Speech-Language Therapy

Introduction to Speech-Language Therapy

Speech and Language therapy is offered to children who need support in communication. This service is available to all preschool to secondary school students who face communication challenges, and a diagnosis of dyslexia is not required to access these services. Therapy is an integral step following an assessment for your child that shows areas of difficulties in the understanding and use of spoken and written language in school and in their daily lives. The aim of therapy is to help your child overcome difficulties where they face challenges and develop strategies to help them to learn more effectively in school. Therapy sessions are developed and delivered by our team of therapists who are all registered with the Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) which is established by the Allied Health Professions Act 2011 to regulate the allied health professions in Singapore. Your child is in good hands with our therapists.

Speech and Language Therapy is offered in individual or group settings, depending on the needs of students including social skills. Our speech and language therapists aim to build up the child’s fundamental speech, language and social communication skills to support his or her development and learning. Therapy is carried out in a child-friendly, lively and bright environment. Language is aided and enhanced through fun and functional activities.

Students may attend speech and language therapy sessions for intervention to remediate their unclear pronunciation of speech, or work on difficulties in the understanding and use of language for school-related (academic) purposes or for communicating with others in different social interactions.

Our Speech-Language Therapy Team

Senior Speech-Language Therapist
Woodlands Learning Centre

Programme Manager

Shuet Lian 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 an 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.

Elizabeth Lim

Jurong Point
Learning Centre

Anna Belle Tang

Bishan and Sengkang Learning Centre

Sharon Reutens

Bishan Learning Centre

Felicia Poh

Parkway Parade and
Learning Centre

Tammy Wong

Learning Centre

Online Learning

Reaching the child behind the screen: the das SLT telepractice experience (thus far)

Online or home-based learning (HBL) has come to prominence for many educators amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of the usual classroom setting, the curriculum is delivered via online means. As Allied Health Professionals (AHPs), the speech-language therapists (SLTs) at das have taken head-on the challenge of making telepractice – the telehealth equivalent of online learning – work for our children.

To find out more about Telepractice see the ASHA definition here:  https://www.asha.org/practice-portal/professional-issues/telepractice/

Maintaining service culture despite challenges

The das SLTs have always focused on a service culture that has the welfare of the child at its heart, so we sought to make decisions and take actions that would contribute to positive experiences and outcomes for our children, even as we acknowledge that telepractice is not a perfect substitute for face-to-face therapy. Our aim has been and still is, to continue to support our children with some form of therapy if and where possible.

With this philosophy in mind, we approached the implementation of telepractice in measured steps. We scoured the knowledge base for existing evidence maps and best practices at the time, as well as emerging resources and guidance. We also reached out to relevant authorities and professional bodies to ensure compliance with regulatory guidelines and professional codes-of-conduct to ensure that we continue to provide a satisfactory level of standard of care.


Although we continue to work through numerous challenges in offering telepractice sessions to our children, we reap rewards in knowing that our families on telepractice have grown gradually accustomed to and that a large majority of our children are currently benefiting from it.

We have made it so far only because of the people who have journeyed with us, walking alongside or supporting from the sides. We are incredibly thankful for the patience and understanding shown by our parents and our children and are indebted to the support of our fellow colleagues at das. We are also grateful for the guidance offered by Speech And Language Therapy Singapore (SALTS), the professional association for SLTs in Singapore, the resources made available by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and numerous other organisations dedicated to speech-language therapy, and the unselfish professional sharing of pathfinding members of the SLT community around the world who are leading the way in adapting traditional therapy for telepractice.

We will strive as a team to make telepractice more effective so that we can better support and benefit the children in our care for as long as the need for this mode of therapy continues.

To read the full article on SLT Online Telepractice click below:


Speech and Language Therapy Assessment

A Speech and Language assessment helps to find out if your child’s speech and language ability is age-appropriate. It also identifies individual strengths and weaknesses. Our Comprehensive Speech and Therapy assessments may comprise of:

  • Informal assessment/observations
  • Recordings analysis of samples of communication
  • Formal standardised testing

For students with developmental and/or learning needs, a speech and language therapy assessment may be recommended as part of our multi professional Assessment SES International service.

For any enquiries regarding the Speech and Language Therapy and/or Assessment, please email [email protected]



Care & Share is a national fund-raising and volunteerism movement led by Community Chest for the social service sector, in celebration of SG50 this year. It aims to bring our nation together to show care and concern for the needy and recognise the contributions made by voluntary welfare organisations (VWOs). Eligible donations raised by Community Chest and participating VWOs from now till 31 Mar 2016 will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the government. The matched amount will go towards building the capabilities and capacities of the social service sector and supporting social services to meet rising needs

Speech and Language Therapy is supported by Care & Share. 

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Media and Publications

Spotlight on Specialist Teaching – Webinar 8: Social Communication Skills by Elizabeth Lim Yien Yien (28 Oct 2021)

This webinar will introduce some concepts and activities which a Speech-Language Therapist may carry out in therapy sessions with students who find it more challenging to navigate the social communication landscape.

Spotlight on Specialist Teaching – Webinar 9: Social Communication Skills Part 2 by Elizabeth Lim Yien Yien (12 May 2022)

Coach Your Child in Social Communication Skills. Get some starter tips on what parents and teachers can do, and where to get more ideas and support in developing a child’s social communication skills

Evidence-based Vocabulary Instruction for Early School-Aged Children by Ho Shuet Lian (UNITE SpLD June 2017)

Vocabulary was found to play an important role in language learning and teaching as early as in the 1970s. “Without grammar very little can be conveyed; without vocabulary nothing can be conveyed” (Wilkins 1972:111). “Vocabulary is one of the best predictors of academic success” (Kurdek & Sinclair, 2001). Learn about what is Evidence-Based Vocabulary Instruction for Early School-Aged Children

Speech and Language Therapy Helps Dyslexic Children Achieve by Ho Shuet Lian (UNITE SpLD Jun 2016)

This study aimed to find out the distinctive speech-language needs of students at DAS as well as to assess the efficacy of speech-language therapy in helping these students to achieve.


Effectiveness of DAS Speech-Language Therapy: A controlled evaluation

Lee Er Ker, Ho Shuet Lian, Sharon Reutens & Elizabeth Lim Yien Yien- - APJDD Vol 7 No.1 (page. 5 to 26)

Children With Verbal Dyspraxia

Ho Shuet Lian - 31 January 2020

Let’s Talk About Talking… Understanding And Managing Conversational Skills Of Children With Language Disorders.

Roslan M Saad - 13 November 2017