Temasek Cares – ISPPA (Integration Support Programme for Pre-schoolers with Autism)
Integration and Transition Programme for Children with Autism
National Council of Social Service (NCSS), Rainbow Centre Singapore, and Asian Women's Welfare Association (AWWA)
The ISPPA programme aims to provide integration and transition support for pre-schoolers with mild Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). These children are enrolled in pre-school centres and Early Intervention Programme for Infants and Children (EIPIC) centres and are capable of mainstream education. With appropriate intervention and support, they are able to participate fully and meaningfully in learning and social activities within the pre-schools and to make the transition to mainstream primary schools.
This pilot programme is implemented by Rainbow Centre (RC) and Asian Women’s Welfare Association (AWWA), and administered by NCSS. The focus is for in-house specialist teams from RC and AWWA to equip the pre-school teachers and personnel with strategies to support the child's learning and integration in the mainstream pre-schools, and eventual transition to mainstream primary schools.
During the initial phase, the specialist teams prepare the pre-school for the arrival of the child. This includes conducting case intake meetings and training for the pre-school teachers. When the child is attending the pre-school, the teams make visits to observe the child in their natural setting. The teams then support the school and caregivers in the form of intervention strategies to manage behaviour and build communication and social skills. Schools are also taught ways to adapt classroom routines to accommodate the child. When the child is ready to enter primary school, the teams review the case with the pre-school and caregivers to map out goals for the child, and meets with the primary school to facilitate a smooth transition.
180 children with mild autism are expected to benefit over the 2–year duration of the programme. A process and outcome evaluation study will be done to improve on the service model and to fine-tune it for adoption in the wider community.