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List of Presenters and Poster Presenters in alphabetical order. 
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AKIRA UNO

1) Faculty of Human Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Japan
2) LD/Dyslexia Centre, Japan 


AMUTHA SARAVANAN

Amutha is COO and co-founded Da Vinci Group Singapore in 2012 and manages the day to day operations of running the company. Prior to this, she founded Amooo’s – an original . in early 2012, which focuses on creating ceramic wares that crystallize beautiful memories in a tangible form for a wide range of audiences. The business was featured in The Business Times Singapore in October 2014. She is frequently commissioned for her artwork and her pieces have found homes both locally and internationally.

Amutha did her Masters in Social Sciences, Psychology by Research with a focus in Clinical Neuropsychology at the National University of Singapore. After which, she joined Egon Zehnder and discovered her passion for pottery. After four years in Egon Zehnder, she married her two interests to form Da Vinci Group.


ANABERTA OEHLERS-JAEN

Ms Anaberta Oehlers-Jaen made a career switch from the Robinson's group of companies as Group Merchandise Controller to join the DAS in 2005 as an Educational Therapist. She holds a Masters Degree in Special Needs from NTU, BA( English Language and Literature) from SIM,  a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education from the London Metropolitan University as well as a Cambridge International Diploma for Teachers and Trainers (Dyslexia), along with Early Childhood Diplomas. She has Fellow status at RETA ( Registrar of Educational Therapists (Asia) and is also a Senior Educational Therapist.

For 4 years, she was the Pre-school Manager of the DAS Pre-school Service actively involved with children at risk of literacy delay. Anaberta who is also actively involved in research has also delivered at conferences in Singapore and Hong Kong. Her recent paper in 2014 was on the Program Evaluation for Specialist tutoring as well as actively, overseeing the development of the Maths Programme.

Her background of more than 15 years in the retail service line, has translated her into adopting a high level of professional service for both the students and parents through Specialist support and Assessments.  She hopes to share the same philosophy which she has embraced at the DAS as her personal ethos in helping all children achieve in her current portfolio both in Singapore and the region. 


ANDY RUSSELL

Andy Russell, M. Ed., Centre Director, Lindamood-Bell Double Bay Learning Centre ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )


Mr. Andy Russell has served as the Centre Director in both the Double Bay and Chatswood Lindamood-Bell® Learning Centres in the Sydney area. He is currently the Centre Director for the Double Bay Learning Centre. Andy has also led Lindamood-Bell Seasonal Learning Clinics in Europe (Geneva, Switzerland), Australia (Melbourne, Brisbane, Windsor, and Darwin), and Asia (Tokyo, Singapore), and is working to expand Seasonal Learning Clinic locations to New Zealand (Christchurch) and other areas in the region.

In 2016, Mr. Russell was selected to present Lindamood-Bell Professional Development Workshops to educators and practitioners in Sydney. He is passionate about helping people reach their potential and has worked directly with hundreds of children and their families to help them improve their language and literacy skills.

Andy holds a master’s degree in Special Education from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Strathclyde University in Glasgow, Scotland. He began his career at Curo Salus in Scotland, an independent school and residential care home for children, where he provided therapeutic intervention. In 2012, Andy joined Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes in Australia and has held many leadership positions including Clinician, Mentor, Consultant, and Associate Centre Director.


ANGELA FAWCETT

Professor Angela Fawcett is a leading international researcher into dyslexia and other development 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.

ANGELICA BENSON

Angelica Benson, Ed.M., Director of International Development, Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes Del Mar, California USA ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

For the last 20 years, Angelica Benson has worked for Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes - a world leader in research and remediation for specific learning disabilities, including dyslexia and autism spectrum disorder. She has had many leadership roles, including Learning Centre Director, Associate Director of Development, Professional Workshop Presenter and Director of Public Relations. She also served as Project Director overseeing the intervention and research components related to Lindamood-Bell’s participation in a randomized, controlled study of dyslexic students receiving fMRI’s 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 programmes and school improvement models. Angelica Benson is currently the Director of International Development for Lindamood-Bell and is based in their Del Mar, California Learning Centre. She is a frequent Lindamood-Bell representative at national and international conferences, presenting research and information on a variety of topics including reading instruction, dyslexia, autism spectrum disorder, and most recently at New Zealand’s first ever conference on dyscalculia. Angelica holds a Master of Education degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Education and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego.


