During her course of study, Sandy took several modules such as Developmental, Abnormal Psychology, and Clinical Psychology where she gained a deeper understanding of developmental disorders and management of these conditions. These developmental disorders include Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), externalizing disorders such as Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) and Conduct Disorder (CD), as well as internalizing disorders such as Anxiety and Depression.
Seanna previously worked as a Youth for Autism (intern) at Pathlight School for 6 months, and continued to help out at Pathlight during her study breaks. During her internship, she worked with students ranging from 7-12 years old with mainly Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and a combination of Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and learning difficulties.
Some of her roles include (1) supporting the teacher during lesson, (2) giving one on one learning support to students (3) deriving reward system to motivate each student (4) making visual learning aids for students. Seanna has learnt various methods and strategies to effectively manage child’s behavior such as using reward system, a visual schedule and giving clearer instructions. Seanna believes strongly that every child deserves to learn to the best capability, regardless of their pre-existing conditions they might have and she is motivated to maximize their potentials and eventually supporting them to achieve goal of independence.
Furthermore, Seanna has worked in a kid’s café previously (GoGo Bambini) which allowed her to observe children’s behavior and manage them in a chaotic environment.
Furthermore, Seanna has completed Undergraduate Research Experience on Campus (URECA) and Final Year Project which focused on reading abilities in younger children. Some of the task required include (1) administering of psychological tests (such as Test of Word reading efficiency, Singapore Maze Reading Test) (2) scoring of these tests, (3) conducting literature review related to reading ability in younger children. Her research experiences provided insight on developmental knowledge related to reading as well as strategies for effective learning of language (such as teaching phonics).
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