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Dr Angela Fawcett
Emeritus Professor
DAS Research Consultant
United Kingdom
Emeritus professor Angela Fawcett is an international researcher whose research has impacted on both theory and practice in dyslexia, with 4 major theories and 8 screening tests across the age range. Following a research career at the University of Sheffield, Angela took up a Chair in Child Research at Swansea University. She is vice president of the British Dyslexia association, a fellow of the British Psychological society and the International academy for research in learning disabilities. She is currently research consultant to the Dyslexia Association of Singapore.

Geetha Shantha Ram

Director
MOE-aided DAS Literacy Programme & Staff Professional Development
Dyslexia Association of Singapore

Geetha Shantha Ram is the Director of the MOE-aided DAS Literacy Programme (MAP) and has led curriculum enhancements for the DAS through the Essential Literacy Approach and the current integrated curriculum. 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 2014 International Dyslexia Association Conference.

Geetha has a Masters in English (NUS) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (Distinction) (LMU) and with over 10 years of experience supporting children and adults in the area of dyslexia, Geetha constantly aspires 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 gifts.


Lois Lim

Assistant Director
Admissions, MAP
Dyslexia Association of Singapore 
Lois has worked at DAS since 2005 as a psychologist. She graduated with a Bachelor of Social Sciences (2nd upper honours) from the National University of Singapore and later with a Master of Arts in Applied Psychology from the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University. In addition to her interest in specific learning difficulties, she has developed a specialistion in the assessment of dyslexia and is actively involved in the training and supervision of psychologists at the DAS as well as in enhancing DAS' intervention efforts. 

June Siew
Head
DAS Academy
June Siew has more than a decade of practical experience in the field of Specific Learning Differences. She is a Fellow with the Register of Educational Therapists (Asia) and is a qualified trainer with a WSQ Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA). Her previous experiences as an educational therapist augments her current role as a lecturer. She has written a paper on "Educational Therapy in Singapore: Towards Professionalisation and Professionalism" which has been published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Developmental Differences. Her postgraduate academic achievements include a Master of Arts in Specific Learning Differences and a Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, London Metropolitan University, UK. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education programme at the National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore and the University College London, Institute of Education (IoE) with a special interest in cool and hot executive function in children with reading difficulties.
Session 1: Early Identification and Intervention / Self Esteem 

Lee Albert
Senior Educational Therapist
Dyslexia Association of Singapore
Albert holds the Master of Arts in Specific Learning Differences and a Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, London Metropolitan University, UK. A Fellow with the Register of Educational Therapists (Asia), he has conducted training and presentation both locally as well as overseas in countries like UK and Hong Kong. With over 10 years of experience as a Senior Lecturer and Senior Educational Therapist with the Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS), Albert is especially noted for his support of adult learners with dyslexia and other accompanying forms of Specific Learning Differences.

Pushpaa Arumugam

Assistant Director
SES Enrichment Programmes
Dyslexia Association of Singapore



Muzdalifah Hamzah
Senior Educational Therapist
Dyslexia Association of Singapore
Pushpaa is the Assistant Director for SES Enrichment Programmes. She has more than 10 years experience conducting enrichment courses for Kindergarten, Primary, Secondary, Junior College and Tertiary students. Pushpaa has obtained her Bachelor of Performing Arts majoring in Drama & Theatre Studies at Monash University, Australia. She has also obtained a Diploma in Educational Studies (Enrichment Education). She is a National Arts Council Theatre Grant Award Recipient for the years 2001 - 2003. Here at DAS, we recognise Speech and Drama Arts as an effective means of developing our students' talents, and self-confidence. Pushpaa's objective is to provide a channel specifically for our students with specific learning differences to develop their language skills and boost their self-esteem using drama as a tool.



Muzdalifah is a Senior Educational Therapist and Drama Instructor with the DAS and her students range from primary and secondary school levels. She has obtained a Diploma of Educational Studies - Speech & Drama awarded by The College of Teachers, United Kingdom.
Apart from her passion working with children, she has a keen interest in Drama Arts. She started participating and competing in performing arts since her early school years. She believes the Speech and Drama Arts programme will greatly benefit our DAS students in developing their self esteem, confidence level and will transform them into children with irrepressible curiosity for learning as they take on the journey to believe more in themselves. She is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Special Educational Needs (MA SEN) with the University of South Wales (USW) in UK. She is also a member of Register of Educational Therapists Asia (RETA).

