Meet the Specialists
Syazana graduated with a B.A (Hons) in Childhood Studies & Early Years at Northumbria University, Kaplan Higher Institution, after obtaining her Advanced Diploma in Child Psychology & Education Psychology. Syazana, with 6 years of experience, believes that every child is different and unique in their own ways, we should constantly unlearn and relearn with the child in order to understand better and ease their challenges in life.
During her course of studies, Syazana completed related modules pertaining to child’s development such as Cognitive psychology, Developmental psychology, Child-play therapy, Social and Emotional Well-being in Childhood. While pursuing her higher education, she explored numerous nonprofit organizations to deepen her knowledge of both theoretical and practical training. Syazana went to the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS), a Training & Development Center that serves people with disabilities such as (Autism, Global Development Delay, ADHD) from the age of 18 and above, working together with an array of professionals of social workers, psychologists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, and physiotherapists to prepare people with disabilities for future employment as well as to attain a level of independence in their functioning daily activities such as Toileting, Communications, Work Time using documented data, task analysis and Individualized Learning Plan. Syazana learned Singapore Sign Language to communicate with client with hearing impairments. With the guidance of these team, Syazana had the chance to expand her knowledge and strategies in order to collaborate closely with Parents and offer better support at home. Furthermore, Syazana has coordinated and organized excursions for clients to appreciate Singapore’s diversity (Little India, Kampong Glam, Chinatown) and to advocate for inclusivity to the public as well. She has always been inspired to become a Special Needs Teacher; she developed a passion for children and was fascinated by every developmental milestone that a child accomplished as they grow up. Syazana worked as a Co-Lead Teacher at Melbourne Specialist International School and worked closely with children from various needs at the age of 13 – 18 years old, gaining new skills for supporting students with learning disabilities and for those who requires extra behavioral support, Syazana practice the sign language (Makaton), Picture Exchange Communications, using TEACCH approach, and calming techniques as well. Syazana also had the opportunity to spend a half-day shadowing a student in a class. She collaborated with teachers and put effective teaching methods into practice. Syazana had the opportunity to be employed at Rainbow Centre with children between the ages of 7 and 10, in an integrated class. She has attended a variety of courses, such as lesson planning, individualized education plans, pedagogy strategies and behavior support as well.
As Syazana’s knowledge has strengthened over the years, she continues to believe that there are many new ideas and approaches to explore with the children. She hopes that the society will get more inclusive and that disability awareness will continue to grow, to create a safe, welcoming space for people with disabilities.