Having worked with various children and families of different backgrounds have made us realise how effective a closely knit relationship with parents/caregivers can significantly enhance and improve the lives of these beautiful children and we strive towards that by creating a platform for parents /caregivers to gain knowledge and skills.
The company was started by a group of behaviour case supervisors and senior therapists trained in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) who have been in the field for many years working with children affected by autism spectrum disorder. Together we want to create a dynamic group environment for more effective learning with the aim of providing comprehensive therapy services to families.
Managing Director & Case Consultant
M.Ed, BA (Psychology)
Ms Jean Foo is the co-founder of The Colourful Mind and also one of the case consultants. She graduated from National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Mathematics and went on to pursue her Master in Education at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Australia.
Upon returning to Singapore, she started working with children, teaching Math and Science. Her encounter with several special needs children then made her decide to pursue her career in the special needs field. She joined an international ABA service provider end 2005 where she received her training in ABA for both individual and group settings. After several years, Jean moved on to another centre that offered mainstream preschool programme as well as therapy services. After a year there, she was leading the therapy segment and was involved in training the staff, consulting, developing programmes and individual educational plans for the next 4 years.
Since then she has been working with individuals with Autism, Global Developmental Delay, ADD, ADHD, Selective Mutism and other learning disabilities. After becoming a mother, she is better able to understand the constraints that the families face and seeks to help them in more practical and achievable ways. The Colourful Mind was also started with that in mind.
BSc. Health Sciences
Mr Tayen Wee holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Science from Deakin University, Australia. Since 2007, he has been working with children who have varying special needs. He was in charge of setting up curriculum and running the Early Intervention programs at an international ABA service provider's Elementary School. Before joining that company, Tayen was a Junior Soccer Coach working with both mainstream and children with special needs in Melbourne Australia.
Tayen was given an opportunity to acquire an existing business. As the business owner of a laundry and drycleaning company with over 20 employees, the business model allowed Tayen to setup vocations that allow people with special needs to work in. Tayen also designed and implemented training for all staffs, with particular focus on special needs awareness and customer service.
Tayen is the current Programme Director at The Colourful Mind. Since its inception in 2013, he has been directly responsible for staff training and case management. Additionally, Tayen provided shadow-aide support in mainstream schools and collaborating with teachers and principals to devise integration plans.
Dr Penny Tok
Dr Penny Tok is a developmental and educational psychologist specialising in children with additional needs and in particular autism. She has a Masters of Applied Psychology and obtained her PhD (Psychology) at Victoria University in New Zealand. She has supported children with diverse needs in Europe, New Zealand, and in Singapore. Penny has worked with various voluntary welfare organisations, private institutions, and has also taught polytechnic, undergraduate, and post graduate courses.
Dr Penny now runs her own practice, Dr Penny Tok Psychology Practice which is located at the same premise as The Colourful mind. She is also our in-house consulting psychologist who works very closely with The Colourful Mind Team.
Our Consulting Psychologist Developmental and Educational
Ms Anna Ng graduated from University at Buffalo with a Double Degree in Psychology and Business Administrative. It has aways been Anna's passtion to work with young children. She used to help out at childcare centres during her school holidays and have always enjoyed it. When she started private tutoring in 2012 while pursuing her degrees, she came across a child with special needs and it occured to her that the special children in Singapore is not adequately supported and since then, she decided that she wants to make a difference in the special children's society.
As quoted from her "Only when I'm working with children, I do not need to stop being a kid.", Anna loves seeing the widest smiles on the children's faces even at the slightest happening. Anna strongly believe in play-based learning and fostering independence. She'll always have a sense of fulfillment when she sees the children she teaches becoming stronger individuals as they grow.
BA. (Psychology), BSc.
