Shai is a recipient of the Dean’s award for research for his masters dissertation on the “ The effectiveness of the Dolphin Assisted Therapy for children with Autism” which was published at the the International Journal of Special Education. Shai has presented at the Young Women Christian Assocation (YWCA) as well as the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) conferences on topics related to Autism and classroom intervention strategies. He was also invited to a colloquium organized by Institute of Education, University College London together with professors from the National Institute of Education to present to present on a similar topic. Shai ha also participated in training of early childhood educators at Kinderland, Bandung (Indonesia) and he was invited as a guest speaker at SetCorp International, HaiDuong, (Vietnam) to present on a topic of “Developing Communication Skills to Children who speaks English as a Second Language”.
Shai was trained in several treatment approaches such as the Picture Exchange Communication System, the Autistic Logic Analysis for Teaching Mathematics, Dyscalculia and mathematics intervention, Dysgraphia and Handwriting intervention, ADHD and related Emotional and behavioural difficulties as well as the synthetic phonics using the Jolly Approach. He also has a Diploma in Autism Studies from the Autism Resource Centre and has been working primarily with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder between the ages of 5 to 14 years old in a special education setting, mainstream primary as well as in 1:1 private setting over the past 10 years. This provided him with a deep understanding of children on the spectrum and other developmental disabilities, as well as the variety of treatments and preventions that can be applied in home as well as educational settings. He is capable of implementing different approaches and strategies in teaching children with special needs and building a supportive environment for the child by equipping teachers, peers and parents with the knowledge of the diverse needs of the child apart from their disability. Apart from clinical treatment approaches, Shai is also trained in creative writing for young children where he developed a few experimental writing pieces during his study at the University of Edinburgh.
Shai possesses extensive experience in working with children with special needs. She has worked with children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral palsy, Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, Dyscaculia, Global Developmental Delay (GDD), Intellectual Disability, Speech and Language Impairment and other co-morbidities during his employment with Rainbow Centre and at the Ministry of Education. He was also attached to the Spastic Children Association School and the Pathlight School part of his professional development stint under the sponsorship the Ministry of Education. He is skilled in TEACCH approach, Explicit Teaching and Instruction, Applied Behavioral Analysis, Routine based Intervention, synthetic phonics and mathematics intervention. Shai is also a trained English as Second Language (ESL) teacher with the London Teacher’s training College and has taught children from Korea, Philippines, China and Vietnam to prepare them for the International English Language Testing (IELTS) examination when he was previously working as language teacher the Cambridge Languages.
Shai currently serves as the committee member in The Society of Reading and Literacy where he used to serve as the Vice-President. Together with the rest of the committee members, he organized and run talks for the parents of children with special needs at various libraries in Singapore. Previously, he was the advisor for UNIQUE, a support group for parents and families of children with special needs where they run monthly activities to develop leisure skills for children with special needs in the western part of Singapore. Prior to him joining the private sector as a consultant and therapist, he was a lecturer as well as an Adjunct professor involved in the training diploma and degree students at Ngee Ann Polytechnic as well as at the Wheelock College. He was also involved in internship and practicum supervisions for trainee early interventionists at various early intervention centres which include, AWWA, Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore (EIPIC), Dyslexia Association of Singapore (Pre-school), Rainbow Centre, Thye Hua Kwan Moral Charities, Metta Pre-School, MINDS (Lee Kong Chian Gardens) as well as St Andrew’s Autism Centre well as.
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