With more than 50 local and international presenters, learn more about where they are from and their areas of expertise.

 PRESENTERS

  Akira Uno | Andy Wang Ding XiongAngela Fawcett | Angelica Benson | Beth Ann O'BrienBeverly Tan | Chua Minqi | D. Chandrasekhar | David CampbellDavid Fawcett | Daytantara Priyo Santano | Deon PohEleonora Palmieri | Elizabeth Ow Yeong | Fiona CheamFong Pei YiGeetha Shantha RamHani Zohra Muhamad | Harini Ramanujam | Harsheeni Rajoo | Ho Shuet Lian | Jasmine Tse | Jieping Ou | Jim LeeJuzailah Amin | Kavitha Tiruchelvam | Kristiantini Dewi | Lata Vasanthakumar | Lee Jun Yi | Lee Wei LingLi Dong | Madinah Begum | Mala R. Natarajan | Malikka Begum Habib Mohamed | Masarrat Khan | Nicole Cybil LimNur Artika Arshad | Pearllyn KangPiero Crispiani | Pratyusha Sridhar | Purboyo Solek | Rameeza Khan | Rebecca Lim | Rebecca Lim Pei LingRebecca Yeo | Roslan M Saad | Ryan WangSafinah Bte Hassan | Seet Xian Hui | Shakthi Bavani SathiasilanSiti Aishah Binte Shukri | Siti Asjamiah Bte Asmuri | Siti Mariam Bte DaudSoofrina Mubarak | Stella Pong Ke Xin | Swetha Krishna | Sylvia Foo | Takashi Gotoh | Tan Ah Hong | Tarsheeni Rajoo | Vera Tai | Wesley Tan Chee Wah

POSTER PRESENTERS

  Angelica Benson Cheryl YeoChua Minqi | Edmen Leong | Elizabeth Lim | Fong Pei Yi | Joanne TanKristiantini Dewi | Lau Jia Xian | Lee Er Ker | Li-Chih Wang | Muthusamy K.A. | Nadia Ali | Natasha Malek | Parameswari Shunmugam | Patricia Ng Mui Hoon | Purboyo Solek | Rebecca Yeo | Shakthi Bavani Sathiasilan | Sharyfah Nur FitriyaSiti Mariam Bte DaudStella Pong Ke Xin | Sylvia FooVera Tai | Vijayakumar V | Wesley Tan Chee Wah

PANEL DISCUSSION

Angela Fawcett | Lee Siang | Mandy Nayton | Masarrat Khan | Phyllis Munyi

 Akira

AKIRA UNO
Professor, Tsukuba University, Japan President, Dyslexia Association of Japan, Japan

Akira Uno PhD. is a Professor of University of Tsukuba and President of Japan Dyslexia Research Association (JDRA). He was a co-founder of JDRA in 2001. He is specialized for reading/spelling development in Japanese and developmental and acquired dyslexia. He is also studying brain dysfunction and structure in children with developmental dyslexia. Most of his foreign Ph.D. students from overseas, such as Tunisia, Philippine, Korea, Taiwan, are studying cross-linguistic study among different writing system. From April in 2017, he is also Principal of the experimental Special Needs Education School for Physically Challenged.

 

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ANDY WANG DING XIONG
Senior Educational Therapist, Dyslexia Association of Singapore, Singapore

Andy has over six years of practical experience in the field of Specific Learning Differences, especially Dyslexia. His current work as a Senior Educational Therapist at the Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS) since 2012 has allowed him to take on a practical hands-on approach and remediation for students with various special needs. He is a member of the Register of Educational Therapists (Asia) and actively contributes to the curriculum development of the English Exam Skill Programme at DAS as a core team member. Andy has a keen interest in increasing public awareness and understanding of Dyslexia. His role as an awareness speaker has helped DAS in reaching out to various audience platforms - educators, parents, medical practitioners, and the general public. His postgraduate academic achievements include a Postgraduate Certificate in Special Educational Needs with the University of South Wales and a Master of Education (Special Education) with the National Institute of Education, Singapore.

 Angela

ANGELA FAWCETT (DR)
Emeritus Professor, Swansea University, United Kingdom
Research Consultant, Dyslexia Association of Singapore, Singapore

Professor Angela Fawcett is a leading international researcher into dyslexia and other developmental disabilities, encompassing a range of theoretical and applied contributions to this field. Her approach is broad and interdisciplinary ranging from child and cognitive development to educational screening and intervention, as well as development cognitive neuroscience. She is the Vice President of the British Dyslexia Association and also the Former Chair and Director of the Centre for Child Research at the Swansea University, UK.

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ANGELICA BENSON
Director of International Development, Lindamood-Bell Center

For the last 22 years, Angelica Benson has worked for Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes, a world leader in research and instruction to address learning challenges including dyslexia, hyperlexia, ADHD, and an autism spectrum disorder. Ms. Benson is currently the Director of International Development and is based in the Del Mar, California Lindamood-Bell Learning Center. She served as Project Director overseeing the intervention and research components related to Lindamood-Bell’s participation in a randomised, controlled study of dyslexic students at Georgetown University’s Center for the Study of Learning (featured in the August 2011 issue of NeuroImage). In addition, she has worked with dozens of schools in the USA and UK to implement Lindamood-Bell® research-validated instruction and school improvement, models. Ms. Benson holds a Master of Education degree from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego.

 

 Beth

BETH ANN O'BRIEN
Sr. Research Scientist, Centre for Research in Child Development, NIE, Singapore

Dr. O’Brien is a Senior Research Scientist at the National Institute of Education, NTU, Singapore. She heads the Bilingual and Biliteracy Development area within the Centre for Research in Child Development. A cognitive psychologist by training, Dr. O’Brien’s research focus is on reading development from a cognitive neuroscience perspective; in particular, how different types of learners (bilingual, learning-disabled, at-risk) interact with different educational environments and experiences. She has conducted research on developmental dyslexia with multi-componential and technology-based interventions, as well as on the typical development of reading, reading fluency and biliteracy.

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BEVERLY TAN
Preschool Educator, Kindle Garden

Beverley Tan is a preschool teacher at Kindle Garden, the first inclusive preschool in Singapore. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College and a diploma in Early Childhood Studies. She currently works with children with global developmental delay and autism in the inclusive preschool.

During her academic years, she also participated in a group research paper on invented spelling for preschoolers and have published an article in young parents magazine.

 

CHERYL YEO
Dyslexia Association of Singapore

Cheryl has been an educational therapist with the Dyslexia Association since July 2015. She has more than 15years of experience in working with children from 6 months old to 6years old. She has worked aboard in 6 countries over 12years in Montessori Education and curriculum planning, before returning to Singapore in 2014. Cheryl holds a Masters Education in Inclusive Education, focusing on Social Emotional Behaviour Difficulties in Early Childhood (UK), and an International Diploma in Montessori Education, focusing on early years (UK). She has recently, in January 2017, achieved a Certificate in Autism (Early Intervention) with the Autism Resources Centre Singapore.

 

 ChuaMinqi

CHUA MINQI
Specialist Psychologist, Dyslexia Association of Singapore

Minqi has been a specialist psychologist at the DAS since 2012. She conducts assessments to investigate a range of learning and behaviour difficulties, as well as conducts training for the public and DAS staff. Minqi is also involved in research conducted at the DAS on screening tools and teaching curriculum for dyslexia.

