Early Intervention Programme For Infants and Children (EIPIC)
The Early Intervention Programme for Infants and Children (EIPIC) was established on 1 April 2005. It provides early therapy intervention for children aged from a few months to 6 years old who suffer from one or more disabilities.
EIPIC equips them with skills which will prepare them for admission into either a Special Education School or mainstream school.
The aim of EIPIC is to maximise the developmental growth of each child by providing holistic and individual developmental programmes.
Roles and Responsibilities of EIPIC
- To provide holistic and individual developmental programmes
- To prevent and minimise the risk of secondary disabilities through support and training for the child and family
- To provide rehabilitative, therapeutic and supportive services
- To provide integration support to mainstream preschool
EIPIC Admission Process:
Every child enrolled in EIPIC is required to attend a mandatory of 260 hours (18 months and above) of lessons on a yearly basis as stipulated by the National Council of Social Services (NCSS) and Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) to qualify for subsidies.
The EIPIC initiatives and programmes include:
An integration programme to bridge the gap between the Early Intervention Programme and mainstream preschools, it offers students with different childhood disabilities the opportunity to participate in regular education preschool experiences alongside typically developing children.
Interventionist visits the student’s preschool to facilitate the child’s participation in the classroom. Support may include provisions of various prompts, or the implementation of specific skills acquisition programmes and motivation systems aimed at promoting a student’s independence and responsiveness to new teachers or peers. Regular meetings with preschool teachers and parents are held to ensure that all parties are working on similar goals and expectations.
Music and Movement Class (Within school hours)
A special education trained Music instructor is employed to conduct Music and Movement Classes for all EIPIC students. Students will be exposed to various forms of music, instruments, movement and rhythm to facilitate the learning potential through Music.
Community Integration Programme
This programme plays an important role in enhancing emotional well-being of children with special needs by developing healthy interpersonal social skills in unstructured situations.