Best Special Needs Schools in Malaysia 2020

If you are looking for special needs schools in Malaysia, you are in the right place.



Raising a special needs child can feel very taxing in terms of money and effort. From helping them learn how to interact with others to finding qualified therapists to saving up for any necessary medical treatment, it’s a bittersweet experience that few outside the community can truly understand.

A special needs school is one that is segregated from a regular school. Special needs school serve many students with different types and severities of learning disabilities.

Examples of learning disabilities include:
Behavioural, emotional and social difficulties. Autistic spectrum conditions (Autism). Specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Google search results can be overwhelming. That's one of the reasons why we have shortlisted and filtered a list of special needs schools for you to choose. The selection of the centres is based on Google search results, reviews, information available on blogs, forums and our 'internal know how and know who'.

Disclaimer: The special needs schools have been arranged in no particular order of priority.

Listed below are some of the best special needs child centers in Malaysia.


1) Einstein Special Need Education (ESNE)

The school believes ALL children, with special educational needs, have a right to an education which is appropriate to their needs. The school provides one to one and small group homeschooling program/tuition for Primary, lower secondary and secondary levels (no age limitation). In order to know if the school’s service is suitable for your child, they have an easy set of procedures as follows:
  • Begin- If your child is struggling in school to cope with the subjects and speed of teaching, it is important to find out why. It is recommended to take your child to a psychologist or to special centres so that you can test dyslexia, autism and ADD/ADHD signs and symptoms.
  • Educational Assessment- If the results of the above-mentioned tests indicate that your child have these, you can contact the school to make an appointment. The school will then then assess the child’s knowledge to know more about the child and hereupon update teachers to what level they should start with the child by result of assessment.
  • Decision on Home Schooling or Tuition- Parents will then have to decide which program is more suitable for their child.
  • Assigning Suitable Teachers to Every Individual Student- Subject-based teachers for lower secondary and secondary level are trained regarding teaching method for special children.
  • Trial One Week Schooling- Since changing school is a big decision for students as well as parents, the school provides one-week trial classes which will be quite enough for students and parents to get to know the teachers, their teaching methods, how the students are treated and the school atmosphere.
  • Welcome to the family of Education House- The last step is when the child gets into the school. Classroom accommodation and multisensory instruction, text books, audio, video, and science experiments will help children understand and memorise the concepts well.
The school’s goal is to help children study happily in the school and at the end of the journey help children to register in final exam to get official IGCSE certificate.

Locations

Subang Jaya Branch - No. 62-3, Jalan SS15/4D, Subang Jaya, 47550, Selangor

Setia Alam Branch (Special Needs School in Shah Alam) - No. 7-3-2, Jalan Setia Prima H U13/H, Setia Alam, Seksyen U13, 40170 Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia.


2) Kits4Kids

The history of Kits4Kids began as early as in 2003. Kits4Kids started as a private school to assist children with disabilities and disorders when the founders observed that there was something lacking in special education for Singapore. Most services were provided through welfare Organisations and private therapy Centres. There was little integration of services through a child centred, family oriented and society focused approach. 

This started Kits4Kids Special School which later developed Kits4Kids Foundation Pte Ltd, a private social enterprise with different offices, centres and service agreements across the globe till date. Kits4Kids Foundation has projects spanning United States, Canada, South Africa, Ghana, Madagascar, Qatar, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.

As more people became aware of autism, dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, Dyspraxia and other disorders, the school launched parental workshops to upgrade parents, practitioners and care-givers in their need for support and passion to affect society.

Kits4Kids Special School continues to be a pillar in the educational transformation of children and young adults through an integrated interdisciplinary approach for a bright future.The Kits4Kids Special School Programmes:
  • Early Intervention Programme for Infants and ChildrenThis consist of the Toddler Programme Early Intervention, Nursery Programme Early Intervention, Kinders Programme Early Intervention, Nursery Integrated Programme, - Kinders Integrated Programme
  • Junior Programme
  • CARE Programme
Locations:

Kits4Kids @ KL Publika: U6, 8, D1, 1, Jalan Dutamas 1, Solaris Dutamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Kits4Kids @ Kota Damansara: 33-2 First Floor Jalan Cacawi, Jalan Cecawi 6/19a, Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

Kits4Kids @ Kajang: 28, Jalan Prima Saujana 1/1a, Prima Saujana, 43000 Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia.


3) Hils Learning - Special Needs School in Mont Kiara

Hils Learning believes that some children are simply different learners, not less able ones. It is this philosophy of belief in the child that forms the foundation of their entire approach.

Their professional teachers start by determining what the child can do instead of focusing on limitations. Little by little, the thick crust of fear crumbles, allowing the joy of learning to filter through.

Children learn that they are capable in a way they had never imagined. Perhaps most importantly, they stop seeing their uniqueness as a hurdle and start seeing it for what it really is — an extraordinary way to reach the stars.

