DIRECTOR, CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT & RESEARCH

Mr. Jason Teo holds several accreditations, reflecting his passion for helping others unleash hidden potential, amongst them including Dip in Counselling from IACT (International Association for Counsellors and Therapists), PDTD (Professional Diploma in Training and Development) and a MBA.

Jason has 20 years of experience under his belt in leading higher centres for learning in various capacities as COO of Parkway Education Centre and CEO of MindSharpener. He now leads SBDC’s drive in changing lives.

OUR ADVISORY BOARD

Our SBDC advisory board consists of more than 20 professionals from the clinical and neuropsychology disciplines, specialists in vision and auditory processing and educational professionals. They include Dr Ken Gibson, Visual Processing Specialist; Prof Tan Teng Kee, Director of Nanyang MBA and Chairman of India and China Strategist Group, Nanyang Technological University. Our educational partners also include Dr William Volk, Dr Jan Strydom and Dr Frank Belgau among others.

SBDC welcomes Learning Technics’ Founder, John F. Heath as an advisory board member. In 2015, Singapore Brain Development Centre (SBDC) established partnership with Learning Technics.With the partnership and programs from Learning Technics, SBDC aims to further assist individuals who struggle with reading, math, spelling, memory, ADHD, ADD, and Dyslexia. One of the programs that SBDC is training in Singapore is the patented Physio-Neuro training of Learning Technics, that will help a struggling student markedly improve his/her ability to learn and to overcome the roadblocks to a brighter future.John Heath has appeared on television numerous times and has lectured at universities and academic institutions throughout the country. In 2006 Oxford University recognized Heath’s advances made in the field of solving learning disabilities and invited him to present his research at the university.

SBDC welcomes Sensory Processing Disorder expert Dr. Erna Blanche, as an advisory board member.Erna Imperatore Blanche received her basic training in occupational therapy at the University of Chile (Santiago, Chile) and later earned her Master of Arts degree in Special Education at Columbia University. She received her PhD degree in Occupational Science at the University of Southern California. She is an expert in pediatric occupational therapy and interventions based on occupational science. She has co-authored two books, “Understanding the Nature of Sensory Integration with Diverse Populations” and “Observations Based on Sensory Integration,” and one video series, “Combining Neurodevelopmental Treatment and Sensory Integration Principles,” on pediatric practice. She has also published numerous articles in English and Spanish on the topics of play, wellness and other issues in clinical practice. Her articles have appeared in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, Occupational Therapy International, Journal of Occupational Science, and Play and Culture Studies, among others, as well as in pediatric textbooks. Blanche has lectured internationally in more than 20 countries and maintains ties with Therapy West, Inc., a clinic seeing over 400 children per week that was co-founded by her, as well as with the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Chile.

SBDC welcomes Maude Le Roux, an accomplished occupational therapist, as an advisory board member.Maude Le Roux, OTR/L, SIPT, RCTC, DIR® Certificate, Director and Trainer of Cellfield Reading Intervention, is an accomplished occupational therapist with great affinity for learning and understanding the human brain.She was born and raised in South Africa, and graduated from the University of Stellenbosch in Cape Town in 1984. Maude married Charl Le Roux in 1986 and moved to the USA in 1993. Together, they opened A Total Approach in September 2001. Maude is SIPT certified and specializes in Sensory Integration services as it applies to functional activities of daily living, including improving the ability of any child to partake in his/her learning environment. She also holds a certificate in DIR®/Floortime™, and is a certified Cellfield Intervention provider. She is also a certified Tomatis Consultant.Maude has presented her Tomatis work in Dublin, Greece, France and Panama. Maude is an international trainer in Tomatis Sound Therapy,DIR/Floortime through ICDL, Interactive Metronome, Cellfield Reading Intervention, as well as for the courses she had developed herself. She has participated in multiple national and international speaking engagements with regards to the field of sensory integration and autism. Maude has published two books; “The Listening Journey for Children”, and “Our Greatest Allies” available through www.amazon.com. Maude and Charl have an Airedale Terrier called Oscar, who is a source of great delight in their lives!

