October 2012 marks a great milestone in the history of the Olive Tree Healthcare Group established 15 yrs ago.
With the establishment of Olive Tree Development Center (OTDC). We have a multi-disciplinary team of specialists to support families of special needs children including the support of Pediatricians from Olive Tree Baby & Kids Clinic.
What spurred us to build this team? In 2011 we conducted many interviews and realized resource and facilities were constrained to meet pressing demands for early intervention. This was a call to action to make a small difference. A key focus in 2014 is to develop community programs for needy families. All our programs are accredited by MSF (Ministry of Social & Family Development) and eligble for CDA/Baby Bonus.
We welcome you to visit anytime for a chat. We envision this center to be a rallying point for families who need assistance.
Chiu Loo Kwong
* Extended Sunday & Nite Clinics : SUNDAY 2-5pm sessions for OT , ST and MT now Open , Wed & Fri 6.30-8.30 ST night clinics now OPEN
Team Updates - We extend a warm welcome to Eileen Chew, BC-BA Board Certified (US) ABA Therapist with MA Counselling. and Melissa Lim, Registered Music Therapist, Australian Music Therapy Association , MA Creative Music Therapy (Uni of Western Sydney)
Eileen Chew lived and worked in the US for over 10 years and is our ABA Clinical Practice Consultant
HAVE YOU HEARD OF "THE SUNDAY PROJECT"? We launched a pilot project to support Beyond Social Services and Henderson Community Club "We Love Learning Center" children with learning difficulties in May 2014. These are very poor families from 1-room HDB Rental Flats who cannot afford learning support . We provided screening and pro bono therapy services. We plan to launch our Family Music Therapy and Education services, to help with family bonding of families in distress. Call for volunteer therapist, special education teachers and musicans and befrienders to come join us to support a good cause !
ADHD Workshops "Understanding and Supporting Your AD/HD Child/Teen at Home and at School" Sat 30 Aug, 6 Sept and 11 Sept 9-11am @ OTDC
Kathy Nichols, Founder of F.O.C.U.S. (Focus On Children's Understanding in School) share about AD/HD, providing an over-view of AD/HD and the conditions that often co-exist with AD/HD such as SLD (Specific Learning Disabilities - dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia), Anxiety, Depression, Addictions and the underlying issues of Executive Functioning. She will share her experiences as a classroom teacher as well as a parent of four children, university graduates who carry/carried the AD/HD diagnosis. This will be an interactive discussion and presentation which will offer strategies for parents and teachers that will support the AD/HD child/teenager, diminish many of the challenging and frustrating dimensions of AD/HD and contribute to a positive home and school environment.
NEW *** Olive Tree Baby & Kids Clinic Website www.olivetreedoc.com with Daily Feeds from Dr Tan Siew Pin & Sean Chiu. Tel 67386488
* ABA / Verbal Behavior AVAILABLE NOW Hybrid OT and behavioral therapy approach for children with Behavioural and Sensory Issues. Recommended under MOH Clinical Practice Guidelines for children with Autism. ABA/VB sessions are typically 2 or 3 hours, although for young children 1 hour may be appropriate initially.Videoclip overview of ABA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyCx-OLzgJw
Music Therapy Group Classes weekly on Mon, Sat & Sun. New group starting, incorporating social interaction / skills goals in a musical ensemble setting run by Music Therapists.
* NEW Social Thinking and Skills weekly Sat 4-5 & 5-6pm, Sun 2-3pm and Wed 5-6pm for children 4-7 yrs Lead by Occupational Therapists.
DISCOVERY LEARNER's EIP Program - In 2014 we are starting new classes early intervention program (EIP) groups incorporating flexibility to attend 2,3 4 or 5 days a week for either am (9-12) or pm (3-6) sessions. The program is led by an OT and ST and supported by special edication teachers and music therapists to cover all the key domains in learning including Gross Motor, Fine Motor, Literacy, Interactive Language/Phonics, and Music & Drama and Social Skills etc to meet each child's Individual Education Plan (IEP). Small group size of 3-4 children.
Music, Speech, Phonics & Drama Weekly Sat 2-3 & 4-5 pm group sessions - incorporating the principles of Music Intervention, Speech, Phonics & Drama, the objectives are to develop language though music and drama activities. build self confidence in an environment of creativity. Conducted by Serena Lo.
Educational Therapy, School Readiness & Social Skills programs caters for older preschool and primary school children struggling with acaedmics. Unlike tution, this program targets and builds fundamental skills at your child's level necessary for academic success. Consisting Phonologocal remediation, Working Memory remediation, Mathematics remediation, Literacy remediation and/or Exam Readiness remediation, it is specially tailored to meet unique needs of the child. An assessment will be done to determine the needs and teaching approach suitable and the type of remediation. Sessions are conducted by an MOE Allied Educator with over 5 years experience with special edication and learning support.
