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Executive Director's Message
Early Intervention Programme For Infants and Children
CPAS School
Goodwill, Rehabilitation and Occupational Workshop
Day Activity Centre
Allied Professionals
Goodwill, Rehabilitation and Occupational Workshop
Executive Director's Message
Allied Professionals
Day Activity Centre
CPAS School
Early Intervention Programme For Infants and Children

FAQ

(FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS)
    • My child is turning 6 and will graduate from EIPIC Programme. What are the follow-up services available for my child?

      Children transitioning to mainstream primary school can take advantage of the outpatient therapy services upon discharge from CPAS EIPIC. Therapy sessions last for half an hour each week for each respective therapy, and will be scheduled based on the availability of time slots and therapists. Fees are also based on the means-testing framework.

    • I would like to attend suitable training courses to enhance my capabilities as a caregiver. Am I eligible for subsidies to attend these courses?

      Caregivers can leverage on the Caregivers Training Grant to receive up to $200 per year (financial year from April this year to March next year) in subsidies for pre-approved training courses. The list of pre-approved training courses is available on the SG Enable website.

      Caregiver must complete a training course and receive a Certificate of Attendance to be eligible for the subsidy.

    • Where can I find support and resources that will assist me in the role of the caregiver?

      Periodically, the CPAS Early Intervention Programme for Infants and Children (EIPIC) conducts Parents and Sibling Support Groups to support families in their roles as caregivers. There are also caregiver training sessions conducted by EIPIC or therapy departments on how to work their child at home. The Asian Women’s Welfare Association (AWWA) and Autism Resource Centre (ARC) have resource libraries that allow external membership for those in search of books and other resources relating to caring for a child with special needs.

    • Can my child continue with the therapy services offered by the hospital upon enrolling in the Early Intervention Programme for Infants and Children (EIPIC)?

      Therapy sevices offered by the hospital are catered for the interim period while the child is awaiting admission into a suitable EIPIC centre. Interim therapy services will be ceased when the child has obtained a place in an EIPIC centre.

    • Does the programme include psychological services?

      CPAS Early Intervention Programme for Infants and Children (EIPIC) Psychological Department provides school readiness assessment for students to help parents make an informed choice of their post-EIPIC plan. A diagnostic assessment* can be requested from Child Development Unit at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) or National University Hospital (NUH). This ensures a psychological assessment by the age of 5.5 years to confirm prior diagnosis or assessment for post-EIPIC referral.

      *Currently due to overwhelming demand, CPAS EIPIC is unable to conduct the diagnostic assessments. Parents will be informed if the service is made available again.

    • How may I apply for a Car Park Label that will allow me to park at the designated area in public car park?

      The Car Park Label Scheme for Persons with Physical Disabilities (Class 2) enables family members who ferry passengers with physical disabilities or mobility constraints to park at designated parking slots.

      Further information is available on the SG Enable Website.

    • How do I terminate the use of contract transport for my child?

      The transport company normally requires a minimum one month’s notice for the termination of the contract transport. Both the Centre and the transport company should be informed of any intention to discontinue the use of transport services, or whether a child will be discharged from EIPIC.

    • What are the estimated costs for transport and how should payments be made?

      The transport costs will be based on the distance covered. The fees are for two-way transport, four times a week. The caregiver will pay the fees if accompanying a child to school. Payments are made directly to the transport company.

    • Is CPAS able to help in arranging transport?

      The CPAS Early Intervention Programme for Infants and Children (EIPIC) provides contract transport vendor for children within the East and North-East catchment areas. Enquires can be made with the vendor directly. Arrangements can also be made to have a child picked up and sent to varying locations such as childcare centres.

    • How are the EIPIC fees charged? In what ways can I make payments?

      EIPIC fees are charged based on the means-testing framework of the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) and the National Council of Social Service (NCSS), and according to a household’s per capita income. Parents will be informed of the monthly payable fees in a separate letter upon confirmation of child’s enrolment in EIPIC.

