Intervention From Young – Qistina | SPD - Singapore

Intervention From Young – Qistina

25/10/2013

Photo of Cheong Nur Faidisha Qistina

 

Cheong Nur Faidisha Qistina was a timid 3-year-old when she first enrolled at the Building Bridges EIPIC Centre in Jurong in August 2012. Suspected as having cerebral palsy, Qistina needed assistance when balancing and even while sitting on a chair.

Photo of Cheong Nur Faidisha Qistina in a therapy session

When she first started having therapy sessions at the Centre, Qistina would cry and had difficulties socialising with both her teachers and peers.

Photo of Qistina sitting beside her peer

Five months into the programme, with five hours of intervention every week, Qistina is now more spontaneous when socialising in a group. She is also more confident sitting and balancing on her own!

Photo of Qistina sitting on her own

Qistina is also showing marked improvement in her social-communication skills, and has started using two- to three-word phrases to express herself. A typical day at Building Bridges EIPIC Centre for Qistina includes the daily sing-a-long…

Photo of Qistina during the daily sing-a-long session

play time at the gym…

Photo of Qistina at the gym

frolic in the ball pool…

Photo of Qistina playing in ball pool

and engaging in fun activities as speech therapy

Photo of Qistina during speech therapy

 

EIPIC in a nutshell

The Early Intervention Programme for Infants and Children (EIPIC) is a centre-based programme catering to children with developmental needs. It provides educational and therapy services for children aged 6 and below diagnosed with special needs that will affect their development. A trans-disciplinary team of allied professionals (occupational therapist, speech and language therapist, social worker, psychologist, etc) provides therapy, consultation and family support according to the needs of each child and his/her family. The team also supports small group teaching conducted by early childhood and early intervention trained teachers in class.

EIPIC aims to facilitate development and improvement in –

  • Gross motor and fine motor skills
  • Cognitive skills
  • Speech, language and communication skills
  • Social skills
  • Self-help skills


SPD was appointed by the then Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) and the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) to set up two EIPIC centres. The Building Bridges EIPIC Centres are located in Tiong Bahru and Jurong East.

To find out more about the EIPIC programme, please contact us at information@spd.org.sg

Photo of Building Bridges EIPIC Centre in Jurong