Chiu Loo Kwong is the founder of OTDC and OTEC. Moved by unmet needs and the gaps in the healthcare and education system, he gathered people with a heart to help special needs families, focusing on evidence-based intervention approaches, new developments, and healthcare delivery models. He established the 1st Music Therapy Center in Singapore in 2011, OTDC that focuses on a range of Multi-Disciplinary Intervention: Speech, Occupational, Educational, Behavioural and Music Therapy.
“Our Mission is to reach communities and the needy. We are privileged to have a great team of professionals and volunteers to support our mission – to deliver affordable services and to help families find rest, hope and joy on their journey.”
– Loo Kwong
Clinical Director & Paediatrician, Olive Tree Baby & Kids Clinic Singapore
Siew Pin is the clinical director of Olive Tree Baby & Kids Clinic. Before starting her private practice in 1999, Siew Pin was a senior registrar with National University Hospital (NUH) Paediatrics Department for over 10 years. As Head Paediatrician at Olive Tree Baby & Kids Clinic, she provides bespoke medical care and after hours emergency response to children. She is also the co-founder of an ASD mothers support group that meets regularly to encourage and support families of special needs children.
B.A. (Hons.) Psychology, M.A (Educational Psychology.) Member of Australian Psychological Society
Senior Education Psychologist
Adeline is a senior educational psychologist at Olive Tree Group. Adeline is a registered Psychologist of Singapore Registered Psychologists (SRP) and International Affiliate Member of Australian Psychological Society (APS). She is Orton Gillingham trained by Dyslexia Association of Singapore and is a Certified Triple P (Positive Parenting Programme) facilitator by the University of Queensland of Australia.
She has over 18 years of working experience as a psychologist in the community, hospital and private settings. She specializes in assessing and supporting special needs children and adolescents in the special / mainstream schools, e.g. children with developmental and learning issues, such as children with autism, ADHD, dyslexia and those who underachieve.
She is also a supervisor of the Master students (Applied Psychology) of NIE and new psychologists of MCYS (Clinical Forensic and Psychology Branch).
Joy Chavez has over 15 years experience as an Occupational Therapist working with children and adolescents with special needs since 2000. She has worked in various settings in paediatric school-based therapy, special schools, and early intervention clinics. She has in-depth experience with a wide range of conditions including children with autism, William Syndrome, Down’s Syndrome, attention deficit and hyperactivity, dyspraxia, sensory integration dysfunction and developmental delays.
Joy graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from University Of Perpetual Help Medicine and Health Sciences, Philippines, a WFOT accredited University. She holds an Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) Full Registration. She is also pursuing a Masters in Special Education In addition, she is trained as in the Montessori approach and curriculum as a Montessori Preschool Teacher.
Joy is passionate to train and empower educators and caregivers on assistive technology, sensory integration, developmental assessment as well as classroom management.
“Every child is gifted, they just unwrap their packages at different times.” – Joy
Cecille is an Intervention Therapist at Olive Tree Group. Cecille graduated with a B.Sc Occupational Therapy accredited by the World Federation of Occupation Therapy (WFOT).
Cecille has extensive experience working in pediatric clinics, hospitals settings and in rehabilitation centers. Cecille works with children and adolescents with a range of developmental disorders including Autism, ADHD, Down syndrome, Global Developmental Delay, Learning Disability, Cerebral Palsy.She is competent in helping children with Sensory, Behavioral, Handwriting, Social Interaction and Literacy challenges.
She conducts evaluations, school-based consultations and therapeutic interventions. She also collaborates with schoolteachers in helping them handle special and mainstreamed students. She also conducts home-based treatment with children who have special needs and adults who have functional impairments (CVA, TBI, SCI, ALS, Dementia).
Jam Reyes, has a B.Sc degree in Speech Pathology from the prestigious University of the Philippines, with a Citation for Academic Excellence. She was trained and mentored to handle pediatric and geriatric population in different therapy institutions, schools, and hospitals in the Philippines. She is experienced in handling children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Developmental Delays, Hearing Impairment, Down Syndrome, Cleft of the Lip and Palate, etc.
Jam loves working with children and devoted her practice with the pediatric population. She works with children with speech sound disorders, speech and language delays, social communication difficulties, learning difficulties amongst others. She is certified in PROMPT.
She believes that early intervention can help the child reach his/her maximum potential in the child’s early stages of development and advocates parent-education and providing support for the child’s family. She believes that therapy should develop the child as a whole, and not just in speech, language and communication
Beyond her work, she loves reading books and baking, from cupcakes to cakes, and everything in between. She also loves travelling and exploring new places.
“Every child should have the opportunity to develop their skills in every way possible and reach their maximum potential in a loving and nurturing environment surrounded by their family.” – Jam Reyes
Ying Kai has BSc in Speech Language Pathology (Hon) from National University of Malaysia. She has experience working with children and adults in early intervention centers and hospitals.
