Working with Children with Special Needs: Working Collaboratively with Families

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Fees (Please note that the fees listed are for your reference only. The final course fee may vary.)
Name Fee (Excludes GST) Fee (Includes GST)
Nett Fee (after SSG funding) $ 50.00 $ 53.50
Course Fee (Before Funding) $ 500.00 $ 535.00


This module engages learner to understand the feelings of parents at the different stages of the grief journey and the sources of support for the parents of children with special needs. Learner will learn the components of good collaborative relationship between parents, caregivers, teachers and therapists and integrate various collaborative skills to work effectively with caregivers and families.

Target Participants:

Target audience includes teachers, therapists, psychologists, social workers and other professionals working in preschools, special schools, Integrated Child Care Centres (ICCC) or other children centres.

The skills and knowledge for this course, which the learner is assumed to possess, are as follows:
- Be able to listen and speak English at a proficiency level equivalent to the Employability Skills System Workplace Literacy (WPL) Level 6
- Be able to read and write English at a proficiency level equivalent to the Employability Skills System Workplace Literacy (WPL) Level 6
- Be able to use numeracy skills equivalent to the Employability Skills System Workplace Numeracy (WPN) Level 6

Learning Outcome:

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

1) Use the genogram to provide a summary of the family.
2) List the life cycle stages of families with special needs children.
3) Identify the 5 areas impacted on by having a child with special needs.
4) Identify the stages of grief as part of the emotional area of impact.
5) Apply 3 strategies in communicating with parents of children with special needs.


This course includes assessment components.
Assessment may be conducted during and/or after the course. As there is an assessment component for this course, grading and processing of results can only take place after course completion. Learners who pass the assessment(s) will be awarded with an electronic Certificate of Achievement from SSI. You will receive an email notification when your e-Cert is ready for download in your NCSS e-Services account.

E-mode of delivery:
• Learners will receive online access to courseware instead of printed materials
• Learners will complete an online course evaluation and receive e-certificate

Fee Remarks:

SSG funding is available for Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents only.

VCF funding is available for foreigners who are staff of member VWOs of NCSS via Direct Training Application.

Terms and conditions apply.

Trainer Profile:

Ms Veronica Lim-Lowe, BA (Social Work), is trained in Social Work and has been with Rainbow Centre for the past 24 years. She is a Family Life Educator & was involved in the development of the parent training packages and home intervention programmes. She is currently involved in developing and conducting support group programmes for parents of children with special needs. She is experienced in facilitating groups of parents in recalling the first time when they learnt that their child has a disability. They are helped to share their emotions with fellow parents, how they have coped and to realise that they are not alone in their grief journey. This opportunity usually helps them move on towards acceptance. As a resource trainer with the Rainbow Centre Training & Consultancy (RCTC), she is involved in conducting teacher-training courses for preschools, in-house teachers, special education teachers. She facilitates their understanding of the impact of having a child with special needs on the family, providing them an insight into the coping and grief journey that parents and families experience, in the aim of building positive efforts in parent-teacher collaboration.

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