Message From Our Chief Consultant Dr. Susan O'Rourke

Dr. Susan 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. 

Developmental Specialist

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Melissa Ratkovich-Ong

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. 

EIP Classroom Teacher

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Kavishalinee, Bachelor of Psychology (Hons)

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.

Music Therapist


Asako Mitani (Music Therapist)

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. 

Please click on link below to book for a session.  

Child Psychologist

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She has a Master's degree in Child Psychology from UCSI University. She has experience in ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis) , CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), BT (Behavioral Therapy) and cognitive, behavioral and developmental assessment of children and adolescents such as WISC-IV, DP-3, DST-J, TAT, BASC-3 and FBO.

She is dedicated to fostering a safe environment and working with children to enhance their unique way of learning while developing their social, emotional skills which is vital in real life.

Yoga For Special Children

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Harsha Chauhan (Yoga Teacher)


Born in London of Indian descent, I’ve lived in Asia for 12 years. I hold a Masters degree in Public Health Education. I am a certified adult and children’s yoga teacher and was very lucky to learn “Yoga for the Special Child” under the pioneering yoga therapist, Sonia Sumar, who has developed her system over the last 40 years. I look forward to working with your child!  

We would like to invite your child to try free weekly yoga classes@ Sapphire Kidz

Please click on link below to request for a free session. 



Sanjay Sachdeva

Sanjay Sachdeva comes from a very diverse background, he has gained experience & knowledge over the past 20 years, working in different companies based in India, Sweden, USA, Qatar, UAE & Malaysia. His experienced  has led him into Human Resources, Customer Service, BPO Operations,  IT Services, Facilities & Soft Services. 

At Sapphire Kidz he looks after support functions such as HR, Admin & Finance ensuring that daily operations 

run smoothly and Educators get their required support to perform their best.

He is the Director and also the Co-Founder of Sapphire Kidz.

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.