Wong Kah Lai

Preschool Programme Manager

Specialised Educational Services
Dyslexia Association of Singapore
Wong Kah Lai is pre-school programme manager of Dyslexia of Singapore. An enthusiastic and passionate educator with more than twenty years' experience in the field of early childhood education, Kah Lai taught young children, mentored teachers, supported parents and caregivers in a wide range of setting, from within the classroom to community outreach, while juggling her Diploma in Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College, and subsequent Bachelor of Education in ECCE from the University of South Australia. She completed her Masters in Teaching English to Young Learners from the University of York through distance learning whilst working full time as head teacher of a bilingual kindergarten in China.

Yang Wen-si

Fellow
Register of Educational Therapists Asia (RETA)
Ms Wensi Yang is Dr Chia's student at the National Institute of Education, she is a Fellow of RETA and a Member of International Society on Early Intervention (ISEI). 
Session 2: Reading Comprehension

John Everatt
John Everatt is a Professor of Education at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He received a PhD from the University of Nottingham, UK, and has lectured on education and psychology programmes at universities in New Zealand and the UK. His research focuses primarily on literacy acquisition and developmental learning difficulties. Current work is investigating the relationship between literacy and language by considering how the characteristics of different scripts might lead to variations in learning/acquisition. This research has covered a range of language contexts, including those from multiple language backgrounds.

Patricia Mui Hoon Ng 
Patricia M. H. NG, M Ed (Special Education), BA (Business & Management), Dip PE, is a part-time lecturer and educator who teaches pre-service and in-service courses, supervises teaching practicum, conducts research and works with children in early childhood and special education. 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 included topics on literacy difficulties, challenging behaviors, music, robotics and virtual reality. 

Dr Lim Boon Hock
Dr Lim Boon Hock, BSc Hons & PGCEd (Leeds); MEd (Deakin); PhD (Early Childhood Sp Ed, Deakin); FCollT (UK); FRETA (Singapore) is a parent of a 25 year old son with ASD. He has been conferred several awards for excellence in teaching by MOE Malaysia, and Malacca State Edu Dept. Dr Lim was the Founding Chairman and later Exec Director (2010-2012) of NGO - Wings Melaka Centre for Developmental Disabilities as well as a Founding Member and later Hon Exec Officer (May 2013-April 2015) of National Early Childhood Intervention Council, Malaysia (NECIC). He was a Founding member of ASEAN Autism Network (AAN); represented AAN to United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) meetings in Bangkok and Incheon, Korea. Dr Lim was a Recipient of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities (IASSID) Singa Scholarship Programme to conduct research project on Young Adults with Disabilities in Transition, presented at the IASSID Asia-Pacific 3rd Regional Conference in Tokyo, Japan on August 22 - 24, 2013 and represented NECIC at the 1st Asia-Pacific Conference on Learning Disabilities, Kuching, Sarawak, June 24-27, 2013. Dr Lim is currently a Special Education Consultant at BH Lim Special Needs Consultancy.

Dr Tan Wah Pheow 
Dr Tan Wah Pheow is the Section Head of the Diploma in Psychology Studies in the School of Humanities & Social Sciences at Temasek Polytechnic. He received Temasek Polytechnic's Teaching Excellence Award in 2012 in recognition of his teaching excellence. Wah Pheow graduated with a Bachelor of Social Science (Hons) at the National University of Singapore. At the postgraduate level, he obtained his Masters in Social Science from the National University of Singapore and his PhD in Psychology from Iowa State University. Wah Pheow is a cognitive and experimental psychologist by training, and his research interest is in applying theories of attention, memory and executive functioning in educational settings. Since 2010, Wah Pheow have collaborated on numerous research studies with other local researchers, most notably from DAS and A*STAR. His research has been presented and published in international conferences and peer-reviewed journals respectively. In his free time, Wah Pheow also engages in creative writing and has numerous short stories and poetry published in books, local literature anthologies and Lianhe Zaobao.
Session 3: Non-English Research

Akira Uno
College of Human Sciences
University of Tsukuba
Japan


Lhannie Estrera
Masters student
 This will be updated soon. 


