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

Occupational Therapist

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 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

Senior Consultant

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

Shiva graduated from University of Buffalo with a Bachelor’s in Communication. Having worked with Singapore Brain Development Centre for the past 8 years, she has been exposed invariably to work with children of different types of special needs. She loves the challenges that come with training children with a 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.

Course Completion:
- ‘Early Intervention for Children with Special Needs’ course offered by Social Service Institute Singapore
- ‘Re Attach Therapy’ course by Bridging Talents
- ‘Level One PROMPT’ course by Bridging Talents
- DIRFloortime® Course conducted by Professional Consultant & CEO of ICDL Jeffrey Guenzel
- Tomatis Level 1 Course conducted by Neuro-Psychologist Jean Pierre Granier of Tomatis Academy
- Introduction to Sandtray Therapy conducted by Dr. Alicia Pon
- Autism Explained. The complexity, the research, the application conducted by Expert Trainer Maude Le Roux
- A Deeper Dive into Tomatis Sound Therapy conducted by Expert Trainer Maude Le Roux

James Ho

Cognitive Therapist

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

James graduated from Murdoch University 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 practices meditation.

Course Completion:
- ‘Floor time level 1’ course conducted by Maude Le Roux
- Introduction to Sandtray Therapy conducted by Dr. Alicia Pon
- ‘Floor time level 2’ course conducted by Maude Le Roux & Andrea Synder
- Tomatis Level 1 Course conducted by Clinical Psychologist Francoise Nicoloff of Tomatis Academy
- Fundamentals of Gestalt Therapy with Children and Adolescents conducted by Sock Kuan of Tembusu Training and Therapy
- DIRFloortime® Course conducted by Occupational Therapist Sophie Jakimyszy
- Level 1 Intensive Mentorship program organised by STAR Institute for Sensory Processing

James is a Certified Basic Floortime Practitioner.

James 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.

Kimberly Beh

Cognitive Therapist

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

Kimberly graduated from HELP University 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.

She is an art enthusiast and passionate gastronomy.

Course Completion:
- “Using Art and Creativity to Build Social and Emotional Skills” offered by Social Service Institute Singapore
- ‘Decoding the Autism Brain’ HANDLE course level 1
- ‘Training Needs Analysis’ course in 2017
- ‘Moving to Higher Ground’ conducted by Kim Barthel
- 'Aqua Therapy for Disabilities' Workshop offered by Rainbow Centre Training & Consultancy
- DIRFloortime® Course conducted by Occupational Therapist Sophie Jakimyszy
- Fundamentals of Gestalt Therapy with Children and Adolescents conducted by Sock Kuan of Tembusu Training and Therapy
- Introduction to Sandtray Therapy conducted by Dr. Alicia Pon

Daljit Kaur

Language Specialist

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

Daljit graduated from University of Derby 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 many 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.

Course Completion:
- ‘HANDLE course level 1’ conducted by Mary Robson
- LINDAMOOD BELL SERIES of Visualizing and Verbalizing® for Language Comprehension and Thinking conducted by Brilliana Rawlins of Bridging Talents
- DIRFloortime® Course conducted by Professional Consultant & CEO of ICDL Jeffrey Guenzel
- LINDAMOOD BELL SERIES of Talkies®: Visualizing and Verbalizing for Oral Language Comprehension and Expression
- Introduction to Sandtray Therapy conducted by Dr. Alicia Pon in 2020.

Denise Loh

Cognitive Therapist

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

Denise graduated from University of Sussex 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 consists 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.

Course Completion:
- GSS Literacy & Maths course, GSS Readiness & Writing course, K to 5th Grade Handwriting course conducted by Dr. Peter Giroux of Bridging Talents
- DIRFloortime® Course conducted by Early Childhood Educator Megan King
- Introduction to Sandtray Therapy conducted by Dr. Alicia Pon
- Fundamentals of Gestalt Therapy with Children and Adolescents
- Gestalt Play Therapy Oaklander Approach conducted by Sock Kuan of Tembusu Training and Therapy
- Developmental Play Foundation Course conducted by Occupational and Creative Arts Therapist Caroline Esaame

Farah Aqilla

Language Specialist

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

Farah graduated from Nanyang Technological University 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.

