June Siew

Head of DAS Academy

June has more than a decade of working experience in the field of Specific Learning Difficulties. She is a Fellow with the Register of Educational Therapists (Asia) and a qualified trainer with a WSQ Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA). Previously an educational therapist involved in dyslexia intervention,her earlier experiences augment her current role as a teacher educator and enable her to adopt a grounded perspective in her ideas and approach. June is passionate about making dyslexia work for dyslexics and believes that dyslexia can become their asset if we teach them how. She is committed to empowering parents, educators and schools with knowledge and practical skills so that students with dyslexia can be given the best support to thrive. She is currently pursuing a doctorate degree at the National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore and the University College London, Institute of Education (IoE) with a special interest in the topic of inclusion of children with mild learning difficulties in mainstream school.

 

June is a full-time lecturer in the following courses:

 

Diploma in Special Education (Dyslexia Studies)

- Teaching children with Specific Learning Differences using the OG Approach

 

Master of Arts in Special Educational Needs / Additional Learning Needs

- Dissertation

- Education Research Methodology

- Managing and Supporting Children and Young People with SEN (ADHD/CAMH/SEBD)

- Specific Learning Difficulties

- Understanding Learning Difficulties and Disabilities

 

Specialist Diploma in Educational Therapy

- Independent Study Unit (ISU)

- SpLD A Literacy Approach

- SpLD Diagnostic Screening Assessment 

 

Specialist Diploma in Specific Learning Differences

- Advanced Dyslexia and Literacy Teaching

- Dyslcalculia and Numeracy Teaching

- Dyslexia and Literacy Teaching

 

Master of Arts in Specific Learning Differences (Teach Out)

- Independent Study Unit (ISU)

- SpLD A Literach Approach

- SpLD Diagnostic Screening Assessment

 

Highest Qualification:

Master of Arts (Specific Learning Differences), London Metropolitan University, UK

 

Teaching / Training Qualification:

PGCert in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education, London Metropolitan University, UK

Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA)

 

Publications:

Siew, H. L. J. (2017, February 24). Collective efforts important for education of special needs child. The Straits Times. Retrieved from: http://www.straitstimes.com/forum/letters-on-the-web/collective-efforts-important-for-education-of-special-needs-child
Siew, J. (2016). Success of the DAS Academy. In A. Fawcett & D. Hewes (Eds.), DAS Handbook 2016 (pp. 381 - 390). Singapore: Dyslexia Association of Singapore.
Siew, H. L. J. (2015). Inhibitory control and literacy outcomes in preschoolers with and without risk of reading difficulty. In A. Fawcett & D. Hewes (Eds.), DAS Handbook 2015 (pp. 315 - 324). Singapore: Dyslexia Association of Singapore.
Siew, H. L. J. (2015). Educational therapy in Singapore: Towards professionalisation and professionalism. Asia Pacific Journal of Developmental Differences, 2(1), 55 - 62. Read here

Priscillia Shen

Assistant Head of DAS Academy

Priscillia Shen began her special education journey as an Educational Therapist at DAS and has more than 10 years of experience in the field of special educational needs, especially in dyslexia. Her previous experience working closely with SpLD learners has allowed her to take on a constructive and practical pedagogical approach. She believes in keeping up with current developments in the field to continually refine teaching practices and maintain professional passion. She is also a qualified trainer with the Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA) by the Singapore Workforce Skills Qualification (WSQ). While lecturing at the DAS Academy, she is currently pursuing Doctorate in Education (EdD) at the National Institute of Education (NIE) in Singapore and the Institute of Education (IOE) in UK, London. Her research interests are in dyslexia, Chinese language and Mathematics. She has been co-presenting papers on learning difficulties in Chinese language and Mathematics in relation to dyslexia at conferences since 2012.