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D. CHANDRASEKHAR
President, Madras Dyslexia Association

Mr.D.Chandrasekhar is a Founder and present President of Madras Dyslexia Association, who has pioneered the cause of dyslexia. They have facilities for assessments, teachers training, part-time remediation, full-time remediation, the establishment of resource rooms in schools and a gamut of other supporting services. Their current focus is in empowering the classroom teachers

He has also Founded Multiple Intelligences Foundation, and their center Hydra. They are able to help the dyslexic children to discover their hidden potentials.

Mr.D.Chandrasekhar is otherwise involved a number of community initiatives that include:

  • Sri Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, where he is the Vice President.
  • IIT Madras Alumni Charitable trust, where he is the Secretary.
  • United Way of Chennai, where he is the Board Member.
  • Rotary TTK VHS Blood Bank, where he is the Founder Trustee
  • The VHS Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research, where he is the Founder Trustee.
  • SriThyaga Brahma Gana Sabha where he is the Vice President

Mr. D.Chandrasekhar is a Graduate of IIT Madras and was awarded Distinguished Alumnus Award in the year 2009 for his contribution to Entrepreneurship and other walks of life. Recently he has conferred the Mrs. YGP Educationist Award. He is a serial entrepreneur for over 40 years.

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DAVID CAMPBELL
Manager, Scanning Pens

David is the Australian Manager of Scanning Pens, a British assistive technology company that assists those with reading difficulties including Dyslexia. Scanning Pens has operations in the UK, USA, Canada, India, and Australia. David has been involved in the education sector for many years working with companies such as Pearson Education, Encyclopaedia Britannica, and Instructure.

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DAVID FAWCETT
Regional Sales Manager, Honeywell Controls 

David struggled with literacy in primary school, but with support from his parents gained a place at technical college. Despite all his efforts, he was the boy who scored ‘only fair’ for his academic work. On leaving school his careers master dispatched him to the steelworks, although he really wanted to work with people. Building on his hard-earned technical skills, David became a technician at the University of Sheffield. With the encouragement of his wife Angela, he was appointed to a technical sales position at Honeywell controls. Combining his technical and people skills to excellent effect, he rose to Regional sales manager and received many awards for his work. In 2012 David presented his first talk on his dyslexia journey, and he has since contributed at international conferences in the UK, New Zealand, Asia, and Brussels.

 Dayantara

DAYANTARA PRIYO SANTANO
Student, Jarkata Indonesia

Dayantara Priyo Santano born in Jakarta, September 8, 2000, is the eldest son of the couple Lestyo Sasono Wijito and Rinawantari Soepardi and also a dyslexic. One of his fears includes literature. Dayan wanted to prove to Spent some of his childhood journey in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, following his father's duty at the Consulate in the neighboring country.

Having a hobby of traveling, photography, and listening to music, this teenager is very fond of gudeg as one of his favorite foods. Dayan hopes that his first book, Traveler’s Pocket Book - Imaginary Line of Jogja, can provide many benefits for readers who will travel to Yogyakarta by tracing the route of the Imaginary Line of Jogja and to prove dyslexia is not a backdoor to face the “impossible.”

 Deon

DEON POH
Centre Manager, Dyslexia Association of Singapore

Deon is the Centre Manager at Bedok Learning Centre. Besides ensuring the day-to-day operations of the centre is running smoothly, he also teaches students with dyslexia at his centre. Formerly supporting students with learning difficulties as an Allied Educator in the MOE schools, he has also taught upper-grade students with mild learning disabilities in an international school. Deon has a Bachelor of Business (Property) and recently completed his Master's Degree in Special Education dissertation with the National Institute of Education (NIE). Deon enjoys teaching students with learning disabilities and aspires to constantly explore innovative teaching strategies to inspire learning.

 

EDMEN LEONG
Dyslexia Association of Singapore

Edmen has been with the DAS since 2010. He served as an Educational Therapist, Programme Manager as well an Assistant Director before assuming the post of Director of Specialised Educational Services (SES) on the 1st of January 2019. As Director of SES, Edmen oversees a range of programmes including the Preschool, Speech and Language Therapy, Math, Chinese, Prep 2 PSLE and Speech and Drama Arts programmes. He has also pioneered the development of Short Term Programmes and oversees student workshops that DAS conducts.

Edmen graduated from the University of Western Australia, Perth with a degree in Psychology prior to joining the DAS. He has since completed his Post-Graduate Certificate in Specific Learning Differences with London Metropolitan University and his Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics with the National Institute of Education Singapore where he won the book prize for being the top student in his cohort. Edmen is currently pursuing his PhD with an interest in the topic of reading motivation for struggling readers. He has presented in conferences and published papers on exam skills, curriculum development, reading comprehension and language testing.

Edmen strongly believes in unlocking the potential of every dyslexic learner and aims to empower educators and parents with sufficient knowledge and strategies to support struggling learners.

 Eleanora ELEONORA PALMIERI
Director of Psychological and Pedagogical Victor Centre Macerata, Italy

Dr. Eleonora Palmieri is the Director of Psychological and Pedagogical Victor Center Macerata (Italy) involved in dyslexia, dyspraxia, autism. She is a psychologist, pedagogist and
Itard Specialist. She works as a researcher at the University in Macerata (Italy) concerning Special Pedagogy and disability. She has been involved in international projects as a trainer and she often attends as an expert speaker at International Conferences.

She has developed and coordinated partnerships with many experts in different countries, including universities ( Poland, England, Spain, Hong Kong), training organizations, research centre. She is the author of Video Motor Training Itard and Working Method of Champion LIRM ( intensive reading and Speed Motor).

 

ELIZABETH LIM
Speech and Language Therapist

Elizabeth has been a Speech and Language Therapist in DAS since 2014. She works with students who have dyslexia and speech, language and communication needs, as well as other co-morbid challenges, such as global developmental delay, attention deficit, and autism. She conducts individual and group therapy, and a variety of workshops, for preschool to post-secondary students. She also contributes to the training of new DAS educational therapists as well as other adult learners, such as parents and educators, by lecturing in DAS Academy on speech, language and communication needs.

Additionally, being an SLT with a strong foundation in the early childhood profession, she conducts seminars and workshops for preschool educators. Early intervention and remediation with children and youth who have learning challenges is Elizabeth's lifelong passion and mission.

 Elizabeth ELIZABETH OW YEONG

Teaching Fellow, National Institute of Education, Early Childhood and Special Needs Education

Dr. Elizabeth Ow Yeong has taught in the mainstream primary school system for the past 25 years. She has served as HOD (Student Well-being), amongst other appointments. Currently seconded to the National Institute of Education, she focuses on training pre-service teachers, allied educators for learning and behavioural support, as well as in-service teachers in the area of special needs. Her research interests include special needs education and constructivist teaching approaches. In 2017, Ow Yeong was awarded the President’s Award for Teachers for her services to education.