Kristiantini Dewi Soegondo
Pediatrician
Chairwoman
Dyslexia Association of Indonesia

Purboyo Solek

Muhamad Risqui Utama

Kristiantini Dewi is a pediatrician who has been working in the field of children with special needs for more than ten years on her daily basis. Having dyslexic children of her own has encouraged her to work very hard for dyslexic children in Indonesia. She is the chairwoman of Dyslexia Association of Indonesia and within its 6 years period, she has initiated Dyslexia-friendly Class, conducted many symposiums and workshops for parents and teachers, built mutual cooperation and networking in terms of research with several universities, created learning media and educated toys, and also inventing computer-based educational application called LexiPal, in collaboration with NextIn company.

Nandini Chatterjee Singh
Nandini Chatterjee Singh is a cognitive neuroscientist at the National Brain Research Centre in India. Her research uses a combination of behavior and neuroimaging techniques to study language, literacy and music with a special focus on dyslexia and autism. Most recently, she has been responsible for the development of DALI, a standardized assessment tool for language and literacy Indian languages.


Akira Uno
College of Human Sciences
University of Tsukuba
Japan

Fumie Shibuya
Masters student

 This will be updated soon. 
Session 4: Reading, Writing and Spelling Difficulties / Learning Strategies

Dr Ong Puay Hoon
Dyslexia Association of Sarawak, Malaysia
When Dr Ong first realized that her daughter, then in Primary 4, had been constantly punished by her teachers for repeatedly failing her spelling tests and failing to complete her homework, she embarked on a journey to seek why an apparently-smart girl was unable to read and write at her age-appropriate level. It uncovered the realisation that the patterns of her daughter's learning weaknesses matched her own when she herself was in school. Realizing that there is a great need to raise awareness and understanding of dyslexia and other learning disabilities in Sarawak, she and a group of parents and other interested individuals, set up Dyslexia Association of Sarawak in 2005 which was then registered with the Registrar of Societies in 2007. Since then, Dr Ong and her team have conducted many workshops on dyslexia for parents and teachers in different parts of the state. 

Nur Alia Bte Salim
Nur Alia Bte Salim is a senior educational therapist with the Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS). She has a Diploma in Dyslexia Studies and a Certificate in Dyscalculia and Numeracy Teaching by DAS and the Cambridge International Diploma for Teachers and Trainers. She has a Master of Education (Special Education) from the National Institute of Education (NIE). Nur Alia is a core Curriculum Team member for the MOE-Aided DAS Literacy Programme (MAP). As a dual-specialist, she teaches learners with Dyslexia both in the MAP and the Essential Math Programme. Her passions include helping learners with Dyslexia and her research interest is on writing. 

Prof Dr Sharanjeet Kaur

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, BOptom (Hons) UKM, PhD (UMIST, UK)
Nama Prof Dr Sharanjeet Kaur
Fakulti/Jabatan Program Optometri Dan Sains Penglihatan
Pusat Pengajian Sains Dan Jagaan Kesihatan
Fakulti Sains Kesihatan
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Christina Chia
As a specialist teacher, I work extensively with students with learning differences from both the local mainstream and international schools. Many of my students have difficulties remembering despite repeated exposure, thus my interest in working memory and the impact it has on education and daily life. I just completed my dissertation with the University of South Wales examining the effects of working memory training on dyslexic students. I am an Associate Fellow with the Register of Educational Therapists - Asia (RETA).
 Session 5: Dyslexia and Related Difficulties

Kwok Fuyu

Doctoral student
Nanyang Technological University
Fu Yu Kwok is a third year PhD candidate at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Her research interest is primarily in neuropsychology and developmental psychology with a keen interest in Dyslexia.

Hani Zohra Muhamad 

Senior Educational Therapist
Dyslexia Association of Singapore
Hani Zohra Muhamad is a Lead Educational Therapist and Educational Advisor who has been with the DAS for nine years. Her teaching experience include teaching children dyslexia and co-morbidities such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Specific Language Impairment (SLI). As an Educational Advisor, she mentors new educational therapists. Hani holds a Masters Degree in Special Education from Nanyang Technological University. She is also a member of Register of Educational Therapist (RETA). 