 

Priscillia is a full-time lecturer in the following courses:

 

Diploma in Special Education (Dyslexia Studies)

- Creating an inclusive learning environment

- Dyslexia-Context; Assessment and Identification

- Teaching Children with Specific Learning Differences using the OG Approach

 

Master of Arts in Special Educational Needs / Additional Learning Needs

- Dissertation

 

Master of Arts in Specific Learning Differences (Teach Out)

- Independent Study Unit (ISU)

- Research Method in Education

- Supporting Learners with Mathematics Difficulties

 

Specialist Diploma in Educational Therapy

- Applied Educational Therapy

- Dyslexia and the Essential Literacy Approach

- Enhancing Classroom Instruction

 

Specialist Diploma in Specific Learning Differences

- Advanced Dyslexia and Literacy Teaching

- Dyscalculia and Numeracy Teaching

- Dyslexia and Literacy Teaching

 

Highest Qualification:

Master of Arts (Specific Learning Differences), London Metropolitan University, UK

 

Teaching / Training Qualification:

PGCert in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education, London Metropolitan University, UK

Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA)

Lee Albert

Senior Lecturer

An Associate Fellow with the Register of Educational Therapists (Asia), Albert is also a qualified trainer with an Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA) by the Singapore Workforce Skills Qualification (WSQ). He holds the Master of Arts in Specific Learning Differences (London Metropolitan University, UK), and his dissertation explored the learning needs of young learners with dyslexia in Singapore who are left-handed. A research area that he is passionate about. He co-wrote a research paper for The British Council in 2011, entitled, ‘Perceptions and Strategies of Learning in English by Primary School Children with Dyslexia – A Metaphor Analysis’ and has presented at conferences on 'The use of Assistive Technology' to support learners with dyslexia for the past years. With over 8 years of experience as a Senior Educational Therapist in the field of special educational needs, Albert is able to incorporate this valuable experience in the design and delivery of his lectures. He is a Module Leader for the MA SpLD and also conducts short courses in special educational needs for educators and particularly enjoys sharing his experience with parents in the support of their children's learning at home.

 

Albert is a full-time lecturer in the following courses:

 

Diploma in Special Education (Dyslexia Studies)

- Creating an inclusive learning environment

- Dyslexia-Context; Assessment and Identification

- Teaching children with Specific Learning Differences using the OG Approach

 

Master of Arts in Special Educational Needs / Additional Learning Needs

- Dissertation

 

Master of Arts in Specific Learning Differences (Teach Out)

- Information Technology to facilitate learning

 

Specialist Diploma in Educational Therapy

- Applied Educational Therapy

- Dyslexia and the Essential Literacy Approach

- Enhancing Classroom Instruction

 

Specialist Diploma in Specific Learning Differences

- Advanced Dyslexia and Literacy Teaching

- Dyscalculia and Numeracy Teaching

- Dyslexia and Literacy Teaching

 

Highest Qualification:

Master of Arts (Specific Learning Differences), London Metropolitan University, UK

 

Teaching / Training Qualification:

PGCert in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education, London Metropolitan University, UK

Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA)

Sylvia Foo

Senior Lecturer

Sylvia Foo has two decades of experience as a dyslexia, literacy and English Language specialist in both private and public educational institutes including the Dyslexia Association of Singapore. She was a Senior Lecturer in the early years of the training arm of the DAS. Sylvia holds a Masters of Arts (English Language) and a Diploma in Education (NIE). She is also trained in the Orton-Gillingham and Hornsby approaches to dyslexia remediation, and is a qualified trainer with a WSQ Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment. Besides her track record as an educational therapist, Sylvia has successfully led and restructured a literacy intervention centre for learning needs students. Since 2009, she has also trained and mentored teachers in the early childhood industry to support their professional skills development. Sylvia is very interested in designing and delivering training programmes that enhance best practices in educational therapy.

 

Sylvia is a full-time lecturer in the following courses:

 

Diploma in Special Education (Dyslexia Studies)

- Creating and inclusive learning environment

- Dyslexia-Context; Assessment and Identification

- Teaching Children with Specific Learning Differences using the OG Approach

 

Master of Arts in Special Educational Needs / Additional Learning Needs

- Dissertation

- Education Research Methodology

- Managing and Supporting Children and Young People with SEN (ADHD/CAMH/SEBD)

- Specific Learning Difficulties

- Understanding Learning Difficulties and Disabilities

 

Specialist Diploma in Educational Therapy

- Applied Educational Therapy

- Dyslexia and the Essential Literacy Approach

- Enhancing Classroom Instruction

 

Specialist Diploma in Specific Learning Differences

- Advanced Dyslexia and Literacy Teaching

- Dyscalculia and Numeracy Teaching

- Dyslexia and Literacy Teaching

- Educational Psychology

- Specific Learning Differences in Practice

- Understanding Speech and Language Impairment

 

Highest Qualification:

Masters of Arts (English Language), National University of Singapore, Singapore