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APSN

Established in 1976, Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN) is a social service organisation providing special education for persons with mild intellectual disability (IQ 50-70). Today, APSN operates four Special Education (SPED) Schools (APSN Chaoyang School, APSN Katong School, APSN Tanglin School and APSN Delta Senior School) for students aged 7 to 21, an APSN Student Care Centre for children aged 7 to 18 and an APSN Centre for Adults for persons aged 16 and older, benefiting over 1,200 beneficiaries each year.

The APSN Schools and Centre adopt a holistic approach in its curriculum, comprising academic, vocational and social skills, which are important for open employment and lifelong learning. APSN seeks to enable persons with special needs to be active contributors of the society and is committed to inspire and build capabilities of its partners and community to lead and advocate an inclusive society.

To date, APSN’s growing database has more than 5,000 alumni members and beneficiaries. The Association is constantly expanding its network to reach out to and understand the needs of its members to better support them.

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Email: hq@apsn.org.sg
Phone: 65 6479 6252
Address: 900 New Upper Changi Road, Singapore 467354

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APSN Research

Overview

The mission of APSN is to catalyze and lead research and innovations in special education for the contribution of knowledge development, practical improvement and policy information.  Educators and Allied Health professional, therefore, can use the research findings to improve their competences and bring an evidence-based approach in delivering teaching and learning and allied healthcare process (Yulirahmawati, 2008) 1.   

In steering APSN’s goals to advocate for persons with special needs, APSN creates a fertile environment for education, innovation and enterprise by engaging the wider community and society in multi-disciplinary research for the benefit of APSN beneficiaries, staff, parents and stakeholders.

The APSN Research Webpage features dynamic projects in teaching and learning, social and emotional development, job placement and employability and other APSN wide research, to continuously grow in our thinking and expertise and innovate our practices. The Webpage also serves as a useful reference and database for staff interested in research.

Please mouse over the titles to read the abstracts. To access the full paper or to contact us for research, we invite external parties to click here. For APSN staff only, access is available here.

If you would like to apply to conduct research with APSN, please submit the application form here.

