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

Keynote 1: Anxiety in Children
Keynote 2: Early Biliteracy Across Different Script Sets

Workshop 1: What Can Teachers Do For Preschoolers Who Show Early Signs Of Difficulty?
Workshop 2: Books Are More Than Just For Reading! Using Books to Build Children's Language Skills
Workshop 3: The Use of Technology in Early Intervention
Workshop 4: Neat And Tidy Handwriting
Workshop 5: Understanding and Supporting our Local Preschoolers with Literacy Difficulties
Workshop 6: Snippet into DAS Preschool Classroom: Building Phonological Awareness


 

Keynote 1: Anxiety in Young Children button keynote

Kathleen Chan, Registered Psychologist & Senior Specialist Psychologist, DAS SpLD Assessment Services (SAS)


Kathleen joined the Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS) in 2021 as a Senior Specialist Psychologist. She is part of the SpLD Assessment Services team, providing psycho-educational assessments for children and young adults. Prior to DAS, Kathleen had worked in both clinical and educational settings in Australia, mainly supporting primary school-aged children and young adults with a range of school-based and mental health issues. She is a strong advocate for mental wellbeing in children and young adults, and believes that every individual has the potential to thrive in life when given the right opportunities, skills and support.

Kathleen graduated from Monash University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology and RMIT in 2011 with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours)(Psychology). Thereafter, she completed a Master of Psychology (Educational & Developmental) at Australian Catholic University in 2015. She is currently a registered psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and the Singapore Psychological Society (SPS). She is also a member of the Australian Association of Psychologists Inc (AAPi).

Kathleen Chan

 

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Dr. Beth O’Brien Ann, Head, Early and Middle Childhood Research, OER Centre for Research in Child Development Principal Research Scientist, National Institute of Education (NIE)


Dr. Beth O’Brien Ann is a Principal Research Scientist at the National Institute of Education (NIE). Her research interests involve cognitive processes contributing to reading development, including the relationship between orthographic processing and fluency, bilingual factors related to reading and fluency development, biliteracy development, as well as how learners vary and interact with different instructional environments.

Her focus in this area has included developing bilingual assessments for language and literacy proficiency, new methods for measuring silent reading fluency based on non-linear dynamics analysis, and novel applications of interactive technology-based digital design for learning to read. Prior to moving to Singapore, she worked in the Developmental and Learning Sciences program at the University of Cincinnati’s School of Education in the USA. Other than this, she also held appointments as a research assistant professor in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development at Tufts University, and a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Cognitive Sciences.

Trained as a cognitive psychologist at Tulane University, she has conducted applied research investigating the role of functional reading skills in typical, at-risk, and dyslexic readers.

She has over 50 publications and chapters in various established journals such as Reading and Writing, Early Childhood Research Quarterly, Frontiers in Psychology, Scientific Studies of Reading, Vision Research, Annals of Dyslexia, and Ecological Psychology.

Beth Obrien

 

Workshop 1:

What Can Teachers Do For Preschoolers Who Show Early Signs Of Difficulty? 

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Dr. June Siew, Head of DAS Academy


Dr. June Siew provides thought leadership in the field of special educational needs (SEN), focusing on dyslexia. She holds a grounded perspective of SEN, developed through her extensive experiences with students and their community of support.

She is a pioneer in advocating inclusive practices in schools and has been training SEN Officers since they were first introduced to the mainstream school system in 2005. She passionately believes that the family and community are key to a child’s success and works closely with them to help students with SEN thrive.

June is a member of the Register of Educational Therapists (Asia).

June Siew

Priscillia Shen, Assistant Head of DAS Academy


Priscillia Shen began her special education journey as an Educational Therapist at DAS since 2005. Her previous experience working closely with SpLD learners has allowed her to take on a constructive and practical pedagogical approach in her teaching practice. She believes in keeping up with current research and developments in the field to continually refine teaching practices and maintain professional passion.

Her research interests are in dyslexia, bilingualism, Chinese language, and Mathematics. She is also a member of the Register of Educational Therapists (Asia).

Priscillia Shen

 

Workshop 2:

Books Are More Than Just For Reading! Using Books to Build Children's Language Skills

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Edwina Lim Yi Wen, Educational Therapist, Department of Child Development (DCD), KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH)


Edwina is an Educational Therapist with the Department of Child Development (DCD) at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH). She graduated with Bachelor of Psychology from Murdoch University. As an Educational Therapist who has more than 10 years of experience working with children with special educational needs in both mainstream primary schools and clinical settings, Edwina endeavours to nurture children’s confidence and increase their literacy skills through fun, and evidence based strategies.