Our Team of Facilitators

Aparna Bhonsle

Senior Speech and Language Therapist

Senior Speech and Language Therapist, Masters in Human Communication, University of London

Aparna graduated from City, University of London with a Masters in Human Communication in 1993 after completing a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing (hons) from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi in 1990.

Aparna enjoys working with children with communication difficulties, conducting therapeutic work through play and practical activities with the active support of the parents. In addition to that, she has a special interest in the links between language and literacy and helping children perform better in school by improving their language capability.

Aparna has over 20 years of experience in training parents and teachers in the facilitation of speech and language development. Finding solutions to problems and witnessing the skill development in children motivates her to venture out in new ideas for therapies and methods.

Aparna is a member of Rehabilitation Council of India.

Guo Hua

Senior Occupational Therapist

Senior Occupational Therapist, Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, Queen Margaret University (Edinburgh)

Guo Hua graduated from Nanyang Polytechnic with a diploma in Occupational Therapy in 2011 and has obtained Master of Science, Occupational Therapy from Queen Margaret University (Edinburgh) in 2014. He took part in a research paper titled “Normative Data of the Beery-Buktenica Developmental Test of Visual-Motor Integration of Pre-schoolers in Singapore”, which was presented at the Asia-Pacific Occupational Therapy Conference 2011. In 2014, the research paper has been published in an international peer reviewed journal, Child, Care, Health and Development. This research was carried out in various preschools and provided a useful normative data for clinicians to assess children’s visual motor abilities.

Guo Hua takes a keen interest in working with children with special needs and had gained his clinical experience by providing occupational therapy services at Fei Yue Community Services (EIPIC) and MINDSville – Children’s wing. He has been trained in various approaches such as the following:

  • Reality therapy, Choice theory (William Glasser Institute)

  • Social thinking (Michelle Garcia Winner)

  • Therapeutic listening: Listening with the whole body (Vital links)

  • Cognitive Orientation for daily Occupational Performance (CO-OP)

  • Sensory Integration & Praxis Test Certified (SIPT)

  • Interactive Metronome Certified (IMC)

  • Greenspan Floortime Approach

His clinical experience includes managing children with sensory processing difficulties, learning disabilities and other developmental delays. He values providing family-oriented therapy and parent education, as these are essential for successful intervention outcomes in the child’s development.

Registered: Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC), Singapore

Shiva Thanapal

Consultant

Consultant, Bachelor of Arts (Communication), State University of New York, at Buffalo.

Shiva graduated from University at Buffalo in 2013, with a Bachelor’s in Communication. Having worked with Singapore Brain Development Centre for the past 3 years, she has been exposed invariably to work with children of different types of special needs. She loves the challenges that comes with training children with different spectrum of disorders as well as giving constructive advice to their parents.

Shiva has a keen interest in literacy and speech difficulties. Recently, she developed an English Language Literacy programme for children with Phonological difficulties and language difficulties. This programme follows a pragmatic approach and helps children in our centre to express themselves both in written and verbal forms.

Shiva’s experience in consultancy focuses on observing and analysing clients, giving constructive feedbacks and organising a profile for them. She also specialises in working with children’s speech difficulties through PROMPT methodology.

Shiva is an apprentice Wine Sommelier and food hedonist. During her spare time, she enjoys going for wine tasting and exploring different cuisines.

In 2015, she completed the ‘Early Intervention for Children with Special Needs’ course offered by Social Service Institute Singapore, ‘Re Attach Therapy’ course in 2016 and ‘Level One PROMPT’ course organised by Bridging Talents in 2016.

Kimberly Beh

Cognitive Therapist

Cognitive Therapist, Bachelor of Arts (Hons), Psychology, HELP University

Kimberly graduated from HELP University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She has since worked with Singapore Brain Development Centre as a Cognitive Therapist.

