DIRECTOR, CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT & RESEARCH
Mr. Jason Teo holds several accreditations, reflecting his passion for helping others unleash hidden potential, amongst them including Dip in Counselling from IACT (International Association for Counsellors and Therapists), PDTD (Professional Diploma in Training and Development) and a MBA.
Jason has 20 years of experience under his belt in leading higher centres for learning in various capacities as COO of Parkway Education Centre and CEO of MindSharpener. He now leads SBDC’s drive in changing lives.
OUR ADVISORY BOARD
Our SBDC advisory board consists of more than 20 professionals from the clinical and neuropsychology disciplines, specialists in vision and auditory processing and educational professionals. They include Dr Ken Gibson, Visual Processing Specialist; Prof Tan Teng Kee, Director of Nanyang MBA and Chairman of India and China Strategist Group, Nanyang Technological University. Our educational partners also include Dr William Volk, Dr Jan Strydom and Dr Frank Belgau among others.
SBDC welcomes Learning Technics’ Founder, John F. Heath as an advisory board member. In 2015, Singapore Brain Development Centre (SBDC) established partnership with Learning Technics.With the partnership and programs from Learning Technics, SBDC aims to further assist individuals who struggle with reading, math, spelling, memory, ADHD, ADD, and Dyslexia. One of the programs that SBDC is training in Singapore is the patented Physio-Neuro training of Learning Technics, that will help a struggling student markedly improve his/her ability to learn and to overcome the roadblocks to a brighter future.John Heath has appeared on television numerous times and has lectured at universities and academic institutions throughout the country. In 2006 Oxford University recognized Heath’s advances made in the field of solving learning disabilities and invited him to present his research at the university.
SBDC welcomes Sensory Processing Disorder expert Dr. Erna Blanche, as an advisory board member.Erna Imperatore Blanche received her basic training in occupational therapy at the University of Chile (Santiago, Chile) and later earned her Master of Arts degree in Special Education at Columbia University. She received her PhD degree in Occupational Science at the University of Southern California. She is an expert in pediatric occupational therapy and interventions based on occupational science. She has co-authored two books, “Understanding the Nature of Sensory Integration with Diverse Populations” and “Observations Based on Sensory Integration,” and one video series, “Combining Neurodevelopmental Treatment and Sensory Integration Principles,” on pediatric practice. She has also published numerous articles in English and Spanish on the topics of play, wellness and other issues in clinical practice. Her articles have appeared in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, Occupational Therapy International, Journal of Occupational Science, and Play and Culture Studies, among others, as well as in pediatric textbooks. Blanche has lectured internationally in more than 20 countries and maintains ties with Therapy West, Inc., a clinic seeing over 400 children per week that was co-founded by her, as well as with the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Chile.
SBDC welcomes Maude Le Roux, an accomplished occupational therapist, as an advisory board member.Maude Le Roux, OTR/L, SIPT, RCTC, DIR® Certificate, Director and Trainer of Cellfield Reading Intervention, is an accomplished occupational therapist with great affinity for learning and understanding the human brain.She was born and raised in South Africa, and graduated from the University of Stellenbosch in Cape Town in 1984. Maude married Charl Le Roux in 1986 and moved to the USA in 1993. Together, they opened A Total Approach in September 2001. Maude is SIPT certified and specializes in Sensory Integration services as it applies to functional activities of daily living, including improving the ability of any child to partake in his/her learning environment. She also holds a certificate in DIR®/Floortime™, and is a certified Cellfield Intervention provider. She is also a certified Tomatis Consultant.Maude has presented her Tomatis work in Dublin, Greece, France and Panama. Maude is an international trainer in Tomatis Sound Therapy,DIR/Floortime through ICDL, Interactive Metronome, Cellfield Reading Intervention, as well as for the courses she had developed herself. She has participated in multiple national and international speaking engagements with regards to the field of sensory integration and autism. Maude has published two books; “The Listening Journey for Children”, and “Our Greatest Allies” available through www.amazon.com. Maude and Charl have an Airedale Terrier called Oscar, who is a source of great delight in their lives!
Our Team of Facilitators
Cognitive Therapist, Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), Murdoch University.
James graduated from Murdoch University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Prior to his undergraduate program, James worked as an administrative executive at an International school where he was exposed to numerous difficult situations in rejecting applications from parents with special needs children. This empathetic feeling sooner turned into an aspiration to enhance existing pre-school therapeutic interventions for special needs and learning difficulties. This motivated his choice of undergraduate study.
In Singapore Brain Development Centre, James conducts play therapy and cognitive development therapy. Given his quick-witted personality, he is constantly on the go with new ideas and methods of the delivery structure of therapies. Also, James possesses a Diploma in holistic massage from ITEC Singapore. This further enhances his understanding of a child’s physical response to therapeutic stimulus. He is an avid reader and practises meditation.
In 2016, James completed the ‘Floor time level 1’ course conducted by Maude Le Roux, Introduction to Sandtray Therapy conducted by Dr. Alicia Pon, ‘Floor time level 2’ course conducted by Maude Le Roux & Andrea Synder in 2019.
James is a Certified Basic Floortime Practitioner.
James currently stations at SBDC Jarkata where he spearheads the group of therapists in training, mentoring, and also monitoring their students’ progress in therapy.
Cognitive Therapist, Bachelor of Arts (Hons), Psychology, HELP University
Karina graduated from HELP University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.
Working with children has been her biggest interest. Before joining Singapore Brain Development Centre, she worked as a pre-school teacher in a Korean International pre-school. During her stint there, she was entrusted to support children with special needs as well as those with learning difficulties. Since then, her interest to work with special needs kid sparked.
During her free time, Karina dabbles in the creative arts. She enjoys arts and craft as well as dancing and will incorporate her skills in the therapy sessions. She believes that by adopting such an approach, this will facilitate learning to be more fun and interactive.
Cognitive Therapist, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia
Currently, Nabila is pursuing a degree in Psychology in Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia.
Her experiences assisting teachers in many diverse settings, ranging from preschool to elementary school was where she got her first exposure of working with children with special needs and learning difficulties.
Nabila believes that every child has the same opportunity to learn and grow, despite their abilities. With her passion and her love for these children, she is committed to help them reach their highest potential and strive to progress beyond their limitations.