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Keep long-term interests of special needs kids in mind
11 August 2016 I agree with the Ministry of Education that we should not rush into making special needs education compulsory at this stage ("Why no compulsory education yet"; July 31). By all means, offer free quality education to all children with special needs. However, don't take away the option to choose something more suitable, and don't force children (especially those...
Integration idea may not work with all special needs children
There has been a recent surge in the number of people advocating mainstream schooling for children with developmental delays and disabilities. Programmes promoting inclusion of children with special needs do have some benefits. Typically developing children get to learn, study and play with special needs children in a classroom setting. As a result, they often become...
Not all special needs children can join the mainstream straight away
Lately, I have noticed Voices letters, in particular “Inclusive classrooms may help kids to learn from one another” (June 18), advocating mainstream schooling for children with developmental delays and disabilities. There are some wonderful aspects of programmes that promote inclusion of children with special needs. By interacting with these children, typically developing children can often learn...
Manage all-round development of autistic children
In his commentary, Professor Chong Siow Ann aptly points out the challenges faced by parents of autistic children ("The heartbreak of caring for an autistic child"; June 18). Attention is also drawn to the long-term support desperately needed by families in the management of these children. As a special needs teacher, I can understand the frustration, pain...