      Payment can be made in cash, cheque, GIRO or Child’s Development Account (CDA). Parents can receive forms from GIRO and CDA, or from senior teachers during Parent Orientation or on the first day of school. They should be filled in and submitted within one week. The bank will take at least 3 months to activate the GIRO. Parents have to pay cash or cheque for the first three months to EIPIC Admin office at level 4 Cerebral Palsy Centre. In cases where requests for deductions using GIRO are unsuccessful, parents will be informed to make their payments through cash or cheque at the EIPIC Admin Office.

    • Do I have to account for my child’s absence from EIPIC? What documents are needed to account for my child’s absence?

      Each child from half a year to age 6 years old is scheduled for 8 hours per week. A child should meet the minimum number of 260 intervention hours per year to be eligible for the government subsidy.

      In the case where a child is absent from EIPIC, the required supporting documents are needed as following to be submitted to the class teacher: Medical Certificate or Hospitalisation Discharge Summary

    • Is there a fixed curriculum?

      No. Each student will have an Individualised Education Plan (IEP) that is tailored to his/her needs.

    • What are the intervention hours like?

      Students attend intervention 4 days a week, 2 hours per day. CPAS EIPIC follows the MOE calendar, as such there will be 4 term breaks each academic year. They are:

      • 1 week term break in both March and September
      • 4 week break in June
      • 6 week break in November and December.
    • If my child is not placed in the Academic Programme upon admission, is there any possibility that he/she can be transferred to this programme later?

      If your child is placed in the Functional Junior Programme upon admission and shows the ability to cope with the mainstream curriculum, we will assess your child. If found suitable, a lateral transfer will be recommended.

    • How do I enrol my child in the CPASS Academic programme which prepares my child for the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE)?

      Once we receive your child’s Special Education (SPED) application, an Initial Screening will be conducted. At this session, our team will determine if your child is suitable for this Academic Programme or other programmes. If found suitable, your child will be placed in this Academic Programme upon admission.

    • Who should I contact if I would like to make a school visit or submit my Special Education (SPED) application for my child?

      You can contact our CPAS Social Workers at 6585 5617 or email your application to cpasschool@cpas.org.sg

    • If my child needs time to transit from the Early Intervention Programme for Infants and Children (EIPIC) to CPASS, can we send our child for only a few days a week or shortened school hours?

      We understand that your child transiting from EIPIC to School needs time and we can explore the option of having a reduced number of days in a week. Before we explore this option, we need to understand your child’s condition and requirements, and see how we can adjust accordingly to his/her needs. Please bring this up for discussion at the Initial Screening session to discuss with the team conducting this screening.

    • Do the teachers assist with feeding for students who are on tube feeding or Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG)?

      Our teachers and teacher aides receive training by our school nurse on proper tube feeding practice. So yes, the school will help in feeding students who are on tube feeding (PEG or Nasogastric Tube (NGT) feeding).

    • Are there financial assistance schemes to help students?

      CPASS provides Financial Assistance such as the Ministry of Education (MOE) FAS. Additional financial assistance is provided for families with greater needs. To find out more, you can contact our CPAS Social Workers.

    • How much is the monthly school fees?

      The school fees for Singapore Citizens (SCs) and Permanent Residents (PRs) is $20 per month.

    • Does CPASS take in international/foreign students?

      Currently CPASS has reached its maximum capacity and will not be able to consider applicants who are foreigners.

    • Does the school bus transport offer hydraulic bus services?

      Yes, our bus transport vendor provides hydraulic buses, but students placed on hydraulic buses must be recommended and approved by the School Management as the extra cost of this service is borne by the school. For example, if the cost difference between a normal and hydraulic bus is $500, the School will pay for this additional cost. So, students must be assessed to require such a service before they will be offered.

    • Is there school transport to fetch my child as we are living very far from CPASS?

      Yes, we have a school bus vendor that provides bus services to our students staying all over Singapore (e.g. Jurong, Bukit Panjang, Sembawang & etc).

    • Is my caregiver allowed to accompany my child to school every day?

      The school would want to encourage independence in our students.

      However, we do allow parents/caregiver to accompany the student to school on a need basis (e.g. if the student has medical issues that need special supervision).

    • Does CPASS take in students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?

      No, CPASS only takes in students with 2 or more disabilities which exclude ASD.

    • Are there any prerequisites for GROW trainees’ work stamina?

