Learn more about our keynote speakers and the workshops' leaders!

Keynote 1: Child Language Development: Perspectives of a Parent and Educator
Keynote 2: Gifted and Challenged: Do these children really exist?

Workshop 1: The Beauty of Multi-Sensory Activities
Workshop 2: Let's Form our ABCs!
Workshop 3: Engaging Children in Meaningful Conversations
Workshop 4: The Creative Side Of Dyslexia: Why The Freedom To Play Offers New Opportunities For Learning And Development Of 21st Century Skills


 

Keynote 1: Child Language Development: Perspectives of a Parent and Educator

Edmen Leong, Director of the Specialised Educational Services, DAS


Edmen has been with the DAS since 2010. He served as an Educational Therapist, Programme Manager as well as 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.

 

Keynote 2: Gifted and Challenged: Do these children really exist?

Geetha Shantha Ram, Director of the English Language & Literacy Division, DAS


Geetha Shantha Ram joined DAS on 16 August 2004 and assumed the post of Director of the English Language and Literacy (ELL) Programmes on 1 December 2014, which includes the Main Literacy Programme (MLP) and has led curriculum enhancements for the DAS through the Essential Literacy Approach and the current integrated MLP curriculum. Besides ELL, Geetha oversees the SpLD Assessment Service and Staff Professional Development division, where she led the development of professional pathways and quality assurance of all educational efforts. She also heads the DAS Research Committee and is an advisor in the Register of Educational therapists (Asia) (RETA). Geetha has a Masters in English (NUS) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (Distinction) (LMU) and is currently pursuing her doctorate in the area of twice-exceptionality. 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.


Workshop 1: The Beauty of Multi-Sensory Activities

Raihana Bte Mohd Hashim, Preschool Educational Therapist, DAS


Raihana is a preschool educational therapist at Dyslexia Association of Singapore. She graduated with a Diploma in Child Psychology and Early Education from Ngee Ann Polytechnic. A passionate early childhood educator, Raihana strives to nurture children's confidence and esteem through fun, meaningful and developmentally appropriate learning experiences.

Rahayu Rahiman, Preschool Educational Therapist, DAS


Rahayu has been working with children with Specific Learning Differences for over ten years. She was an Allied Educator, Learning Support Officer and Preschool Early Intervention teacher. She holds a Diploma in Special Education and Dyslexia Studies and is currently pursuing her degree in Psychology. Artistic and creative, Rahayu loves to draw.

Workshop 2: Let's Form our ABCs!

Vera Tai, Preschool Educational Therapist, DAS


Vera Tai is an Educational Therapist with the DAS and she works with preschoolers, primary and secondary school students. She graduated with a Bachelor of Social Science, Psychology. Vera is passionate when working with children with learning difficulties and aspires to make learning an enjoyable and fun experience for students. She believes in using a variety of strategies and resources to suit each child's interest and individual needs. At DAS, she strives to help children grow.

Siti Nadhirah Binte Azmi, Preschool Educational Therapist, DAS


Nadhirah is an Educational Therapist with DAS. She graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Psychology. She also dual-specialised in Preschool Programme. She loves working with children and enjoys teaching. She hopes to be able to touch someone’s life or make a difference in a positive way. She believes that every child is unique and emphasizing on one’s abilities and strength to help them achieve their fullest potential.

Jean Kwok, Preschool Educational Therapist, DAS


After graduating with a Bachelor of Social Science, Psychology, Jean joined the DAS as an Educational Therapist. Currently, she works with young pre-schoolers as well as older primary and secondary school students. Jean has always believed that every child learns differently, and as an educator, she always tries to tap on their strengths and weaknesses for the best learning outcomes for her students. Jean hopes to continuously improve on herself so that she can help more students overcome their learning difficulties and achieve their potential.

Workshop 3: Engaging Children in Meaningful Conversation

Elizabeth Lim, Speech & Language Therapist, DAS

Lee Er Ker, Senior Speech & Language Therapist, DAS


Liz and Lee are speech-language therapists with DAS. They firmly believe that parents and early childhood educators play a key role in facilitating speech and language development in young children. Firm believers of early intervention, Liz and Lee are committed to supporting parents and educators of young children with diverse learning needs. Liz also lectures at the DAS Academy and is formerly a preschool educator who holds a Master of Science (Speech and Language Pathology) and a Master of Education (Special Education). Lee is formerly a mainstream school teacher who holds a Master of Science (Speech and Language Pathology) and a Master of Arts (Applied Linguistics).

Workshop 4: The Creative Side Of Dyslexia: Why The Freedom To Play Offers New Opportunities For Learning And Development Of 21st Century Skills

Esther Joosa, Consultant Director of Pedagogy, Playeum


Esther Joosa is originally from the Netherlands. As an art education consultant, educator, practitioner and researcher, she pursues the arts, creativity and plays as a fundamental and innate practice. Recently, she designed the standards for the arts in special education in Singapore, designed the visual arts curricula of two special schools and curated a global art exhibition of people with Down syndrome in Mexico. As Director of Pedagogy wit Playeum she co-curated an interactive play/art exhibition featuring the installations of disabled artists, and leads the research Open Minds, Open Doors, investigating the value of unstructured artful play of children with disabilities.