Her clinical experience includes providing assessment and therapy intervention to children and adolescents with specific learning differences, hearing and language impairment, speech disorders, articulation and fluency disorders. She is also experienced in treating individuals with dysphagia, dysphasia, dysarthria, and/or dyspraxia in rehabilitating their swallowing and communication abilities.
She has worked with children with a range of developmental disorders including Autism, ADHD, Global Developmental Delay, Cerebral Palsy and multiple handicap visual impairment. Her work involves intervention in individual and group settings. She also collaborates with teachers and parents to develop speech and intervention group programs for their children
Ying Kai is certified in Hanen “More Than Words”, is passionate in supporting the needs of children as well as parents and caregivers. She believes that every child has their unique way and ability to learn, develop and achieve at their own pace, with the support of professionals, parents, caregivers and the community working together.
She also active in volunteer work with non-government organizations to help the needy. Beyond her work as a therapist, Ying Kai also enjoys exploring different forms of art.
“I believe that every individual with developmental or acquired speech and language disorders can develop and excel to their greatest potential with the acceptance and support from their family and the community.” – Ying Kai
Kat Madriaga has a B.Sc degree in Speech Pathology from the University of the Philippines, and graduated with citations for clinical practice and research excellence. She has over eight years of experience in private clinics, a prestigious hospital, and community-based therapy around the Philippines. She has received continuing education for Social Thinking, Relationship Development Intervention (RDI), Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC), Executive Functions training, and pediatric feeding and swallowing.
She has extensive experience working with clients with language disorders, articulation difficulties, academic and social learning disabilities, and feeding problems. She is a staunch advocate of family-centered intervention, and regularly involves parents, siblings, grandparents and caregivers in therapy sessions. She appreciates the dynamics and beliefs of each individual family and plans treatment accordingly. She believes that behind every strong, uniquely-abled child is a group of people that loves and supports him in their own distinct way.
During her free time, she enjoys cooking for her own family, dancing, and songwriting.
M Speech Pathology (Curtin University Australia), FCollt (UK) , MA -Applied Linguistics( NTU), PGDE (Primary Education), BA (Economics), Cert Special Needs Support (NIE), ATCL (Piano Performance), Dip ABRSM (Instrumental Teaching), Performers Certificate. PS SEN (Special Ed. Needs) UK, Adv Dip TESOL (INTESOL)
Educational Therapy Consultant
Joyce has a Masters in Speech Pathology from Curtin University, Australia and is a practising member of Speech Pathology Australia. In addition, she also holds another Masters degree in Applied Linguistics from Nanyang Technological University and a post graduate diploma in Special Ed Needs from University of South Wales UK. She is passionate about helping children with speech, language, learning, behavioural and social difficulties especially children with specific learning difficulties, congenital, acquired and developmental disabilities. Besides helping children, Joyce has also assessed and treated adults with dysarthria, language, dysphagia, dysphonia and fluency disorders due to acquired communication disorders such as aphasia and other related neurogenic communication disorders.
Her clinical experiences comprised of both Australian and Singaporean schools, hospitals and disability centres such as, the Royal Perth Hospital, Sir Charles Gardner Hospital, Singapore General Hospital, Thye Hwa Kuan AMK Community Hospital, Majella Catholic Primary School, Our Lady of Mercy Catholic School, Speak Easy Association (for individuals with fluency difficulties) and disability centres in Australia and Singapore.
Joyce was a senior teacher with the Ministry of Education in Singapore and headed the case management team and the learning support department in her school. Joyce was awarded the Caring Teacher Award in 2002 and in 2014. She was also awarded the Fellow Member of the College of Teachers in UK. She has conducted various seminars and workshops for parents preparing their children to transit from preschool to primary at the Moral EIPIC preschools and participated in MOE learning support camps and programs at her schools’ zone.
She also holds certification in Special Needs Support, National Institute of Education and is trained to support individuals with different forms of learning difficulties. Joyce has also conducted seminars and workshops for parents and teachers in the areas of transition from preschool to P1 MOE schools, Special Needs Support in teaching, Phonics , Reading and Learning Disabilities. She is also a qualified piano and school music teacher and a member of the Western Australian Music Teachers Association, the Western Australian Royal Schools Music Club and the Singapore Music Teachers Association.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapist and Psychology Coach
Vincent is a Strengths Activist who believes strongly in helping individuals to develop their strengths to bring out the best in them. He has Bachelors of Arts (Psychology) and a Masters in Social Science (Counselling). Vincent is trained in coaching, counseling and psychological methodologies. He is a certified Positive Psychology Coach who specialises in coaching individuals and groups to identify, develop and apply their signature strengths to achieve personal and professional success.
Vincent has more than 15 years of experience working with the children, youths, parents, and couples and working adults in coaching, counseling, training and mentoring.His personal mission is to empower individuals to discover their purpose, ignite their passion and maximise their potential to live a fulfilling and flourishing life.
