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Farah Shila Zaini

Early Intervention Teacher

Farah entered this vocation with the goal of bringing the best out of children, whose self-esteem is often affected by their learning challenges. She believes that every child has their unique strengths and finds it the most rewarding when she witnesses how they start to believe in themselves and flourish in their own unique ways.


Her Degree in Psychology and Diploma in Special Education empowered her with knowledge and tools to educate children with different learning needs; whereas her experience in Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs) honed her to be an adaptable educator who is capable of tuning in and adapting to children’s diverse personalities, behaviours, needs and challenges, in different situations. She focuses on a child-led approach, and believes that modeling is important to the children under her care, in helping them believe that they too can find ways to adapt to the community independently, regardless of their challenges.


For more than 4 years, Farah has nurtured numerous children with moderate to severe developmental learning disabilities, many of whom are children with autism.

Clinical Specialisation

Farah’s areas of specialisation include:

  • ​Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) / Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

  • Cerebral Palsy (CP)

  • Growth Developmental Delays (GDD)

  • Multiple Disability (MD)

Training & Qualifications



  • TEACCH Autism Programme

  • Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)

  • Structured Teaching

  • Explicit Teaching

  • Behaviour Management and PTR (Prevent, Teach, Reinforce)

  • Generalisation for Home-school Learning


  • BA Psychology (James Cook University)

  • Diploma in Special Needs Education (National Institute of Education)

  • Certificate in Autism

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