BIPIN INDURKHYA

(To be updated)

CHASHNA SACHAN KUMAR

(To be updated)

DENIS BURNHAM

After PhD and a junior faculty position at Monash U, Australia (1975-1981), then later at the U of NSW (1981-1999), Burnham was one of the first Australians to conduct research on infant speech perception. From the mid-80s he embraced cross-disciplinary research with experimental phoneticians and speech scientists, and in the late 80s added began research across languages). After his appointment as Founding Director of MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development at Western Sydney University in 1999, his research on experiential and inherited influences in speech and language development continued to develop in – infant speech perception; auditory-visual (AV) speech perception; special speech registers, including ,infant-, pet-, foreigner-, computer-, and lover-directed speech; captions for the hearing impaired; tone languages – lexical tone perception, tone perception with cochlear implants, and speech-music interactions; human-machine interaction; speech corpus studies; and the role of infants' perceptual experience and expertise, in literacy development. So too have his collaborations developed – with phoneticians, linguists, engineers, clinicians, computer scientists, music cognition researchers, creative artists, and neuroscientists, with the result of many emergent issues, paradigms, results, and friendships.

EDMEN LEONG

Edmen is a Lead Educational Therapist and the Programme Manager of the English Exam Skills Programme. He joined the DAS after completing this 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 and his Masters of Arts in Applied Linguistic with the National Institute of Education Singapore. Edmen has a strong interest for research and has presented in the International Dyslexia Association conference in 2015 and the UnITE SpLD conference in 2016. He is also part of the research committee in the DAS. His research interests include reading comprehension, curriculum development, curriculum evaluation and language testing.

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).

 


GEETHA SHANTHA RAM

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 MAP curriculum. Besides MAP, Geetha oversees the Staff Professional Development division and the DAS Research Committee and is also 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 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) while currently pursuing her doctorate. With over 12 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.


GUNAWAN

Gunawan is an occupational therapist in Zainab Hospital Pekanbaru, Indonesia.


  HANI ZOHRA MUHAMAD

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).

HO SHUET LIAN 

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.

JAMES H. SMITH-SPARK

Jamie Smith-Spark is a Senior Lecturer at London South Bank University in the United Kingdom. His doctoral research was on working memory and everyday memory in adults with dyslexia (supervised by Prof. John Fisk, Prof. Rod Nicolson, and Prof. Angela Fawcett) and, since being awarded his PhD in 2000, he has continued his research interest in cognitive function in dyslexia. This research has taken in executive functioning, short-term and working memory, long-term memory, and prospective memory. He is particularly interested in how problems with various types of memory actually affect the day-to-day lives of people with dyslexia and gathering data which can be used as an evidence base on which to argue for appropriate support in educational and workplace settings.

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.

KONG YUN RUI

Yun Rui has more than four years of experience in providing intervention for learners with dyslexia in both the English and Chinese language. She holds the role of a Senior Educational Therapist and also heads the Chinese Programme team at the DAS. Besides teaching, her scope of work includes research in the area of learning difficulties in Chinese, profiling of students, curriculum development and mentoring teachers. She also helps to facilitate and share with school teachers on dyslexia. She is an Associate Fellow with the Register of Educational Therapists (Asia). Her educational qualifications include a BA (Hons) in Linguistics and Multilingual Studies (Nanyang Technological University), Postgraduate Certificate in Special Educational Needs (University of South Wales) and Advanced Diploma in Chinese Language Teaching (KLC). She is currently pursuing her Masters of Education with the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. She believes that language learning opens up the horizon of a child and it is vital to teach a child how to learn. She has been co-presenting papers on learning difficulties in Chinese in relation to dyslexia at conferences since 2014.

LHANNIE ESTRERA

I am keenly interested in language in general, but my goal for now is to learn more about reading and its relevant cognitive processes particularly in my own language, which is Filipino.
I am currently in my first year for my PhD degree at University of Tsukuba. I finished my Master's degree in Behavioral Science at Tsukuba University and my Bachelor's degree in Psychology in the University of the Philippines. 

LIU YIMEI

Yimei joined the DAS in 2007 with a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons) from the National University of Singapore. She recently completed the Master of Arts (Applied Psychology) from the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University. In addition to her interest in conducting assessments as part of an investigation process for learning difficulties, she is also involved in the training and supervision of new psychologists at the DAS. Yimei has a keen interest in the area of dyslexia and Chinese. She obtained an Advanced Diploma in Chinese Language Teaching from the KLC International Institute and participated in the initial development of the Chinese Programme at the DAS. The research also brought her to presentations at conferences such as the International Dyslexia Association Conference and the International Symposium on Bilingualism. 


LOIS LIM

Lois has worked at DAS since 2005 as a psychologist. She graduated with a Bachelor of Social Sciences 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. She is a registered psychologist and supervisor with the Singapore Psychological Society. In addition to her interest in specific learning difficulties, she has developed a specialisation 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. 

