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APSN

Established in 1976, Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN) is a social service agency 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 beneficiaries, comprising students, trainees and alumni. 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
  • Doreen Chia Choy Soon & Lin Suqin. (2019). Use of Assistive Technology in Vocational Training for Students with Mild Intellectual Disability, APSN Delta Senior School. Paper presented at 24th Conference Of Asian Federation On Intellectual Disabilities 2019.
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  • Michelle Tan Mei Sze & Wanda Chan Yee Seen. (2019). Community-based Learning during Physical Education Lessons to Engage Learners with Mild Intellectual Disability in Special Education School in Singapore, APSN. Paper presented at 24th Conference Of Asian Federation On Intellectual Disabilities 2019.
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  • Wendy Yeo Su Fen. (2019). 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, APSN Delta Senior School. Presented at Disability Applied Research Forum (darFORUM) 2019.
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  • Elizabeth Mui Yee Yen & Teo Hui Ru. (2019). 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, APSN Tanglin School. Presented at Disability Applied Research Forum (darFORUM) 2019.
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  • Danielle Chin Seen Yeng. (2019). School Readiness Programme – Easing Transition into Primary School for Children with Mild Intellectual Disability and Autism Spectrum Disorder, APSN Chaoyang School. Presented at Disability Applied Research Forum (darFORUM) 2019.
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  • Elizabeth Mui Yee Yen & Teo Hui Ru.  (2018). 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, APSN Tanglin School. Presented at Aspect Autism in Education Conference (AIE) 2018, Brisbane.
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  • Ang Kai Lee, Araxes. (2017). The Development of Higher Order Thinking Skills in Students with Mild Intellectual Disabilities, APSN Tanglin School. Presented at Asian Federation on Intellectual Disabilities (AFID) Conference 2017.
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  • Aznita Binte Md Amin & Nur Aisah Binte Jaffar. (2017). Eat Smart, Get Fit – A Weight Management Programme for Students with Mild Intellectual Disabilities, APSN Tanglin School. Presented at Asian Federation on Intellectual Disabilities (AFID) Conference 2017.
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  • Shanthi Govindan, Subashini Sandakumar & Muhammad Hafiz Bin Mohamad Osman. (2017). Team-Based Learning: Pedagogy Used in Teaching Numeracy for Special Needs Students, APSN Delta Senior School. Presented at Redesigning Pedagogy International Conference 2017.
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  • Sharon Cai Weiying. (2017). Process Writing Instruction: Effects on the Writing Quality of Students with Mild Intellectual Disability, APSN Delta Senior School. Presented at Asian Federation on Intellectual Disabilities (AFID) Conference 2017.
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  • Choo Pee Ling & Lin Mingli Joyce. (2016). Effects of iPad on the Learning of Addition for Students with Learning Disabilities, APSN Katong School. Presented at Asian Federation on Intellectual Disabilities (AFID) Conference 2016.
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  • Jennifer Teo Lay Heong, Desiree Tay Sirui, Mardiana Binte Mohamed Ithnin, Martina Kueh Bee Hua & Lily Yip Mui Kheng. (2016). Learning from Collaborative, Reflective and Iterative Lesson Study with Special Education Students in a School in Singapore, APSN Tanglin School. Presented at World Association of Lesson Studies (WALS) International Conference 2016.
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  • Sarah Sacro & Serpojan Singh. (2012). Effects of using ‘Educreations for Interactive Whiteboard’ on the Motivation for Learning English Grammar, Vocabulary and Reading Fluency Among Students with Intellectual Disabilities, APSN Katong School. Presented at Asian Federation on Intellectual Disabilities (AFID) Conference 2012.
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Social & Emotional Development Practices
  • Edmund Liew Jianxiong, Joanora Ng Siew Lan, Sukumaran Semanchalam & Vincent Koh Chaik Chuan. (202o). Food Composting Experience of Students with Mild Intellectual Disability in a Special Education School in Singapore.
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  • Kua Chit Yong Jason & Ann Lim. (2019). A STEP UP for Fathers with Special Needs Children, APSN Chaoyang School. Paper presented at 24th Conference Of Asian Federation On Intellectual Disabilities 2019.
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  • Carissa Lim Yenn En. (2019). Explaining Caregiver Resistance to Intervention for Adults with Mild Disability in Singapore, APSN Centre for Adults. Paper presented at 24th Conference Of Asian Federation On Intellectual Disabilities 2019.