Laura has been working as a teacher for over 15 years and has a great experience in working with children coming from different cultures and backgrounds in the educational and social/emotional settings. She has a strong foundation in child psychology, psychotherapy, counselling as well as the skills necessary for the identification of specific disorders (dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, autism, dyspraxia) and the understanding of the diagnosis and assessment of areas of individual challenges.
Laura provides support to develop and reinforce family dynamics and to promote healthy environment for children development. She also provides specialist teaching and training to develop core cognitive skills in children that struggles to learn because of different/special needs and learning requirements.
Skye has many years of experience teaching and working with children. She graduated from the National University of Singapore with a major in Sociology.
Her area of expertise includes guiding and teaching primary school children in English, Mathematics, Science, and Chinese. She is familiar with the current MOE school syllabus and tailors lessons according to the needs of each individual child, so that they can learn and cope better with school.
Skye’s love for teaching began when she started tutoring students during her university years. She was also part of the NLB KidsREAD programme that pairs teen volunteer mentors with younger readers. She has since developed her skills in teaching children with needs arising from ADHD / ADD, dyslexia, ASD and Global Developmental Delay (GDD), through courses and in-house training from Olive Tree.
Jamie is an Educational Therapist who has a sincere desire to help children and adolescent with learning difficulties She believes in a collaborative and holistic approach to maximise the growth and development of each individual she works with. Her warm, patient and compassionate personality allows her sessions to be carried out in a lively and comfortable environment.
Jamie has worked with both local and international schools as a Learning Support Teacher helping bridge the gap and creating a fun environment for every child (special needs, learning difficulties and other challenges) in mainstream and special school settings.
Her in-depth knowledge of psychological assessments had allowed her to maximize helping students and teachers as a guidance counsellor and psychometrician in the mainstream school. She believes that working closely with parents would be beneficial and of great significance in reaching the maximum learning potential of a child.
Her clinical experience includes providing assessment and therapy intervention to children and adolescents with specific learning differences, language impairment, speech disorders and fluency disorders of preschoolers to adolescence. Her work involves intervention in an individual as well as group settings. Her previous experience as a Behavioural Therapist complements her skills to handle children with difficult behaviour issues.
Hsueh Lien is a board-certified Music Therapist at Olive Tree Group. Hsueh Lien obtained her Masters of Music Education (Music Therapy) from University of Kansas, USA in 2004.
She has 8 years of extensive experience at an early intervention centre and special school working with children that have a range of developmental disabilities these include Autism, ADHD, Global Development Delay, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome and people with psychological and social-emotional issues.
Hsueh Lien teaches piano and is involved in the promotion of Special Art education for people with disabilities. She is proud mother of 3 children and has a heart for the special needs community.
Masters in Special Music Education, Public Performance Diploma in Pianoforte (Teaching Children with Intellectual and Physical Disabilities), LAGM(TD), LAGS(TD) Pianoforte Licentiate , Speech & Drama Licentiate, Registered Music Examiner of A&M Wilkinson School of Music & Drama, Certificate in Agape Counselling
Senior Music Intervention Trainer
Serena Lo, a mother of 3 children ages 18-23 yrs, teaches piano, speech & drama, percussion and has conducted music workshops and seminars in Singapore and regionally. She has 30 years of experience teaching music to children with special needs.
She uses music, phonics, dance, drama & movement, to help individuals discover their musicality, improve their social well being, cognitive, and build sensory, psycho-motor skills. She provides strategies for teachers and caregivers of both typically developing children and children with special needs. She conducts individual and group classes for students that range from infants to elderly with autism, ADHD, Down’s syndrome, cerebral palsy and other developmental difficulties.
MA Creative Music Therapy, RMT Australia, Member of Australian Music Therapy Association
Melissa is a music therapist at Olive Tree Group.Melissa completed her Master of Creative Music Therapy at University of Western Sydney and is a registered music therapist in Singapore. Melissa has experience in clientele groups ranging from children, teenagers, adults with mild to severe/ multiple disabilities, and clients with brain injuries as well as the elderly with dementia. Melissa has a special interest in working with children with needs.
Melissa firmly believes that music therapy can bring much joy and hope to people in real and practical ways. She believes strongly in a person-centered approach to treatment and ability to compose and improvise on many instruments, where each individual explores, applies, and enhances personal strengths in order to reach his/ her potential.
Alvin is an art therapist at Olive Tree Group. Alvin has over 7 years of experience in the local arts field conducting children art workshops & promotion of art awareness. As an art therapist with over 3 years of experience he worked with young children and the youth with behavioural, social-emotional, psychosocial, health and learning disabilities in public and school settings.
Alvin completed multiple training internships at Child Guidance Clinic, Institute of Mental Health, KK Women’s’ and Children’s Hospital and Adolescent Medicine, National University Hospital. Alvin is a part time art therapist working with young children with special needs Therapy at Thye Hua Kwan EIPIC Centre since 2012.
Alvin is a happy father of two young daughters who help maintain his creative and play quotient in life. “To be able to create and express is to harness one’s inner resources of mind, body and spirit towards life’s authenticity and purpose” – Alvin George Khoo