Welcome Message

We are very excited to announce the opening of Olive Tree EduCentre (OTEC) at 1 Goldhill Plaza. 03-27,  extending educational therapy and Early Interventioin Program (EIPIC) and remediation to children with learning difficulties. We have extened learning support to Preschools and MOE Schools .This marks another important milestone in the history of the Olive Tree Healthcare Group established 18 yrs ago. 

olive tree_gymTogether with 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 2015 is to extend our Early Intervention Program (EIP) to provide small group Structured Teaching for preschoolers and extend Educational Therapy for those with learning difficulties.. 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

Latest Updates and New Programs

Lunar New Year 2017 Promotions  As part of our community contribution, we will offer 

* FREE Screening & Consulting by our therapists

* FREE Trial EIP Group Class for children 2-7yrs

* 20% Discount for ST, OT, ET services for a package of 12 weekday individual classes.

Call and Sign up by 18 Feb 2017 

Parents Info Network Monthly Talks . All Talks are Free for Parents to Network and Share their journey. For details, please  Like us on Facebook  www.Facebook.com/olivetreedevelopmentcenter

DIR FloorTime Lecture 

Tue 7 Feb 7-9pm Dr Esther Hee, Clinical Psychologist . Limited 10 places left

How to help Children with Learning DIfficulties ?

Sat 4 March 10-12pm Joyce Chen, M.Sc Speech Language Pathology, FCollt, MA Linguistics, PGSEN. Jamie Uy M. Psychologgy (Hon)

Behaviour Management & Sensory Issues - Strategies for children with Autism and ADHD

Tue 14 March 7-9pm or Sat 18 March 12-2pm Joy Chavez, B.Sc Occupational Therapy, Cecille Bautista B.Sc Occupational Therapy

Language Faciltation Techniques for children with Speech Delay (including Hanen Approach)

Tue 28 March Sat 1 April 12-2pm Dr Noel Chia , Special Education Consultant

REGISTRATION for our 2017 Group Early Intervention Program Open  - new classes starting 14 Feb 2017



Handriting Remediation Program Dec 2017 . Handwriting without Tears (HWT)is an effectivet program for yound children to improve their Fine motor and Handwriting skillls, Conducted byqualified therapists , the lessons are multi-sensory and fun and parents feedback are excellent that the strategies really help thier children.

MusicGym June & Dec 2017  . Musicgym is conduicted by a team of Music Therapist, Occupational & Intervebtion Therapist. With Goals to work on sensory, behabiour, social skills. Musicgym was developed by Olive Tree in 2011 and one of our best running holiday programs. 

Bake & Learn - Group Speech, Language Program Nov 2017   Conducted by speech therapist,  the program develop a child's language capabilities in the context of cooking and baking, to develop play skills, language & social interaction. Learn to bake cookies, waffles, make sushi etc . 

Language through Sensory Art Nov 2017  This speech-language therapy program aims to stimulate and enhance the child's cognitive, speech & language, communication, social and fine motor skills through various seneory art experience. The child will explore various medium of art including paint, clay, sand and paper, to develop skills such as attention, conceptual, answering WH-questions and describing their experience and build self confidence. Appropriate for age 2-7 yrs. 

Dyslexia Learning Clinics June & Dec 2017 (in line with MOE guidelines) , we are organising a  2-3 weeks intensive Dyslexisa Learning Clinic during June  School Holidays. Research has shown that intensity and focus increases efficacy in overcoming Learining Difficulties. Applying a proven Dyslexia Remedian Program (DRP) Curriculum , we equip children with decoding and spelling stategies, we apply comcept imagery, verbalization and visualisation techniques to improve working memory and reading comprehension.  Part of the initial assessment is Visual Perceptual Skills. The clinics are cconducted by our Educational & Occiupational Therapist and may involve Speech Therapist for children who require Language Assessment on the Preschool Language Scale (PLS) or Clinical Evaluation of Language Functionality (CELF) tests.

Social Skills and Social Thinking Clinics  Nov 2017  Built on reseach such as Michelle Garcia Winner ( peech Language Pathologist) work on Social Thinking for High Function children with learning difficulties, we group children into appoproate. 2 Age groups 3-5yr and 5-8yrs.


FREE AUTISM 100-day Kit - For families who have a child newly diagnosed with Autism we have a 100 Day Kit on critical information including intervention approaches. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a free softcopy (66 pages)

Olive Tree Baby & Kids Clinic Website www.olivetreedoc.com 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 1.5hrs to 2. Although for young children 1 hour may be appropriate initially.Videoclip overview of ABA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyCx-OLzgJw 

* NEW Social Thinking and Skills weekly Tue 5-6pm, Tur 5-6pm, Sat 11-12pm or  Sat 4-5.30pm, for children 4-7 yrs and 8-12yrs Led by Occupational Therapist , Psychologist and Speech Therapist.

Educational Therapy, School Readiness 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. 




Events and News

Olive Tree EduCentre Early Intervention Program - Strategies Series Talks 

As part of our Community Outreach Initiative, we conducted a series of FREE Parents talk on Early Intervention to train and provide practical home stragegies for parents to support children. The talks were conducted by senior Educational, Occupational, Speech Therapist. We had great a great turnout and hope to hold this event again in Sept/Oct 2015 again.

* Strategies for children with ADHD 

* Using Phonics to Overcome Reading Difficulties 

* HANEN Speech-Language Workshops - An Adapted Hanen Approach from "It Takes Two to Talk" and "More Than Words" 

* Strategies in Early Intervention for School Readiness - TEACCH, ABA, Dir/FloorTime Approaches 

* Stragegies for children with Sensory & Visual Motor Integration Challenges - Sensory Profile

 * Strategies to improve Comprehension and Composition 

The Sunday Project 

16 May 2014 was a pilot launch of our Sunday Project where were provided  Free OT, ST 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. We assessed the children and provided a treatment plan for 1-1 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.

Since Feb 2015, we are supporting Beyond Social Services to provide FREE Education Therapy to disadvantaged children with learning difficulties.  We also assisted Beyond Social Services Whampoa Centre to start a Family Music & Movement to help distressed families from low income families. Music in their Culture, helps connects children @ risk and parents, helps them relate and communicate and overcome relationship issues. Serena Lo, our Music Intervention Trainer, kicked start several sessions and we are thankful for a team of 5 musicians from all walks of life helping to run a weekly Music & Jam Session to love these children and families.The kids and youths had great fun making improvised instruments such as percussion, drums from milo tins, pails and we have Bands taht rock !  We welcome you to help us on Sat 5-7pm.

ADHD Workshops "Understanding and Supporting Your AD/HD Child/Teen at Home and at School" In Aug & Sept,  KathyNichols, Founder of F.O.C.U.S. Hong Kong  (Focus On Children's Understanding in School) shared about AD/HD, provided 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 shared about  her experiences as a classroom teacher as well as a parent of four children, university graduates who carry/carried the AD/HD diagnosis. Parents have found the discussions interactive and of practical help.

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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 Occupational Therapy Consultant MA OTR/L FAOTA had overwhelming response at her recent Sensory Integration workshop 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.  

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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.



Discovery Program

sample2Discovery 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.  

Community Support

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.

sampleIn 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.

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