Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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Autism Association (Singapore) (AAS)

AA(S) is a non-profit organization, was formed on 29 August 1992, by a group of parents concerned about inadequate provision for their children who have been diagnosed with autism. AA(S) is dedicated to serve children and adults with autism to help them lead meaningful lives in society.

The mission of AAS is to initiate, organise and support provision of a broad spectrum of services for people with autism in Singapore. Such services encompass education, vocational and life skills training and residential care.

AA(S) was registered as a charity since 28 January 1995.

As of March 2016, we have a total of 265 permanent and contract staff. The breakdown as follows:

HQ and Eden Centres: 65
Eden School: 200

AA(S) offers the following programmes:

  1. Early Intervention Programme at Clementi and Simei
  2. Pre-vocational School at Bukit Batok
  3. Day Activity Centre at Hougang and Clementi
  4. Social and Leisure Programmes for adults

 

Assessment & Diagnosis

AA(S) provides therapy services but not psychological assessments and diagnosis.

Your child may be assessed at the government hospitals eg. NUH, KKH or you may wish to have the assessment conducted by a private psychologist.

This varies depending on where it is conducted, but should be in the range of $300 - $800. If you obtain a referral from a polyclinic, the cost is slightly reduced at the government hospitals.

Upon confirmation of diagnosis, and prior to enrolment, our team of experienced teaching staff will conduct a needs-assessment to determine the areas of focus and teaching goals for the child.

 

Volunteering

Yes and we regard volunteers as a cherished group as it takes a big heart to give part of your time to a social cause.

Volunteers help our staff in areas such as administrative / operations / accounting support, computer data entry, PC systems maintenance, desktop publishing, translation, transport / delivery, café operations, befriending students for CCA and semestral outings and in fund-raising events.

We also appreciate assistance in tasks such as making game boards, taking photos, cutting out pictures, laminating resources, plastic-wrapping and covering books, collating material and photocopying.

This can be arranged if the volunteer is able to commit to coming to the school and/or centres on a regular basis. Training will be provided for such volunteers.

Please see our Volunteers section to obtain our Volunteer Application Form. You can mail or fax the completed form to:

Autism Association (Singapore)
101 Bukit Batok West Avenue 3
#01-01 Singapore 659168
Fax: 6774 6957

Alternatively, you can scan & email the completed form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Your application will be processed and we will contact you to arrange an interview to get to know you better. We believe in mutually-enriching volunteer job fit to make the experience a fulfilling one for our volunteers.

 

Donations

Thank you for your intended generosity. We need all the help you can give and it will go a long way to impact the lives of our clients and families.

Please see our Donation section for details on the various ways to make a donation.

AA(S) is granted the Institution of a Public Character (IPC) status, allowing it to issue Tax-Deductible Receipt for public donations, from Corporate or Individual Donor.

For more details, please see our Donation section.

Note: TDR is only available for minimum donation of S$100 in a single donation.

 

Membership

An AA(S) membership entitles the member to vote in the society (except for staff membership). Thus helping to mould the future of the society. Invitation to attend AA(S) AGM (Annual General Meeting) when we update the society's performance and future plans. Members will receive pro-active updates on autism news and AAS services via website, newsletters, etc.

Yes, there are 2 types of AAS memberships and fees. Please see our Memberships section for information on membership, fees and to obtain the membership forms.

Please complete the Membership Application Form and mail it in with a cheque enclosed. Processing time is an estimated 10 working days.

 

Eden Children's Centre

Formerly known as "Autism Children's Centre", the Eden Children's Centre (Clementi and Simei) provide early intervention services for children who are diagnosed with autism, aged between 2 to 6 years old. Fueled by research that shows children who receive intensive early intervention services are more likely to have improved long-term outcomes.

With symptoms presenting as early as 12 months of age, and with diagnosis now possible at 18 months, the centre strives to advocate that the earlier we intervene to address a child's difficulties with communication, social interactions and behavioural issues, the more likely we are to elicit quick and positive changes.

The mission of the programme is to equip preschoolers with autism with relevant skills to be ready for school settings.

At the children's centre, we provide a structured teaching environment where Individualized Education Progammes are tailored and implemented to meet each child's needs in developing his/her maximum potential. We also highly encourage active participation of families, via the training of essential skills to promote their child's optimal development in the following areas:

  • Language & Communication Skills
  • Cognitive / Visual Skills
  • Behavioural / Self-Regulation Skills
  • Gross & Fine Motor Skills
  • Social Interaction & Play Skills
  • Pre-Academic Skills

The activities include: Direct / Group Teaching, Independent Work, Snack Time, Play Time, Circle Time, Music Time and Gross Motor activities.

