Safety. Functionality. Enjoyability.
These are just some of the considerations that run through the minds of parents of children with autism. If you have a child with autism, there are places and activities in Singapore to give them the best opportunities too.
Here are activities in Singapore suited for people and children with autism.
1. Mustard Tree
VIDEO: Mustard Tree YouTube Page
Suitable for ages 18 and above
Does your child have a knack for creating things? Mustard Tree will be a great place to go for your crafty one! Founded by loving parents of Ryan, a youth with autism, Mustard Tree is a social enterprise that seeks to empower people with special needs through meaningful employment.
Crafting workshops, held twice a week, are conducted on a first-come-first-served basis, where youths learn to make trinkets and arrange flowers that are sold in-store and online.
2. Grace Mission Hydroponic Farm
PHOTO: Onesimus Garden Facebook page
Suitable for all ages
Want to get in touch with nature in urban Singapore? Grace Mission Hydroponic farm is the place to go! The farm was started in 2014 by Andrew Choo and his wife and aims to reach out to the disadvantaged in Singapore. Nestled in tranquil Lim Chu Kang, the abundance of nature enables one to feel at peace.
Breaking away from common clinical therapies used, farming offers a unique restorative and rehabilitation therapy for people with autism. Keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming sea sports activities!
3. The Enabling Village
PHOTO: The Enabling Village
Suitable for all ages
In the neighbourhood of Redhill lies a welcoming space for the special needs community – The Enabling Village. An initiative by the Ministry of Social and Family Development and SG Enable Ltd, this urban space houses retail, lifestyle and training outlets, where people of different abilities can gather in a shared space to interact and bond. With lush greenery and all-accessible facilities, enjoy a day out with your child with activities such as DIY workshops, shopping and more.
The Enabling Village is open Monday to Sunday (including PH), 7am to 10pm. Visit their website for more information.
4. Singapore Pro Sports Academy
PHOTO: Singapore Pro Soccer Academy Facebook Page
Ages differ by sports
Soccer, swimming, archery, yoga and zumba?
These are the various activities that Coach Syed from the Singapore Pro Sports Academy! The academy was first established in 2014 to offer soccer classes for children with special needs but has since expanded its offerings to include more sports. With Syed’s team of passionate and motivated trainers who are equipped to handle youths of all special needs, you can rest assured that your child’s safety and performance are in good hands.
5. Very Special Choir
PHOTO: The HEART Enterprise’s Facebook page
Suitable for all ages
If your precious one enjoys singing, then this activity would be a right fit for them – singing in Very Special Choir! Set up by The HEART Enterprise, this choir is very unique indeed, boasting of 30-odd individuals with special needs who sing to move hearts. Barely a year old, this choir has already performed at various events, such as SMU Open House, #SG4Diversity Inclusion Festival as well as Experience ASEAN, where they also met Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
6. PLAYtime! by Esplanade
PHOTO: PLAYtime! By Esplanade
Suitable for ages 2 to 6 years old
Looking for activities that engage your child’s senses without overwhelming them? Try Esplanade’s PLAYtime! series, an interactive theatre with sensory-friendly performances designed to spark creativity in children aged 2 to 6. Each PLAYtime! production is a relaxed performance, meaning that your child is free to move around as they wish and interact with the actors, unlike that of the usual theatre experience. Step into the world of imagination with your child today!
Visit PLAYtime! by Esplanade for upcoming performances.
Visit these spaces or try out these activities today!
This article was contributed by Autism Matters.
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