  FIONA CHEAM

Lead Educational Psychologist, Ministry of Education

Dr Fiona Cheam is a Chartered Educational Psychologist with 20 years of experience working with schools to support students with special educational needs (SEN). As Lead Educational Psychologist in the Ministry of Education, she has been involved in the formulation of policies, and the provision of programmes and services for students with SEN. She spearheaded the introduction of Learning Support for Mathematics for Primary 1 and 2 pupils who require additional support, as well as the initiative to provide Allied Educators for Learning and Behaviour Support [AED (LBS)] to schools. Currently, she oversees the implementation of the School-based Dyslexia Remediation programme in primary schools. She also has an interest in the identification and support of students with mathematics difficulties, and recent research has focused on the inclusion of working memory training in mathematics interventions. Prior to training as an Educational Psychologist at University College London, Dr. Cheam was a primary school teacher.

 FongPeiYi  FONG PEI YI

Specialist Psychologist, Dyslexia Association of Singapore

Pei Yi has been a specialist psychologist with the DAS since August 2012. Her responsibilities include conducting psychological assessments for students who experience difficulties with learning and facilitating the placement of students in learning programmes at the DAS. Pei Yi is also involved in research conducted at DAS in the area of dyslexia.

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GEETHA SHANTHA RAM
Director, English Language Literacy, Dyslexia Association of Singapore, Singapore 

Geetha Shantha Ram is the Director of the English Language and Literacy (ELL) programmes, which includes the MOE-aided DAS Literacy Programme (MAP) and has led curriculum enhancements for the DAS through the Essential Literacy Approach and the current integrated ELL curriculum. Besides ELL, Geetha oversees the SpLD Assessment Service and Staff Professional Development division. She also heads the DAS Research Committee and is an advisor in the Register of Educational therapists (Asia) (RETA). Formerly, the Assistant Director of the DAS Academy, Geetha trained Allied educators, parents and other professionals and continues to present at conferences, most recently at the 2017 International Dyslexia Association Conference.

Geetha has a Masters in English (NUS), a Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (Distinction) (LMU) and is currently pursuing her doctorate. With over 13 years of experience supporting children and adults in the area of dyslexia, Geetha aims to provide a quality service to dyslexics that searches for and realises their true potential and provides them with a view to appreciate their own unique abilities.

Keynote Presentation: 

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HANI ZOHRA MUHAMAD
Educational Advisor, Dyslexia Association of Singapore

Hani Zohra Muhamad is a Lead Educational Therapist and an Educational Advisor (EA). Hani joined the Dyslexia Association of Singapore in 2006 and has over the years been teaching and working with students with dyslexia and other co-morbidities such as ADHD and SLI. As an EA, Hani contributes to the mentoring and training of new educational therapists, as well as support colleagues with challenging students. Hani holds a Masters Degree in Education (Special Education) from Nanyang Technological University (NIE-NTU), a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Management from University of London (UOL) and a Cambridge International Diploma for Teachers and Trainers (Dyslexia). Hani is also a member of the Register of Educational Therapist Asia (RETA).

 Harini HARINI RAMANUJAM

Head of General Operations and Finance, Madras Dyslexia Association

Harini Ramanujam is a special educator and specially trained in the identification and remediation of primary children. She is been associated with Madras Dyslexia Association for the past 12 years. She joined Madras Dyslexia Association as a teacher in their project, Ananya Learning and Research Centre. She then went on to become the Vice principal of the junior section of Ananya Learning and Research Centre. In 2014 she became Head – General Operations and Finance of Madras Dyslexia Association taking charge of their entire operations. She is one of the senior faculty in their Teachers Training Division. She is spearheading projects like Tamil Vazhi Payirchi a remediation methodology in Tamizh, AVANCE 360 a workflow software to monitor the children under remediation and in development of assistive devices. She has all-round knowledge and experience in handling young dyslexic children. She has represented MDA in the International Dyslexia Conference held in Singapore and gave a presentation on the activities of MDA.

Apart from she is a carnatic music lover and an avid reader.

 

 Harsheeni HARSHEENI RAJOO

Educational Advisor and Math Dual Specialist, Dyslexia Association of Singapore

Harsheeni joined the Dyslexia Association of Singapore in 2013 and has over the years been teaching and working with students with dyslexia and other co-morbidities such as Attention Deficit and Hyperactive Disorder and Speech and Language Impairment. As a Math Dual Specialist, Harsheeni works closely with students dealing with fundamental mathematical challenges and Dyscalculia.

As an Educational Advisor, Harsheeni Works closely with the Staff Professional Development team to promote well-being amongst Educators through CalmEd- a mindfulness-based initiative.

She believes that with the distinctions in health, wellbeing, and wellness in mind, it is vital for Educators to understand the differences and apply mindfulness which is imperative to have in a career that mentally and emotionally fulfils, challenges and centres us.

Harsheeni holds a Bachelor of Communication from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. She also holds a Specialist Diploma in Specific Learning Differences (SpLD) from the DAS Academy and a Certificate of Mathematics Teaching from Marshall Cavendish Institute.

 

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HO SHUET LIAN
Speech and Language Therapist, Dyslexia Association of Singapore

huet Lian graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Master of Science degree in Speech and Language Pathology. She completed a Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme from the University of Leeds with Distinction. She is a member of Speech And Language Therapy Singapore (SALTS) and is an Allied Health Professions Council registered (AHPC).

Her work involves providing speech, language, and communication assessment as well as intervention services to children with specific learning differences. Her clinical experience includes working with children between the ages of 5 and 16 years. She provides advice and clinical support to educational therapists and newly qualified speech-language therapists at DAS.

 

 Jasmine JASMINE TSE

Curriculum Developer and Educational Therapist, Dyslexia Association of Singapore

Jasmine Tse started teaching with DAS in June 2016. She is an Educational Therapist and a Curriculum Developer with the DAS English Language and Literacy (ELL) Division. Jasmine has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) Degree in Linguistics and Multilingual Studies from the Nanyang Technological University, and also obtained a Specialist Diploma in Educational Therapy offered by the DAS Academy. She believes in working together with parents as well as allied educators in supporting her students with specific learning differences. Currently, as a curriculum developer, Jasmine assists in the planning and development of various programs under the ELL division and also producing teaching materials for fellow educational therapists in DAS. As a young and dedicated educator, Jasmine looks forward to many more opportunities in developing literacy skills amongst students with specific learning needs.

QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) Degree in Linguistics and Multilingual Studies
Specialist Diploma in Educational Therapy

 

 JIEPING JIEPING OU

Doctoral Student, University of Tsukuba

I am a doctoral student at the University of Tsukuba, in Japan. I am interested in the characteristic of different languages and curious about cognitive processing in different languages. I am studying the underlying skills and the development of reading/writing literacy among Chinese children.

 

 jim lee JIM LEE

Executive Committee Member, Dyslexia Association of Singapore

Mr. Jim Lee joined the Dyslexia Association of Singapore as an Executive Committee Member in September 2018. He is a member of the finance committee and also advises the DAS on how to incorporate technology to increase effectiveness and efficiency.Mr. Lee has a background in management consulting and technology. As a Manager at A.T. Kearney, he led projects to transform both Fortune 500 multinational companies and government organizations. He also has experience working at Chevron and Google where he led projects to develop and execute IT strategies. Mr. Lee holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of California at Berkeley as well as a Master of Business Administration from the Stern School of Business of New York University.