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  • Michelle Chak, Tzer Fern Lim, Julyn Ng & Yingmin Wang. (2019). Implementation of a Crisis Response Program Customized for Adolescents with Mild Intellectual Disability at a Special Education School in Singapore, APSN Delta Senior School. Paper presented at 24th Conference Of Asian Federation On Intellectual Disabilities 2019.
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  • Koushik Ghosh & Chin Seen Yeng. (2017). Inculcating Basic Self-Advocacy Skills at the Primary School Level, APSN Chaoyang School. Presented at Asian Federation on Intellectual Disabilities (AFID) Conference 2017.
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  • Julyn Ng. (2017). Impact of Teacher-Student Relationship (TSR): A Comparison Study Between Students With and Without Intellectual Disability, APSN Delta Senior School. Presented at Redesigning Pedagogy International Conference 2017.
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  • Joanora Ng Swee Lan, & Nova Agustin Dimarucot. (2017). Budding Skills, Blooming Friendships: An Inclusive Service Learning Programme Involving Students With and Without Disabilities, APSN Delta Senior School. Presented at Asian Federation on Intellectual Disabilities (AFID) Conference 2017.
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  • Adron Wee Yijie. (2015). Values in Action: Learning through Service Learning Projects, APSN Delta Senior School. Presented at Asian Federation on Intellectual Disabilities (AFID) Conference 2015.
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  • Anita Suwandi, Huzaima Bte Hamid, Woon-Lam Bing Ling, & S Nirmala. (2015). Values Matter – Character and Citizenship Education @ Chaoyang, APSN Chaoyang School. Presented at Asian Federation on Intellectual Disabilities (AFID) Conference 2015.
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Job Placement & Employment Practices
  • Nur Suhaidah Yusup, Anna Salmon & Joyce Lin. (2019). ThirsTea Café (Work Immersion Programme), APSN Chaoyang School. Paper presented at 24th Conference Of Asian Federation On Intellectual Disabilities 2019.
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  • Desmond Aw Zheng Hong, Lisa Loi Lai San, Siow Wei Qi & Tay Hsu Li. (2017). Finding a Place in the Market: Marrying School Programme with Market Needs and Trends – Transition from School to Sustainable Employment, APSN Delta Senior School. Presented at Asian Federation on Intellectual Disabilities (AFID) Conference 2017.
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APSN Research Projects
  • Cherly Repol Radin, Jo Anne Bacalso Mendoza & Bryan Vega Saez, APSN Delta Senior School, & Jerome Anto Prakash, APSN Centre For Adults. (2018). An Explorative Study to Understand the Employment Conditions and Concerns of Adults with Mild Intellectual Disability (MID) in Singapore. Presented at World Federation of Occupational Therapists Conference in May 2018.
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  • APSN Katong School. (2016). Enhancing A Primary Mathematics Curriculum On Counting And Computation For Children With Mild Intellectual Disabilities (Mid)-Phase 2.
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  • APSN Katong School. (2015). Enhancing A Primary Mathematics Curriculum On Counting And Computation For Children With Mild Intellectual Disabilities (Mid)-Phase 1.
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Journal Publications
  • Wendy Yeo. (2018). The Effectiveness of the Pragmatic Skills Intervention for Young Adults with Mild Intellectual Disability (with or without co-morbid Autism Spectrum Disorder), APSN Delta Senior School. The Asian Conference on Education 2018 Official Conference Proceedings. ISSN: 2186-5892, pp. 167-177, October 2018.
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  • Lily Yip. (2017). Planning Successful Transition from School-to-Work for Students with Mild Intellectual Disability in Singapore, APSN Tanglin School. Asia-Pacific Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, Volume 4, No. 1, June 2017.
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  • Jerome Anto Prakash. (2015). A Preliminary Study To Compare the Sensory Processing Abilities of Adults With Mild Intellectual Disability, APSN Centre For Adults. Asia Pacific Journal of Intellectual Disabilities Journal, Vol. 2, No. 1, 2015.
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  • Lily Yip. (2015). Using video modelling to support communication intents for an adolescent with autism, APSN Tanglin School. Asia-Pacific Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, Volume 2, No. 1, June 2015.
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