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ARZAMI BIN SALIM | BHAVANI JEGANATHAN | CATHERINE YAP | GLADYS WEE | JANITHA PANICKERMOHAMED SAMUNNNICOLE CHUA | NUR AMIRAH ARZAMI | SHILPA MADANE | VEENA JAYANTH |

 

 

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Bhavani Jeganathan


Senior Educational Therapist and Specialist Teacher

Bhavani has more than a decade of practical experience in the field of Specific Learning Differences, especially Dyslexia. She is a Fellow with the Register of Educational Therapists (Asia) and is a qualified trainer with a WSQ Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA). She has extensive experience and has held the role of a senior educational therapist, programme manager and curriculum manager at DAS. She is also a qualified trainer with the Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA) by the Singapore Workforce Skills Qualification (WSQ). Her postgraduate academic achievements include a Masters in Education and a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, London Metropolitan University, UK. She believes that teaching can impact students and one of the greatest joy is to help them to succeed. Back to top

     

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Shilpa Madane

Specialist Tutor and Educational Therapist

  • B.SC.(Statistics), University of Bombay
  • LL.B.(Bachelor of Law),University of Bombay
  • Double Diploma in Teaching and Dyslexia
  • (University of Cambridge and DAS)

I started my teaching career with a private preschool in Singapore, which catered to children of various nationalities. After my stint with the school for 5 years, I decided to equip myself with skills to help children with learning difficulties. I trained in Orton-Gillingham Approach and later obtained Dyslexia Diploma to teach children with special learning needs.


Before joining DAS International in April 2013, I taught Literacy and Math to students with multiple learning difficulties including dyslexia, dyscalculia and ADHD for about 6 years as a private tutor. Most of my students are from lower and upper primary levels and come from a mix of local and international schools.


Having a strong background and interest in Mathematics drives me to cultivate the love of the subject in my students. My aim is to understand the strengths, weaknesses and learning styles of children in order to design individualized programs to help and motivate them achieve their targets. I believe that it is important to build a strong rapport with students and create a conducive learning environment for the smooth delivery of knowledge.

 

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Nur Amirah Arzami

Specialist Teacher and Educational Therapist

Nur Amirah Arzami is an Educational Therapist at DAC REX Learning Center. She graduated from the University of Wollongong (Australia) with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Upon graduation, Amirah served as a temporary research assistant with NIE where she administered cognitive testing to 5-13 year old students for data collection. She has also worked with children with autism, conducting one-to-one Applied Behaviour Analysis - Verbal Behaviour (ABA-VB) therapy for 1.5 years. She is a member of the Specialist Tutoring & Personalised Online Learning Experience team to benefit students beyond the learning center. Amirah also spares her time to a non-profit volunteer organisation which works with youth-at-risk, and lends a hand to underprivileged communities overseas.

 

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Janitha Panicker

  • Specialist Teacher and Senior Educational Therapist
  • Member, Register of Educational Therapists (Asia)

The love for children and the love of teaching, motivated Janitha to become an Early Childhood Teacher. With an International Diploma in Early Childhood Course (Montessori Method of Education), she embarked on her career as a Preschool Educator. During the rich and fruitful experience of enlightening little ones, she realised that there were children with differences who needed specially trained teachers to guide them. Based on her degree in Psychology (University of Kerala, India), she was offered a teaching position which enabled her to work with children with special needs (Autistic, ADHD, GDD). Janitha also obtained a Diploma in Educational Studies- Learning Disorders Management and Child Psychology (Linguistic Council) and a Diploma in TESOL (London Teacher Training College). When an opportunity presented itself to work closely with Dyslexic children, she joined DAS as a Learning Support Officer in 2011. Following this, she became a Senior Educational Therapist holding a Post Graduate Certificate ( SpLD ) and a Specialist Tutor. Although her forte is working with young children and lower Primary students, she has many years of experience teaching upper primary and secondary students.

