Our Psychologists specialise in providing services which address pediatric needs. We provide a broad array of diagnostic treatments and consultation services for a range of behavioural, developmental and learning needs.
As mental health professionals, psychologists play an integral role in supporting the functional development of individuals with learning and developmental difficulties. They assess the psychosocial, emotional and cognitive abilities of individuals with special needs in order to facilitate their learning. Psychologists consult with medical professionals and collaborate with allied health professionals, interventionists, support staff, parents and families, in supporting the holistic development of individuals with special needs.
Our Psychological Testing services include:
- Autism Assessment
- Educational Assessment (including cognitive testing, school readiness assessment)
- Neurodevelopmental/Behavioural Assessment (evaluation of a child’s neuro-developmental weaknesses and strengths to optimise a child’s ability to learn)
- Psychological Trauma
- Dynamic Testing (seeks to identify the skills that an individual child possesses as well as their learning potential)
- Play Based Assessment (to evaluate early learning skills to contribute towards the child’s learning needs)
Our Intervention services include:
- Behavioural therapy for children with internalising difficulties/externalising difficulties
- Group-based therapeutic interventions:
- Secret Agent Society (SAS): For children with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder
- Skilled Thinking and Reasoning (STAR): For children with neuro-behavioural issues
- Cool Kids: For children with anxiety issues
- Small Group Dinosaur: To develop children's problem-solving skills, appropriate classroom behaviours, and positive social skills
- Being a 'SuperSib': To build emotional resiliency and social skills for siblings of CPAS students
- Theraplay: A play-based family intervention to enhance attachment, engagement, play and self-regulation skills between parents and child
- Emotionally-related issues such as depression, stress, anxiety and adjustment difficulties
- Therapy for psychological trauma
Brave Young Hearts: A collection of stories by five youths from CPAS School
DEALING WITH OTHERS’ LOOKS AND THE FEAR OF BEING DIFFERENT
We struggled when dealing with the looks and stares of other people, when we were
growing up. When one of us was young, “I used to not like going out and rather hide at
home. I did not like other children looking at me at the playground. I just liked to hide inside
my room for no reason”. “Fear” would come and disturb us, the fear of being different.
Going out was not as enjoyable and making friends was difficult.
‘Brave Young Hearts’ is a collective document that was developed through a series of sessions using Narrative Therapy. Through these sessions, the students shared their social-emotional struggles with a psychologist in CPAS who then guide them with coping skills to build their resilience. The book highlights the often forgotten side of youth with cerebral palsy and multiple disabilities in CPAS – their mental well-being. Through the collection of these stories, these youths shared their thoughts and feelings that often do not make it into daily conversations. They provided insights into how they express gratitude, which might be different for a young adult with added needs.
Ms Chng Jia Hui, associate psychologist and editor of the book, said, “This book is a safe platform for students to share their feelings and thoughts. Through this process, I hope that we begin to see these youths as a person first, then their different abilities. They may express or learn differently, but they are very much aware of the support they receive from people around their lives. I hope that this book also acts as a tool for these youth to advocate for their own needs, and empower others with their stories of resilience and gratitude. By allowing them to share, it allows us to understand how these youths can meaningfully contribute and help us to learn that inclusion is also accepting their form of expression.”
BEING THERE FOR ME NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS
We love our family for being there for us no matter what happens. One of us told our
psychologist that our mother is like a real superhero. One of our mothers had told us that
“she will take care of me no matter what happens to me”. I want to say “thank you” to her,
but I may not know how to do so.
Young People and Mental Health in A Changing World
This year’s World Mental Health Day focuses on investing in programmes to raise awareness among adolescents and young adults of ways to look after their mental health. According to the World Health Organization, half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14, but most cases go undetected or untreated. As such, investing in programmes for young adults need to be extended to their parents, teachers and peers so that they can know how to support their children, students and friends.
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Download the press release here.