participate:

  • Through home-school-therapy collaboration among parents, teachers, and professionals.
  • Discussing a sensory diet plan with the therapist, and following through at home on a regular basis.
  • Attending parent seminars to better understand their child’s needs.
  • Communicating with teachers on a termly basis to understand their child’s progress and areas of improvement.
  • Collaboration with para-professionals (e.g. SLT, Psychologist, Educational Therapist) to provide their child with various services holistically, and prevent duplicating services.
As therapists, we strive to update parents on their progress weekly during the debrief period. This is to ensure that parents are well-informed of what has been going on in therapy sessions, and to give parents and caregivers ample time to follow through with the prescribed home-based exercises.