MARINA KALASHNIKOVA

Dr. Marina Kalashnikova, BA (Summa Cum Laude) Linguistics, MA Linguistics University of Texas at El Paso, PhD Psychology Lancaster University. Marina joined the MARCS Institute in 2013 as a postdoctoral fellow and holds the positions of Researcher in Infancy Studies and MARCS BabyLab Leader. Her work focuses mainly on the projects ‘Seeds of Literacy’ and ‘HEARing Cooperative Research Centre’ in which she investigates perceptual and linguistic development in infants and children who are at risk for developing sensory or cognitive impairments. In addition, Marina also conducts research on early lexical acquisition in monolingual and bilingual infants and the effects of bilingual first language acquisition and early second language learning on the development of linguistic skills, and the advantages that such early experience provides for social-cognitive development.

MARY MOUNTSTEPHEN

U.K. Doctoral student Mary Mountstephen has many years’ of experience working in primary, special and international schools. She is the author of books and articles in the field of learning differences in the early years and primary sector and provides training internationally. Her current research focuses on the physical aspects sometimes associated with dyslexia: Can a daily, floor-based movement programme to address primitive reflexes help to minimize some of the difficulties that are often associated with dyslexia, in conjunction with more conventional interventions?

With the current emphasis on the importance of daily physical activity in the Singapore curriculum, this paper aims to contribute to understanding of the role movement can contribute to effective learning.


MUZDALIFAH HAMZAH

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).

PATRICIA 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. 

PRISCILLIA SHEN

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.

ROSALYN WEE

Rosalyn is an educator with eight years of experience working with children with Dyslexia at the Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS) and an Associate Fellow of the Register of Educational Therapists - Asia. She has a Post Graduate Certificate in Specific Learning Differences from London Metropolitan University, a Certificate in Gifted Education from University of New South Wales, and a Cambridge CELTA. Other than being a Senior Educational Therapist, she is also a certified trainer with a WSQ Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment and has been training Educational Therapists as part of the MAP Curriculum Team for five years. 
As a Curriculum Specialist in the Curriculum Team, Rosalyn has designed the Advanced Writing Curriculum as part of the MAP Integrated Curriculum launched in 2014, the MAP Comprehension Pack [phase 1] for secondary school learners which was launched in 2016. 
Other than developing curriculum, she has also co-presented Structured Writing Instruction and Writing Checklist aid Learners with Dyslexia in their Narrative Writing: A Case Study" at the 51st RELC Conference.

Rosalyn is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts in Applied Linguistics at the National Institute of Education, Singapore. 


SERENA ABDULLAH

Serena Abdullah is the Assistant Director of the MOE-aided DAS Literacy Programme (MAP) and is currently overseeing the development and the implementation of the Integrated Curriculum at the DAS. She is also a Lead Educational Therapist who enjoys working and teaching children with learning difficulties. Her love and passion for teaching has led her to continuously seek new and innovative teaching methods to bring out the potential and self-confidence in her learners. She graduated with a Masters in Education (Curriculum and Teaching) from NTU/NIE and has obtained a Cambridge International Diploma for Teachers and Trainers. She hopes to continue to enhance the Curriculum to ensure that learners from diverse backgrounds or with varying learning needs benefit and learn effectively in class.

SHAREN ONG

Sharen has been an Educational Therapist for six years and had experience working with students with dyslexia from five to 16 years old. She is a member with the Register Educational Therapists (Asia). She has recently completed her Master of Arts in Special Educational Needs, University of South Wales, UK.

SHARIFAH MARIAM ALJUNIED

Dr. Mariam Aljunied is a Chartered Educational Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, who is currently the Principal Educational Psychologist with the Ministry of Education (MOE). She received her professional training in educational psychology and her PhD in Psychology at University College London. She has made significant contribution to raising the quality of education for children with special needs in Singapore. Prior to her current role, Dr Aljunied was the Assistant Director for Psychological Assessments and Research in the MOE. With over 20 years of experience as an educational psychologist working with schools in Singapore, she has wide experience providing diagnosis and advice for pupils with learning difficulties, and implementing professional development opportunities for teachers and allied health professionals in psychology and education. In recognition of her contributions to the advancements in the education of students with special needs, Dr Aljunied received the Public Administration Medal from the President of the Republic of Singapore in 2009. As the winner of the 2011/12 Fulbright Researcher Award (Post-doctoral), Dr Mariam undertook a research attachment at the University of North Carolina, focusing on autism. Dr Aljunied contributes actively to several local and international publications and conferences on the subject of learning and developmental disabilities, and has been a long-standing partner with social service organisations serving the needs of vulnerable children and individuals with disabilities.

