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FAQs on Early Intervention: Addressing Common Concerns of Parents with Special Needs Children

A real-life looks at special needs When a child has just been diagnosed with Autism, ADHD, Speech Delays or Developmental Delays, questions and concerns immediately flood in parents’ mind. Parents would like to know what they need to do first, what they need to know and where to looks for treatment to help their child. We understand how parents feel and we hope that This article could offer guidance to parents by providing insights into early intervention program. Right from the start, we would like parents to keep in mind that children with special needs are children too. Just like typical child, they have things that they like or hate. They have their own personality. He or she might be shy, cheerful or sensitive. However, the primary difference lies in their learning process, as they face additional challenges in acquiring new skills. Child with special needs face more challenges in learning compare to typical child. BehaviorsMay children with special needs exhibit poor...

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Empowering Growth: The Five Essential Services at Kidz Steps Centre for Special Needs

Welcome to Kidz Steps Centre, your dedicated partner in fostering the growth and development of children facing developmental challenges. We specialize in providing therapy services for children with special needs. Each year, we assist a diverse range of children, some seamlessly integrating into mainstream education, while others transition successfully to specialized schools for ongoing support. Our center offers five main services, each meticulously designed to cater to the unique needs of children: Early Intervention Program Our individualized program is tailored for children aged 2.5 to 5 years with delays. Recognizing the uniqueness of each child, our one-to-one sessions empower therapists to customize programs based on individual needs. Areas addressed include speech and language, motor skills, social skills, academic skills, and self-regulation skills. Find out more. Behavioral Therapy Ideal for children dealing with ADHD or behavioral issues in a school...

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Autism or Speech Delay: Understanding the Differences in Your Child’s Development

What is Speech Delay? A speech delay is when a child is not progressing in their language and speech abilities as expected for their age, resulting in difficulties with articulation, pronunciation, and understanding language. Children with speech delays may struggle to express themselves effectively through speech, leading to difficulties in communicating their needs and wants. They may not able to communicate their feelings, thoughts, and requests for assistance.   Additionally, children with speech delays find it challenging to comprehending what others are saying to them, resulting in difficulties in making friends and following teacher’s instructions at kindergarten. These challenges in effective communication may lead to feelings of frustration and irritability, making the child more prone to tantrums. What are the possible reasons for speech delay There are many potential causes of speech delay in children. Some of the most common causes include: Hearing...

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Early Detection is Key: Screening Promotion for World Autism Month

April is recognized globally as World Autism Month, and to mark this occasion, we offer our promotional prices on screening services conducted by our clinical psychologists. This screening is designed to detect early signs of developmental delays in children, and it is only available at the special rate of RM120 during April 2023. If you have concerns about your child’s development, seeking advice from a professional can offer you peace of mind and help you identify any potential developmental delays early on. Our screening services are conducted by experienced clinical psychologists who specialize in child development. The screening process is non-invasive and typically involves completing a questionnaire or using standardized assessment tools to evaluate the child’s development in various areas and identify potential developmental delays or disabilities early on.  If a child is identified as having a potential developmental delay during the screening process,...

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Developmental Delays: What Every Parent Needs to Know

From Crawling to Conversing: The Developmental Milestones of Three-Year-Olds At 3 years old, children typically demonstrate a range of developmental milestones. Here are some common skills and abilities that 3-year-olds may display: Language development: 3-year-olds can usually speak in simple sentences of 3-4 words like I want play ball, look at this, cold water, I don’t want, help me; they also use pronouns such as “I” and “you,” and use basic grammar. They may ask lots of questions like where is it? When we go? Who give this? They also enjoy telling stories, and enjoy singing songs. Cognitive development: 3-year-olds can typically sort objects by shape and color, understand basic concepts such as “big” and “small,” and count one to three. They can complete simple puzzles and match objects. They enjoy using their imaginations to create pretend scenarios with toy kitchens, doctor kits, and playhouses. Motor development: 3-year-old...

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Helping Your Child Overcome Speech Delays: Tips for Parents

Speech delays can be frustrating for parents and children. Children who can’t express their needs, thoughts and emotions are more likely to be aggressive, easily agitated or noncompliant. They also find it hard to make friends and have difficulties in learning in school. These are huge risks for emotional problems and can lead to poor self-esteem.   How can parents help? Use 1-2 words during everyday routines and activities, don’t talk too much It is easier for children to learn when they have been exposed to familiar, repetitive vocabulary on a daily basis. For example, when washing your child’s hands, you can say “It’s time to wash your hands” but do not say “Look, your hands are dirty. What do you need to do? You need to wash your hands. I will help you. You need to open the tap, rub your hands….” Parents easily get into the habit of talking too much when the children have not yet started speaking. This does not help and only makes the child feel confused...

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Supporting Children with Developmental Delays Through a Structured Home Routine

For parents of children with developmental delays, navigating challenging behaviors of at home is a big challenge. Many parents find themselves grappling with situations where their child refuses to listen, engages in frequent tantrums, or exhibits unexplained bouts of crying. The frustration of being unable to secure their child’s compliance with simple instructions further compounds the daily challenges of parenting. To address these common parenting challenges, the implementation of a structured routine emerges as a valuable strategy. A carefully crafted routine has the potential to mitigate challenging behaviors at home by providing a framework that fosters predictability and stability. This article explores how a structured routine can serve as a proactive approach to creating a more harmonious and supportive environment for both parents and children alike. Routine promote stability for children with developmental delays Establishing a structured routine could...