Course Completion:
- “Activity Therapy for Persons with Special Needs” offered by Social Service Institute Singapore
- DIRFloortime® Course conducted by Floortime Practitioner Marina Grobler
- Social Thinking® Workshop offered by Connect & Communicate LLP
- Introduction to Sandtray Therapy conducted by Dr. Alicia Pon
- Introduction to Play Therapy conducted by Dr. Alicia Pon
- Developmental Play Foundation Course conducted by Occupational and Creative Arts Therapist Caroline Esaame

Namira Rosel

Cognitive Therapist

Cognitive Therapist, Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Psychology with Counselling, University of Northampton.

Namira graduated from University of Northampton with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with Counselling. Her Honours thesis focused on the relationship between stress, self-esteem and achievement motivation and how it affects the different genders of adults working in Singapore through focusing on Rosenberg’s Self-Esteem, Ray’s Achievement Motivation and Cohen’s Perceived Stress scales of measurements.

Prior to working in Singapore Brain Development Centre, Namira gained experience through working with children of various ages through the art of roleplaying, which sparked her interest and passion in children. She has also grown to develop a fascination with Early Intervention as she strongly believes in the benefits that it brings to the development of a child in their early years. Hence, Namira began her journey with Singapore Brain Development Centre assisting in the Early Intervention Programme, before beginning her journey as a Cognitive Therapist.

Namira is also known to be an outgoing and sociable person by her peers, alongside her cheerful and optimistic personality.

Course Completion:
- DIRFloortime® Course conducted by Professional Consultant & CEO of ICDL Jeffrey Guenzel
- Fundamentals of Learning Disability offered by Social Service Institute Singapore
- Child First Aid Course offered by Singapore Red Cross Academy
- Introduction to Play Therapy conducted by Dr. Alicia Pon
- Introduction to Sandtray Therapy conducted by Dr. Alicia Pon
- Developmental Play Foundation Course conducted by Occupational and Creative Arts Therapist Caroline Esaame

Delia Huang

Cognitive Therapist

Cognitive Therapist, Bachelor of Psychology (Hons), James Cook University Singapore

Delia graduated from James Cook University Singapore with an Honours degree in Psychology.

Delia enjoys interacting and working with children. Her passion for working with children led her to join the Singapore Brain Development Centre as a Cognitive Therapist, where she hopes to aid in the holistic development of children.

Delia enjoys experimenting with vegan baking recipes. She also frequents the gym and is a part-time fitness instructor who conducts group exercise classes in gyms.

Course Completion:
- Fundamentals of Learning Disability course offered by Social Service Institute Singapore
- DIRFloortime® Course conducted by Professional Consultant & CEO of ICDL Jeffrey Guenzel
- Introduction to Sandtray Therapy conducted by Dr. Alicia Pon

Marcus Chee

Cognitive Therapist

Cognitive Therapist, Bachelor of Psychological Science (Hons), James Cook University Singapore

Marcus graduated from James Cook University Singapore with an Honours degree in Psychological Science. He is currently pursuing Masters of Counselling at the Executive Counselling Training Academy (ECTA).

Prior to working at the Singapore Brain Development Center, Marcus has worked at Rainbow Centre where he has had the opportunity to teach and help a variety of special needs children. He enjoys helping the students to recognise their potential and doing so in a way that the students would also enjoy the learning process.

Marcus has a wide range of interests from sports, drawing manga art, and improving mental well-being. He has completed numerous courses for rock climbing, swimming and meditation.

Course Completion:
- DIRFloortime® Course conducted by Professional Consultant & CEO of ICDL Jeffrey Guenzel
- The Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference 2021