Dr Lian Wee Bin is a certified paediatrician and neonatologist, registered with the Academy of Medicine, Singapore. She has acquired more than 20 years’ of medical experience as a doctor, the last more than 15 being in the domain of paediatrics, particularly in the field of newborn medicine and developmental paediatrics. She is fluent in English, Mandarin and some Chinese dialects.
She first received her medical training at the National University of Singapore and then went on to further her studies in the specialist field of paediatric medicine, attaining both the Masters of Medicine (Paediatrics), Singapore as well as Membership of the Royal College of Physicians, UK. Subsequent to this, she attended a Fellowship programme at the renowned Children’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, US, focusing on developmental paediatrics and newborn medicine.
As a doctor and mother, her passion is in helping every child achieve his or her optimal developmental and learning potential. Her predominant focus therefore lies in screening for and the early identification of the at-risk child, starting from the perinatal and infancy period (such as preterm infants and babies with low blood sugars at birth), through preschool years (such as those with speech and language delays, motor and co-ordination issues and more complex disorders such as autism and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorders) into schooling years (such as those with learning disabilities, specific language impairments and dyslexia). She believes in the early profiling of a child’s strengths and weaknesses and the implementation of Early Intervention, especially in the first 6 years of a child’s life. She is also a strong supporter of Family Empowerment and Child Advocacy.
Sharon is a trained child psychologist and a member of the Singapore Psychological Society. She has been an active member of the professional society since 2005 and served on the council in the years 2009-2011.
She received her initial training with the University of Sydney under the Programme of Psychology, followed by the completion of the Masters programme in Health Sciences with a specialty in Child and Adolescent Health in the same university.
With seven years of experience at a hospital setting, she has been pioneer in the assessment of hearing impaired children for their developmental and learning needs with the National Newborn Hearing Screening Programme and the National Cochlear Implant Programme from its inception till last year. She has also assessed and worked with children with a variety of special needs, including autistic spectrum disorders, attention deficit/ hyperactivity disorders and learning disorders.
Sharon has a keen interest in research and her papers on child development and learning issues in hearing impaired children and children born to women with Systemic Lupus Erythematous were presented at the Asia Pacific Congress/Symposium.
MSc Human Communication Sciences (UK)
Member of RCSLT and SHAS, We CAN Autism Certified,
Hanen Certified, PECS Trained, Sensory Integration (M.O.R.E) Trained (Hawaii)
Viniti Puri is a Certified Speech & Language Therapist, specializing in Paediatric Speech, Language and Social Communication Deficits such as Autism Spectrum Disorders. She is also the Clinical Director of Gigg’s Human Communication Centre, a private Speech & Language Therapy Center. She is a skilled Health-Care professional with over 18 years of experience in both Clinical and Teaching work. She has been in Private Practice since 2003.
Her clinical work encompasses Early Identification, Diagnosis and Intervention of Speech, Language, Communication & Related Disorders. She has worked extensively and collaborated with diverse organizations such as Restructured Hospitals, Private Centre’s, NGO’s, Special Schools and Mainstream Schools in Singapore. She has been actively involved in both teaching and research at Schools, Private Colleges, National Institute of Education and James Cook University (Singapore).
Viniti Puri has undergone Professional Clinical Training to perform and carry out a variety of Treatment/Intervention Techniques/Strategies. Hanen Early Language Programs (It takes Two To Talk, More Than Words), Picture Exchange Communication System PECS, We CAN Autism Certification (Module 1), Sensory Integration (M.O.R.E) Program are some of the tools/techniques that she utilizes when working with Children in their Early Years. Some of her Best Practices include Client-Centered Learning/Peer-Mediated Learning/Positive Learning Climate/Prepared Learning/Monitoring Progress. Viniti strongly believes in a collaborative Parent-Therapist Partnership that empowers parents as Language Facilitators enabling their children to connect and communicate with the world. She encourages parents to observe her sessions to have a better understanding and application of skills taught.
Viniti Puri has worked in collaboration with visiting Emeritus Professor Libby.G.Cohen (Associate Dean Research; James Cook University Singapore) and Professor Loraine J. Spenciner (University of Maine, Farmington USA) to create the content for the companion website and instructor’s manual that accompanies the book “Assessment for Children and Youth with Special Needs, 4e”.
Fiona is our in-house Occupational Therapist with a passion for providing holistic care and a belief in continuous learning and open-mindedness.
She graduated with a Diploma in Occupational Therapy from Nanyang Polytechnic and went on to obtain her Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) from the University of South Australia, through a Singhealth Scholarship.
Despite a heavy clinical work load, Fiona remains active in teaching aspiring occupational therapy students as well as new graduates through her work at the Nanyang Polytechnic. She was also previously involved in resource preparation for preschool teachers. She was awarded the ’Singapore Association of Occupational Therapist Award for Clinical Education in Occupational Therapy’.
She manages a wide range of patients, with varied diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorders, Gross and Fine Motor Delay and Motor Coordination Disorders. She also trains the children for attention management, emotional regulation, handwriting tasks, visual-perceptual difficulties, processing and sequencing issues and many other domain concerns including play.
Fiona believes firmly in equipping both the child and the family. She believes in dynamic training and the importance of implementation across different environments so that the child adapts faster. She is an integral member of our team at SpecialKids Clinic.