Priscillia Shen 

Assistant Head
DAS Academy
Priscillia Shen began her special education journey as an Educational Therapist at DAS and has more than 10 years of experience in the field of special educational needs, especially in dyslexia. Her previous experience working closely with SpLD learners has allowed her to take on a constructive and practical pedagogical approach. She believes in keeping up with current developments in the field to continually refine teaching practices and maintain professional passion. While lecturing at the DAS Academy, she is currently pursuing Doctorate in Education (EdD) at the National Institute of Education (NIE) in Singapore and the Institute of Education (IOE) in UK, London. Her research interests are in dyslexia, Chinese language and Mathematics. She has been co-presenting papers on learning difficulties in Chinese language and Mathematics in relation to dyslexia at conferences since 2012.

Ho Shuet Lian

Senior Speech and Language Therapist
Dyslexia Association of Singapore
Ho Shuet Lian is a Senior Speech-Language Therapist at DAS. She 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 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. She enjoys working with parents to develop children's speech, language and communication skills. She conducts social skills workshops as well as gives talks on speech, language and communication difficulties faced by children with specific learning differences. In 2009, she presented her research findings on "Differentiating Developmental Dyslexia Subtypes in Singapore: A Reading and Spelling Test Battery" at the Updates on Managing Dyslexia conference organized by the Education Division of Tung Wah Group of Hospitals and the University of Hong Kong. In 2010, she presented another research finding at the "Specific Learning Differences" conference organized by DAS on the use of Oral Language Therapy to improve the outcomes for students with dyslexia.
 Session 6: Intervention

Eleonora Palmieri
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 University in Macerata (Italy) concerning Special Pedagogy and disability. She has been involved in international projects as a trainer and she often attends as expert speaker at International Conferences.

She has developed and coordinated partnerships with many experts in different countries, including universities ( Poland, England, Spain, Honk 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).


Nicole Chua

Senior Educational Therapist
Dyslexia Association of Singapore
Nicole Chua holds a Masters degree in Specific Learning Differences (SpLD) with London Metropolitan University, UK and has been teaching children with specific learning differences for over 7 years. She is trained in the Orton-Gillingham Approach and Project Read by Learning Circles. She is experience in conducting intervention for dyslexic learners from all age groups and also learners with other learning needs that require literacy-based intervention.

Nicole, also a keen researcher, has presented at The Fifth Asian Conference on Education 2013 (ACE2013) in Osaka, Japan, RehabTech Asia Conference 2013 in Singapore, International Conference "ICT for Language Learning 2012" in Florence, Italy and Success with Technology, Singapore's first conference in Assistive Technology in 2011.


Edmen Leong

English Exam Skills Manager
Specialised Educational Services
Dyslexia Association of Singapore
Edmen is the English Exam Skills Programme Manager and a Senior Educational Therapist at the DAS. Edmen joined DAS after completing his degree in Psychology and Linguistics in the University of Western Australia. He has since completed his Post-Graduate Certificate in Specific Learning Differences with London Metropolitan University. He is currently completing his Masters of Arts in Applied Linguistics with the National Institute of Education Singapore.


Edmen leads the English Exam Skills team in developing and evaluating the English Exam Skills curriculum. He has recently published his work in the Asia Pacific Journal of Developmental Differences. He also had the opportunity to present at the International Dyslexia Association conference in 2015. Edmen's strong interest for languages and research, and love for children fuels his passion in contributing in the DAS, as well as in the field of special education.

Rebecca Yeo

Senior Educational Therapist
Dyslexia Association of Singapore
Ms Rebecca Yeo is a Senior Educational Therapist and a member of the Maths core team at the DAS. She has helped with the development of the Essential Maths programme as well as the training of new Math dual specialists at the DAS. In addition, she has conducted student workshops and talks with parents to provide them with strategies to help their children with Mathematics at home. Rebecca holds 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. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Education (Mathematics) at the National Institute of Education.