Speech disorders affect anywhere from 8-9% of the population and can include issues with stuttering, slurred speech, and can also make children susceptible to bullying as they will have issues with basic communications with their peer; and can slow down their learning in school. Read more
It is estimated that up to 10% of the population are affected by specific learning disabilities, and children affected by a learning disability typically are affected by multiple learning disabilities. While many people assume that only slow children are affected, even children with high intelligence can be affected. Read more
The modern world is a hectic place with many complexities that can be seen and unseen. If you live in a big city like New York, Hong Kong, or Singapore, the pace of life can be incredibly fast and uncompromising. An environment where expectations are high, and where you are expected to perform, do well for your job, and your family/yourself can cause a great deal of stress. Read more
The ability to speak well and verbalise meaning, intent, and feelings is incredibly important. It is how we transmit ideas, thoughts, and feelings to people around us. The better we are able to express ourselves verbally, the better we are at making ourselves understood.
The ability to listen well is just as important as speaking, and sometimes overlooked. Listening is how we are able to accept someone’s speech and intent, and listening well is how we are able to properly understand what the other person is saying. Both verbal communication, and listening are skills to be mastered. Read more
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a disorder that affects up to 11% of children between the ages of 4 – 17 years old, and is more common than many people believe. Boys are three times more likely to be diagnosed for ADHD, and while some people may see this as a disorder affecting children, at least 4% of adults have been diagnosed with ADHD. Read more
Play therapy is a form of psychotherapy and counselling that allows children experiencing loss, trauma, emotional, or behavioural issues to open up their emotions in a safe space. This safe, play space is where they are allowed to face their thoughts and emotions nonverbally through play. It can help ameliorate effects of the child’s deeper emotional issues, and helps them to deal with stress and anxiety.
A child with special needs requires special attention and considerations. It’s not just the child that is affected, but their family is also deeply affected, and needs to be actively involved in their child’s success.
Many of us feel stress because we are in a hurry. We are faced with this mental schedule which must be achieved by a certain time; obtain your degree, work in a big successful company, get married and have kids. We get upset at ourselves and blame it on stress for failing to meet our goals. But does stress really deter us from realizing our goals? Read more
Anxiety is an emotion that leads to excessive fear, worry, and apprehension. It’s perfectly normal to experience fear, worry, or apprehension, and doesn’t require too much attention to resolving. These are temporary feelings. However, prolonged anxiety can become a huge problem for a lot of people, either due to mental illness or prolonged exposure to a negative situation and environment. A lot of times, people don’t even know exactly why they feel this way. Read more
It is every parent’s wish to see their child be successful. Some of the common success route are in ensuring their child attend the best school in the neighbourhood, providing tuition for the child, and finally witnessing their child’s graduation ceremony. However, can the same be apply to parents with special needs children? Read more