 

 

JOANNE TAN
Educational Therapist, Dyslexia Association of Singapore

Joanne is a trained Early Childhood Educator specialised in Dyslexic studies. She has worked with toddlers, preschoolers, school-aged and secondary children since 2004. Research has shown that pre-school age is the best and most effective time to help learners with learning difficulties. Hence, Joanne started focusing on helping preschoolers with reading and writing difficulties as she realised that Early Intervention is critical. It takes a village to educate a child. Other than working with young children, she has also trained teachers and conduct awareness talks for parents. Joanne hopes through her little efforts, more children can benefit and leap into their learning journey with confidence.

 Juzailah JUZAILAH AMIN

Senior Educational Therapist, Dyslexia Association of Singapore

Juzailah Amin is a senior educational therapist with the Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS). She was a former Allied Educator (Behavioural and Learning Support) and has been teaching students with special educational needs for 8 years. She holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Special Educational Needs by the University of South Wales. She also has a Certificate in Dyscalculia & Numeracy Teaching and Educational Psychology by the DAS. As a core Curriculum Team member for the MOE-Aided DAS Literacy Programme, her passion lies in crafting resources that are specially tailored for students with learning needs which she hopes, could help them become passionate seekers of knowledge and understanding.

 

 Kavitha KAVITHA TIRUCHELVAM

Lead Educational Therapist, Dyslexia Association of Singapore

Kavitha Tiruchelvam is a Lead Educational Therapist and a Programme Leader for SES Science. Kavitha joined the Dyslexia Association of Singapore in 2007 and has been teaching and working with students with Dyslexia and other co-morbidities such as Speech & Language Impairment and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. As Kavitha spearheads the SES Science Programme at the DAS, she has conducted 11 SES Science Explorers Workshops for primary students in 2017, has conducted 6 SES Science Explorers Short-Term Programmes in 2018 and another 12 SES Science Explorers Short-Term Programmes in 2019! She is also a Triple Specialist who teaches the SES English Exam Skills Programme as well as the MOE-Aided DAS Literacy Programme. In addition, Kavitha continues to train and give support to her colleagues by sharing her wealth of experiences, especially when working with students who struggle with specific learning difficulties. Kavitha holds a Masters in Inclusive & Special Education from Monash University, a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) with Double Majors in Mass Communication & Marketing and a Cambridge International Diploma for Teachers and Trainers in Dyslexia Studies. She is also a Fellow with the Register of Educational Therapists Asia (RETA).

 

 Kristiantini KRISTIANTINI DEWI

Pediatrician, Indigrow Child Development Center

Dr. Kristiantini Dewi SpA completed the Specialist Children (SpA) in the Faculty of Medicine, the University of Padjajaran in 2005. Currently, she is a pediatrician in Indigrow Child Development Center (CDC) since 2005 and the International Santosa Hospital Bandung since 2007 and Melinda2 Child Development Center of Melinda2 Hospital since 2010. She has completed a fellow in the clinical attachment in the neuropediatric field at the Institute of Pediatric Hospital Kuala Lumpur 2007. As well as a lot of training related to the growth and development of children with special needs. In addition to being Chairman of the Dyslexia Association of Indonesia, she is also a coordinator of Special Services Program development in Indonesia Class Dyslexia, Autism classes, and inclusion.

 

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LATA VASANTHAKUMAR

Head of Training, Madras Dyslexia Association, India

A science graduate from the University of Madras with a Bachelors of Education degree is currently in the process of completing her second B.Ed in Special Education. She started the career as a high school teacher in 1990 and later joined Madras Dyslexia Association. She donned the role of Special Educator in Ananya, a full time pull out unit run by MDA.

In her decade long association with Ananya, she was instrumental in making individualised Education plans for children and worked towards helping them in overcoming their difficulties. She has taken up different roles at MDA. She is an assessor, who has had the chance of interacting with parents and identifying the levels of difficulties in children. With MDA’s expanding activities she is a part of the resource room team as a senior monitor. She guides the special educators in making IEP’s and lesson plans as well as discussing various remedial techniques to help children in mainstream schools.

She currently heads the training team in MDA and works towards empowering mainstream teachers in various remedial methodologies, to help children in the school environment. Her passion for helping children has been the driving force for her to work towards achieving MDA’s goal of helping 5 lakh children in the next 5 years. She has published a paper at National conference on “Teacher Education in India: Issues and concerns in quality accreditation” conducted by the Department of Education, University of Madras.

 

 LauJiaXian LAU JIA XIAN

Undergraduate, Infocommunications and Computer Engineering, Nanyang Technological University

Lau Jia Xian is an Electrical and Electronic Engineering undergraduate, specialising in Computer Engineering (Infocommunications) at Nanyang Technological University. Currently, she is developing a virtual reality solution: ADAPTIVE EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING VIA INTERACTIVE CONTEMPORARY EDUCATION (AELVICE VR) for students with dyslexia to improve on their reading and presentation skills. This practical research, in collaboration with DAS’ MOE - Aided DAS Literacy Programme (MAP), has clinched the top 7 national finalist position in the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2018 competition. AELVICE VR is part of the DAS iStudySmart programme, which uses technology to assist students in their learning disabilities.

 

 

LEE ER KER
Speech and Language Therapist

Lee is a Senior Speech and Language Therapist who has more than 9 years' working experience working with and helping children in mainstream schools with speech, language and communication needs, with or without a diagnosis of dyslexia, as well as managing speech, language, swallowing/feeding and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) issues faced by children and teenagers with special needs in both an EIPIC centre and a Special Education (SPED) school, many of whom have multiple disabilities and complex communication needs.

Although the primary scope of his present work involves assessment and intervention, Lee has developed and conducted numerous training workshops for allied health professionals, special education and mainstream school teachers, parents and caregivers over the years. In addition, he has lectured and tutored at the university level for the National University of Singapore (NUS) M.Sc. (Speech and Language Pathology) programme, and is a regular External Clinical Educator for students from the same programme on clinical placement. Since joining DAS, he has co-conducted the Certificate in Understanding Speech, Language and Communication Needs course at the DAS Academy and presented at past editions of the DAS Preschool Seminar and UniteSPLD.

Lee joined DAS in 2016 and is currently registered with the Allied Health Professions Council (Full Registration). Prior to being a speech and language therapist, he was a qualified Ministry of Education (MOE) mainstream school teacher.

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LEE JUN YI
Specialist Psychologist, Dyslexia Association of Singapore

Jun Yi joined the SpLD Assessments Services as a Specialist Psychologist in October 2016 where she conducts psycho-educational assessments with students primarily to investigate if their learning difficulty can be attributed to dyslexia. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychology from University College London, UK. She is also involved in research projects at the DAS.

 

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LEE SIANG
Chief Executive Officer, Dyslexia Association of Singapore

Siang joined DAS on 15 December 2001 and assumed the post of CEO on 1 September 2014. He also sits on the Board of DAS subsidiaries, DAS Academy and DAS International. Siang was a member of the US-based International Dyslexia Association from 2016 to 2018 and Chair of their Global Partners Committee from 2016 to 2018, he still remains a member of the Global Partners Committee representing Singapore. He has played a key role in the rapid growth of DAS into a thriving social enterprise with a multi-disciplinary professional workforce that provides a continuum of services. He emphasizes that DAS "must strive to fulfil our social mission by combining entrepreneurial and business skills with the philanthropic characteristics of non-profits".