Edwina KKH

Nor Jannah Binte Ahmad, Educational Therapist, Department of Child Development (DCD), KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH)


Jannah is an Educational Therapist with the Department of Child Development (DCD) at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH). She graduated with a Bachelor in Early Childhood Education with Management from Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS). She is an Associate Educational Therapist with the Association of Educational Therapists (AET) and is also trained in the Orton-Gillingham approach. She has worked with preschool children for over 10 years and firmly believes that early intervention is essential to later academic success.

Jannah KKH

Cheryl Chan Hui Lin, Educational Therapist, Department of Child Development (DCD), KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH)


Cheryl is an Educational Therapist with the Department of Child Development (DCD) at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH). She graduated with a Masters in Teaching (Early Childhood) and Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications) from the University of Melbourne. Cheryl has worked in a variety of inclusive and early years settings in Singapore, Melbourne and the Philippines. She firmly believes that every child is unique and the early years are the best years to develop curiosity, confidence and a love for learning.

Cheryl Chan KKH

Fiona Woo Pui Kuan, Principal Educational Therapist, Department of Child Development (DCD), KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH)


Fiona is the Principal Educational Therapist with the Department of Child Development (DCD) at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH). She has a Masters of Education (Special Education) at National Institute of Education, National Technology University, Singapore. She is an Associate Educational Therapist with the Association of Educational Therapists (AET). She is part of a bigger team of Medical and Allied Health Professionals who supports young children with a range of developmental delays. She advocates for children to learn in a fun and enjoyable manner using evidence based strategies. Reading is one topic that she is passionate about.

Fiona KKH

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Ramachandran Ashokkumar, Therapist Head, AWWA Early Intervention Centre @ Fernvale


Ashok is an Occupational Therapist by training who joined AWWA LTD in 2018 as a Therapy Head. Ashok has more than 21 years of experience as an occupational therapist in clinical, special education and early intervention settings. He has more than 10 years of experience in clinical leadership as well.

Ashok completed his Bachelor's degree in Occupational Therapy and has a Master's in Psychology. Ashok’s clinical expertise is primarily with children with sensory processing needs, autism spectrum disorder and developmental delays. He is extremely passionate about conducting action research and is currently part of the Research task force at AWWA LTD.

Ashok AWWA
 

Krystal Chng, Speech-Language Therapist, AWWA Early Intervention Centre @ Fernvale


Krystal is a Speech-Language Therapist at AWWA Ltd, working with children in AWWA's early intervention programme. She works with children, ages 2 to 7, across a range of diagnoses. These include global developmental delay, autism spectrum disorder and speech and/or language disorders.

Krystal completed her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and, more recently, her Master's degree in SpeechLanguage Pathology. She is passionate about the use of augmentative and alternative communication devices, language and literacy development and research; Krystal is also currently part of the Early Intervention of the Future taskforce at AWWA Ltd.

Krystal Chng AWWA

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Gloria Ng, Senior Occupational Therapist, Department of Child Development (DCD), KK Women’s & Children’s Hospital (KKH)


With more than a decade of experience working with pre-school children and their families at the Department of Child Development (DCD), Gloria is passionate about empowering teachers and parents in supporting their children’s development at home and in school. Together with Hui Fang, Gloria authored a resource book on handwriting instruction titled, ‘Handwriting Matters! A Resource for Early Childhood Educators’ as a response to providing teaching resources to preschool teachers. The book provides teachers tips and strategies to teach handwriting and in developing their children’s pre-writing skills.

Gloria graduated from La Trobe University in 2010 with a Bachelor in Occupational Therapy. Thereafter, she completed her post-professional doctorate in Occupational Therapy at Boston University in 2020. Her thesis on handwriting instruction and professional development for early childhood educators contributed to the development of the resource book.

Gloria KKH OT

Elisa Chong Li Keow, Senior Occupational Therapist, Department of Child Development (DCD), KK Women’s & Children’s Hospital (KKH)


Elisa joined KKH Department of Child Development (DCD) in 2018 as a Senior Occupational Therapist. She graduated from La Trobe University in 2009 and has been working with the pediatric population for the past 16 years, working and supporting preschoolers and school-aged children with various diagnosis such as Autism, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Developmental coordination disorder, Learning disorders and Global developmental delay. She provides individual and group therapy sessions, as well as running caregiver training workshops for parents. Elisa believes that all children should be treated equally, and deserves the opportunity to receive necessary intervention required for their needs, to continue to thrive and maximize their potential in their daily functioning. She also aims to provide parents with the necessary knowledge so as to understand their child and to help support them in their growing journey.

Elisa KKH OT

Abigail Ng Rui Wen, Occupational Therapist, Department of Child Development (DCD), KK Women’s & Children’s Hospital (KKH)


Abigail has been an Occupational Therapist with KKH Department of Child Development (DCD) since 2019. She graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2019, with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy with First Class Honours. Abigail provide individualised therapy sessions to support children with developmental or behavioural difficulties. She also conducts caregiver training workshops and works closely with families and school teachers to maximise the children's participation in natural settings. She believes in empowering every child to reach their fullest potential through building skills, nurturing relationships and the right environmental supports.

