Children with Special Needs

What is autism?

Autism is a lifelong neurodevelopmental disorder that affects the way a person communicates (communication difficulties) and relates to people around them (lacking social interaction).

What are the signs and symptons?

Based on the article written by the experts at the Department of Neonatal & Developmental Medicine, Singapore General Hospital (SGH), an autistic child displays certain behavioural characteristics over a period of time, such as:

  • Being uncommunicative
  • Having problems speaking or understanding other people
  • Being distant or oblivious to surroundings
  • Not playing with, or respond to, others
  • Displaying uncontrollable temper tantrums
  • Insisting on following a routine and engaging in repetitive actions

If you notice any of these signs or have concerns about your child's development, do consult your doctor. 

Read also:

Early Signs of Autism
Could Your Child Suffer From Autism?
Autism in Children: Diagnosis, Treatment and How to Take Care

Where to seek help?

Resources are availabe in the community:

Autism Association (Singapore)

Head Office
Tel: 6774 6649
Address: 101 Bukit Batok West Avenue 3, #01-01 Singapore 659168

Autism Resource Centre (Singapore)

Tel: (65) 6323 3258
Address: 5, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10, Singapore 569739

Autism Network Singapore

Autism Network Singapore (ANS) is a platform for Social Service
Organisations (SSOs) serving the autism community and other stakeholders
to create public awareness and mobilise support for autism.

Where to seek treatment?

KK Women's and Children's Hospital
Department of Child Development

Tel: 6294 4050
Address: 100 Bukit Timah Road Singapore 229899

Initial Assessment & Diagnosis
Level 5, Women's Tower, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital

Intervention Services Department of Child Development (HPB)
Level 2 & 4 Health Promotion Board (Outram Polyclinic)
3 Second Hospital Avenue
Singapore 168937

Department of Child Development (Sengkang)
Blk 156A, Rivervale Crescent #01-02,
Singapore 541156                

What is SG Enable?

SG Enable is an agency dedicated to enabling persons with disabilities.

Key functions of SG Enable include:

    • Enhancing information and referral services for child and adult disability schemes;
    • Administering grants and support to persons with disabilities and their caregivers;
    • Improving transition management across different life stages;
    • Enhancing employability and employment options for persons with disabilities; and
    • Rallying stakeholder support in enabling persons with disabilities

What services are available for Children (0-6 Years)?

SG Enable provides information and referral services for the following services which are run by various Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs):

Early Intervention Programme for Infants & Children (EIPIC)

EIPIC provides therapy and educational support services for infants and young children with special needs.

Integrated Child Care Programme (ICCP)

ICCP is an inclusive child care programme for children with mild special needs.

Additionally, SG Enable provides information only for the following services:

Development Support (DS) & Learning Support (LS)

DS and LS are short-term intervention programme that prepares children with mild developmental needs for mainstream primary school education.This programme is currently under the purview of the Ministry of Social and Family Development.

Therapy for Young Children

Voluntary welfare organisations provide rehabilitation and therapy services for children with special needs.

They also have programmes and services for Youths with Disabilities (7-18 Years).

What schemes are available?

If you or a family member has a disability, you can receive financial aid and other assistance.


Allow eligible persons with physical disabilities to park in accessible parking lots.

Early Intervention Programmes

Schemes available for early intervention services.

Equipment, Technology & Home Retrofit

Subsidies are available for assistive equipment and home retrofits, such as wheelchairs, hearing aids and ramps.


Transport schemes include the Public Transport Concession Scheme, the VWO Transport Subsidies and the Taxi Subsidy Scheme.

You can refer to the Ministry of Education website for details regarding Special Education.  

From 2019, all children born after 1st January 2012 are required to regularly attend a Government-funded Special Education (SPED) school, unless they are granted exemption from the Compulsory Education.

For enquiries or feedback, please email 

Special Education Branch at

Parent's guide for children with special educational needs

Click here for resources available to help you support your child's special educational needs.

Financial assistance for SPED students

The Ministry of Education, together with NCSS, provides financial assistance to needy Singapore Citizen students in MOE-funded Special Education (SPED) schools so that all Singaporeans, regardless of their financial background, can benefit from the best opportunities in education.  

Caregiver Support

The role of a caregiver can be greatly fulfilling, yet extremely challenging. Besides getting help and support from family members, caregivers and their care recipients can also tap on resources in the community.

Financial Assistance

View a list of subsidies and schemes for caregivers and persons with disabilities.

Financial Planning

Learn how to start financial planning early.

Training Courses

Search for courses based on your caregiver training needs.

Assisted Deputyship Application Programme (ADAP)

Learn how parents of graduating cohorts in SPED schools, day activity centres and sheltered workshops can continue to make legal decisions on behalf of their children after they turn 21.

For More Support

To find out more of the various support available for caregivers, please visit the Enabling Guide - Caring for Caregivers page.