Teaching & Learning Practices
  • The Effectiveness of the Pragmatic Skills Intervention for Young Adults with MID (with or without co-morbid ASD) and comparison of data from two cohorts. Wendy Yeo, Delta Senior School (DSS). Disability Applied Research Forum (darFORUM) 2019.
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  • Investigating the Influence of Group Size on the Effectiveness of LEGO Based Therapy in Promoting Social Competence in Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Mild Intellectual Disability. Elizabeth Mui & Jovial Teo, Tanglin School (TS). Disability Applied Research Forum (darFORUM) 2019.
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  • School Readiness Programme – Easing transition into Primary School for children with Mild Intellectual Disability and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Danielle Chin, Chaoyang School (CYS). Disability Applied Research Forum (darFORUM), 2019.
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  • The Effectiveness of LEGO® Based Therapy in Promoting Social Competence in Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Mild Intellectual Disability in a Special Education School in Singapore. Elizabeth Mui & Jovial Teo, Tanglin School (TS). Aspect Autism in Education Conference (AIE) 2018, Brisbane.
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  • The Development of Higher Order Thinking Skills in Students with Mild Intellectual Disabilities. Ang Kai Lee Araxes, Tanglin School. Asian Federation on Intellectual Disabilities (AFID) Conference 2017
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  • Eat Smart, Get Fit – A Weight Management Programme for Students with Mild Intellectual Disabilities. Aznita Binte Md Amin, & Nur Aisah Binte Jaffar, Tanglin School (TS). Asian Federation on Intellectual Disabilities (AFID) Conference 2017
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  • Team-Based Learning: Pedagogy Used in Teaching Numeracy for Special Needs Students. Shanthi Govindan, Subashini Sandakumar, & Muhammad Hafiz Bin Mohamad Osman, Delta Senior School (DSS). Redesigning Pedagogy International Conference 2017
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  • Process Writing Instruction: Effects on the Writing Quality of Students with Mild Intellectual Disability. Sharon Cai Weiying, Delta Senior School (DSS). Asian Federation on Intellectual Disabilities (AFID) Conference 2017
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  • Effects of iPad on the Learning of Addition for Students with Learning Disabilities. Choo Pee Ling & Lin Mingli Joyce, Katong School(KS). Asian Federation on Intellectual Disabilities (AFID) Conference 2016
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  • Learning from collaborative, reflective and iterative lesson study with special education students in a school in Singapore. Jennifer Teo Lay Heong, Desiree Tay Sirui, Mardiana Binte Mohamed Ithnin, Martina Kueh Bee Hua & Lily Yip Mui Kheng, Tanglin School. World Association of Lesson Studies (WALS) International Conference 2016
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  • Effects of using ‘Educreations for Interactive Whiteboard’ on the Motivation for Learning English Grammar, Vocabulary and Reading Fluency Among Students with Intellectual Disabilities. Sarah Sacro & Serpojan Singh, Katong School (KS). Asian Federation on Intellectual Disabilities (AFID) Conference 2012
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Social & Emotional Development Practices
  • Inculcating basic self-advocacy skills at the primary school level. Koushik Ghosh & Chin Seen Yeng, Chaoyang School (CYS). Asian Federation on Intellectual Disabilities (AFID) Conference 2017
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  • Impact of Teacher-Student Relationship (TSR): A Comparison Study Between Students With and Without Intellectual Disability. Julyn Ng, Delta Senior School (DSS). Redesigning Pedagogy International Conference 2017
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  • Budding Skills, Blooming Friendships: An Inclusive Service Learning Programme Involving Students With and Without Disabilities. Joanora Ng Swee Lan, & Nova Agustin Dimarucot, Delta Senior School (DSS). Asian Federation on Intellectual Disabilities (AFID) Conference 2017
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  • Values in Action: Learning through Service Learning Projects. Adron Wee Yijie, Delta Senior School (DSS). Asian Federation on Intellectual Disabilities (AFID) Conference 2015
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  • Values Matter – Character and Citizenship Education @ Chaoyang. Anita Suwandi, Huzaima Bte Hamid, Woon-Lam Bing Ling, & S Nirmala, Chaoyang School. Asian Federation on Intellectual Disabilities (AFID) Conference 2015
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Job Placement & Employment Practices
  • Finding a Place in the Market: Marrying School Programme with Market Needs and Trends – Transition from School to Sustainable Employment. Desmond Aw Zheng Hong, Lisa Loi Lai San, Siow Wei Qi, & Tay Hsu Li, Delta Senior School (DSS). Asian Federation on Intellectual Disabilities (AFID) Conference 2017 [ Mouse over or new page: JP & E Practices_ Abstract 1]
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APSN Research Projects
  • Enhancing A Primary Mathematics Curriculum On Counting And Computation For Children With Mild Intellectual Disabilities (Mid)-Phase 1. Katong School, 2015
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  • Enhancing A Primary Mathematics Curriculum On Counting And Computation For Children With Mild Intellectual Disabilities (Mid)-Phase 2. Katong School, 2016 [ Mouse over or new page: APSN Research Projects_ Abstract 2]
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  • An Explorative Study to Understand the Employment Conditions and Concerns of Adults with Mild Intellectual Disability (MID) in Singapore. Cherly Repol Radin, Jo Anne Bacalso Mendoza, & Bryan Vega Saez, Delta Senior School (DSS) and Jerome Anto Prakash, Centre For Adults (CFA). World Federation of Occupational Therapists Conference in May 2018 [ Mouse over or new page: APSN Research Projects_ Abstract 3]
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Journal Publications
  • The Effectiveness of the Pragmatic Skills Intervention for Young Adults with Mild Intellectual Disability (with or without co-morbid Autism Spectrum Disorder).Wendy Yeo, Delta Senior School (DSS). The Asian Conference on Education 2018 Official Conference Proceedings ISSN: 2186-5892, pp. 167-177, October 2018.
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  • Planning successful transition from school-to-work for students with mild intellectual disability in Singapore. Lily Yip, Tanglin School (TS). Asia-Pacific Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, Volume 4, No. 1, June 2017. [mouse over or new page: Journal Publication 3]
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  • A Preliminary Study To Compare the Sensory Processing Abilities of Adults With Mild Intellectual Disability. Jerome Anto Prakash, Centre For Adults (CFA). Asia Pacific Journal of Intellectual Disabilities Journal, Vol. 2, No. 1, 2015 [mouse over or new page: Journal Publication 1]
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  • Using video modelling to support communication intents for an adolescent with autism. Lily Yip, Tanglin School (TS). Asia-Pacific Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, Volume 2, No. 1, June 2015. [mouse over or new page: Journal Publication 2]
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