Siang obtained his BA from the National University of Singapore via the sponsorship of the Singapore Armed Forces. He also has a Certificate in Dyslexia Studies, a PGC in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and a PGC in Specific Learning Differences from London Metropolitan University, a PGDip in Financial Management from the Singapore Institute of Management and an MBA from the University of Western Australia. It is this unique balance of experiences and qualifications that have allowed Siang to oversee the diverse services and functions of the DAS family.

 

 LeeWeiLing LEE WEI LING

Preschool Educator, Kindle Garden

Lee Wei Ling is currently a preschool teacher at Kindle Garden, the first inclusive preschool in Singapore. She has a degree in special education from Flinders University and a diploma in Child Psychology and Early Education. She works to improve the access, participation and support children with cerebral palsy, down syndrome, global developmental delay, and autism who learn together with their friends in an inclusive preschool.

She also had experience working with children with autism and global developmental delay previously using Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) in a one to one setting and also has done school shadow to aid transition into the mainstream setting for children with autism in preschool and primary school setting.

 

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LI DONG

Educational Therapist, Dyslexia Association of Singapore

Li Dong has been working for DAS as an Educational Therapist for four years. He specialises in Chinese intervention and has experience working with both primary and secondary school students. Besides teaching, he is also intensively involved in curriculum development, research and training of new Chinese Educational Therapists. He holds a Master of Arts (in German as a Foreign Language) from the Julius-Maximilian University of Würzburg (Germany), a Diploma in Teaching Chinese from Nanyang Technology University (NTU) and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Special Educational Needs from the University of South Wales. He is pursuing his Master of Education in Teaching and Learning Chinese from Hong Kong University (HKU).

 

 Madinah MADINAH BEGUM

Educational Therapist, Dyslexia Association of Singapore

Madinah is an Educational Therapist for the DAS Main Literacy Programme (MLP) since 2014. She is also dual-specialist and teaches in the English Exam Skills. Madinah graduated with a Masters of Counselling from Monash University in 2018 and has a degree in Psychology from James Cook University. She has also completed her Specialist Diploma in Specific Learning Differences from the DAS Academy and is currently pursuing her Post Graduate Certificate in Special Educational Needs / Additional Learning Needs (MASEN/ALN).

 

 Mala MALA R. NATARAJAN

Special Educator, Madras Dyslexia Association

Mala R Natarajan is a Special Educator, trained to teach dyslexics, currently working at Madras Dyslexia Association. My role includes:
• providing guidance to parents seeking help from MDA for their dyslexic wards
• conducting assessments for children seeking this service from MDA
• leveraging technology to significantly increase the number of dyslexics impacted through remedial teaching; includes digitization of training, setting up MIS reports for enabling informed decision making in areas like Resource room management
• implementing applications that can give a 3600 view of dyslexic children entering the portals of MDA
• working with technology experts and special educators to design, test and implement software solutions that support learning and enhance the productivity of people with SLD
Her previous experiences in the corporate sector in the area of Information Technology and as a passionate teacher have helped provide practical insights into these projects.

 

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MALIKKA BEGUM HABIB MOHAMED
Research Assistant, Centre for Research in Child Development, NIE, Singapore

Malikka Begum is a research assistant at National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Educational Research at NTU. Her major interest includes studying how cognitive processes contribute to learning difficulties in young children, including bi-literacy development and the impact of different instructional environments on student learning outcomes. Her work involves the use of multiple methods, including randomized control trials, surveys, and classrooms observations to study all aspects of a child's environment.

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MANDY NAYTON
Chief Executive Officer, Dyslexia SPELD Foundation, WA, Australia

Mandy Nayton is the CEO of DSF Literacy and Clinical Services and President of AUSPELD (the Australian Federation of Specific Educational Learning Difficulties Associations). She is an educational and developmental psychologist and qualified primary school teacher with extensive experience in the field of literacy education. Mandy supports schools with literacy planning and provides professional development in the areas of literacy acquisition, vocabulary development, working memory, learning difficulties and the assessment of learning disorders.

 

 masarrat k MASARRAT KHAN

CEO, Maharashtra Dyslexia Association

Masarrat Khan is the Chief Executive Officer of the Maharashtra Dyslexia Association (MDA), a Global Partner of the International Dyslexia Association. She holds Master’s degrees in Clinical Psychology and English Literature from Mumbai University and is a Structured Literacy Dyslexia Specialist and a Certified Academic Language Therapist. Ms. Khan has an invaluable experience of three decades in the area of Learning Disabilities. She is the Course Coordinator for the Dyslexia Therapist Training Programme being offered by MDA in collaboration with the Multisensory Language Training Institute of New Mexico. She is a Pre-Primary and Primary Curriculum Developer and Trainer for the English Language and Maths. Ms Khan was one of the Primary Investigators in the development of DALI-Dyslexia Assessment for Languages of India and has co-authored Research on ‘Ancestral Variations of the PCDHG Gene Cluster Predispose to Dyslexia in a Multiplex’ and Paper on ‘Determination of Marginalized Youth to Overcome and Achieve in Mathematics: A Case Study from India’ and contributed to the booklet Are You Aware? aimed at increasing awareness in parents and caregivers on the importance of early detection of developmental delays in children. She is currently working on a research project on ‘Importance of Phonological Awareness and Phonics Instruction’.

 Nicole NICOLE CYBIL LIM
Research Fellow, Centre for Research in Child Development, NIE, Singapore

Nicole Lim is a Research Fellow from the National Institute of Education in Singapore. After receiving her BA in Psychology and Sociology from University at Buffalo, she pursued her MA in Psychology at New York University, and thereafter, she completed her Ph.D. in Psychology at Georgia State University. Her interests largely involve language development, reading, and learning disabilities. Her dissertation explored the cognitive and linguistic underpinnings of mathematical skills in children with reading disabilities.
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NUR ARTIKA ARSHAD
Research Assistant, Centre for Research in Child Development, NIE, Singapore

Nur Artika is a Research Assistant from the National Institute of Education. Prior to receiving her BA in Psychology, Politics and International Relations from the University of Melbourne, she was working under the speech and drama industry and has years of experience working with children. She has a great interest in bilingual language development, home environment and socio-emotional development in young children. Her work explores bilingualism, spelling and the role the home language environment has on children’s language development.

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PEARLLYN KANG
Specialist Psychologist, Dyslexia Association of Singapore

Pearllyn started working at the DAS in October 2016. She conducts psycho-educational assessments for children to determine their learning profile. Pearllyn graduated from the Nanyang Technological University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Honours). She also recently completed the Certificate in Dyslexia and Literacy Teaching (SpLD) conducted by the DAS Academy.

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PHYLLIS WAMUCII MUNYI-KARIUKI
Founder and Director, Dyslexia Organisation, Kenya (DOK) and Rare Gem Talent School

Phyllis is the founder and director of the Dyslexia Organization, Kenya (DOK) and Rare Gem Talent School, a school founded by DOK to cater to children with dyslexia in Kenya. She Holds a master’s degree in Child and Family Development, B.Com in Human Resources Management, Higher Diploma in Human Resources Management, and Certificate in the Teaching of Children with Dyslexia - Certificate in Supporting Children with Difficulties in Reading and Writing.