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Understanding the Differences Between Early Intervention Program and School Readiness Programs

Early Intervention Program and a school readiness program are both educational initiatives, but they serve different purposes and target different age groups of children. Here’s how they differ: Target Age Group: Early Intervention Program: Early Intervention Program is designed for children above 2 years old. It focus on providing support and services to young children who have developmental delays. It aims to address developmental and learning challenges at a very early stage of a child’s life. School Readiness Program: School readiness programs typically target children who are approaching the age to enter formal schooling, usually above 5 years old. These programs aim to prepare children for the transition to school by building foundational skills and knowledge. Goals and Objectives: Early Intervention Program: The primary goal of the Early Intervention Program is to provide early assessment, intervention, and support to children with developmental...

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The Road to Mainstream: Our School Readiness Program

Our one-year school readiness program is specially designed for children with special needs for a successful transition into mainstream. This program aimed to help children with mild Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and developmental delays Is Our Program Right for Your Child? This program is suitable for children who thrive in one-on-one learning environments but face challenges when in group learning environment. These challenges often manifest as an inability to remain seated, difficulties in sustaining attention, struggles with group instructions and rules, challenges in self-control, always need one-to-one reminds or assistance from teacher, and difficulties in independently following schedules. Furthermore, these children frequently encounter difficulties when participating in group activities. Some parents have noted instances where their child may stand on the sidelines during group events, exhibit reluctance to participate,...

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Empowering Teens with Special Needs: Our Social Skills Training Program

In a world that thrives on social connections and interactions, it’s crucial to ensure that every teenager, regardless of their unique abilities, has the opportunity to develop essential social skills. At Kidz Steps Centre, we understand the significance of nurturing these skills in teenager with special needs, and that’s why we’re proud to introduce our specialized Social Skills Training Program. Why Social Skills Matter for Teens with Special Needs Adolescence is a critical time for personal growth and development, especially when it comes to social skills. For teens with special needs, these skills can be even more vital, as they provide a foundation for building relationships, improving self-esteem, and fostering independence. Our Social Skills Training Program is designed to address the specific needs of these exceptional teenagers. We believe that every individual deserves the chance to thrive socially and create meaningful connections. Here’s...

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Social Skills Training for Special Needs child

About our social skills training Social skills training is a highly beneficial program tailored for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), who currently attending mainstream or inclusive schools. Given that children with ASD encounter various challenges at different developmental stages, the schooling phase often presents difficulties in social interaction. Challenges include making friends, managing teacher expectations, follow school rules & social norms, and showing empathy – a skill that enables them to demonstrate care and navigate others’ emotions. Since 2014, Kidz Steps has been organizing different social skills training, sometimes referred as playgroups for children with special needs. Drawing from our extensive experience, we have crafted a comprehensive social skills program that facilitates a step-by-step approach to teach children with special needs learn to socialize and developing better social understanding. If you’re curious about our...

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Readiness for Mainstream Education: Is Your Child Prepared?

School Readiness: Is my child ready to go to mainstream? Choosing the right school for children with ASD and ADHD can be tough for parents. When kids reach school age, parents often feel pressured to enroll them. However, we’ve seen that some children struggle in school because they aren’t fully prepared. This can lead to stress for both parents and children. Story 1: A Boy with ADHD Meet Ken, a 7-year-old boy having a hard time at school. He finds it tough to stay calm, often daydreams in class, and has trouble following rules. Teachers complain that he interrupts class a lot and doesn’t listen. When teachers correct him, he sometimes throws tantrums and gets sent to a discipline room. He also gets upset easily and even fights with his classmates. Story 2: A Boy with ASD Now let’s look at Tim, an 8-year-old boy with his own school struggles. Loud noises bother him, and he shouts at his classmates when it’s too noisy. He doesn’t...

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The Power of One-to-One Early Intervention Programs in Supporting Children with Autism

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects millions of children worldwide, presenting challenges in communication, social interaction, and behaviour. However, with the right support and early intervention, children with autism can thrive and unlock their full potential. Our personalized intervention programs provide tailored support to meet the unique needs of each child, helping them to develop important skills and improve their overall quality of life. Understand Autism: Autism is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by challenges in social interaction, communication, and repetitive behaviors. It is commonly diagnosed during early childhood. However, it is important to note that individuals with autism are not incapable of talking or learning. In fact, parents often observe that their children have unique ways of expressing their needs and some are able to grasp words or instructions effectively. Nevertheless, early intervention plays a critical role...

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Understanding Developmental Delays: Identifying the Missing Pieces in Your Child’s Development

Parents frequently inquire about the causes of their child’s developmental delays and seek solutions. It’s important to acknowledge that developmental delays can have various origins, including genetic conditions, neurological factors, sensory processing disorders, or environmental influences. While pinpointing the exact cause of delays can be complex, it is often observed that many children with developmental delays exhibit a deficiency in pre-learning skills, which are fundamental to the learning process. Pre-Learning skills: Attention Pre-learning skills serve as the building blocks for more complex academic and functional abilities. At our early intervention program, we prioritize the development of these skills to ensure children can learn and succeed in their educational journey. Among the key pre-learning skills, attention skills stand out. Many children with developmental delays struggle to maintain focus, not just during play or with toys but also in their...

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