Hils Learning Offers a wide variety of services, including Educational Testing, Learning Support, Reading Mastery Programme, Play Therapy, Social Thinking, Counselling, Home Schooling Support, School Entry Preparation, and various other Training Programmes. Their unique approach is based on careful observation, allowing them to adapt their methodology and teaching methods to suit each individual child’s needs and learning style.

Address: No. 13-2, Jalan Solaris 4, Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur 50480, Malaysia.


4) Think Enrichment Centre - Special Needs School in Kuala Lumpur

The aim at the centre is to prepare the child to enter school, get ready to engage with teachers and peers and to learn effectively. The school offers its students with Individual Education Plan (IEP) which is a map that lays out the program of special education instruction, support and services that the child needs to make progress and succeed at school. The Early Intervention Program is designed to help young children who have developmental delays or specific health conditions to catch up an increases their chances for success in school and life overall. Additionally, there are additional classes which the school provides:
  • Occupational Therapy where they help children with special needs to do things they want and need through the therapeutic use of daily activities.
  • Speech Therapy is provided which is a program used to help children who have difficulty speaking, through the use of training and repetitive exercises and use of devices that can make it easier for some children to speak.
  • Psychological Assessments are done for the students. This is a process of testing that uses a combination of techniques to help arrive at some hypotheses about the child and their behaviour, personality and capabilities.
  • Play Group is also available which is a safe way for parents to allow children to engage socially with other people and try new things. Playing in a group can broaden the child’s social network, through meeting with other children from the same age group.
Address: Block E-1-5 Plaza Arkadia, No 3 Jalan Intisari Perdana Desa Park City, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


5) Taarana School for Children with Special Learning Needs

The Vijayaratnam Foundation's (the philanthropic arm of the QI Group of Companies in Malaysia) main focus under the education pillar is the empowerment of individuals in the field of special learning needs and in line with this a centre for children with special learning needs, called TAARANA was set up.

The school provides programmes suitable for all our students in order to understand their strengths and weakness. Thus, each student follows and Individualised Educational Plan (IEP) that allows them to make progress at their own pace.

Their early year programmes are based on intensive intervention model, which recognises the importance of early intervention. Additionally, they provide intermediate programmes which prepares their students both academically and functionally. The academic programmes follow modified mainstream curriculum. Their prevocational programme trains students for independent living.

By regularly getting involved and engaging with these children, the school hopes to help them make a smooth transition into society and be able to live meaningful lives.

Address: No. 1, SS3/39, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.


6) Seed Autism Services | Autism School in Malaysia

SEED Autism Services Malaysia provides home-based and community-based Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy, supervision, workshops and training for children with Autism. They believe in using the evidence-based practice of ABA and the Verbal Behavior (VB) approach in their programs will aid to improve their children’s quality of life.

SEED Autism Services Malaysia is dedicated to creating effective ABA programs and maintaining high standards of professionalism and ethics. They believe in the importance of working with family members and other professionals to promote generalisation of learnt skills into the child’s natural environment. They also believe in continually raising awareness within the Malaysian community and sharing their knowledge with other professionals in the country and around the South East Asian region.

At SEED Autism Services Malaysia, they offer four (4) types of home-based ABA programs for families. These are:
  • Introductory Program (9 hours weekly)
  • Focused Program (15 hours weekly)
  • Comprehensive Program (30 hours weekly)
  • Consultation Only
Address: Level 2, Unit D12-11-2, Dana 1 Commercial Centre, Jalan PJU 1A/46, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.


7) Kiwanis Centre for Learning Disabilities

There are no limits – only beginnings. BAKTI-MIND provides information and resources for people with disabilities (PWD) and their carers. The institution helps you understand your disabilities, find support and resources in order to lead the best life possible.The organisation provides its services to people who are amputees, autistic, blind or visually impaired, have cancer, suffer from cerebral palsy, deaf or have hearing impairment, have diabetic foot, down syndrome, geriatrics, haematology, spinal cord injury, stroke, cardiac rehabilitation, learning disabilities. The BAKTI-MIND team recognizes each person with disability as unique. Each PWD has varying aspirations, abilities, interest and needs.

Special education enhances a person’s ability to interact with their community and environment. This helps them connect appropriately and effectively with people around them. In Malaysia, various schools and training centres are available to guide individuals toward independent living.

Address: 3rd Floor, Bangunan BAKTI Siti Hasmah, No. 6 Changkat Abang Haji Openg, Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


8) YIREH Love Foundation

Yireh Love Foundation is a learning center developed to assist and groom children with special needs. We are a group of young Malaysians wanting to reach out to these group of special children, to gather information and to help them to fit into the society.

Yireh Love Foundation is a non-profit organization and we are constantly looking for volunteers to assist in the center.

Address: 56-2&3, Jalan Puteri 1/2, Bandar Puteri, 47100 Puchong, Selangor, Malaysia.

Types of Disabilities Served: 
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) / Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD),
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD),
  • Cerebral Palsy,
  • Developmental Delay,
  • Down Syndrome,
  • Dyslexia,
  • Intellectual Disability

Wrapping It Up

So, here you are. The top and popular special needs schools in Malaysia.

If there are any major special needs schools that we’ve missed then please let us know in the comments!

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