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Welcome to KidsFirst!

KidsFirst is an early intervention center for children with special needs, with integrated speech and occupational therapy. At KidsFirst we believe that with the right guidance and care, all children can learn and grow. We provide an optimal learning environment for children with different challenges, ranging from Autism, Language Delays, Global Development Delay, Cerebral Palsy, ADHD, Down Syndrome, among others, from the age of 2 through to 12 years old.

We use an eclectic mix of therapies for each child. Our dedicated team is trained in many therapy approaches, including, but not limited to DIR Floortime, Hanen Program, PROMPT and Social Thinking.

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The KidsFirst Difference

The KidsFirst program is a therapy based program, conducted in a school setting. The program runs daily, for three to six hour sessions, during which the child receives speech and occupational therapy.

We simulate the school environment as closely as possible, helping children learn the skills required for mainstream settings. Each child has an individualized growth and education plan, depending on their needs and the family’s priorities.

All Therapy Under One Roof

Speech and Occupational Therapy is seamlessly integrated into each child’s curriculum. The team consistently works on behavior management and educational goals for all our children.

Individualized Curriculum

Each child is unique and has clear strengths and needs. Our team assesses each child to create their individualized education program. With our small therapist to child ratio, we are able to ensure that the IEP goals are constantly and consistently worked upon daily, by all team members.

Empowering Parents

Parents know their children the best. We work closely with the parents to ensure that the goals for the child match the family’s priorities. Our team members are available daily, at drop off and dismissal, to address any concerns that the parents may have, such as a sudden change in behavior, new emerging skills, strategies for helping the child at home and others. Parents receive a weekly update about their child.

The KidsFirst Team

Our team is undoubtedly one of our biggest strengths. Our team members are dedicated, highly experienced therapists and specialists: all of them have ten to fifteen years of extensive experience working with young children. They are passionate about their work and are driven by their ability to make lasting, positive contributions to the children’s lives and their families.

The KidsFirst Team

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Niamh Donnelly

Principal Occupational Therapist

Niamh has previously worked as the Principal Occupational Therapist at Thomson Pediatric Centre. She has extensive experience working with children with multiple developmental and physical needs. Niamh is trained in areas of managing challenging behaviors, Executive functioning skills and NDT/REFLEX training Handle Approach, DIR – Floortime, Karen Stagnitti Learn to Play, Sensory Integration.

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Eimear Mulhall

Senior Speech Therapist

Eimear graduated from the University College of Cork in Ireland with a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Language Therapy. Since then she has worked extensively with children presenting with various needs, such as ASD, Down Syndrome, and Speech Disorders. She is passionate about helping children acquire communication skills in a fun and happy environment.

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Sheryl Lau

Senior Speech Therapist

Sheryl graduated from the University of Sydney, Australia, with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Speech Pathology. She is also a member of the Speech and Hearing Association of Singapore

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Manjula Gunawardena

Head of Program

Manjula is a Special Educator whose area of expertise is in Preschool Based Early Intervention. Her educational background includes a Masters of Education (Special Education) from the University of Sydney, Australia and a Bachelors of Psychology from Humboldt State University in California.

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Suresh Kumar

Behavior Expert

Suresh graduated with a degree in Psychology in 2000 and has subsequently worked with children with various needs for the last 15 years.  His areas of focus for children have been school readiness, helping children improve their daily living skills and mealtime behavior management.

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Stella Khoo

Special Education Teacher

Stella further obtained a Diploma in Special Education from the National Institute of Education Singapore after graduating with a Bachelor Degree from Nanyang Technological University. She believes in tailoring interventions to meet the child’s specific needs while making learning fun and holistic.

Testimonials

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Calvin Price

“We do not have enough words to describe the difference KidsFirst made to Calvin’s overall development. KidsFirst was such a safe, encouraging & nurturing environment that challenged him on every level …”

Jesse, Stacie, Elise, Calvin and Teddy(The Price Family)
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Elliot

“Elliot is very happy here and enjoys all the activities. We see great progress in his speech and behavior. I like the fact that you have all the therapists that Elliot needs under one roof. Elliot is at ease with all of them …”

Kareen & Andrew
Elliot’s Parents
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Ashton

“KidsFirst provides my kid with a child care center environment allowing my kids to undergo an intensive (daily) and integrated therapy program without him realizing it. The therapists are like his teachers …”

Limin Ngian & Alvin
Ashton’s Parents
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Maggie Easterling

“We are so grateful we found KidsFirst. Maggie is excited to go to school. The staff therapists and specialists definitely make a difference in our lives. Words truly fail to express how blessed we are to have KidsFirst …”

Chad and Laurie Easterling
Maggie’s Parents

Our Facilities

At KidsFirst, we believe that learning and development first comes through play. Which is why our lovely gym and play area is at the heart of our “play & learn” setup.

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Video Gallery

One of the parents shared this amazing video of one of the KidsFirst children. Watch and enjoy!

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