16 May 2014 was a pilot launch of our Sunday Project where were provided Free OT and Educational Therapy to Tanglin/Cainhill WELL Learning Center in Henderson Blk 93 to children of poor families with learning difficulties. Blk 93 and vicinity are 1 room HDB rental flats with low income families and children undergoing free tution provided by Merdaki. Our OT and ET assessed the children and provided a treatment plan for 1-1 FREE therapy at OTDC as well as potential support for the teachers and parents. Hidden communities like Blk 93 struggle to make ends meet and parents have little or no resources to support their kids who tend to fail their exams and if not supported are likely to drop of of school.
KOREA organised a Special Music & Arts Festival (6-10 Aug) in PyeongChang as followup to the Special Olympics World Winter Games held there earlier this year. Due to our focus on MT, DMT and AT, OTDC nomination of 2 special children was accepted . Serena Lo, our resident Music Intervention Trainer was also sponsored to attend the 5 day event which is like the Aspen Music Festival focused on Special Needs. check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVF4vuS-Mwg Serena shared that the conference was world-class with over 150 SN participants taught by some of the best Musicians in the world who flew into Korea . Xin En, 12 yrs old, represemting Singapore, was selected to play the piano at the closing ceremony. The event was graced by the Korean Prime Minister and his cabinet ministers. Should Singapore host an event like this in years ahead ?
Patricia Oetter MA OTR/L FAOTA will be back in 2014. We had overwhelming response at her recent Sensory Integration workshop (1 May 2013) on Sensory Integration - a Framework for Regulation of Behaviour, Learning, Memory, Communication and Social Interaction. Patricia is a well known OT consultant & expert in Sensory Integration and authored the MORE program that helps SLT and OT in Oral Motor, Speech Development and Sensory Integration issues. Workshop highlights include a indepth understanding of SI to create meaningful adative or motor responses. We had over 60 participants including 20+ parents and 40+ Speech and Occupational Therapist. She spoke to the heart of parents and therapist from her 40+ year of experience in sensory integration. Patricia will be back in Singapore in Nov 2013 to hold another workshop and clinics for parents.
Workshop on Executive Functions @ AWWA by Edu Psychologist Adeline Chin had over 50 participants mostly MOE Allied Educators from schools who support children with learning difficulties in organising the school work, children with AHDH who struggle with "just starting" to layout their homework, amd have week organisating and decision skills. Breaking down a task to simple sub tasks, writing a daily study/play plan, etc helps.
MINDS school "pilot" project to introduce Music as part of the school curriculum for the very high needs children was a great success iun 2013. Our MT worked with the teachers to achieve the goals which include focusing on Joint Attention, Increasing self esteem, developmental play (in an instrumemtal ensemble, etc. From March-May 2014, we conducted another Music Therapy weekly program with MINDS Lee Kong Chian Garden school for about 30 speical need students. Teachers benefit from practical classrom stragegies that they can apply.
Workshop on Music and Dance Movement Therapy @ AWWA on Fri 1 Feb was atttended by 65 teachers, therapists and parents. Kristin Bjorg shared on understanding How Dance Movement Therapy works & How to apply creative movment in school & home settlings. Serena Lo shared on practical applications of Rhythm, Movement, Song Improvisation and Percussion that you can do wirth your children.
OTDC partners Knowledge Universe to train 50 principals & teachers from Pat's SchoolHouse, Learning Vision, Odyssey, Brighton Montesori. June 8 & 9 - OTDC conducted special education seminars to help teachers understand children with disabilities such as ASD, ADD, ADHD, Down Syndrome and how to screen, build inclusive classroom environments and help in early intervention. We honor the significant role teachers play in our children's lives.
Aug-Nov 2013 OTDC conducted a series of Social Skills Workshops for ITE students, some of whom are from special schools like Pathlight vocational programs to help them build friendships, address BGR issues as well as their social emotional confidence. The workshop incorporated Dance and Movement Therapy and was very effective in building mutual trusts with the students.
Discovery Program comprises of Discovery Learners program and Discovery Music program. These programs help children with learning, behavioural challenges through multisensory activities. The programs incorporates music, speech and drama, story telling, phonics, social activities in a structured, small group or individual setting. It focuses on the ability of the child to enage, self-regulate and communicate within a social setting.
Adaptive Music offers children with special needs the opportunity to experience the joys of music making while learning to play the piano and percussion instruments. Musc Intervention applys the research and principles of evidence-based music reseach to address developmental skills such as attention holding, cognitive, social, speech and motor skills.
It is apparent that the journey of a special needs child is challenging, with parents often feeling a greater pain than the child at times. It is to this end that we find it critical for parents to have a 360 degree view of the progressive assessments and interventions by clinicians, teachers, caregivers. OTDC Team will meet weekly to discuss your child's development and work in partnership with you closely in the intervention approach.
In addition, OTDC cannot do this alone but we are priviledged to be connected to community networks of volunteers, parents and professionals who have walked the journey to share their experience and stories, encourgage and even provide practical support. A good example is FIN (Family Inclusion Network), setup since September 2011, with over 60 volunteers & families with special needs children in their monthly meetings. Contact us and we can link you up.