Phyllis has led the Dyslexia Organization, Kenya to a partnership with international organizations, championing the cause of dyslexia in the world. As a member of the International Dyslexia Association Global Partners, Phyllis has participated in research on good practice in interventions for teaching dyslexic learners and in teacher training in English-speaking countries and conducted research on the psychological challenges experienced by children with reading difficulties in upper primary schools. Apart from managing all that, Phyllis is also a mother of two young adult boys, one with dyslexia.

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PIERO CIRSPIANI
Professor, General Education, and Special Education, University of Macerata, Italy

Assistant Prof. Aldo Fabi (Inspector Central MPI and Professor, University of Urbino) 1984-1995. Student of Pedagogy University of Macerata (Prof.Michele Corsi) 1995-1998. An adjunct Professor University of Macerata from 1998 to 2000. Associate professor of "General Education and the Special Education" University of Macerata 2001-2005. Full Professor of "General Education and the Special Education" University of Macerata from 2005 to the present. Educator professional adviser authorized by the Department of Education and Training at the University of Macerata

 Pratyusha PRATYUSHA SRIDHAR

Senior Educational Therapist and an Educational Advisor, Dyslexia Association of Singapore

Pratyusha Sridhar is a Senior Educational Therapist and an Educational Advisor at the Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS). She joined the DAS in 2012 and has over 6 years of experience in supporting Dyslexic learners. Her qualifications include – a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biomedical Science (Second Upper-Class Honours) from the University of Bradford followed by a Postgraduate Certificate in Special Educational Needs from the University of Wales, Newport. Pratyusha is also a member of the Register of Educational Therapists, Asia (RETA). As an EA, she assists in the training – lecturing and mentoring – of trainee Educational Therapists (EdTs), conducts yearly Educational Quality Assurance Audits and renders support – in the form of observations, case discussion & feedback and bi-annual reviews – to EdTs who have students with challenging literacy/behavioural needs.

"My drive for professional development resonates with the work culture of the DAS; that is to not limit my challenges but to challenge my limits. The exposure, teamwork and professional recognition of talents in the DAS allows me to delve deeper into the areas I am passionate about."

CONFERENCES

Special Education Network In Malaysia (SENIM) - 4th Annual Conference. Case Management Discussion - Supporting Challenging Learners. Oral Presentation.
PUBLICATIONS

RETA Chronicles - Coaching and Mentoring (published)
RETA Chronicles - Incredible Years Teacher Classroom Management (pending publishing)

 

 Purboyo PURBOYO SOLEK

Consultant Child Neurology, Section of Child Health, Faculty of Medicine UNPAD

Dr. Purboyo Solek SpA (K) is a physician at the Children’s Section of Child Health Sub Neuropediatri RS. Hasan Sadikin (RSHS) – FK UNPAD since 1997. He completed the child’s neurological consultant program in 2001 at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Indonesia. Besides being a child’s neurological consultant is RSHS Bandung, he also serves as Medical Director in Indigrow Child Development Center, the Child Neurology Consultant in Child Development Center – Hospital Santosa Bandung as well as in Child Development Center of Melinda2 Hospital, International Dyslexia Association and the board of Trustees of Indonesia.

He has completed many training / short course (SC), including SC Diagnostic and Management of Epilepsy and EEG in 1999 and 2001. Malaysia SME Fellowship Training Program Division of Developmental Pediatrics at the University of the Philippines Manila in 2003; Griffiths Mental Developmental Scale Course, National Institute for Health Manila Philippines.

As a professional consultant child neurology, this time he has been a speaker at various national and international symposia, especially in the field of Children with Disabilities / Anak Berkebutuhan Khusus (ABK). He also was in charge of special services program development class autism and dyslexia. Chairman of the international forum improved quality of life baby-teen-aged, as well as contributors in some radio-television media and school inclusion

 

 Rameeza RAMEEZA KHAN

Head of Special Needs, Mumbai (India)

Rameeza Khan holds a Master’s degree in Counselling and Educational Psychology from Bombay University and a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education from SNDT University, Mumbai. She is a Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment Facilitator and has received training in Learning Strategies developed by Kansas University and Multisensory Math offered by ASDEC, USA.


Ms. Khan has more than 25 years of experience in the field of Special Education. She headed a Remedial School for six years before deciding to quit as she strongly believes in inclusion. For the past thirteen years, she has been heading the Special Needs Department in a mainstream school in Mumbai, India. She is also a resource person for the English language for the pre-primary section and grade 1 of the school.
At present, Ms. Khan is involved in developing the Pre-primary and Primary English Language Curriculum which includes Phonological Awareness, structured Reading and Spelling, and ‘Cursive Handwriting’. She is also working on a research project on ‘Importance of Phonological Awareness and Phonics Instruction’.
At the National Conclave on Specific Learning Disability (Dyslexia): Policies and Practice in Mumbai, India, in October 2017, Ms. Khan did a presentation on Screening for Dyslexia that highlighted the impact of perception of teachers.

 

 RebeccaLim REBECCA LIM

Educational Therapist, Dyslexia Association of Singapore

Rebecca Lim is an Educational Therapist and iRep of Jurong Point Learning Centre. She joined the Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS) in 2017 and has been teaching students with dyslexia. As an iRep, Rebecca supports and shares knowledge with fellow teaching colleagues on how to incorporate educational technologies in their lessons while participating in initiatives lead by the EdTech team. Rebecca holds a Specialist Diploma in Educational Therapy, a Master’s Degree in Applied Linguistics from Nanyang Technological University (NIE-NTU), and a Bachelor of Arts (HONS) English Language from Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), Malaysia. She is currently pursuing her Post Graduate Certificate in Special Educational Needs. Rebecca is also a member of the Register of Educational Therapist Asia (RETA).

 

 LimPeiLing REBECCA LIM PEI LING

Senior Specialist, Ministry of Education (Singapore)

Ms. Lim Pei Ling holds a Masters of Arts (Applied Psychology) from the Nanyang Technological University and is a registered Educational Psychologist of the Singapore Psychological Society. As a Senior Specialist in the Ministry of Education, she provides psychological services to mainstream schools and develops initiatives to support students with special educational needs (SEN). She also has experience working directly with students with a range of learning and behavioural needs. She has been involved in teacher training, development and implementation of intervention programmes in schools. Her research interests include developing effective strategies and intervention programmes to provide behaviour support to students.

 

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REBECCA YEO

Senior Educational Therapist, Dyslexia Association of Singapore

Rebecca Yeo is a Senior Educational Therapist and a member of the Maths core team. She has more than 5 years of experience in teaching literacy and mathematics to students with dyslexia. She has contributed to the development of the Essential Maths and Advanced Maths curricular as well as the training of new Math dual specialists. Furthermore, she has conducted student workshops, teacher sharing sessions (TTT) and talks with parents to provide them with strategies to help their children with Mathematics. Rebecca has presented at regional conferences (SENIA, February 2016; February 2017) and a local conference (Unite SpLD, June 2016). Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Psychology from James Cook University, a Postgraduate Certificate in Specific Learning Differences from the London Metropolitan University and a WSQ ACTA certification in Training and Assessment. Rebecca is also a member of Register of Educational Therapists (Asia) and is currently pursuing a Masters of Education (Mathematics) at the National Institute of Education (NIE) and a Certificate in Mathematics Teaching (Primary) offered by Marshall Cavendish Institute. She delights in seeing the improvement that her students have made in the programme, and believes that students learn best when Maths is presented in a meaningful way.

