Early intervention and education for children with Special Needs
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Early intervention and education for children with Special Needs. Li Li. Geraldine. Mui Fong. Retno. Susan. Consultations with various stakeholders. In order to gather information and understand more about the current landscape in EIPIC and SPED, the focus group was formed.

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Li li

Early intervention and education for children with Special Needs

Li Li

Geraldine

Mui Fong

Retno

Susan


Consultations with various stakeholders

Consultations with various stakeholders

In order to gather information and understand more about the current landscape in EIPIC and SPED, the focus group was formed.

5 Key findings were derived from discussion of the focus group.


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Key finding 1Call for changes in leadership configuration in the early intervention and education sector

Current situation – Social service sector (NCSS) and VWO.

The relevant ministry that should govern this sector – MOE

Shortfall

– lack of expertise and skilled manpower.

– problem of staff retention

Concern for the quality of VWO management

– dependent on individual VWO leadership, culture and

preferences.


Key finding 2 need for clarity of options and education pathways

Key finding 2Need for clarity of options and education pathways

DIRC – gap between clients’ expectation and DIRC’s delivery

CDU – no specific intervention services

Education pathway


Key finding 3 inconsistent quality of programmes and staff

Key Finding 3Inconsistent quality of programmes and staff

Lack of widely shared frameworks

Inconsistent quality of teachers,

principals and professionals

Limited options for children with learning disabilities


Key finding 4 call for more structured integration with mainstream peers

Key finding 4Call for more structured integration with mainstream peers

No shared framework on planned and purposeful integration

Important to transit students with special needs into employment or further studies

Without better planned strategies, special needs students will be ill-prepared to live and work independently


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Key finding 5Appreciation for government’s greater focus on special needs.

Potential for improvement is high


Recommendations

Recommendations

Review the exclusion of children with special needs in the compulsory education act.

Building quality.

Six strategic thrusts.


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