Prior to her work with us, she taught Fine Arts to a diverse group of elementary school children at the Classical Art Centre in Malaysia. Her love for children transcends into the dedication she puts into her training. She incorporates art and craft into therapy for children with emotional regulation troubles.

Kimberly is currently the head of the Training department, where she spearheads the group of therapists in training, mentoring, and also monitoring their students’ progress in therapy.

She is an art enthusiast and a passionate gastronomy.

In 2015, Kimberly completed the course, “Using Art and Creativity to Build Social and Emotional Skills” offered by Social Service Institute Singapore, ‘Decoding the Autism Brain’ in 2016, HANDLE course level 1 in 2016, ‘Training Needs Analysis’ course in 2017, and ‘Moving to Higher Ground’ conducted by Kim Barthel in 2018.

James Ho

Cognitive Therapist

Cognitive Therapist, Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), Murdoch University.

James graduated from Murdoch University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Prior to his undergraduate program, James worked as an administrative executive at an International school where he was exposed to numerous difficult situations in rejecting applications from parents with special needs children. This empathetic feeling sooner turned into an aspiration to enhance existing pre-school therapeutic interventions for special needs and learning difficulties. This motivated his choice of undergraduate study.

In Singapore Brain Development Centre, James conducts play therapy and cognitive development therapy. Given his quick-witted personality, he is constantly on the go with new ideas and methods of the delivery structure of therapies. Also, James possesses a Diploma in holistic massage from ITEC Singapore. This further enhances his understanding of a child’s physical response to therapeutic stimulus. He is an avid reader and practises meditation.

In 2016, James completed the ‘Floor time level 1’ course conducted by Maude Le Roux.

Daljit Kaur

Language Specialist

Language Specialist, Bachelor of Science (Hons) Psychological Studies, University of Derby

Daljit graduated from University of Derby in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychological Studies. Her Honours Bachelor Thesis focused on the comparison in overall academic performance of primary school students who did and did not attend after-school care.

Prior to her work with Singapore Brain Development Centre, Daljit tutored primary school students of all levels and subjects for over 7 years, particularly English and Science, in both classroom and home-based settings. Her passion for teaching was realised during her first few years of tutoring which further motivated her choice of undergraduate study. Teaching various different children across the levels exposed her to a great deal of learning impairments which grew into a desire to help children with language and cognitive learning difficulties. Daljit strongly believes in early intervention and her work with us mainly consists of identifying cognitive and language impairments and coaching children to overcome these in the utmost loving approach. She is an avid reader and a venturesome traveller.

In 2017, Daljit completed the ‘HANDLE course level 1’ conducted by Mary Robson.

Raizen Ahad

Cognitive Therapist

Cognitive Therapist, Bachelor of Science (Sports Science and Exercise & Health), University of Western Australia

Raizen graduated from the University of Western Australia in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Science and Exercise and Health.

He has experience working in a clinical setting with paediatric populations namely in KK Women and Children’s Hospital. He was attached to the hospital’s Sports Medicine Program where he was responsible for carrying out individualised and group exercise classes for the children there. He was also exposed to children who fall under the spectrum and derives a great amount of satisfaction and pleasure working with them. This exposure coupled with his fervent interest in children with specials needs and human movement further developed his passion in the field.

At Singapore Brain Development Centre, Raizen has been trained in Sensory Integration and is thoroughly acquainted with the skills to aid children in their development via a balanced platform of play and exercise.

Raizen enjoys various sports such as soccer and rock climbing and he’s also an avid concert-goer.

In 2018, Raizen completed the course, “Activity Therapy for Persons with Special Needs” offered by Social Service Institute Singapore.