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ROSLAN M SAAD
Lead Educational Therapist, Dyslexia Association of Singapore

Roslan joined the organization in February 2001. He received training in teaching and supporting students with dyslexia from Fellows of the Academy of Orton Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (US). Roslan has held several posts of responsibilities, from educational therapist to management level. He had also conducted various workshops locally and abroad including Malaysia, Brunei, and Hong Kong.

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RYAN WANG
General Manager of Shenzhen Sparkling Education

 Mr. Wang has been engaged in education for a long time. He served as the head of Bao Neng Group's education department, built the group's education system. At present, He focuses on the family education and child development, has founded Shenzhen Sparkling Education and serves as the Director of Shenzhen Dyslexia Education Centre. He has promoted the development of dyslexia in the mainland and made great efforts to help schools build a support system for dyslexia, and constructed a three-in-one service platform of "school + family + institution", which provides dyslexia and child education has been gradually promoted throughout the country. And the services of his Centre spread throughout the country, undertaking social development projects and winning many national and regional honors.

 

 Safinah SAFINAH BINTE HASSAN

Senior Educational Therapist, Dyslexia Association of Singapore

Safinah Binte Hassan is a Senior Educational Therapist based at the Jurong Point Learning Centre. She started her career at the DAS in 2005 as an Educational Therapist and has since held various portfolios. She was active in the DAS Pre-school service and was one of the pioneer staff to launch the service at the DAS. She has also conducted workshops at DAS Preschool Seminar in 2017 and 2018. Apart from that, Safinah was also involved in the training, mentoring and support of trainee Educational Therapists as an Educational Advisor. Currently, Safinah is a Curriculum Developer with the English Language and Literacy Division (ELL) where she is instrumental to the development and enhancement of the curriculum.

Safinah has a Post Graduate Certificate in Special Education Needs (USW) and Cambridge International Diploma for Teachers and Trainers (Dyslexia) as well as a Degree in Information Technology. She also has Associate Fellow status at Registrar of Educational Therapists - Asia (RETA). Safinah constantly aspires to provide quality service to dyslexics of all ages.

 

 XianHui SEET XIAN HUI

Speech Therapist, Dyslexia Association of Singapore

Xian Hui is a speech therapist who has just returned to DAS after completing her Master of Science (Speech and Language Pathology) at the National University of Singapore. Prior to taking on her Masters degree, Xian Hui joined DAS in 2015 as an educational therapist and completed her Specialist Diploma in Educational Therapy. In 2017, as part of her Master's programme, Xian Hui embarked on her thesis project in collaboration with DAS, where she investigated the oral language abilities of children with dyslexia using an assessment tool that she developed together with her course mate and supervisors.

 

 Shakthi SHAKTHI BAVANI SATHIASILAN

Educational Therapist, Dyslexia Association of Singapore

Shakthi has been an Educational Therapist with the Dyslexia Association of Singapore since 2015. She works with both preschoolers with early learning difficulties as well as primary and secondary school students with dyslexia. Shakthi graduated from James Cook University with a Second Upper Honours Degree in Psychology and is deeply interested in the application of research in teaching. She is also a member of the Register of Educational Therapist Asia (RETA) and enjoys learning from children.

 

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SITI AISHAH BINTE SHUKRI
Senior Educational Therapist, Dyslexia Association of Singapore, Singapore

Siti Aishah Shukri is a Senior Educational Therapist and has been teaching children with specific learning differences in DAS for over 9 years. She provides small group intervention in Maths as well as literacy. She is part of the curriculum development for the Maths programme as well as the training of new Math dual specialist in DAS. She has conducted talks and workshops for students and parents, locally and internationally. She is trained in Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA) and holds a Post-Graduate Certificate in Specific Learning Differences with London Metropolitan University, UK. She also holds a Certificate in Mathematics Teaching-Primary (Marshall Cavendish). Her works include research of the Maths programme in DAS. Ms. Siti Aishah is also a member of the Register of Educational Therapists Asia (RETA). Her teaching philosophy is to teach a child the way he or she learns best.

 SitiAsjamiah SITI ASJAMIAH BINTE ASMURI

Educational Therapist, Dyslexia Association of Singapore

Siti Asjamiah joined the Dyslexia Association of Singapore in 2012. Over the years, she has been teaching and working with students with dyslexia and other co-morbidities such as ADHD and SLI. Currently an Associate Fellow on the Register of Educational Therapists (Asia), she is also a Core member of the English Exam Skills Programme (EESP) team and has been directly involved in curriculum and resource development, evaluation and research, training and extending support to both students and parents in challenging components of the mainstream schools’ and PSLE English Exams.

Siti attained her Post-Graduate Certificate in Specific Learning Differences (SPLD) in 2014 with the University of South Wales and is currently pursuing a Master of Education in Curriculum & Teaching at NIE-NTU. Together with her colleagues in the EESP, she has completed several research projects and co-presented them at the NIE Conference and UNITE SPLD Conference in 2017. She has a special interest in curriculum design and programme/curriculum evaluation and hopes to enrich her professional journey in education with her direct and continued involvement in providing support for learners with special educational needs.

 

 SitiMariam SITI MARIAM BINTE DAUD

Senior Educational Therapist, Dyslexia Association of Singapore

Mariam is a Senior Educational Therapist and Associate Lecturer for the DAS Academy. As an Associate Lecturer, she contributes to training new educational therapists, allied educators, parents and other practitioners. She holds a Masters in Special Educational Needs from the University of South Wales, a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) from Central Queensland University and a Diploma in Education from National Institute of Education (NIE).

 

 Soofrina Mubarak

SOOFRINA MUBARAK
Senior Educational Therapist, Dyslexia Association of Singapore, Singapore

Soofrina joined the DAS Association in 2012 and is now the EdTech Coordinator for the ELL Division and also a Senior Educational Therapist. Through working with dyslexic learners, Soofrina developed the interest to incorporate educational technologies in the lessons to make the learning and teaching both efficient and within reach for all. Guided by the mantra "As slow as we must but as fast as we can", Soofrina explored classroom differentiation using EdTech tools and now passionately shares knowledge for the professional development of teaching colleagues.

With a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Finance, Soofrina pursued post-graduate studies in Special Educational Needs and is currently sponsored by DAS to complete her Master of Arts (Instructional Design and Technology) in National Institute of Education (NIE).