      GROW trainees need to be able to focus for 2 hours with small breaks in between.

    • Are meals provided for trainees, and are there halal options?

      Halal lunches are currently sponsored for GROW trainees.

    • What are the working hours for GROW trainees?

      The working hours for GROW trainees are from 9:30am to 3pm.

    • Are therapy services provided in GROW?

      Physiotherapy is provided on a referral basis to help with mobility issues.

    • Is transport provided for GROW trainees?

      Transport is provided by an external vendor, Faith Chartered. It is subject to availability and island-wide, with hydraulic van and normal van options.

    • What is the admission criteria for GROW?

      We welcome anyone aged between 18 to 55 years old with cerebral palsy and multiple disabilities. In addition, trainees need to be independent in toileting & feeding, and are able to stay focused on the given task for at least 20 minutes independently, with no major behavioural issues.

    • Can CPAS DAC clients transit to the Goodwill, Rehabilitation and Occupational Workshop (GROW)?

      After assessment from Occupational Therapy (OT) and Physiotherapy (PT), CPAS DAC will identify potential clients to be trained for the pre-vocational tasks in class, and prepare them to transit to GROW*.

      *It will depend on the initial screening done by the team of therapists and staff in GROW.

    • What is the DAC curriculum?

      Our curriculum:

      1. Adopt Trans-Disciplinary Approach – Team of therapists, Training officers, Training officers Aides, Management staff and parents to serve all our clients.
      2. Use of thematic approach for Language/Cognitive lesson.
      3. Lessons of thematic Language/Cognitive, Gross Motor, Art & Craft, Music & Movement, Daily Adaptive Skills (e.g. grooming, cooking and house management), Sensory Stimulation, Project Engage (CCA, e.g. Boccia) are scheduled in class time table.

      *We provide Livestreamed Lessons of thematic Language/Cognitive, Gross/Fine Motor and weekly Morning Assembly during the COVID-19 period.

    • Does DAC provide therapy services?

      Yes, we have our Occupational Therapy (OT) and Physiotherapy (PT) teams, and engage one locum Speech and Language Therapist. We work as a team to serve all clients in DAC.

    • Does DAC has any vacancy currently?

      For the time being, we do not have any vacancies as we have reached our maximum capacity of 70 clients.

    • How often are the therapy sessions conducted?

      The frequency of the sessions depends on the intensity of the case and it is on a consultation basis. It also depends on the referral concerns and information gathered from the Trans-Disciplinary team and the parents/guardian of the client.

    • Are the therapy sessions conducted in a group setting or one-on-one basis?

      Therapy sessions can be conducted in both a group setting or on a one-on-one basis. It is customised for each individual client’s needs.

    • What are the types of therapy or intervention available?

      Intervention comprises of an eclectic mix of psycho-digital therapeutics such as using a humanoid robot and evidence-based therapies to consult children and their families on their emotional health, emotional regulation and learning issues.

    • What are some of the psychological services being offered at the Psychology Department?

      The Psychology Department offers standardised assessments such as cognitive, adaptive, learning and behavioural assessments. It also offers intervention for students and clients who have emotional regulation issues, social skills challenges as well as emotional-related issues (e.g. depression, anxiety).

    • Does Occupational Therapy (OT) help to address seating and posture issues of clients with special needs?

      Yes, the OT department organises the Seating and Posture Clinic once in every month. Repair and modification services for wheelchairs and Special Seats are provided by a local vendor in CPAS on every Tuesday.

    • How does Allied Professionals help to acquire the specialised equipment for home use for CPAS clients?

      The Occupational Therapists will assess the client’s needs for specialised equipment based on their functional abilities, limitations, and environmental factors. Equipment will be loaned out for a trial with quotations provided, and caregivers will be assisted for the purchase of the recommended equipment for home use.

    • Do Allied Professionals provide training for caregivers?

      Yes, Allied Professionals provide both face-to- face and online training for caregivers.

    • How frequently do clients receive services from CPAS Allied Professionals?

      CPAS has adopted the Trans-Disciplinary Service Delivery Model. Here, clients will receive individual, group and classroom-based interventions once a week. Usually, individual therapy sessions last for 30 minutes, while group and classroom-based therapy sessions last for an hour.