Prior to enrolment, a needs-assessment is conducted to determine the child's level of functioning and support needs. Based on this, the child may be placed in 1:1 individualized therapy, small group therapy, big group therapy, or a combination of the 3. These models will continually be reviewed, based on the child's development.

Monday & Tuesday (3 hours per session, twice a week) or Wednesday, Thursday & Friday (2 hours per session, thrice a week)

Please note that this is subject to change according to our operational needs and availability of resources. We follow MOE school terms, therefore we observe the same term breaks.

At the Eden Children's Centre, we believe that progress is only successful with parent participation and generalization of skills learnt to other social settings (e.g. home). Thus parent involvement is an integral part of the sessions as it is an opportunity for parents to learn with their child.

For the first 6 months, parents / caregivers are expected to join in the sessions with their child. During this time, teachers will be imparting skills and knowledge to equip parents / caregivers on the individual strategies they can use with their child at home and in other environments.

An Individualized Education Progamme (IEP) is developed at the beginning of every semester, together with inputs from the parents / caregivers. At the end of the semester, a case review is conducted to gauge if goals have been met and to plan the next course of action.

Transport is not provided. Since parent / caregiver involvement is encouraged, the parent / caregiver should bring the child for sessions.

All applications must be made through the SG Enable. All applications must be submitted with a medical diagnostic report. Children who are diagnosed at KKH or NUH will have their cases automatically referred to SG Enable, who will then contact the parents for their choice of programme. SG Enable will then refer the application to the centre on your behalf.

Children between 2 and 6 years of age, who have been diagnosed with autism, and who are Singaporeans or Singapore Permanent Residents can apply.

Upon receipt, your child will be placed on the wait-list. A Needs- and-Social-Assessment will be scheduled within two months of receiving the application.

Waiting periods can vary at different times of the year. Therefore it is best to call to make enquiries on the waiting period. However, it is often difficult to provide exact timings, and only rough estimates can be given.

The programme fees are means-tested. The fees payable are dependent upon the Per Capita Household Monthly Income. This will be assessed by our Social Worker prior to enrolment.

Families in need of subsidies may make an application for an AAS subsidy. All applications will be held in strict confidence. Subsidies granted will be inline with AAS's subsidy guidelines.

 

Eden Centre for Adults

Formerly known as “Autism Youth Centre”, it was repositioned as an adult centre in 2011. This was in response to the changing landscape of needs in the post-18 service areas for individuals with autism. The centre operates as a Day Activity Centre for adults diagnosed with moderate to severe autism.

Guided by the principles of Meaningfulness, Independence and Dignity, our mission is to be the leading centre in establishing Quality Long-Term Outcomes in Autism.

At the Eden Centre for Adults, we believe in building the capacity of each individual in 2 main areas – Doing what they NEED to do (eg. basic self-help, work habits, daily life skills, exercise etc) and Doing what they WANT to do (eg. developing leisure, hobbies, special interests etc), while respecting their individual support needs. Building on their strengths and interests, the centre provides flexibility within the programme, as well as an element of choice and self-determination.

Every day, our clients participate in activities from the following domains:

  • Personal Health & Fitness
  • Daily Living Skills
  • Vocational Work Skills
  • Social Interaction & Recreation Skills
  • Community Living Skills

Generally, the ratio is 1:3 or 1:4. For high needs individuals, special provisions will need to be discussed.

Monday to Friday (10.00am – 4.00pm)*

* Depending on the support needs of the individual, there are also several variations from the main timing: eg. half-day, 2 days / week, 3 days / week.

The centre is closed on public holidays, and also for 1 full week, normally in March, June, September and December each year.

An Individual Care Plan (ICP) is developed at the beginning of every year together with inputs from the parents / caregivers. At the end of the year, a case review is conducted to gauge if goals have been met and to plan the next course of action. Parents / Caregivers are also welcomed to view the programme at any time with prior notice.

Transport is not provided. The centre can connect you with private bus operators that serve your area.

Applications must be made through the SG Enable. All applications must be submitted with a medical diagnostic report. Any previous performance / psychological assessments should also be attached.

Individuals between 18 and 55 years of age, who have been diagnosed with autism, and who are Singaporeans or Singapore Permanent Residents can apply.

Upon receipt of the application form your son / daughter will be placed on the wait-list. A Needs- and Social-Assessment will be scheduled within two months of receiving the application.

Waiting periods can vary at different times of the year. Therefore it is best to call to make enquiries on the waiting period. However, it is often difficult to provide exact timings, and only rough estimates can be given.

The programme fees are means-tested. The fees payable are dependent upon the Per Capita Household Monthly Income. This will be assessed by our Social Worker prior to enrolment.

Families in need of subsidies may make an application for an AAS subsidy. All applications will be held in strict confidence. Subsidies granted will be inline with AAS's subsidy guidelines.

Last modified on Wednesday, 20 April 2016 12:00