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Extra Ordinary People unveils one-stop therapy and performing arts centre

SINGAPORE,  18 November:  Singapore’s  special  needs  community  can  now  look  forward  to  receiving  more  support  with  the  unveiling  of  Extra•Ordinary  People’s second  centre.

On  18  November  2018,  Guest-of-Honour Mr  Desmond  Lee,  Minister  for  Social  and  Family  Development and  Second  Minister  for National  Development, officially  openined  Extra•Ordinary  Place  @  Joo  Chiat,  a  one-stop  therapy  and  performing  arts  centre  offering support  for  parents  and  caregivers, multi-disciplinary  therapy  services and  performing  arts  classes.

Minister  Lee  toured  the  centre’s  facilities  and participated  in  an  inclusive  hand chimes  showcase  with students and  parents from  Extra•Ordinary  People’s Parent  Support  Group,  conducted  by  Mr Damien  Lim,  the  charity’s Resident  Handchimes  Artist from  Ministry  of  Bellz.

Established in  July  2017,  Extra•Ordinary  People  is  a  charity  with  Institution  of  Public  Character  status  that  aims  to  support  every  person  with  special  needs  in  Singapore  through  community supported  initiatives.

Extra•Ordinary  Place  @  Joo  Chiat is  its  second  centre,  with  its  first  – Extra•Ordinary  Place  @  Beach  Road  – offering  performing  arts and  art  therapy classes  for  children  and  youth  with  special  needs  since  February  2018.

The  charity  organised  An  Extra•Ordinary Celebration,  Singapore’s  largest  inclusive  concert  staged  by  more  than  500  differently  abled  performers  at  Resorts  World™Theatre  on  10  November  2018.  It  was  also  behind  Extra•OrdinarySingers,  a  100-strong  combined  choir  made  up  of  students  from 10  Special  Education  schools.

The  choir  was  the  only  non-professional  group  to  perform  among  some  of  the  world’s  foremost artistes with  disabilities at  the  True Colours  Festival  in  April  2018.

“Extra•Ordinary People  exists  so  that  we  can  provide  a  larger  platform  to  touch  more  lives,  so  that  we  can  involve  the  community  and  our  network  of  partners  to  build  an  inclusive  Singapore,”  said Ms  WeeWei  Ling,  Director  and  Co-founder  of  Extra•OrdinaryPeople.

As  a  dedicated  provider  of multi-disciplinary  therapy  services,  Extra•Ordinary  People embraces  a  family-centric  model,  partnering  parents  and  caregivers  in  their  child’s  learning and  developmental  journey.

Therapists  work  in  teams  comprising  all  relevant  domains  to  achieve  optimal overall  outcomes for a child’s  multiple  needs,  while  parents  and  caregivers  enjoy  access  to  a  supportive  community, facilities  and  resources.  Apart  from  a  welcoming  Caregivers  Lounge,  parents  can  book  activity  rooms  for  dialogue  sessions,  parents’  talks  or  simply  for  respite  activities.

Extra•Ordinary  Peoplecurrently  offers  Occupational  Therapy,  Educational  Therapy,  Psychological Services  and Art  Therapy,  with  Speech Therapy  to  be  available  soon.

In  fulfilling  its  life  cycle  approach  towards  supporting  families  of  children  with  special  needs,  its  services  will  extend  to  employment  services  for  adults  in  the  near  term.

Extra•Ordinary  People’s  performing  arts  programme  is  run  by  Resident  Artists  certified  in  working  with  individuals  with  special  needs.  At  an  affordable  rate  of  $15  per  session  for any  art  form,  children  and  youths  with  special  needs  are  able  to  cultivate  their  interest  and  talents in  Applied  Drama,  Creative  Movement,  Hand chimes,  Harmonica,  Percussions  and Vocal  classes.

On  top  of  the  performing  arts  programme,  Extra•Ordinary  People  provides  different  platforms  for  everyone  to be  given  an  opportunity  to  showcase  and  express  their  talents  and  passions,  developing  them  well  into  adulthood.

One  such  platform  is  the  inaugural  An  Extra•Ordinary  Celebration,  which  took  place  at  Resorts  World™Theatre  on  10  November  2018,  attended  by  a  1,400  strong  audience.  The  concert  will  be  an  annual  event designed  to  celebrate  inclusivity  and  appreciate  parents  and  educators.

In  the  works  are  plans  to  develop  music and  play therapy  into evidence-based  core  therapies that  will  contribute  to  significant  outcomes  in  the  development  of  a  child  with  special  needs. Applied  drama  and percussions  classes at Extra•Ordinary  Place  @Beach  Road.

Housed  in  a  two-storey  building  and  set  within  a  welcoming  landscaped  garden,  Extra•Ordinary  Place  @  JooChiat  is  designed  to  be  an  inclusive  and  accessible  space  for  children  with  special  needs  and  their  families.

It  offers an  occupational  therapy  gym,  a  multi-purpose performing  and  visual  arts  studio, therapy  consultation  rooms and  classrooms  for  educational  therapy,  among other  facilities.

Meticulous  attention  was  put  into  every  detail in  the  construction  of Extra•Ordinary  Place  @  Joo  Chiat.  The premise  was  intentionally designed  to  be  aWiFi free  zone.  All the  internal  walls  are  coated  with  non-toxic,  eco-friendly  accredited  paint  to  ensure  good  indoor  air  quality.

The  Caregivers’  Lounge is  a membership-based space to  empower,  equip,  and engage  parents  and  caregivers,  who  can  utilise  the  space  to relax  and  gather  their  thoughts,  seek  information  from  trained  staff  at  Extra•Ordinary  People,  or  simply  meet  fellow  caregivers.

Focus  group  discussions  are  held  from  time  to  time with  therapists,  providing  valuable  feedback  on fine-tuning therapy  services  and  programmes  offered.

Talks by  specialists are also organised for  parents  and  caregivers  who  are  interested  to  learn  more  about  caring  for  and  understanding various special  needs.

For  more  information, pleasevisit: http://extraordinarypeople.sg

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/extraordinarypeoplesg

Extra•Ordinary  People  is  located  at:

Extra•Ordinary  Place  @  Beach  Road
7500A  Beach  Road,  #01-313/317/318 The  Plaza  Block  A,  Singapore  199591

Extra•Ordinary  Place  @  Joo  Chiat
402  Joo  Chiat  Place,  Singapore  428082

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