 

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Catherine Yap

  • Bachelor in Economics
  • Master of Art (Early Childhood Education)
  • Post Graduate Certificate (SpLD)

Catherine joined the DAS as an Educational Therapist in 2013. Many years before that, she had held two other positions as Lecturer and Economist. She also had brief teaching stints as a relief teacher with MOE schools. Coupled this work experience with a long period raising three children who are now adults, Catherine feels that she is in a privileged position to relate to and to guide the students under her tutelage. 

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Gladys Wee

Gladys Wee-Bourne has been working with children since 1986. She is Orton Gillingham trained she has also undergone the Diploma that supports students with Dyslexia. She also holds a 2nd degree in French Language. She is a registered child care teacher in the Social Welfare Department, HK (1991/2001). Supporting students for over three decades, firstly as a Reading mother, Shadow teacher in International schools, Homeroom teacher in Kindergartens both in Hong Kong and in Singapore. Through her extensive hands-on experience and approach she currently support students for one to one Specialist tutoring. In 2017 she took the Certificate in Individual Education Planning from the DAS Academy. 
"Children are like diamonds with many facets, whichever way you look at them - they are beautiful" ......Gladys Wee-Bourne

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Arzami Bin Salim

Arzami has taught in various learning institutions like Anglo-Chinese School (Independent), Hwa Chong International School, National University of Singapore and UniSIM (now SUSS), on English Language and Literature, Communication and Critical Reading and Writing. He was Level Coordinator for English and Literature Department in various schools and has experienced developing and teaching the level curriculum for Secondary/ Junior College/ IGCSE/ Pre-IB levels and the Polytechnic. He holds a Bachelor of Arts with Diploma in Education (Merit) and an M.A in English Studies from Nanyang Technological University and University of Singapore respectively. He is an NIE trained educator and is highly involved in community work, serving as Chairman of the Malay Activity Executive Committee of Braddell Heights constituency, council member of Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) and having served as the president of the Singapore Malay Teachers’ Union. His interest in joining the Dyslexia Association of Singapore as a Specialist Sessional Tutor stems from his lifelong passion in supporting the young to excel in their studies regardless of the learning challenges his charges may face in committing to their aspirations. 

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Mohamed Samunn

Senior Educational Therapist

Samunn is a Senior Educational Therapist and a Dual Specialist in English and Maths at the Dyslexia Association of Singapore. He holds a Master's degree in Specific Learning Differences (MA SpLD) from London Metropolitan University, UK and speaks three languages - English, Tamil, and Sinhala.

He has 34 years of experience in teaching English as a Second Language (ESL). Started his English language teaching career in the MOE schools of Sri Lanka. Prior to joining the DAS in 2008, he was attached to the MOE Maldives for 11 years as a ESL teacher (secondary) preparing students for the Cambridge O Levels and IGCSE Examinations. Currently, he delivers intervention and/or remediation lessons in literacy, numeracy, English language, and math to children with dyslexia and other SpLDs. Additionally, he conducts holiday workshops in summary writing for secondary school kids and real world math workshops for primary kids.

Samunn is also a Specialist Teacher for DAS International delivering both onsite and online tutoring for students in the region. A present, he is supporting students in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Hongkong. We at DAS International reach out students wherever the internet can reach them. Our online lessons use an online real-time synchronised teaching technology that combines teacher-led tutoring and student-paced hands-on multi-sensory activities and assessments. These lessons are one-on-one, easy to follow, and a way of receiving online educational therapy, curriculum and behaviour support from the best specialist tutors in the industry. These online specialist tutoring sessions empower students to learn differently and help them understand how to learn and how to use their strengths to overcome their learning and social challenges while following a mainstream curriculum in their respective schools.

 

Samunn’s research interests include supporting adult learners with SpLD in higher education and offering assistive technology and e-learning solutions to children with SpLD.

