Special needs support for kids in Malaysia

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Parenting is daunting enough but having a child with additional support needs or special educational needs (SEN, as it is usually abbreviated to in the education system) often adds to the worries of parenting. However, I truly believe that the correct team and support around you allows you to focus on enjoying those precious years with your little one. So I decided to do some research into what is available currently in Malaysia.

There is often an assumption that private and international schools are highly selective (or perhaps that was just mine), however, many international schools do have SEN bases. The amount and type of support differs from school to school, so best to be open with them about your child’s support needs and take it from there. You may want to do this face to face if possible, to get a better representation of a school and their philosophy.

After some research we discovered KL is a hub of highly trained professionals and hugely supportive parent networks. We have collated a pool of resources that may be useful to parents in KL – some of these have come recommended by our readers and some by our own research.

As always, I’d encourage parents to do their own research into a professional’s registration and qualifications before using their services. There are many out there who may be practicing as professionals without formal training. We cannot give personal accounts of these services but for opinions we’d advise asking the very helpful parents in one of the support forums listed below.

Multi-disciplinary centres

These are centres with more than one service under one roof – typically consisting of Physcology, Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy. Some offer ABA therapy, play/music therapy and more. Good for children with complex needs as various professionals under one roof can work together.

Oasis Place
KidsoGenuis
Hils Learning
Kids Therapy
The Mind Faculty

Speech therapy (see also multi-diciplinary)

Care Speech

Occupational therapy (also those in multi-diciplinary)

• Teo Theraputic Centre – 0377274503
The Energy Source

Vision therapy

Suntime Vision

Autism services

Seed Autism Services
The National Autism Society Of Malaysia

Developmental paediatrician

Dr Rajini 

Special needs schools

The Learning Connection
The Brain Connection

Kids’ gym

We rock the spectrum at Ara Damansara is a place for children of all ability levels to play and grow together with equipment designed to aid children with sensory processing disorders.

This is by no means a comprehensive list and there are no doubt many more services out there to explore; especially in the inclusive schools and learning centres offering support.

Parent support groups in KL

Parent support group KL – PSG KL
Started by two parents who saw a need for families to be supported on their journeys, this is a friendly group of parents who get together, share resources and tips and also organise workshops and talks from various professionals. They also have a WhatsApp group where people can share their experiences and support each other through their parenting journey. Having met with them I can assure they are a wealth of knowledge and very helpful so don’t hesitate to join the group and get involved.

Special Educational Network in Malaysia – SENIM
An official board in Malaysia with a Facebook page and group that are very good at staying up to date with what is going on in Malaysia and again, a great place to ask for parent opinions.

Oasis Place
Oasis place holds parent support groups and also hosts talks and workshops by both local and visiting specialists. Get in touch with them via the link above to find out more.

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