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Leanna Tsen

Early Intervention Teacher

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Leanna first fell in love with children when her sister came into this world. Leanna was 14 years old when her youngest sister was born. Leanna took on the responsibility of helping her mother care for her sister. She carried her little sister back home from the hospital for the first time after delivery and carried her back to the hospital when her little sister was ill. It was then that she gained awareness of a child’s developmental milestones as she and her mother kept track of her sister's health and development. At 19, Leanna met a senior special needs teacher and was mentored by her. Leanna enjoyed conducting Early Intervention for children with special needs under her mentor and decided to pursue a Bachelor of Education in Special Needs. 

Leanna’s finished her 4-year degree with first-class honours. Her four-year degree covered all types of learning disability and hearing disability alongside the various interventions used. In addition, Leanna took a minor in English Language and completed 3 years of St John Ambulance training. Throughout the four years, Leanna had experienced working with 7-year-olds to 19-year-olds in SPED schools.  

Leanna took up a teaching role in an International School where she taught the Cambridge IGCSE curriculum. Her knowledge of special needs and the English Language enabled her to help students with special needs to be included in the mainstream. This experience gave Leanna a deep understanding and empathy towards the challenges faced by SPED students and teachers in inclusive classrooms. 

Leanna wholeheartedly believes in the importance of early intervention. She desires to help children be independent and be able to express themselves. Her commitment to every Champ pushes her to tailor interventions that are fun, goal-based, and purposeful for Champs. She believes in the WHY-s and HOW-s for every intervention run in the classroom- WHY is this done and HOW does it benefit the Champ? 

Leanna is fully confident that teamwork and collaboration between EIP Teachers, Allied Professionals, and Parents are the recipe for a healthy and successful child. She seeks to build respectful relationships with parents/caregivers as she honours and empathises with the responsibilities of a caregiver. 

Clinical Specialisation

Leanna has worked with various children with special needs in both SPED setting and mainstream primary school settings between 4 to 19 years of age, with the following conditions:

  • Intellectual Disability (ID) 

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)  

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

  • Global Developmental Delay (GDD)  

  • Specific Learning Disorder (SLD)  

  • Cerebral palsy  

  • Down Syndrome  

  • Dyslexia 

Training & Qualifications

  • Introduction Cambridge Primary English by Cambridge Assessment International Education

  • Science of Reading Grades 1-12 (Part 1 and 2) by Really Great Reading

  • Vocabulary Science of Reading by Really Great Reading

  • Brain Gym

  • Jolly Phonics

  • Grapeseed

  • Sexuality Issues for Children with A.S.D by NARC, Malaysia

  • Malaysian Sign Language (Level 2)

Qualifications   


  • Bachelor of Education (Special Education) (Honours) from Universiti Sains Malaysia 

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