Who Am I?
I’m Monica, the principal educational therapist with over 12 years of experience teaching children with dyslexia.
Following five years as a healthcare administrator, I pursued a passion I’d had since my undergraduate days at the National University of Singapore: helping people with learning difficulties.
Since then I’ve completed trainings at the Dyslexia Association of Singapore and worked with a variety of private edu-developmental centers as well.
Two key approaches inform my method for tutoring children with dyslexia: MSL Orton Gillingham (OG) Approach to dyslexia remediation and the Audio-Visual-Interactive Decoding Program (AVID).
Why Do I Teach?
I believe every child has a right to high-quality education.
But not every child learns the same way, and most schools aren’t structured to support each child in a way that fosters their unique needs.
I want to help each child master the English language with confidence inspite of their specific learning needs.
To do that, I must have a thorough understanding of the complex learning challenges that many children have. My interest in neurology, behavioral science, and developmental and educational psychology contribute to my knowledge and influence my approach and methods.
What Makes Me an Expert?
My expertise in teaching children with learning difficulties, particularly dyslexia, comes from over a decade of diverse experience and education in the field.
My Experience Includes:
- Screening for dyslexia, and prescribing the appropriate remediation method required.
- Creating customized lesson plans and learning strategies for K2 to Sec 2, that cater to children with dyslexia, with or without co-morbidities like speech and language disorders, ADHD, dyspraxia, and other individual learning needs.
- One-to-one teaching strategies for reading, spelling, vocabulary, grammar, close passage, comprehension, composition, writing, and all other aspects of the English language.
- One-to-one teaching of maths, specifically early numeracy concepts and vocabulary (K2 to early Primary only).
- Writing IEPs and student reports, and conducting parent-teacher conferences.
- Training, mentoring, and assessing the initial batch of MOE Special Needs Officers.
My Formal Training Includes:
Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS) – Orton Gillingham (OG) certification
College of Teachers, UK – Overcoming Barriers to Learning & Overcoming Barriers to Learning Mathematics
Institute of Mental Health (IMH), Singapore – Audio-Visual Interactive Decoding (AVID) certified (This training targets literacy remediation used by the Child-Guidance Clinic, for children with dyslexia, ADHD, ADD, Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and other cognitive challenges
Subsequent Workshops & Training
Central Auditory Processing Disorder workshop – By SGH- PDMI
Comprehension workshop – By Angela Fawcett and Jean Fosse – USA
Grammar and Writing Skills to Kids with Learning Difficulties – By Dr. Cheah Yin Mei, Singapore and Diana Henbury King, USA
Social Thinking/ “Think Social” Curriculum: Describing and Defining Social Treatment Ideas to Work with Persons with High Level Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) & Other Social Learning Challenges – By Michelle Garcia Winner, CCC-SLP, Centre for Social Thinking, USA
Teaching Beyond the “Think Social Curriculum” Addressing Preschool, Anxiety, Superflex and Emerging Perspective Takers for Students with High Functioning Autism, Asperger Syndrome, ADHD, PDD-NOS – By Michelle Garcia Winner, CCC-SLP, Centre for Social Thinking, USA
Understanding Kids with Speech and Language Difficulties – By Speech and Language Therapists from DAS and Child Guidance Clinic, IMH
Understanding Sensory Integration – By Occupational Therapists from KK Women and Children’s Hospital