Sunday, May 6, 2018

Minds opens first adult sensory gym

Source Website: http://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/minds-opens-first-adult-sensory-gym
By Huang Runchen, The New Paper, 04 May 2018 at 06:00 am


Ms Xue Er (in pink) playing in the ball pit, with UAE Ambassador to Singapore Mohamed Omar Abdulla Balfaqeeh (far left), Central Singapore District Mayor Denise Phua (in blue) and Minds Board honorary assistant secretary Daniel Tan (right).
PHOTO: Ms Xue Er (in pink) playing in the ball pit, with UAE Ambassador to Singapore Mohamed Omar Abdulla Balfaqeeh (far left), Central Singapore District Mayor Denise Phua (in blue) and Minds Board honorary assistant secretary Daniel Tan (right).
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You will not find your usual barbells, weights and treadmills in this gym; instead, there is a ball pit, a trampoline tunnel and five different types of swings.

The Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (Minds) opened its first sensory gym for adults yesterday, located at Mindsville@Napiri.

The gym is part of the centre's sensory integration therapy programme for its adult clients.



The Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (Minds) opened its first sensory gym for adults yesterday, located at Mindsville@Napiri.
PHOTO: The Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (Minds) opened its first sensory gym for adults yesterday, located at Mindsville@Napiri.
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People with intellectual and development disabilities often face difficulty in regulating their sensory input, meaning that stimuli in their environments can overwhelm them, according to Mr Ramachandran Ashokkumar, head occupational therapist at Minds.

He said: "Clients might have inappropriate responses to loud noises or being touched. The gym lets them regulate themselves."


People with intellectual and development disabilities often face difficulty in regulating their sensory input, meaning that stimuli in their environments can overwhelm them, according to Mr Ramachandran Ashokkumar, head occupational therapist at Minds.
PHOTO: People with intellectual and development disabilities often face difficulty in regulating their sensory input, meaning that stimuli in their environments can overwhelm them, according to Mr Ramachandran Ashokkumar, head occupational therapist at Minds.
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The opening of the gym was officiated by Ms Denise Phua, Mayor of Central Singapore District, and Dr Mohamed Omar Abdulla Balfaqeeh, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Singapore. The UAE partly funded the sensory gym.

Ms Koh Gee May, Minds acting chief executive, said: "The attention given to people with disabilities has been growing in recent years."

She noted that the government is taking steps in this area through programmes like the Enabling Masterplan, which is in its third iteration .



A different kind of gym
PHOTO: A different kind of gym
There are five different kinds of swings at the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore's (Minds) first sensory gym for adults, which opened yesterday. Ms Xue Er (in pink), in her 20s, is seen here on the platform swing assisted by Central Singapore District Mayor Denise Phua, as United Arab Emirates Ambassador to Singapore Mohamed Omar Abdulla Balfaqeeh looks on. The UAE partly funded the gym.
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Singapore's first medical clinic for intellectually disabled opens
PHOTO: Singapore's first medical clinic for intellectually disabled opens
The Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (Minds) Developmental Disabilities Medical Clinic was opened officially on Wednesday (21 March 2018).

The first clinic of its kind in Singapore, it offers specialised medical attention and pre-assessments and has helped 100 people with intellectual disabilities since its soft launch last July.

The clinic's services are free for the 2,400 intellectually disabled students and clients under Minds.

The clinic is located in the Kembangan-Chai Chee Community Hub, within the Minds Eunos Training and Development Centre.

Gracing the opening of the clinic on World Down Syndrome Day on Wednesday was President Halimah Yacob.
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By Huang Runchen, The New Paper, 04 May 2018 at 06:00 am
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[1] Huang Runchen, The New Paper, Minds opens first adult sensory gym, posted on 04 May 2018 at 06:00 am, http://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/minds-opens-first-adult-sensory-gym

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