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Nicole Chua

Senior Educational Therapist

Nicole Chua holds a Masters degree in Specific Learning Differences (SpLD) with London Metropolitan University, UK and has been teaching children with specific learning differences for about ten years.  She is trained in the Orton-Gillingham Approach and Project Read by Learning Circles.  Her extensive experience with dyslexic learners has led her to develop her own teaching methodology using morphology to improve spelling in adolescents with dyslexia (Chua, 2015) and at present she is looking into the use of meta-cognition to help dyslexic learners learn more effectively.

Being of Thai-Chinese parentage, Nicole is conversant in both English and Thai as she spent hergrowing years studying in Thai local schools.  After which she continues to immerse herself in the language through self-learning and spending time with her family in Bangkok twice a year during the school holidays.  She is also a certified a Thai to English translator and actively involved in spreading Thai culture in Singapore. 

As a Senior Educational Therapist at DAS, she was part of the DAS Curriculum Development team and oversees the development of Secondary Level Writing Resources.  She conducts training for new and existing teachers on how to teach writing to higher ability learners.  At present, Nicole has expanded her portfolio and is now a Specialist Tutor with DAS International.  She specialises in intensive tutoring for children with poor reading ability, especially those of ESL background.

"The world will not remember what you say, but they will certainly not forget what you have done."

PUBLICATIONS

The Impact of Morphological Intervention on Spelling and Self Esteem in Adolescents with Dyslexia

 

Asia Pacific Journal of Developmental Differences Vol 2. No. 1 2015

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Veena Jayanth

M.A English
B. Ed in English and Special English
Diploma in Special Education

‘If a child can’t learn the way we teach then we should teach the way he/she learns’. This has been my personal mission as a special educator.

As a post graduate in English, closely followed by a Bachelor’s in Education, I launched into my teaching career handling English and Social-Studies for Secondary and Senior Secondary classes. As a classroom teacher, I was aware that every child had a very unique style and pace of learning. My Diploma in Special Education paved way towards helping children with specific learning differences attain their potential.

Working with children from different countries in various International schools in Singapore has familiarized me with the various aspects of the curriculum. I have worked with children with Dyslexia, ADD, ADHD and mild ASD and have been successful in helping them cope with mainstream curriculum.

Working with children has extended to other interests like Story telling at the NLB and leading predominantly student-based tours at the Asian Civilization Museum.

I was born in Tamilnadu in India and my mother tongue is Tamil.

Having lived most of my life in the southern state of Karnataka, I speak Kannada and a bit of Telugu. I am fluent in Hindi that is spoken all over India. Being proficient in reading, writing and speaking French comes in handy too.

Travelling, reading and photography take up my free time and practicing taichi regularly keeps my mind and body in good shape.

Curriculum Based Remediation

My experience as a classroom teacher, and as a Specialist Teacher and Special Educator, has helped me to integrate the learning expectations posed by the curriculum and the Specific Learning Difference that the child is facing and has challenges in learning, motivation and self-esteem. I have found that this could be linked to the working style of the child. I now effectively adopt curriculum-based remediation in most of my classes in supporting students with Specific Learning Differences.

Veena’s Educational qualifications

1988- B.A (English Literature) Madras University
1990- M.A (English Literature) Madras University
1994 –B.Ed. (English and Special English) Annamalai University)
1997-98 Diploma in Special Education, (Specific Learning Disabilities and Integrated Education) Bangalore, India
2007 Diplome in French, Alliance Francaise Bangalore, India
2008 The Orton Gillingham programme (English) Singapore
2009-10 The Docent training programme, The Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore
2016- Trained at the Library as a story telling volunteer as part of the Friends of the library programme NLB Singapore
2017- 2018 Specialist Diploma in Specific Learning Differences DAS

Certificate in Dyscalculia and Numeracy Teaching DAS
Certificate in Educational Psychology DAS
Certificate in Dyslexia and Literacy Teaching (SpLD) DAS
Certificate in Supporting SpLD learners in Advanced English Literacy DAS
Certificate in Understanding Speech and Language Impairment DAS
Certificate in IEP Planning for SpLD Learners DAS

View Case Study on Curriculum Based Remediation

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