DR. SUSAN O'ROURKE
She earned her doctorate in Instructional Design & Technology and a master's degree in Special Education from the University of Pittsburgh, USA.
She specializes in the teaching and learning of children with autism spectrum disorders, multiple disabilities and children with social, emotional and behavioral disorders. Her current research focuses on the power of the Arts to transform learning environments for children with special needs.
She holds a B.A. & S. Special Education/ Elementary Education (Hons.) from Lewis University, USA. Melissa has 16 years working experience with differently abled people and she is the founder of Learning and Development.
She is a Special Education teacher and a ®Relationship Development Intervention Program Certified Consultant, who used to teach children with autism and learning difficulties in a private school in Kuala Lumpur. Relationship Development Intervention is a family-based therapy program that helps families and loved ones on the autism spectrum. Melissa Ratkovich-Ong has 7.5 years’ experience with special needs children as a certified Relationship Development Intervention consultant. RDI is a parent-based intervention designed to remediate core deficits in dynamic thinking, mindfulness, problem solving and communication.
Prior to teaching, Melissa worked 6.5 years as a Direct Support professional in America, providing Respite services for families who had loved ones with special needs. She acts as a part-time public speaker for autism and other learning difficulties.
Kavishalinee Pillay holds a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) from HELP University and also a Diploma in Special Education. She has 5 years’ experience in the field of Special Education, working with Malaysian Care as well as private centers.
She is a special education teacher who has experience working with children between 5 to 12 years old, with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Global Developmental Delay and Learning Disabilities. On top of that, she also has years of experience in planning and implementing various social activities for parents and general public.
Kavishalinee also coordinates and conducts lessons using appropriate strategies, resources and methods to support individual development needs of children.
I'm Sharneeya Subramaniam, graduated in Bachelor of Psychology (HONS).
I worked as Special Need Educator for 7 years starting in 2013. Beginning years I worked as Special Educator providing intervention services for special needs students focussing on their regulation skills, independent living skills and cognitive skills.
At 2017 I worked as Lead Special Needs Educator at private special education center.
My expertise is providing Early Intervention Program for special need students focussing on behavior management, cognitive skills, social skills, academic skills, independent living skills and motor skills.
I have worked with wide range of children with special needs such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, Down Syndrome, Angelman Syndrome, Global Development Delay and Physical Disabilities. The age group of students that I have worked is from 7 months to 15 years old.
I believe that each child is unique so usage of various technique, approach and method in delivering intervention services should be applied in order to improve students performance.
Born in Pakistan, I am holding a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery.
Previously, I was attached to Tun Hussein Onn Eye Hospital. I joined Sapphire kidz in September 2019. I feel very honoured and proud to be a part of Sapphire kidz team.
My son is one of the students at Sapphire Kidz since 2018 and I am really thankful to the Sapphire kidz team for totally transforming him from the time he joined Sapphire Kidz.
I am attending an advanced Diploma course in Special Education finishing by March 2020.
I am currently teaching children aged between 5-8 years old. It has been a great learning experience for me since I joined.
Besides academic teaching, I am also working on behaviour issues in children with behaviour difficulties.
I strive to achieve excellence in this field to be able to contribute to the betterment of each children at Sapphire kidz.
Bachelor in Sociology, Meiji Gakuin University
Masters in Education for Special Needs, Meisei University
Completed training to be a Music Therapist, Nihon Fukushi Kyoiku College (Japan Welfare and Education College)
Certified Music Therapist registered under Japanese Music Therapy Association
Music Therapy is the therapeutic use of music. This encompasses reducing anxiety, improving cognitive function, promoting physical motor skills, or enhancing interpersonal communication. I decided to become a Music Therapist because I want to work with people who really need music but lack the opportunity.
The study I undertook encompassed a wide field ranging from Music Therapy for dementia, depression, parkinson, physical disabilities and adolescents with mental cognitive challenges.
Upon graduating, I went on with internship for children with special educational needs.
It was from there that I made a decision to specialize in special needs children.
Therefore I furthered with a master degree on education for special needs. (Meisei University)
I have been working in hospitals, and also special needs children and family support centers, as a Music Therapist ever since.
We as therapist have seen the positive impact music therapy have on the children.
The sessions allow them to grow and explore various skill sets, while being immersed in fun. It is further gratifying when parents resonate with smailes.
I am thankful to Sapphire Kidz for providing me an opportunity to start Music Therapy at their centre, I am excited & can't wait to start.
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My name is Adilla Razali, I'm holding a Diploma in Physiotherapy. I have 5 years of work experience working with Physiotherapy centre and SI World (sensory integration) centre as a Senior Therapist. My experience working with special needs children is between 5-12 years old. I have been trained in Occupational Therapy and learnt about fine motor / gross motor, preparing evaluation reports etc.
Sanjay Sachdeva comes from a very diverse background, he has gained experience & knowledge over the past 20 years, working in different industries HR, Oil & Gas, IT, BPO, Facilities & Education with organizations based in various countries.
At Sapphire Kidz he looks after support functions ensuring that daily operations run smoothly and educators get their required support to perform their best. At the same time he strives to provide a safe and stimulating environment, where children feel respected, valued and encouraged to reach their full potential.
He believes that having responsibility for growing a business, creating jobs whilst making a difference to society can be incredibly satisfying. He enjoys his role and looks forward to contribute into the lives of Special Needs Children & their families.
He is the Director and also the Co-Founder of Sapphire Kidz.