Facilitating Arts Based Learning for Children with Special Needs

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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)
Course Fee (Before Funding) $ 1750.00 $ 1872.50
Full course fee and special subsidy $ 175.00 $ 187.25


• What are the common disabilities and their characteristics?
• Developmental milestones of children with special needs
• Assessment of student’s current learning profiles
• Theoretical framework of students’ learning profile
• Strategies to enhance students’ learning behavior

Learning modes:

• Lecture
• Video feedback
• Simulation Activity
• Role Play
• Presentation
• Discussion
• Reflection
• Practical experience

Target Participants:

National Arts Council (NAC) AEP instructors who are keen to work with children with special needs in SPED schools and mainstream schools that are resourced to support students with special needs.

Learning Outcome:

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

1. Describe common disabilities, their characteristics matched against the developmental milestone of children with special needs
2. Assess and analyse the student’s current learning profile via a theoretical framework
3. Apply specific and broad theories in enhancing student’s learning behavior
4. Integrate the knowledge and practice of special needs in lessons/ activities
5. Identify, analyse, plan and make adaptations to lessons that will meaningfully engage students with special needs


Programme Schedule
Programme Sessions may be held either at Social Service Institute or Rainbow Centre. Please check with SSI on details.

29 January 2019 (Tues):
Orientation and Class Attachment

31 January 2019 (Thurs):
Skills required for functional activities

8 & 11 February 2019 (Fri & Mon):
Overview of disabilities
(focus on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Learning Disability and Intellectual Disability)

15 & 18 February 2019 (Fri & Mon):
Identify and manage students with Sensory Processing Disorders during lesson in the arts

22 & 25 February 2019 (Fri & Mon):
Social Communication in children with special needs

1 & 4 & 8 March 2019 (Fri & Mon & Fri):
Understanding & managing behaviour: Strategies and application

11 March to 17 May 2019:
Observation and Practicum Sessions

24 May 2019 (Fri):
Presentation and Wrap-Up

* above schedule may be subject to changes.

Participants will be awarded a Certificate of Attendance by Social Service Institute upon successful completion of the programme.

Blended 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:

To encourage participation and a culture of continuous skills upgrading, arts instructors who are approved to conduct programmes under the NAC-AEP 2017/18 and arts instructors conducting NAC supported programmes will pay only $187.25 per person after a 90% course fee subsidy. The full course fee amounts to $1,750.00 (excl. GST, before National Arts Council (NAC) course fee subsidy).

Please note that the 90% subsidy is subject to the applicant’s successful completion of the Course including achieving an attendance rate of at least 80%. Successful applicants will have to comply to the terms and agreement stated in the Letter of Agreement issued by the National Arts Council.

In the event of overwhelming response, priority will be given to NAC-AEP instructors. Each organization is limited to no more than 2 places in the programme.

Trainer Profile:

Ms Linda Prebhash is a Principal Trainer & Consultant with Rainbow Centre Training and Consultancy (RCTC). She has been in the special education sector since 1988 and her experience in various capacities enables her to provide a holistic perspective in conferences at Singapore and the Asia-Pacific region. She is trained in the Treatment and Education of Autistic and other Related Communication handicapped Children (TEACCH)and a facilitator in the Myers Briggs Indicator Test (MBTI). Ms Prebhash serves as a volunteer on the Board of Special Olympics (Singapore) and has been actively involved for more than 22 years. She believes that through sports, persons with special needs learn life skills beyond the achievement of athletic abilities.

Ms Faridah Ali Chang is a principal trainer and consultant with Rainbow Centre Training and Consultancy (RCTC) and is a registered psychologist (Singapore). She trains and consults locally and regionally, with more than 18 years of experience in teaching and managing children with special needs and conducting formal/informal assessments for learning and behaviour intervention. Ms Chang has also presented on various topics on disabilities at local and overseas conferences and seminars.

Ms Chang is certified in the Treatment & Education of Autistic and other related Communication handicapped Children (TEACCH) Level 1, Orton-Gillingham approach for children with Dyslexia, the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R) and is also a certified MBTI practitioner. Her graduate research focused on the quality of life of adults with special needs in Singapore, especially those with multiple disabilities.

Mr Binu R. Nair leverages on his 17 years of intervention experience for children with special needs in speech, language and communication to conduct specialised training programmes for parents, teachers and therapists in Singapore and the Asia-Pacific region. Binu has a special interest in the area of Oral Placement Therapy for children having feeding and speech difficulties of varying degrees. He has been using the concepts of Oral Placement Therapy in special needs children with varied diagnosis for the last 9 years and has extensive working knowledge of using the various tools that are used in Oral Placement Therapy. He has also used Oral Placement Therapy to work with children having a diagnosis of Childhood Apraxia of Speech.

Mr Jimson Tham was a Senior Occupational Therapist (OT) with Rainbow Centre Margaret Drive School. As a senior OT, he planed and provided occupational therapy services for the Rainbow Centre Early Intervention Programme, collaborating with various allied health professionals and teachers for holistic interventions. His eleven year experience in working with children with special needs has also helped him in his consultations with primary school age children who study in mainstream schools. These had enhanced and contributed to his service planning and provision for children in early intervention. Jimson is also certified in Neuro Developmental Treatment (NDT) and the Sensory Integration Praxis Test. These are used in the intervention for children with movement disorders and assessing sensory processing difficulties respectively. His passion is in working with toddlers and parents who have difficulties forming emotional ties due to child’s sensory processing abilities to interact, bond and learn through play. Jimson is currently working in private practice.

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