Aneesha is a psychologist registered with the Singapore Psychological Society and Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). She is trained in standardized psycho-educational testing for school readiness assessments and administering diagnostic assessments for developmental disorders such as Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and specific learning disorders. She is also an SRP approved supervisor.
Aneesha has over ten years of experience working with children and youth. She started off her journey in social services working with disadvantaged youth, where she has collectively engaged over a hundred youth-at-risk and early-school leavers in individual counselling, family counselling and group work counselling sessions, as well as life skills training and soft skills development. Thereafter, she pursued further study and upon completion, continued to work with a social service organization as a psychologist.
With six years’ experience as a Senior Psychologist in a multi-disciplinary setting at a social service agency, Aneesha has provided early intervention to children aged 2 to 7 years old, identified with mild to severe developmental and learning needs, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Global Developmental Delay, Speech and Language Disorder, and chromosomal disorders. Over the years, she has identified and addressed behavioral and learning challenges, and worked closely with caregivers to build their skills and confidence to support their children’s needs at home. Armed with a Certificate in Autism by the Autism Resource Centre, Aneesha has invaluable experience supporting children on the Autism spectrum by utilizing principles of the TEACCH method to build on their autonomy, through the understanding of their developmental needs, interests, and current skills.
Aneesha’s experience at the agency has allowed her to hone her operational and clinical skills, where she worked closely with both associate psychologists and interventionists on assessing children’s developmental skills and needs, and also administering various formal and informal assessments, including the Brigance screening tool for preschool children under the Developmental Support Plus (DS-Plus) program.
Aneesha strongly believes that the most important aspect of a child’s development and the cornerstone of a child’s progress in intervention lies in the parent-child connection. She has had the privilege to journey alongside many caregivers as they discovered their children’s needs, providing guidance as they moved from discovery, to grief, and then to acceptance. Aneesha is also trained in the Circle of Security Parenting program – an attachment-based parent education program that aims to build caregivers’ abilities to better understand their child’s emotional world, attend to their child’s needs, and strengthen the relationship they have with their children.
Aneesha is an advocate for the inclusion of children with diverse needs within mainstream school settings and the community. She believes in the importance of building warm, trusting relationships with children and their families, taking a genuine interest in understanding their individual strengths and challenges, and working collaboratively with specialists, caregivers, and educators towards greater inclusion. In her experience within an early intervention setting, Aneesha has worked with several preschool staff under the Preschool Support Service, pertaining to concerns of challenging behavior, building social skills, and students’ classroom engagement. She has also organized and facilitated trainings for over 200 preschool staff, focusing on key areas of child development, including developmentally-appropriate behavior support, emotional regulation, and the importance of play in supporting children’s learning and development.
In her free time, Aneesha enjoys nature walks, reading psychological thrillers and murder-mysteries, and picnics at the park with her family.
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