Hi!My 5 yrs old girl was diagnosed with epilepsy (drop attacks) at age 3 which affects her brain development. Though there was no formal assmt, she was deemed by her childcare centre as having delayed devt. Her childcare centre told us that they want us to downgrade her to nursery next year (she's currently in K1 integrated childcare program - ICCP)
She had been with the school since nursery. According to the school she cannot do most of the academic work. We are considering another school and looking for one now.Hi!
no formal assessment so is it yr 5 yrs old girl can't complete most of the tasks/work assigned by teacher? how is she coping with K1 studies?
Straightaway downgrade 2 levels to nursery is bit weird. Yours 'graduated' from nursery class or didn't attend any... went straight to K1? Maybe change another K1 centre to repeat?
EIPIC is really for kid below 6. Since you knew she needed intervention, why you didn't consider enrolling EIPIC at 3 + nursery classes .... double boast?
I had brought my girl to see a psychologist at KKH since early last year when I suspect my girl got problem. But then again, no mention of such program from psycho. She just recommend my girl to attend speech therapy and occupational therapy offered by KKH at a cost. Not much help as each block only for about 6 sessions (45 min per session) and very difficult to schedule.
Wd have sent her to eipic if i had know abt this from the start. Now too late cos she's gonna be 6 next year and still on waiting list to be enrolled.
Very lost now....had to go on no pay leave to care for her and my newborn who is born with another medical condition. Was a tough decision cos both children's medical cost quite high. Imagine my girl's medicine cost us almost $10 per day. Very strain financially....
I wish u good luck!Have been referred to AWWA which is nearest to where I stay. Wanted to go metta but they dun accept epileptic children.
That's why some pple say cannot fall sick in sg. Here, money is everything. If you want to go on subsidies, you must really earn peanuts to qualify. And you must suffer from chronic illness to use own medisave. Epilepsy is still not considered chronic even though it's going to be a life long battle for my girl. Sigh!
Will be writing to the minister of health and education and my mp soon. Wish me luck!
Just gave birth to a boy this year. But he also have a medical condition which needs constant monitoring for the next five years at least. Hoping that his condition will be stabilized or even get better with time. Luckily, he does not require constant medication.It is good to have 2 kids tho.
Hi, I read ur posts and I felt your pain. I am a preschool teacher and I have a child in my K2 class who has GDD. My centre accepted her when she was 6 years old in 2008. As i was her teacher then, I requested for her to be transferred to Nursery as her milestones are actually at the Nursery level whereby she required more motor development skills and social interactions rather than cognitive n academic skills and was constantly stressed when the class had proper lessons. She moved up to K1 last year and is now in my K2 class again this year and she has since improved alot in her routine skills and social skills. The children in my class were her friends since Nursery and were taking turns to help look after her. Children learn empathy as well.Thank you for the well wishes! Is rainbow centre good? AWWA is nearer for us. Am going for screening this afternoon. Will check out that place and see if environment suitable for my girl.
special schools are not well funded and difficult to get teachers trained in this field. Heard that therapist only goes to most govt special schools once a week. I really doubt how much such 'visits' can do for the children. Wd their progress be monitored closely?
Each day passes by without me worrying abt my girl's future and present situation.
Present - which preschool shd she/can she go to now (her childcare centre is withdrawing her if we refuse to downgrade her to nursery)? what else can I do for her? Will this new drug control her seizure? when will she 'grow up'
Future - shd she go mainstream or special school? Will her brain be even more degenerated with each passing day? (10 seizures a day = 10 times damage to brain) Will she be able to look after herself when I passes on.....