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:
COPE (Children’s Outreach Programme and Education)
COPE is an integration programme to bridge the gap between the Early Intervention Programme and mainstream preschools. The programme 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.
EIPIC Water Play Based Class (Not in school hours)
Water Play Based Classes, in collaboration with the Physiotherapy department, focus on helping children with Cerebral Palsy to relax their muscles and move their limbs freely in the water. The water buoyancy provides support, relieves weight-bearing pressure on the joints, and enables them to move their limbs much easier as compared to being on land. The warm water also reduces pain and relaxes muscle spasms.
CPAS EIPIC provides Holiday Programmes to allow exploration for creativity of the students, explore some hands on experiences through activities, and provide sensory integration for children with special needs. Activities likes Creative Arts, Camping, Music and Drama, Cooking, playing games etc. The aim of the programme is to maximize the learning potential and development of gross motor skills, fine motor skills, cognitive skills, social emotional skills and communication skills through different activities.
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.