A Holistic Approach to Early Intervention 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)
Nett Fee (after SSG funding) $ 65.00 $ 69.55
Course Fee (Before Funding) $ 650.00 $ 695.50


• Introduction to Early Intervention (EI)
• Typical and atypical development
• Terminologies and developmental milestones
• Categories and characteristics of children with special needs
• Effective behaviour management
• Management of sensory motor issues
• Promoting functional social communication
• Working collaboratively with families and professional
• Overview of linked system of ABI

Target Participants:

Staff working in Early Intervention Programmes for Infants and Children (EIPIC) Centres; Integrated Child Care Centres (ICCC); preschools, junior classes in special education schools and early intervention roles.

Learning Outcome:

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
1. Describe the importance and process of Early Intervention (EI) related to children with special needs
2. Identify the various common disabilities and intervention strategies for teaching and managing these disabilities
3. Define behaviour and approaches to managing challenging behaviour
4. Integrate various collaborative skills to work effectively with caregivers and families


Please note that this course will be conducted online via Zoom (click to learn more about Zoom). Successful applicants will be able to access and download course materials from LearningCloud upon course confirmation. They will also be given the URL to join the Zoom course session with a unique password via email. Participants will be required to use their Name (as per NRIC) as the Zoom ID to be given access to the Zoom course session and will have to enable video view while the session is in progress.

Assessment will be scheduled after COVID-19 Circuit Breaker ends and face-to-face assessment at SSI resumes. Successful applicants are required to sit for the assessment on a separate day, to be further advised by SSI.

The Introduction to Early Intervention course is targeted at new entrants to social services. This may include social work assistants, therapy assistants and other frontline social service practitioners. The course aims to equip individuals with the fundamental knowledge and skills in early intervention programmes for infants and children (EIPIC).

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:

Mrs June Tham-Toh Syn Yuen was the Executive Director of Rainbow Centre before she retired in 2014. She holds a Master of Education, Diploma in Management Studies, Certification of Achievement in Outcome Management: Train-The-Trainer, Early Childhood Intervention, Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication Handicapped Children (TEACCH) and Advanced Certification in Training and Assessment (ACTA). She was one of the two pioneer scholars from Singapore to have successfully completed the ‘Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management’ Programme in July 2008 at the Harvard Business School.

Mrs Tham has devoted her career of 33 years in the special needs sector working with professionals and caregivers of children with special needs, and collaborating with the Government, partners in the private and social service sector to develop and setting up initiatives to improve services and programmes. She has played a significant role in the formation of Rainbow Centre and was instrumental in setting a benchmark for purpose-built facilities for early intervention and special education programmes. A strong advocate and firm believer for professional development and support for caregivers, she established a training and consultancy arm in Rainbow Centre to promote awareness and professional competency in the sector for caregivers and professionals in early childhood and special education. Besides having extensive experience and knowledge in the governance of VWOs in the social service sector, Mrs Tham has co-authored and co-edited three editions of ‘Rainbow Dreams’, a publication covering the development of special Education in Singapore, symptoms, special conditions, treatment programmes and coping and adjustment issues on special needs. In October 2015, she was accorded recognition as a Pioneer Special Education Principal by the Ministry of Education for her leadership and contributions to the development of special education in Singapore.

Mrs Tham has also been invited to train and speak at local and regional platforms on special needs. Since her retirement, she has taken on appointments as adjunct trainer/lecturer on courses with Social Service Institute and other tertiary institutions, as well as continuing in her voluntary work, among which, as a member of the Panel of Advisors with the Family and Youth Court.

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