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.
Eva is a Certified Speech & Language Therapist, specializing in Paediatric Speech, Language, and Social Communication Deficits such as Autism Spectrum Disorders. She also manages Life Speech, a private Speech and Language Therapy Centre in Singapore. She is a skilled healthcare professional with 10 years of experience.
Eva’s clinical work includes screening, diagnostic assessment and intervention of Speech, Language, Communication and Related Disorders. She has worked with children with articulation and language difficulties, children with childhood apraxia of speech/dyspraxia, children with autism, children with selective mutism, children with dyslexia and children with feeding difficulties. She has worked extensively and collaborated with hospitals, private centres, and the community in helping children with special needs.
Eva has undergone Professional Clinical Training to implement a variety of Treatment/Intervention Techniques/Strategies: Hanen Language Programs (It Takes Two To Talk, More Than Words, TalkAbility, Target Word), Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Certificate in Autism ARC, Oral Motor OPT are just some of the tools/techniques that she utilises when working with children with special needs. Some of her best practices include Client-Centred Learning/Positive Learning Climate/Prepared Learning/Monitoring Progress. She strongly believes in a collaborative Parent-Therapist Partnership that empowers parents to be involved in their children’s learning and development.
Eva has completed doctoral research at Southern Cross University, and contributed to the knowledge pool in the area of transition planning for children with autism from education to employment in Singapore.
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.
Hernina is a certified Speech and Language Pathologist who specialises in the paediatric population. She was trained in Flinders University, Australia and has been practicing her skills in private practice in Singapore since 2015.
Hernina has experience working with children with special needs between the ages of 2 to 18 years old. She is passionate in working with children with global developmental delay, autism, speech apraxia, speech/language disorders and feeding difficulties. She is trained in PROMPT, Lori Overland Sensory Approach to Feeding and Social Thinking.
Hernina is a family-centred speech pathologist who believes that her role is not only to provide services to the child but also to guide the parents in the therapy journey as well. Hernina works collaboratively with parents on their child’s strengths and weaknesses so they can better understand the value underlying the treatment plan that is implemented. As such, Hernina trusts that a good therapeutic relationship between the child, parents and clinician is the key to progress.
Jaya Mathew graduated from KMCH College of Occupational Therapy, India. She has worked in both rehabilitation centre and special school settings in both India and Singapore. Jaya has experience managing various cases like orthopaedic, neurology, psychiatric, developmental delays, sensory processing disorder, ASD, ADHD and learning difficulties.
Jaya has practiced in several child development centres, special schools and early intervention centres, giving her an abundant of experience working with children with special needs. Her paediatric experiences include providing children with school-based interventions, as well as planning & carrying out individualized or group treatment programs that are most suited to the functional needs of the child.
Her professional affiliations include membership of the Singapore Association of Occupational Therapists (SAOT) and All India Occupational Therapists Association (AIOTA) in India.
Carol is an occupational therapist who is registered to practise in both Singapore and Hong Kong. She holds a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and a Master of Science degree in mental health from Queen Mary University of London.
Carol’s clinical experiences include paediatrics, neurology and mental health. She began practising in Singapore’s private sector in 2017. In her prior 17-year career, she practised in Hong Kong’s private sector as well as in hospitals in both Hong Kong and Singapore. Carol currently manages a range of children, including those with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorders, Developmental Delay and Motor Coordination Disorders. She also helps children to improve their attention, emotional regulation and other functional skills such as handwriting, play and self-care.
Carol has completed the “USC Sensory Integration Continuing Education Certificate Program” by the University of Southern California Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. She has also attended professional training workshops on ‘Learn to Play’, ‘DIR Floortime’, ‘Social Thinking’, and ‘Cognitive Orientation to Occupational Performance (CO-OP)’.
Carol believes that supporting the child’s development is vital to achieving the ultimate goal of optimising the child’s independence into adulthood and beyond. Carol feels passionate and honoured to work with children and their families, and her vision is to be an enabling force in her clients’ lives, allowing them to achieve a state of harmony and peace with their environments and conditions.
Michelle attained her Master of Education (Special Education) and Diploma in Education with NIE. She had taught in the local mainstream primary schools for more than 15 years. She is well-versed in the different pedagogical approaches adopted by the Ministry of Education as well as the framework of the different academic subjects.
Besides being an experienced educator, she is also a mother of 4 children with varying special needs. Michelle has relatable parental experiences and is very familiar with the demands of the local education system on children with special needs and learning challenges. Michelle has accompanied her own children for various types of therapies and attended numerous workshops and trainings on understanding and providing intervention for children with special needs and learning disorders.
Michelle enjoys exploring creative ways of teaching to help children with learning needs to fulfill their potential. She is currently supporting students from pre-primary to secondary levels.