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Our Team

At Our Special Story, we believe every child’s potential

is far beyond our imagination. 

 

They never fail to surprise us with what they can do.

Our mission is to help children with autism reach their highest potential.

 

We are a team of dedicated behaviour therapists who strive to walk every step of the way with our families and empower every child with the skills needed to achieve functional independence.

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"Some see the disabilities,
I see the possibilities."

GRACE TAN

Behaviour Consultant

Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Criminology);

Bachelor of Psychological Sciences (Honours)

Grace began her journey teaching children with autism and special needs 9 years ago. Grace loves the laughter and smiles of her students and seeing the little improvements they make. She is passionate about providing children with special needs an avenue to express themselves and believes in growing their strengths. She advocates for inclusive classrooms where children with all abilities can learn together. 

Fun Fact:

Grace has a cute dog named 'Meatball'.

She is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) brown belt and teaches BJJ kids classes as well. 

Jeannie Yong

“I believe every student can learn, just not in the same way or not on the same day.”

JEANNIE YONG

Behaviour Consultant

Bachelor of Arts (Psychology);

Bachelor of Science (Business Administration)

Jeannie has worked with children with autism for 11 years. Witnessing the progress of the children under her care has kept her going and she strongly believes in the importance of early intervention. She also hopes to do her part to advocate towards an inclusive society.

Fun Fact: 

Jeannie is always on a hunt for good food and enjoys visiting the animals at the zoo with her 2 children!

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“Celebrate every accomplishment a child achieved, no matter how small it might seem.”

LIN SUJIE

Case Supervisor

Bachelor of Science (Psychology)

Since 2015, Sujie has been working with children with autism in one-to-one as well as group setting. Through her experience in parent and community training, Sujie see the importance of community support in raising a child with autism. She also believes in embracing the differences and seeing past the label of autism.

Fun Fact: 

Sujie enjoys traveling to other countries and experiencing different cultures around the world. 

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“If you’ve met one individual with autism, you’ve met one individual with autism.” - Stephen shore

TAN JIAYI

Case Supervisor

Bachelor of Psychological Science

With over 8 years of experience, Jia Yi has been working with children from diverse backgrounds and has seen them grow in unexpected and wonderful ways. He is a firm believer of the importance of balancing between the individuality of the child as well as the need to provide a child the skills necessary to further develop in this ever-changing world.

 

Fun Fact:

Jia Yi has experience in multiple artistry, such as embroidery, calligraphy, watercolour, and crochet.

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“You see, some things I can teach you. Some you learn from books. But there are things that, well, you have to see and feel.” ― Khaled Hosseini📚

Sathya Barthi Kandier

Behavior Therapist

Bachelor of Social Science, Honours (Psychology)

Sathya has always firmly believed in embracing diversity in all forms. She feels that every child has their own strengths and weaknesses and a right to the same opportunities. She believes in supporting children with special needs because of their differences, not in spite of it, and that success is measured by ones effort, not skill level.

Fun fact:
Sathya loves art and she is almost always doodling or making something. She also loves to travel and hopes to visit every continent at some point (maybe not Antarctica though!)

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"Every child has a different learning style and pace. Each child is unique, not only capable of learning but also capable of succeeding."

- Robert John Meehan

Maisarah Isabella

Behavior Therapist

Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)

Maisarah strongly feels that recognizing the achievements attained by children with autism, no matter how big or small, is important. She wants the children to know that their growth and progress matters. Teaching children with autism may be challenging, but when she sees them learn, the rewards she gain are overflowing and encourages her to keep going. 

 

Fun fact:
Maisarah is a huge foodie, where she likes trying out various dishes from different cuisines. She also finds joy in singing during her free time.

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“ A little step is all it takes” 

Rachel Loo

Behavior Therapist

Bachelor of Science (Psychology)

Rachel believes every child deserves equal opportunity to blossom at their own pace. Being a part of their growth brings her joy and fulfilment, knowing that children with special needs are not walking alone on their journey. Witnessing the little improvements are rewarding, but their smiles truly never fail to brighten her day! Rachel hopes to equip each child with the necessary tools to adapt in this fast-paced world. 

Fun Fact:
Rachel loves the outdoors, from hiking to cycling, you name it! Water sports is also one of her many passions especially swimming, since young.

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“If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.” 

Zarreen Rao

Behavior Therapist

Diploma in Counselling

Coming from a teaching background, Zarreen decided to embark on her journey with children from all profiles to widen her horizon. What fuels her passion is witnessing every child’s improvements and all their accomplishments no matter how small it may be and that is what she finds the most rewarding. She believes that every child has a potential that can be unlocked through patience and care. With that, she aims to bring out the best in every child she teaches and is certain that they will bring out the best in her too.

Fun fact : Zarreen is an avid animal lover! She has a cat named ‘Toby’. She also enjoys learning new languages and loves painting!

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