    • What are the services provided by Occupational Therapy?

      Occupation Therapists provide clients with special needs and multiple disabilities with individual, group, and classroom and home-based therapy services. They also offer consultations through various specialised clinics such as the Seating and Posture clinic, Sensory Processing and Integration, and Hand Clinic. They use purposeful activities and a variety of treatment methods to address various issues in the areas of fine-motor, Activities of Daily Living, Pre-Vocational and vocational skills, and Play & Recreation, to achieve the desired level of functioning in living, learning and working.

    • Does Assistive Technology Hub (AT Hub) accept external referral?

      AT Hub does not accept external referral for now.

    • How are CPAS clients referred to the Assistive Technology Hub (AT Hub)?

      Any member of our Trans-Disciplinary Team can raise a referral to the AT Hub.

    • Which programmes at CPAS are the Assistive Technology Hub (AT Hub) currently serving?

      Since 2019, we have been serving the CPAS School and Day Activity Centre (DAC). In 2022, we are planning to expand our services to the Early Intervention Programme for Infants and Children (EIPIC). This also include skills building for staff in using AT devices or resource creation to support their students/clients.

    • Do you provide school holiday programmes for speech therapy?

      We do not have school holiday programmes. However, if you are keen, you may email us at slp@cpas.org.sg to let us know what school holiday programmes you are looking for.

    • What is the frequency of speech therapy sessions in the Early Intervention Programme for Infants and Children (EIPIC)/School/Day Activity Centre (DAC) programmes?

      We adopt a service delivery model where we provide universal, targeted and specialist services. Some classes will be on consultation basis. We usually provide weekly class sessions. For students who need more intensive intervention, we provide one-to-one 5-weeks specialised therapy.

    • Do you provide home-based speech therapy sessions?

      Yes, we have commenced speech and language therapy services for clients under the CPAS Home Management Programme (HMP).

    • What are your therapy fees/rates for the outpatient programme?

      Feeding and Swallowing Clinic:

      • Assessment: S$90
      • Individual Intervention session: S$60
      • Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) (VitalStim): S$400 for 8 sessions
    • How do we refer clients to the speech therapy outpatient programme?

      You may refer clients to the speech therapy outpatient programme here: https://cpas.org.sg/feeding-and-swallowing-clinic/

      Referral Form: https://cpas.org.sg/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Feeding-clinic-referral-form.pdf

    • Do physiotherapists provide teletherapy services?

      Our physiotherapists provide Telehealth for home programmes and supplemental therapy during Home Based Learning (HBL).

    • When are Hydrotherapy sessions conducted?
      • School students have hydrotherapy sessions once a month, either in a one to one or group setting.
      • Adult clients have hydrotherapy sessions during holidays.
      • Hydrotherapy sessions are suspended for students in Early Intervention Programme for Infants and Children (EIPIC).
    • Does Physiotherapy use Vibration Therapy?

      Physiotherapy does not use Vibration Therapy.

    • How do we refer clients to the Outpatient and Home Management Team (OPHMP)?

      For referral to the OPHMP, please complete a referral form which can be obtained from CPAS website (cpas.org.sg/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/CPAS-Referral-Form-HMP-OP-1.pdf). Upon referral, an initial screening will be scheduled.

    • Is there any other financial assistance provided?

      Yes, depending on the eligibility and if the family is means-tested. More information will be provided during the initial screening.

    • Are there any subsidy for assistive technology devices and will Social Workers be able to assist?

      Yes, if the client is a Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident, and is certified to have a permanent disability and recommended by therapists. The client’s family will have to undergo Household National Means-Testing.

    • Are there any subsidy for transport and will Social Workers be able to assist?

      Yes, if the client is a Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident with disabilities and needs dedicated transport. The client’s family will have to to undergo means-testing for the VWO Transport Subsidy (VWOTS) scheme. CPAS has outsourced this to a private transport vendor that is able to serve island-wide.

    • Are there fee subsidies for CPAS School, EIPIC and DAC programmes?

      The school fees is $20/month. For other programmes fees (for EIPIC, DAC) , subsidies are available if the client’s family is Means-Tested. More information on programme fees subsidy will be provided during the initial screening.

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