ALLIED HEALTH SERVICES - updated 1 November 2015


MINDS’ residential services, schools and centres are supported by our own Allied Health Professionals (Social Workers, Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Speech Therapists) who strive to provide client-centred and holistic intervention services for our clients.


The Social Workers empower and support family members and caregivers by utilising resources within or outside their families to enhance the well-being and the quality of life of persons with special needs and their family. Social Workers from MINDS are trained in different theories and techniques to understand human development and family interaction patterns in order to work with individuals and families.

At MINDS, our Social Workers:

  • Interview parents and caregivers of clients to find out their suitability for services in MINDS
  • Provide counselling service and support to families in need
  • Assess the family’s financial situation and provide assistance when necessary
  • Provide information and direct families to suitable services in other organisations
  • Promote the rights of persons with intellectually disability
  • Plan and organise parent training workshops and support groups for families


The Psychologists examines the inter-relationships between brain functions, behaviours, the environment to understand the purpose of behaviours.
At MINDS, our Psychologists use standardized tools for assessment and diagnosis of intellectual and functional abilities, social/emotional development, and mental health.

At MINDS, our Psychologists:

  • Conduct psychological assessment of social / emotional / behavioural / learning difficulties.
  • Develop intervention programmes, e.g., individual or group therapy.
  • Collaborate with other professionals, teachers, training officers and clients’ caregivers in implementing intervention.
  • Provide education and training to staff, parents/caregivers, and volunteers
  • Engage in relevant research


The Occupational Therapist looks into:

  • Underlying sensory issues hindering development.
  • Self-care, e.g., dressing, feeding, bathing, and hygiene skills.
  • Cognition and perception, e.g., memory, attention, and visual processing skills.
  • Fine motor skills, e.g., eye-hand coordination, manipulative skills, pre-writing and handwriting skills.
  • Gross motor skills, e.g., ambulation, balance, spatial awareness, and coordination.
  • Appropriate placement of clients in workstations within MINDS Employment Development Centres.
  • Work/job skills training and matching job placements in the open market.

At MINDS, our occupational therapists:

  • Screen and assess clients with learning difficulties and sensory integration dysfunction.
  • Evaluate skills in play/leisure, self-care, school/work performance, and community living.
  • Plan and carry out individualized or group treatment programs most suited to the functional needs of the clients.
  • Help clients achieve maximum independence in daily living activities.
  • Recommend assistive devices or adaptation to the environment when required.
  • Provide education and training to the staff, parents/caregivers, and volunteers.
  • Engage in relevant research.


The Physiotherapy helps the clients to develop, maintain and restore maximum movement and functional ability throughout their lifespan.
Physiotherapists treat movement and functional problems using a variety of treatment approaches and intervention techniques. Physiotherapists perform physical examination and tests to help locate the underlying cause of the problem and implement an appropriate treatment strategy.

At MINDS, our physiotherapists:

  • Assess clients to identify movement and functional problems.
  • Teach clients how to look after their own physical disability and overcome its limitations through proper care, therapeutic exercises and functional activities.
  • Work in collaboration with other professionals, teachers, training officers and family/caregivers.
  • Provide training for staff, parents/caregivers and volunteers to be actively involved in clients' therapy/intervention programmes.
  • Engage in relevant research.


Therapists access and diagnose speech, language and communication disorders and implement intervention programmes in the following areas:

  • Difficulty with producing sounds for speech
  • Difficulty in understanding and using language
  • Difficulty with fluency (Stuttering)
  • Difficulty with voice quality
  • Swallowing and feeding
  • Difficulty with hearing
  • Alternative and augmentative communication (AAC)

At MINDS, our Speech Therapists:

  • Screen, assess and diagnose clients with speech, language and communication difficulties
  • Plan and implement individual /small-group / classroom-based intervention programmes
  • Counsel and train staff, parents/caregivers, and volunteers in the management of communication with clients
  • Provide consultation and collaborate with other professionals
  • Provide education and training to staff, parents/caregivers, and volunteers.
  • Engage in relevant research.

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