SITI ASJAMIAH

Siti Asjamiah joined the Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS) as an Educational Therapist in 2012 after spending 10 years in the pre-school industry. She obtained her post-graduate certificate in Special Educational Needs (SEN) with University of Wales in 2014 and is currently a Senior Educational Therapist supporting students with dyslexia in the MOE-Aided English Literacy Programme (MAP). She has also been supporting students in their English Exam Paper 2 since 2013. Beginning as a contributing member of the DAS’ English Exam Skills Programme (EESP) in curriculum and resource development, she is currently a core team member, assisting in programme evaluation, training of DAS dual specialists, as well as conducting TIPS talks for parents and holiday workshops for students.

SUJATHA NAIR

(To be updated)

SUMATHI KRISHNA KUMAR

Sumathi is a Senior Educational Therapist and an Educational Advisor at the DAS. As an Educational Advisor, she contributes to the area of Staff Professional Development. Sumathi has a Postgraduate Certificate in Specific Learning Differences from the London Metropolitan University and has been active in the area of specialized educational services for over 7 years. Her recent research involved a collaboration with 2 colleagues in a study of a comparative analysis of 2 mentoring approaches at the DAS that was showcased at the BDA International Conference 2016. She looks forward to and is excited about participating in future educational prospects.

SUVARNA REKHA CHINTA

(To be updated)

TAKASHI GOTOH

1) Faculty of Health Sciences, Mejiro University, Japan
2) LD/Dyslexia Centre, Japan 


TAN WAH PHEOW

Dr Tan Wah Pheow is the Manager of the Centre for Applied Psychology, School of Humanities & Social Sciences, at Temasek Polytechnic. He received Temasek Polytechnic's Teaching Excellence Award in 2012 in recognition of his contributions to teaching. Wah Pheow obtained a Bachelor of Social Science (Hons) and a Masters in Social Science (Psychology) from the National University of Singapore, and a PhD in Psychology from Iowa State University. Wah Pheow is a cognitive psychologist by training. His research interest is in applying theories of cognitive psychology in areas such as education and human factors. Since 2010, Wah Pheow have collaborated with other local researchers, most notably from DAS and A*STAR, on numerous research studies, which were presented and published in international conferences and peer-reviewed journals. In his free time, Wah Pheow loves to play basketball, engage in street photography and creative writing.


TUTY ELFIRA ABDUL RAZAK

Tuty is driven by the belief that teaching with compassion is the essence to a more meaningful learning journey for all children. She believes that picture books are flexible literary forms that encourage creativity, broadened minds and imagination in both children and adults. She studied Sociology at the National University of Singapore and has attained a Masters in Special Educational Needs from the University of South Wales. Her research interests include self-efficacy, social-emotional learning and promoting philosophical thinking among children and young adults. 

VIVIEN YANG

Dr Vivien Yang is a registered Educational Psychologist with more than 10 years of experience working with students with a wide range of learning and behavioural concerns. As Lead Educational Psychologist with the Ministry of Education (MOE), Vivien spearheads efforts to enhance the quality of psychological services to schools and plays an active role in building schools’ capacity to support students with special educational needs. Vivien completed her honours degree in psychology at the University of California at Berkeley, and her post-graduate diploma in education at the National Institute of Education in Singapore. She then worked as a primary school teacher prior to joining MOE as a psychologist in 2006. Vivien went on to receive her doctorate in educational and child psychology from University College London on an MOE Postgraduate scholarship. Her current interests include building school support systems for students with learning/behavioural needs, social-emotional well-being of students with special educational needs, as well as interventions for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder.

WONG KAH LAI

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

YANG WEN-SI, MEd, B.Sc., has a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Science. Ms Yang is currently a higher degree research student in National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University. She is a fellow of Register of Educational Therapists Asia (RETA), a fellow of Reading Specialists Association Singapore (RSAS), and a member of International Society on Early Intervention (ISEI). Ms Yang has more than 10 years of practical experience in the field of early childhood and special needs education. She has worked as a Teacher, Curriculum Writer, and Early Interventionist. Ms Yang has received a number of awards including 2015 the Society of Reading and Literacy (SRL) Research Award, 2013 Merit Scholarship Award at Asian-Pacific Society for Computers in Education, and 2012 Bronze Award at the Graduate Student day NIE. In terms of special education, she has written a book chapter of Poetry for Children with Special Learning Needs which published by Pearson 2017, and presented various papers on early intervention and learning disabilities, such as 2015 YWCA Conference Person-Centeredness and Inclusive Early Childhood Education, 2015 Early Childhood Conference and Carnival, and 2016 UnITE SpLD Conference.