Abigail KKH OT

Amreetaa Sundraraj, Occupational Therapist, Department of Child Development (DCD), KK Women’s & Children’s Hospital (KKH)


Amreetaa has been an Occupational Therapist with KKH Department of Child Development (DCD) since 2018. She graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor in Occupational Therapy (Honours) in 2017. She works with preschool children and their families, supporting them to participate in activities that are important and meaningful to them. Amreetaa is passionate about working with caregivers to help them see their child’s potential and empower them to support their child’s development.

Amreetaa KKH OT

 

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Lee Yoke Kheng, NTUC First Campus, Senior Learning Support Educator


Yoke Kheng is a Senior Learning Support Educator at NTUC First Campus. Yoke Kheng holds two portfolios, as an Educational Therapy Professional and as an LSED. Having worked in both Early Childhood and Early Intervention settings, she believes that all children can learn if we know how to teach them. Yoke Kheng is OG trained and holds a Masters of Science in Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College (Boston, USA) to help her live out that belief. Yoke Kheng is a member of the Register of Educational Therapists (Asia).

Yoke Kheng NTUC

Cheryl Lim, NTUC First Campus, Senior Learning Support Educator


Cheryl started off as a preschool teacher with NTUC First Campus since 2009. As a Senior Learning Support educator, Cheryl holds two portfolios, as an Educational Therapy Professional and as an LSED providing direct intervention. Cheryl works closely with early childhood educators and external paraprofessionals to enhance the teaching and learning of children with developmental needs. Cheryl is OG trained and holds a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education (Focus in Literacy) from Wheelock College (Boston, USA). Cheryl is a member of the Register of Educational Therapists (Asia).

Cheryl NTUC

Jean Toh, NTUC First Campus, Senior Learning Support Educator


Jean is a Senior Learning Support Educator at NTUC First Campus. Over the last 15 years, Jean has been supporting children with developmental needs from preschool to primary school age. Currently, Jean holds two portfolios, as an Educational Therapy Professional and as an LSED providing direct intervention. She is OG trained and holds a Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College (Boston, USA). She believes that children need to be meaningfully involved in the learning process in order for them to learn. Jean is a member of the Register of Educational Therapists (Asia).

Jean NTUC

Julia Ong, NTUC First Campus, Lead Learning Support Educator


A strong advocate for early intervention, Julia's desire to help the preschoolers led her to join the DSLS programme at NTUC First Campus. Julia was formerly an Educational Therapist with DAS before joining NTUC FIrst Campus. Currently, as a Lead Learning Support Educator, Julia leads a team of LSEDs in the EAST & CENTRAL regions and is the Lead Coach for NFC Educational Therapist Professionals. Julia is OG trained and holds a Master of Education (Early Childhood) from Nanyang Technological University. Julia is a member of the Register of Educational Therapists (Asia).

Julia NTUC

 

Workshop 6: Snippet into DAS Preschool Classroom: Building Phonological Awareness button workshop

Raihana bte Mohd Hashim, Preschool Educational Therapist, Specialised Educational Services (SES), Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS)


Raihana has been a Preschool Educational Therapist with the Dyslexia Association of Singapore since 2016. As an awareness speaker at DAS, Raihana is active in sharing the importance of Early Literacy Support for preschoolers who are at risk of having Dyslexia. Raihana is also a member of the Register of Educational Therapist Asia (RETA). Raihana graduated with a Diploma in Child Psychology and Early Education from Ngee Ann Polytechnic and is currently pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education at Singapore University of Social Sciences.

Raihana

Rahayu Binte Rahiman, Preschool Educational Therapist, Specialised Educational Services (SES), Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS)


Rahayu has been with the Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS) since 2012. She is currently providing early intervention support as a Preschool Educational Therapist and has 16 years of experience in working with students with dyslexia. She graduated with a Diploma in Special Education from the National Institute of Education and a Degree in Psychology from Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS). She is also a member of the Register of Educational Therapists Asia (RETA).

Rahayu

Jacklyn Tso, Preschool Educational Therapist, Specialised Educational Services (SES), Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS)


Jacklyn started her journey as an intern at the DAS, supporting and developing Socio-Emotional Learning (SEL) Packs with her team. She officially joined the organisation as a full time Preschool Educational Therapist upon graduation with distinctions in her Diploma in Child Psychology and Early Education in 2015. She has been working with children at risk of dyslexia and other specific learning differences. In 2020, she graduated with honours in her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology (Arts) from Singapore Institute of Management - University of Buffalo, New York (SIM-UB). She is also a member of the Register of Educational Therapists Asia (RETA).

Jacklyn Tso