Our Team

OUR TEAM
 

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.

OUR TEAM

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Jean Foo

Managing Director & Case Consultant

M.Ed, BA (Psychology)

Cert. of Professional Practice (Level 2) (Strategies for successful special needs support) (The College of Teachers, UK)

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.

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Tayen Wee

Programme Director

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. 

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Dr. Tanisha Vanen

Consulting Psychologist

Psy.D. (Clinical Psychology)

Dr. Tanisha is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Maryland (USA), and a Registered Psychologist (Singapore). She graduated with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) from the United States. 
 
Dr. Tanisha completed both her clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. This comprised of rotations within the Pediatric Developmental Disabilities and Pediatric Feeding Disorders clinics. Prior to this, she worked in an outpatient hospital and community mental health center in Chicago, offering diagnostic assessments, therapy, social skills and parent training groups for a range of neurodevelopmental disabilities and mental health challenges. Upon her return to Singapore, Dr. Tanisha worked as an in-house Clinical Psychologist at an international school, and started up her own private practice.  
 
When working with individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families., Dr. Tanisha places added emphasis on involving and coaching parents and caregivers. She focuses on individualising strategies to meet each child’s unique needs, and incorporates relevant members of the child’s team to ensure that the child is advocated for and well supported.

 

Apart from her clinical practice, Dr. Tanisha is a lecturer for various psychology modules at the undergraduate and post-graduate levels.  She is further committed to supporting siblings of individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities through The Singapore Sibshop.

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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.

Anna Ng

Behaviour Therapist

BA. (Psychology), BSc.

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Melissa Lim

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.

Behaviour Therapist

BSc. (Psychology)

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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

Behaviour Therapist

B.Psychology (Hons.)

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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.

Nursyafiqah

Preschool Teacher / Beh. Therapist

Dip (Applied Drama & Psychology)

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Claire Chong

Ms Claire Chong graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons). During her time in Australia, she volunteered at Autism West working on social skills with young adults. It was then when she discovered her passion for the special needs community and the fulfilment it brings.

 

Upon returning to Singapore, Claire took up the role of a teacher at an EIPIC centre and has supported countless families and their children in the six years that she was there. She enjoys celebrating successes (big or small!) with the families that she work with and seeing them empowered and equipped gives her so much joy.

 

Claire hopes to continue making a difference in the lives of the children and their families here at The Colourful Mind and to support them in becoming the best versions of themselves. 

 

When she is not working, you can find her exploring new parks and playgrounds with her son with an ice cream cone in hand!”

Preschool Teacher / Beh. Therapist

BA (Psychology)

Cert. & Higher Cert. in Autism

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Miss Nur Aisyah is a diploma holder in Arts and Theatre Management. After her graduation in 2018, she decided to sign up as a Youth For Autism (YFA) for one academic year. Her first-hand experience working with the autism community has played a meaningfully significant role in her learning endeavours. Through this humbling experience that she gained,  it has sparked her interest to work with the special needs community. 

 

Journeying alongside with experienced and like-minded people at The Colourful Mind, it has enabled her to attain a better understanding of children with special needs. She is also constantly motivated to put her creative thinking at work when guiding the children through their stumbling blocks. 


In her own time, she enjoys doing digital/non-digital illustrations, exploring new places, trying out new recipes and has an appreciation for batik. Not to mention, she is also a cake-aholic!

Nur Aisyah

Behaviour Therapist

Dip (Arts & Theatre Management)

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Michelle Tan

Miss Michelle Tan graduated from University At Buffalo with a First Class Honors in Psychology in 2016. Her first interaction with kids was when she started teaching piano to kids in kindergartens and international schools all over Singapore. She came across a child with additional needs in one of the schools she taught piano to and helped him progress into a intermediate player using her own scaffolding materials specifically designed for him. This then propelled her into applying as a Special Needs Educator in a SPED school to learn and understand more. During her time in the SPED school, Michelle specializes in helping children age 7-10 with moderate to severe autism communicate effectively through visual aids and developing targeted lessons plans according to their interests and strength. Michelle was also sponsored and awarded the Certificate in Autism by the Autism Resource Centre in 2019. 

 

When she’s not at work or teaching, Michelle gives private piano lessons and enjoys a good read with a cup of coffee. She is also Vegan and often donates to charities or causes related to animal rescues. She plans to pursue her Masters and hopes to develop music therapy for children with developmental needs in the future.

Behaviour Therapist

BA (Psychology)

Cert. in Autism

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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.

Austin Leong

Behaviour Therapist

BSc. (Psychology)