Miss Chelsea Woo aids in assessing the needs of and developing innovative ABA solutions to strategically impact children with special needs. She also collaborates with both the parents as well as supervisors to creatively conceptualising and executing a range of behavioural programs to keep children readily available for their next step in life. She also has a passion in understanding the science of people at the workplace. Her past working experience at an organisational development consulting firm has sharpened her ability to connect with people from all walks of life. It has also honed her listening and communication skills, enabling her to better work with different stakeholders.
She holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Double Major in Psychology & Human Resources) from the Singapore Management University. She is currently furthering her studies in Bachelor of Psychological Sciences (Honors). Outside the office, she can be found travelling to exotic destinations, engaging in outdoor sports and having play dates with her younger cousins.
BSc. Social Science
Miss Melissa Lim graduated from Singapore Institute of Management – University of Wollongong (SIM-UOW) with a Bachelor of Science, Psychology degree in 2018 and is currently pursuing her fourth year studies - Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) at James Cook University. Working with children has always been something that she truly enjoy.
She has been volunteering with her church for the past 6 years and have been given the opportunity to interact with children aged 18 months to 4 years old through songs, dance and art & craft. She was previously an intern here at The Colourful Mind. It was that experience that affirmed her passion for children with special needs and eventually influenced her decision to return as a therapist upon graduation.
Outside of work, she enjoy travelling and exploring new places, rock climbing, or sitting at a café while sipping on a cup of tea with a book between her hands.
Miss Yian Ling graduated from HELP University, Malaysia with a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) in 2018. She began her career at The Colourful Mind as a Behavior Therapist, after having undergone intensive training in ABA. Her love and dedication for this field has driven her to embark on this journey. She is highly motivated in empowering children who face challenges in their learning development to grow into more independent and resilient individuals.
Prior to her work in The Colourful Mind, she involved herself in a Global Volunteering Programme to teach in a classroom setting of a junior high school in Taiwan. This has broadened her experience in working with children from different social and cultural backgrounds.
In her spare time, she enjoys travelling and watching movies. Not to mention that she was a Soprano singer in her choir team, she has always had special passion for singing!
Sim Yian Ling
Mr Austin Leong graduated from James Cook University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Psychology in 2018, with a thesis work on factors that illicit help-seeking behaviours in a university classroom. Apart from his research in human psychology, he is also trained in the application of ABA to provide behavioural intervention to children with special needs in The Colourful Mind. He also communicates with both the parents and supervisors to devise and implement individualized programs for these children, equipping them with beneficial skills as they develop into adulthood.
His patience and creativity were further enhanced through his tutoring days where he learned to customise fun and engaging sessions for kids. With a desire to make an improvement in the field of mental health, Austin aspires to one day become a clinical psychologist, and aims to aid in increasing the awareness and knowledge of mental health issues in Singapore.
Miss Iqah is a diploma holder in applied drama and psychology. Upon realising her interest in Psychology she decided to pursue it as a major and is currently a part-time student in Singapore University of Social Science.
During her diploma studies, she interned as an after school care teacher at a primary school. Upon graduation, she took up the role of an assistant teacher at a preschool. Since she enjoyed working with children, she wanted to have more involvement in the children’s life hence she decided to join The Colourful Mind.
When she is not at work or studying for school, you can find her doing some needle work and creating hand made jewellery. Besides that, she does traditional Malay dance during the weekends.
Preschool Teacher / Beh. Therapist
Dip (Applied Drama & Psychology)
Miss Kelly Yap holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Double Major in Accounting and Finance) from Murdoch University. Her sharpened sense of quantitative skills acquired in her previous accounting firm has aided in the maintenance of a systematic and consistent filling practice for The Colourful Mind.
Through the constant liaison with different stakeholders, it has refined her communication skills and delivery of tasks. She is the person to go to for all our administrative matters.
Although she is committed to running the operations for the company, being in a tight-knit family with 8 younger cousins, she is no stranger in being a part of a child’s learning journey. Away from work, Kelly can be found creating an array of potteries that keeps her engaged for hours!