Some little babies cry, have tantrums, refuse or have difficulty (gag) during meal time. This could be caused by their lack of control over their tongue and oral muscles (i.e. jaw). Feeding Therapy can help them develop normal, effective feeding patterns with therapists working closely with parents and family members to identify their source of difficulty and develop specific treatment plans for them. Along the way, parents/caregivers will be educated on the proper feeding techniques as well to further provide consistency at home in addition to therapy sessions.
Oral-Motor therapy provides training on an individual’s jaw, lip, and tongue function. This helps them improve in chewing, swallowing, sucking, breathing, articulation etc. Children from as young as 1 years old to older seniors who are 80 years or above are also able to benefit from Oral-Motor Therapy.
Speech & Language Therapy
Speech and language therapy is suitable for children of all ages who have speech delay, issues with speech clarity, cochlear implant (C.I), etc. Spark Child Centre’s speech and language classes help improve children’s receptive language, expressive language, and speech clarity among many others related to speech.
Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) is taught to children who are non-verbal and do not effectively communicate their personal wants and needs. With PECS, we teach children to communicate effectively with others by using picture cards and this often times can even help with their problematic behaviors such as throwing tantrums, crying, and getting angry easily that is often due to frustration.
Special Needs Education
The Special Needs Education department at Spark Child Centre is staffed with passionate, creative, loving, and responsible special needs education teachers. The academic module utilized for teaching students with differing levels of capabilities ensure that the knowledge learned at Spark Child Centre matches the curriculum of that in a normal, typical kindergarten/school setting.
Our Dyslexia Program is designed to help students with less ideal school results in subjects such as English, Malay, and Mandarin to improve in their reading, pronunciation, comprehension, writing components of these subjects. Our Dyslexia Program teacher is trained in Orton-Gillingham Approach which teaches students in a more holistic and creative way that utilizes students’ visual, kinesthetic, and audio senses to learn better.
Occupational Therapy (OT) is a form of therapy that has the primary goal of enable people to participate in the daily living activities. In the case of Occupational Therapy for special needs children (young to teenagers), we aim to teach and develop self-help skills as well as independent skills. Before we can do all that, occupational therapists need to tackle the underlying sensory integration issues (if any) in children in order for them to have the fundamental focus and attention to learn and absorb new information. An individualized treatment plan will be created specifically for each child according to their needs after assessment is conducted by our Senior Occupational Therapist.
Hippotherapy is a form of occupational therapy that is conducted on a therapeutic horse. Therapist uses the movements of the horse to provide carefully graded motor and sensory input. Building this firm foundation can help improve neurological function and sensory processing, which can be generalized to a wide range of daily activities. Hippotherapy also creates the opportunity to train the children’s upper body strength, focus, attention, and coordination for special needs children.
Social Skills Training
Social Skills Training is designed specifically for children who have difficulty building meaningful friendships with peers, find it hard to express their personal needs, have anger issues, do not seem to be able to understand what others’ needs and always encounter difficulties to get along with peers. The aim of Social Skills Training is to let them learn how to regulate emotions, make friends, sustain friendships, conflict management, problem solving, and enhance their self-confidence.
Behavioural Modification is individualized to suit each individual’s own set of goals and is conducted one-to-one based on Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) approach. Behavioural Modification aims to help a child learn alternative skills which are more appropriate and decrease the undesirable behaviour in order to improve our child’s life quality and independence.
B-3, Jalan Teknologi 2/1B,
Signature Park, Kota Damansara,
47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.