Chithra Kathiresan

Speech-Language Therapist

Chithra has worked as a Speech Language Therapist in Singapore for over 20 years. During this time she has worked in both adult and pediatrics within local hospitals and community settings.

She left full-time employment as Head of Speech Therapy at KK Women's and Children's Hospital Rehabilitation Department in 2000, to care for her two children. She has been in private practice since. Always a team player, she practiced as Senior Speech Therapy Consultant at Kaleidoscope Therapy Centre until early 2013.

Chithra has a special interest in Autism Spectrum Disorders and neuro-developmental disorders of relating. She is constantly exploring new tools to best meet the needs of this unique group of children. The following programs in particular have had the most impact on her professional career and continue to define her practice.

Chithra was first certified in 1997 in the Hanen level one workshop, It Takes Two to Talk (ITTT). At the time, the idea of working with parents rather than directly with children was controversial. Chithra continued to work within traditional models using modified ABA, TEACCH, PECs and Oral-Motor Talk Tools. Further to her training and experience in the areas of Sensory Integration and DIR Floortime, Chithra came to recognize the benefits of child directed social-pragmatic approaches. She pursued her advanced level Hanen certification in More Than Words (Parent program for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders) in 2003 in Sydney, Australia. The inaugural More Than Words parent program in Singapore commenced in January 2004 and continues several times a year. In 2010 Chithra was certified in the Hanen Talkability parent program for verbal children with ASD, in Sydney Australia.

Chithra was introduced to Social Thinking in 2005 and attended mentorship training with the founder Michelle Garcia Winner in 2006. She has conducted social thinking programs since. In 2008 she attended the Inaugural Social Thinking Providers summit in San Francisco followed by more training at Michelle's Clinic. In 2012 Chithra was invited to be a member of the Social Thinking Speakers Collaborative  in the USA.

Most recently Chithra completed her expert certification  and mentoring in DIR Floortime with the ICDL DIR Institute. An interest that began in 2003, the DIR Floortime model informs and underpins her work in implementing the Hanen parent training programs and the Social Thinking group programs.

Her training in developmental approaches to supporting individuals with difficulties in relating, led her to found ‘Connect and Communicate LLP'; a centre dedicated to helping individuals become better connected within and hence to relate better to others. Chithra hopes to work collaboratively with families and professionals alike, to empower individuals to communicate effectively and integrate successfully.

MAJOR TRAINING includes:

Registrations:

  • Allied Health Professions Council (Singapore)

Membership:

  • Speech And Language Therapy Singapore
 

Cheryl Ng

Speech-Language Therapist

Prior to joining Connect and Communicate, Cheryl worked at the Singapore General Hospital as a Senior Speech-Language Therapist for over 7 years. There, she developed an expertise in communication therapy and had the opportunity to work with clients from a wide range of age groups and diagnoses. She supported children and adults with communication difficulties that were related to etiologies such as language impairment, speech sound disorder, autism, ADHD, selective mutism, anxiety, hearing impairment, brain injury and stroke.

Cheryl has also worked with a broad spectrum of student profiles. Before she left for London to pursue a master’s degree in speech and language therapy, she was a qualified school teacher. She taught students from the normal technical and academic streams, and also spent a few years teaching the express and gifted streams in Raffles Girls’ School (Secondary). Through her years of voluntary work with Special Olympics Singapore, she also had the privilege of supporting athletes with a range of intellectual disability.

Her interest in coaching and counseling led her to be a certified Solution Focused practitioner. She has recently authored a chapter in the book “Solution Focused Practice in Asia”, which is due to be published in mid-2016.

Throughout her career, Cheryl’s passion for nurturing people is clear. She believes in a strengths-based and collaborative approach. She enjoys working with the team around a client to build on the client’s strengths and competence. While placing an emphasis on evidence-based practice, Cheryl seeks to co-create functional goals with clients and facilitate practical strategies to enhance their communication.

In her free time, Cheryl enjoys reading, music and bringing her 2 children out to play.

MAJOR TRAINING includes:

  • B.A. with Second Upper Honours in Philosophy, National University of Singapore
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Specialisation in English Language and Literature), National Institute of Education (Singapore)
  • M.Sc. Speech and Language Sciences with Distinction, University College London (UK)
  • Solution Focused Practitioner, Level 1 Certification
  • Solution Focused Approach: Working with Children and Adolescents
  • Hanen ® Certified, Canada (ITTT, MTW)
  • Lidcombe Program of Early Stuttering Intervention
  • Social Thinking ®

Registrations:

  • Allied Health Professions Council (Singapore)

Membership:

  • Speech And Language Therapy Singapore
  • Royal College Speech and Language Therapists, UK
 

Delia Yeo

Speech-Language Therapist

Delia is inspired to pursue working with children with sensory and behavioural issues that affect their abilities to communicate effectively. This led her to Connect and Communicate. Delia has embraced the DIR Floortime approach. The DIR Floortime model informs and supports her work in assessment and intervention with her clients. She is trained in Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking program and uses the Social Thinking frameworks and techniques daily in therapy. She also trained in and utilizes the Hanen parent training programs to support caregivers to better engage their children.