Denise Loh

Cognitive Therapist

Cognitive Therapist, Bachelor of Science (Hons) Psychology, University of Sussex

Denise graduated from University of Sussex in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Her honours Bachelor Thesis focused on deception detection in interviews, which involves the analysis of verbal production and language style matching. During the course of her study, Denise developed an inquisitiveness on how children with special needs and learning difficulties communicate and respond to therapies.

Denise leads the Early Intervention Programme in Singapore Brain Development Centre along with our Speech therapist and Occupational therapist. Most of her work in this programme encompasses sensory integration and play therapy along with the incorporation of nursery rhymes, rhythm, and dance movements for toddlers.

Denise tackles challenges skilfully and is highly motivated by the progress of the children. Most of her work at Singapore Brain Development Centre consist of play and cognitive therapy. As a dynamic individual, Denise also plays an integral part in equipment and safety management in our sensory gym.

She is a gym enthusiast and an avid novel reader.

In 2018, Denise completed the GSS Literacy & Maths course, GSS Readiness & Writing course, K to 5th Grade Handwriting course conducted by Dr. Peter Giroux of Bridging Talents.

Farah Aqilla

Language Specialist

Language Specialist, Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Linguistics and Multilingual Studies, Nanyang Technological University

Farah graduated from Nanyang Technological University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and Multilingual Studies. Her honours Bachelor Thesis paper focused on the speech perception of sounds in the Korean phonological system by Chinese and Malay speakers in Singapore as well as its implications on language development as well as acquisition of second language.

During the completion of her thesis, she developed a high interest in the aspect of language acquisition as well as language and communication disorders. This resulted in her pursuing a career with us where she can work with children who have difficulties in language skills.

Farah coaches the children in Singapore Brain Development centre to develop and strengthen their language skills. She adopts an immensely motivating approach by helping them cultivate the love of language through effective and fun training methods.

She likes to travel and learn new languages. Farah is fluent in conversational Korean. And as an avid cyclist, she can be seen cycling in East Coast Park during her free time.

In 2018, Farah completed the course, “Activity Therapy for Persons with Special Needs” offered by Social Service Institute Singapore.

Mohana Priya Naidu

Language Specialist

Language Specialist, Master of Human Rights, Curtin University

Mohana graduated from Curtin University with a Master in Human Rights in 2016 right after completing a Bachelor degree in Business law, minoring in Legal Studies and Criminology from Murdoch University in 2014. In her Masters’ program, she wrote a dissertation paper on the policy reform of child sex trafficking and exploitation. During the completion of her dissertation, studying the therapeutic interventions for child victims, she developed a significant interest in social language skills (pragmatics) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Mohana has a special interest in social work. Whilst pursuing her education in Perth, she volunteered as a conversation facilitator for refugees and asylum seekers under the Adult Migrant English Program where she was first exposed to language learning impairments and social communication difficulties.

Mohana is passionate about extending her assistance to all the children in our centre in the areas of cognitive and social communication. In particular, she helps children in the development of higher level language skills. In addition to serving her role as a therapist, she actively takes on various content writing and external projects and generates marketing articles for our centre.

She is an avid Indian Classical dancer and teaches dance too.

Vaaheni Sreendran

Cognitive Therapist

Cognitive Therapist, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, State University of New York, Buffalo

Vaaheni graduated from the state University of New York, at buffalo in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She has a keen interest in the development of children, especially children with special needs and learning difficulties. In her Bachelor program, studying human behaviour across various fields of psychology such as developmental, abnormal and social psychology, she became intrigued in cognitive development practices.

Vaaheni also has a passion for social service. Prior to her work with us, she volunteered at Temple of Fine Arts (TFA) as a Dance teacher. During her volunteering, she assisted in the monitoring and planning of regular classes as well as choreography. This was where she was first exposed to children and classroom management. Along with her excellent child supervision skills, instructional skills and high level of patience, Vaaheni engages with the children at our centre admirably with her great communication and interpersonal skills.

She’s a passionate Indian classical dancer.