Ms. Mathana Balan

Educational Qualifications:

  • Masters of Education (Special Education), National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore
  • Professional Certificate Course (PCC) (Preschool teaching), DAS Academy
  • Bachelors in Psychology, Singapore University of Social Sciences
  • Specialist Diploma in Educational Therapy, DAS Academy
  • PCC in Speech and Drama, DAS Academy
  • Certificate in Dyslexia & Literacy Teaching, DAS Academy
  • Learning Support Officer Training Certificate, DAS Academy
  • Learning Support Officer Mentoring Certificate, DAS Academy

Professional Training:

  • Trained in Orton Gillingham Approach (DAS Academy, Singapore)

Ms. Mathana Balan

Senior Educational Therapist

Ms. Mathana Balan

Mathana is a trained and registered Educational Therapist who comes with 11 years of onsite experience with students with Specific Learning Difficulties. Mathana is also registered with the Register of Educational Therapists Asia, Singapore (RETA).

Since 2011, she has provided individual and group therapy to individuals ranging from five to 17 years old. They come in with needs such as Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia and Non-Verbal Learning Difficulties), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Executive Dysfunction, Social Communication Disorder (SCD), Language Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Selective Mutism, General Development Disorder (GDD), as well as individuals with Social and Emotional Behavioural Disorders (SEBD) and more.

Mathana is a skilled and trained Orton Gillingham practitioner, using the approach to design and execute lesson plans for a range of students with phonological, reading, spelling, writing and numerical challenges. She believes that each person is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially. It is her desire as an educator to help individual meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing an environment that is safe, supports risk-taking, and invites a sharing of ideas. There are three elements that she believes are conducive to establishing such an environment, (1) teacher acting as a guide, (2) allowing the individual's natural curiosity to direct his/her learning, (3) promoting respect for all things and people.

Equally important to self-discovery is having the opportunity to study things that are meaningful and relevant to one's life and interests. Developing a lesson around an individual's interests, fosters intrinsic motivation and stimulates the passion to learn. When they have ownership in their own work, they are motivated to work hard and master the skills necessary to reach their goals.

Mathana is a trained Indian classical and contemporary dancer who is actively involved in the performance/media arts. She enjoys exploring outdoors and gardening with her two year son.

Psychologists

Dr. Sanveen Kang

Director & Principal Clinical Psychologist

Mr. Parandaman T.

Principal Pediatric Forensic Psychologist & Trauma Program Lead

Ms. Samantha Ng

Principal Counselling Psychologist & Team Lead

Ms. Eunice Seah

Senior Clinical Psychologist

Ms. Thivya Lakshmi

Senior Clinical Psychologist

Mr. Benjamin Low

Clinical Psychologist

Ms. Chng Jia Hui

Educational Psychologist

Psychotherapists/Counsellors

Ms. Shar (Sharmishtha) Gupta

Senior Psychotherapist

Ms. Rachel Emmer

Principal Counselor

Art Psychotherapists

Ms. ChloƩ Dunn-Lee

Principal Art Psychotherapist

Ms. Eve Teo

Principal Psychotherapist & Art Psychotherapist

Mr. Joshua Tan

Psychotherapist & Art Psychotherapist

Speech & Language Therapists

Mr. Blakesley Orr

Senior Speech and Language Therapist

Occupational Therapists

Ms. Vera Chan

Principal Occupational Therapist

Ms. Abelle Wee

Senior Occupational Therapist

Ms. Mabel Sim

Senior Occupational Therapist

Educational Therapists

Ms. Mathana Balan

Senior Educational Therapist

Dr. Zainab Shaukat

Educational Therapist