Delia formerly worked at the National University Hospital in a multi-disciplinary team with paediatric and adult caseloads. She is trained in intervention methods including: auditory-verbal therapy method, dual modes of communication, sign language, PECS and visual communication, Orton-Gillingham Program, Lidcombe Program and Hanen Parent Training program. She is also adept at supporting language and literacy development using intervention methods such as: Visualizing and Verbalizing, Story Grammar Marker, Language for Thinking.

Delia has worked with individuals, with a wide range of diagnoses. She has worked with an age range of 4 months of age up to young adults. This includes individuals with speech delay, articulation and phonological issues, hearing impairment, language difficulties, auditory processing difficulties, literacy difficulties, learning difficulties, fluency/stuttering, voice issues and social pragmatic issues. She has also supported individuals with Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders and varied congenital syndromes. She has consulted individually in the clinic, in homes, in schools as well as run group programs and organized holiday camps.

Delia is invested in understanding her clients through a developmental lens. She believes that children learn best if they are taught the way they learn. Delia strives to enable and empower individuals to communicate effectively and she works collaboratively with families and professionals.

MAJOR TRAINING includes:

  • B.A. (English Language), National University of Singapore
  • M.Sc. (Speech Language Pathology), National University of Singapore
  • Hanen ® Certified, It Take Two to Talk
  • Certified in Orton-Gillingham Program
  • Lidcombe Program trained
  • Brazelton Touchpoints trained
  • Oral Placement Therapy
  • Social Thinking ®

Registrations:

  • Allied Health Professions Council (Singapore)

Membership:

  • Speech And Language Therapy Singapore
 

Choo Ling Fong

Speech-Language Therapist

Ling Fong is a versatile therapist who has a diverse background that allows her to understand the needs of a child through the ‘eyes’ of a teacher, psychologist and speech-language therapist.

Prior to joining Connect and Communicate, Ling Fong worked as a speech-language therapist at the Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS). She provided assessment and intervention for children, from preschool to secondary school students, with a range of communication difficulties. These included students with language impairment and dyslexia, ADHD, autism and/or weaker cognitive abilities. She provided intervention both on an individual basis and in small groups.

Ling Fong was formerly a senior psychologist at the Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS). Thus she has an advantage of appreciating psychological assessment findings and comprehending how it translates to learning needs. Not content with just making recommendations in reports, Ling Fong decided to make a direct difference to the children. She pursued her postgraduate MSc in Speech-language Pathology at NUS. This has deepened her discernment of the interplay between communication and learning.

Ling Fong's journey in helping children with special needs and their families started in her university days. In addition to her major in Psychology, she worked as a freelance ABA home therapist with children with autism. Over the years, she has worked in various capacities including a teacher in an inclusive preschool. She understands the children and their families' needs both at home and at school.

She welcomes opportunities to educate the community and share. She was a guest lecturer at the DAS Academy. Ling Fong is a proud mother of a girl. She enjoys working with families and watching them grow in their ability to support their child.

MAJOR TRAINING includes:

  • B.Soc.Sci, with 2nd Upper Honours in Psychology, National University of Singapore
  • M.Sc. (Speech Language Pathology), National University of Singapore
  • Certificate in Autism (Autism Resource Centre, Singapore)
  • Social Thinking ®

Registrations:

  • Allied Health Professions Council (Singapore)

Membership:

  • Speech And Language Therapy Singapore
 

Azealia Kadir

Speech-Language Therapist

Azealia is a bilingual Speech-Language Therapist who has been working in private practice with the pediatric population in Singapore. Her experience includes working with children with a variety of diagnoses and difficulties, including; language delays and disorders, articulation and phonological delays and disorders, specific language impairment, social pragmatic difficulties, dyspraxia, and repaired cleft lip and palate.

Azealia graduated from City University London, United Kingdom (UK) with a bachelor of science in Speech and Language Therapy. As part of her training, she has worked in a variety of clinical and educational settings, which include; hospitals, community clinics, mainstream primary and secondary schools, and language units in the UK. Whilst getting her degree, she also worked with children of all ages and young adults in various capacities, including as a tutor, youth mentor, and nursery nurse.

Azealia is passionate about the work that she does and providing goal oriented, individualised, and child-centred therapy. She believes in working in collaboration with the families and carers, as this provides a more holistic approach to therapy for the child. It also enables the child’s needs to be met across all communicative environments.

When not at work, Azealia enjoys reading, the theatre, singing, travelling, and kickboxing. She is also currently pursuing her post graduate certification in Cleft Palate Studies from Sheffield University, UK.

MAJOR TRAINING includes:

  • BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy, City University London, UK
  • TEFL (Advanced), TEFL Express
  • Hanen ® Certified, It Take Two to Talk
  • PROMPT: An Introduction to PROMPT
  • PECS: Picture Exchange Communication System (Basic, Advanced)
  • The Lidcombe Program
  • Handling Sensory Issues in the classroom

Registrations:

  • Allied Health Professions Council (Singapore)
  • Health and Care Professions Council, UK

Membership:

  • Speech And Language Therapy Singapore
  • Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, UK