 Stella STELLA PONG KE XIN

Undergraduate, Infocommunications and Computer Engineering, Nanyang Technological University

Stella Pong Ke Xin is an Electrical and Electronic Engineering undergraduate with a Minor in Education Studies at Nanyang Technological University and National Institute of Education respectively. Her primary academic interests include artificial intelligence, cloud solutions, curriculum design, data analytics, edutech, game development, ICT-based learning, machine learning, UI & UX, and extended reality (XR). During her time as a software intern at Mediacorp (Connected Media Product Management division), she led a UI & UX enhancement project for Toggle, Singapore’s most popular local OTT with more than 1.4 million viewers. Currently, she is developing a virtual reality solution: ADAPTIVE EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING VIA INTERACTIVE CONTEMPORARY EDUCATION (AELVICE VR), for students with dyslexia to improve on their verbal expression and literacy. She was also granted the Agency for Science, Technology, and Research (A*STAR) Award as a recognition for her endeavours and performance in science and technology.

 

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SWETHA KRISHNA
Special Educator, Madras Dyslexia Association, Chennai, India

Ms. Swetha Krishna, holds a post-graduate degree in psychology with a specialisation in counselling and psychotherapy from the University of Madras. She is also a trained special educator with over 12 years of experience working with children.

For the last six years, she has been working in the area of multiple intelligence under the mentorship of Mrs. Usha Ramakrishnan and Learning Disabilities under the mentorship of Mrs. Nirmala Pandit. She along with Ms. Yashodhara Narayanan runs Hydra, a centre for multiple intelligences. Here children are given opportunities to explore their potential intelligence. She also works in the area of Pre-primary intervention for learning difficulty.

She is passionate about working with children. She also enjoys doing art projects with her children besides music, baking, and cooking.

 Sylvia SYLVIA FOO

Senior Lecturer, DAS Academy

Sylvia Foo is a Senior Lecturer with DAS Academy. She has more than two decades of experience as a specialist in dyslexia, literacy and English Language teaching in various educational institutes including MOE schools and the Dyslexia Association of Singapore. She was a Senior Lecturer in the early years of the training arm of the DAS. Sylvia holds a Masters of Arts (English Language) and a Diploma in Education (NIE). She is also trained in the Orton-Gillingham and Hornsby approaches to dyslexia remediation and is a qualified trainer with a WSQ Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment. Sylvia has trained and mentored many teachers and parents in language and literacy support for SEN learners. She is very interested in designing and delivering training courses that enhance best practices in educational therapy. This has led her to design new certificate courses in IEP Planning for SPLD Learners, Teaching Morphology to SPLD Learners, and Supporting At-risk Pre-schoolers in Literacy.

 

 Takashi TAKASHI GOTOH

Assistant professor, Mejiro University, Japan

Takashi Gotoh PhD. is an Assistant professor of Mejiro University, a member of the board of directors of Japan Dyslexia Research Association (JDRA) and a Speech-language-hearing therapist in Japan. His research subject is the visual function, visual perception and visual memory in Japanese children with developmental dyslexia.

 

 TanAhHong TAN AH HONG

Dr. Tan Ah Hong, Lecturer, National Institute of Education, Asian Languages & Cultures

Dr. Tan Ah Hong was a secondary school Chinese Language teacher for more than ten years before being posted to the Curriculum Development Institute of Singapore (CDIS) to design and develop curriculum. From 1996 to 1999, she was a Senior Head in the Educational Technology Division (ETD). In 2000, she was appointed as Head of Department, Mother Tongue language at Greenview Secondary School, followed by a secondment to the National Institute of Education (NIE) as a Lecturer. She was appointed as Head of Secondary Chinese Language Unit, MOE from 2008-2014. Under her leadership, 120 titles for 5 Chinese Language courses were published during the period 2010 to 2014. She joined NIE, Asian Languages and Cultures Academic Group as a Lecturer in Jan 2016 and has been a consultant to the DAS Chinese Team since 2014.

 

 Tarsheeni TARSHEENI RAJOO

Educational Therapist, Dyslexia Association of Singapore

Tarsheeni Tania Rajoo has been an Educational Therapist with the DAS since 2013 and an Educational Advisor(EA) with the Staff Professional Development (SPD) division at the DAS since 2016.
Tarsheeni has a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, a Diploma in Business Management from Nanyang Polytechnic, a Specialist Diploma in Specific Learning Differences (SpLD) from the DAS Academy and over 4 years of experience working with dyslexic learners. She is also a member of the Register of Educational Therapists, Asia (RETA). As an EA, Tarsheeni is involved in the mentoring and training of trainee Educational Therapists, providing support for Educational Therapists and conducting yearly Quality Assurance Audits.
In 2015, she was awarded the MAP Educational Therapist of the year award. Tarsheeni continues to aspire to help and provide quality service to dyslexic children and youths and assist them in developing their strengths and passion.

QUALIFICATIONS

Diploma in Business Management(Retail) - Nanyang Polytechnic
Bachelor of Business (Marketing)- Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Specialist Diploma in Special Learning Differences - Dyslexia Association of Singapore

 

 Vera VERA TAI

Educational Therapist, Dyslexia Association of Singapore

Vera is an Educational Therapist teaching on the Preschool programme. She joined the Dyslexia Association of Singapore in 2018 and has worked with students in preschools and primary schools.
With a Diploma in Child Psychology and Early Education, Vera continued to pursue her studies in her interest and has also graduated with a Bachelor of Social Science, majoring in Psychology from the University of Singapore (NUS). Vera is passionate when working with children with learning difficulties and aspires to make learning an enjoyable and fun experience for students.

 

 Wesley WESLEY TAN CHEE WAH

Lecturer, Nanyang Technological University

Wesley Tan Chee Wah graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical), Master of Engineering and Doctor of Philosophy degree from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He has previously worked as an Information Technology deputy manager, managing and administrating servers, databases, and applications including customer, office and portal systems. Before he assumes his current appointment as a Lecturer in Nanyang Technological University, he was a lecturer at Singapore Institute of Management and Temasek Polytechnic (Singapore). His research interests pertain to Routing and Medium Access Control strategies for Wireless Ad Hoc Networks, Vehicular Ad Hoc Networks and Sensor Networks, the Optimization of Network Resource Usage, Cloud Computing, Wireless Network Security, Data Analytics and the use of Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language Processing, User Experience, Gamification, and the application of Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Chatbot.

 

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LI-CHIH WANG

Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education and Counselling, The Education University of Hong Kong

Dr. Wang, Li-Chih is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education and Counselling at The Education University of Hong Kong. He has practical experience in teaching students with special needs at the preschool, elementary, and secondary levels in both public and private settings. Before he joined EuUHK, he served as a visiting scholar at the University of Texas, Austin. His primary area of professional activity is the heterogeneity of Chinese children with dyslexia which is classifying the different subtypes of them by their cognitive-linguistic abilities. Also, his research recently has focused on the temporal processing deficits of Chinese dyslexia and whether it is possible to enhance their reading by improving their temporal processing. Dr. Wang's other research interests also include the comorbidity of Chinese children with reading disabilities and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorders.

 

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PATRICIA NG MUI HOON

Education Consultant

Patricia M. H. NG, M Ed (Special Education), BA (Business & Management), Dip PE, is an education consultant who works involves research and consultancy in early childhood, special education, teaching practicum supervision, pre-service and in-service courses. She has a Dean's Commendation for Research Award with her Master in Education (Special Education) degree from National Institute of Education/Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and a Society for Reading and Literacy Research Award. Her published books and papers include topics on language and literacy difficulties, challenging behaviors, early childhood physical education, as well as music, robotics, and virtual reality interventions.