In recent months, Singapore Brain Development Centre (SBDC) has received an increased amount of enquiries from parents with children with special needs, many of which suffer from developmental issues. As we listened and took an understanding of the issues faced both by parents and their children, we would like to share how our customised Brain Training programmes, together with our specialized child gym training program could integrate and help special needs children to lead a better life.
In this article, we would be sharing on a case study of how SBDC’s program has helped in a Global Developmental Delayed child, named *Isabelle, to improve on her overall cognitive skills as well as in her overall behavioural issues. *Name has been changed to protect the identity of the student.
So what is Global Developmental Delay, in short GDD?
Global developmental delay is a term used to describe a generalized intellectual disability that is usually characterized by lower than average intellectual functioning along with significant limitations in at least two other areas of development. Common signs of global developmental delay include delayed acquisition of milestones (e.g., sitting up, crawling, walking), limited reasoning or conceptual abilities, poor social skills and judgement, aggressive behaviour as a coping skill, and communication difficulties.
Global developmental delay has many causes which, as an end result, affect the functioning of the central nervous system. Causes can be genetic (e.g., Fragile X syndrome), or metabolic (e.g., PKU), prenatal (e.g., rubella or birth trauma), perinatal (e.g., prematurity or the result of a childhood injury or infection). Sometimes the cause for the condition is undetermined.
How Brain Training has helped Isabelle
Isabelle, a 9-year-old child, first came to Singapore Brain in January 2015 after being diagnosed with Global Developmental Delay. She also showed symptoms of sensory issues such as movement and regulation issues, which will affect her judgment and perceptual abilities. She has difficulty in sequencing and recognizing patterns, which will affect her ability to perform in Mathematics subject, although she has shown better response in terms of her language ability.
Singapore Brain conducted a Clinical Test (CT), which would measure individual cognitive and decoding skills, on Isabelle. The CT includes sub tests of the six major skill groups and a rating survey for Attention. The six skill group sub tests cover Processing Speed, Working Memory, Long-Term Memory, Visual Processing, Auditory Processing, and Logic & Reasoning.
The assessment resulted in Isabelle’s overall cognitive ability that fell in the lower range of 1.85 years below her age, which displayed signs of cognitive delay based on her chronological age of 9 year old. Isabelle was also weaker in her Processing speed skills, Working Memory skills, Logic Reasoning skills, and Word Attack skills. In addition, she also presented significantly weak in her Auditory skills, Processing Speed skills, and Visual Processing skills.
Having gone through Singapore Brain’s program for over a span of 7 months, where we customised a training program consisting of specialized child gym training and sensory integration exercises targeted to improve Isabelle’s fine motor skills and Brain Training program, Isabelle has shown tremendous improvements; from being able to successfully get adjusted to the environment better and positively to being able to complete tasks such as school assignments in an effective pace. Isabelle is also able to create conversations with her classmates, parents, family members as well as with her teachers and trainers in Singapore Brain; where her social skills were no longer how it were when she first came in as being very shy and afraid of people surrounding her.
The trainers at Singapore Brain are very proud upon seeing her developmental improvements. How did we do it? How did a child, as to which a delayed child be able to function and improve so much better and faster after going through our program? Because, we believe that all children can and will be able to maximise his/her brain’s potential to the fullest, and that through patience and the right treatments of our Brain training program; over a course of time, yes, a delayed child like Isabelle, will be able to achieve optimistic results in her overall cognitive abilities.
For troubled parents with struggling children in the special needs areas; of which for this case of Global developmental delay (GDD), let Singapore Brain ease your worries and let us help improve the life of your child through our specialised Brain Training programs.
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