Having a strong focus on Verbal Behaviour approach (VB), our team at Healis Autism is seriously dedicated to not just help your child acquire skills, but also develop mental wellness and build their character. We pride ourselves to be quick at correcting behaviours while keeping our therapy sessions fun and engaging. Read on more for a short bio of our key team members.
Yi Zhuang holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and was trained by the founder of ABA-VB, Dr. James Partington himself. Having clocked more than 14,500 hours of therapy sessions, she has garnered the expertise to train our team of therapist, provide consultation and assessment sessions for our clients. She believes in developing good character traits on top of coping with struggles and acquiring skills.
Samantha Tang has been in clinical practice for over 20 years. Previously a psychologist at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, she is highly experienced in the assessment & diagnosis of developmental issues & preparing reports for placement in special education school or examination exemptions or accommodations. As a mum of 2 special needs kids herself, she is highly passionate and dedicated to serve and always willing to go the extra mile for her clients and their caregivers.
Felicia holds a Bachelor's Degree in psychology and Master's in counselling. She was trained by the founder of ABA-VB, Dr. James Partington. Felicia is also our in-house counsellor working with autistic children and their parents to provide them with the right resources to cope better. She has a strong belief in empowerment as a core aspect of teaching and counselling.
Mary-Anne holds a Diploma in Child Psychology and Early Education and is currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. Through her experiences of working with children of different backgrounds, she believes that the right support and environment are important factors in helping a child grow and excel. With that, she aims to work closely with children and their families to provide them with the support and encouragement needed for them to develop in their own way and reach their fullest potential.
Amelia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychological Science and a Diploma in Child Psychology and Early Education. She has various experiences working with children, especially children with special needs, that allowed her to adopt holistic skills in educating and guiding children. She is driven with passion to guide children and believes that each child is special and different in their own way. Amelia is also passionate in empowering families with strategies to guide and support their children through creating opportunities for their children.
Brenda graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychological Science. Her passion & experience with children from various backgrounds is what drives her to pursue this line of work. She believes in the importance of developing a sense of autonomy, high self-efficacy & resilience in children by providing them a safe & nurturing environment to grow. As such, she aspires to create such an environment for children with ASD to help them reach their highest potential.
Sharon holds a Diploma in Early Childhood Education from NIEC (National Institute of Early Childhood Development) and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Murdoch University. Her myriad of experiences, amalgamating 7 years, in preschool, speech and drama and MINDS has taught her that, "a child will cooperate with you as much as they connect with you". Sharon believes very strongly in the quote by scientist and author Ayesha Siddiqi, "Be the person you needed when you were younger". As such, she aims to create a warm and safe space that allows every child to be seen, heard and accepted as they are while guiding them to a point of maturation.
Guat Shin graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree (Summa Cum Laude) in Psychology. With her experience working with children, she believes in the importance of early intervention and the significance of seeing a child as just a child first, before regarding him or her as a child with developmental needs. She aims to make a difference to every child's life and empower them.
Joleen holds an advanced diploma in Special Education. She is a motivated individual who believes that her good attitude and hunger to learn will empower her to spread knowledge and positivity in her role. She aspires to create a productive and motivating environment for her clients to build their confidence and skills.
Tara holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychological Science. She has worked with children of varying developmental stages and backgrounds and strongly advocates, for consistent and proactive support systems in order to enhance a child’s growth. She firmly believes that a nurturing environment comprising the joint effort of parents, educators and therapists can indeed go a long way in helping them reach their fullest potential.
Carabelle has graduated from Temasek Polytechnic, and is currently pursuing Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She has gained a wide range of knowledge of through the academic modules such as child development and numerous experiences working with children with special needs. She loves to work with young children to maximize their talents and potential. She believes that every child is unique and should be given an opportunity to excel in life. “All kids need is a little help, a little hope, and someone who believes in them” ~ Magic Johnson
Hayley holds a Bachelor’s Degree (Hons) in Psychology from NUS. She is a patient, positive and compassionate therapist who strives to create fun and engaging sessions with her clients to reach their maximum potential in the most fulfilling ways possible. Through her various experiences working and volunteering with children with special needs, she believes that if a child can’t learn the way we teach, we must teach in the way they learn. With that, Hayley aims to empower children with autism by devoting herself to every child and journeying with them through their growth.
Hanyu has graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London, and is currently pursuing a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology at College of Allied Educators. She is compassionate, patient, and caring. Through experiences working with children including special needs, she firmly believes in providing continuous loving support, and a comfortable safe space, for her clients to grow and realize their full potential at their own individual pace.
Shariffah graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree (Hons) in Psychology from NTU. With a strong passion for working with children, she has worked and volunteered with children aged 4-14 across different settings. Her experience has given her great insights into the importance of collaboration and partnerships with families, schools, and the community in supporting children with diverse needs. She also firmly believes in creating a positive learning environment where all children can thrive with support tailored to their needs. She strives to encourage her clients to reach their full potential through meaningful engagements by continuing to incorporate their interests and strengths in their learning.
Anika holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and currently pursuing her post-graduation in counselling. She worked with numerous children with special needs as an EIPIC facilitator. With strong passion for children she believes that consistent guidance can help reach their development needs & milestones!