Temasek Cares – Therapy Outreach Programme for Pre-Schoolers
Providing early intervention support for children with mild to moderate development delay to integrate them into mainstream schools
Partner: Society for the Physically Disabled
The Temasek Cares – Therapy Outreach Programme for Pre-Schoolers (Temasek Cares - TOPPS) is a programme that provides early intervention support for pre-school children with mild to moderate development delay.
The aim of the programme is to help pre-schoolers to manage their learning and development disorder so that they are able to progress to mainstream schools. Run by the Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD), the programme aims to reach out to 100 children over the next two years.
The TOPPS programme helps children aged 3 to 6 with mild to moderate learning disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorder or Global Development Delay. Intervention will be provided by therapists, psychologists and specialist teachers within their classroom setting. This model of direct intervention provides critical support to the child where and when it is most needed, that is, when the child is attending pre-school or childcare centre.
Focus is given to improving the child’s functioning ability and academic-related skills in a natural setting, thereby enabling him or her to participate effectively in all preschool activities. Caregivers and parents will also be trained by means of consultation and workshops. This would enable the child to continue to receive support outside of the classroom.