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“Understanding Your School-age Child” A public forum on child health By the Department of Psychological Medicine, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital 23 April 2011 Auditorium, Learning Centre, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital Help your child overcome difficulties that may hinder their development and academic performance during their growing years. Programme Time Event 8.30am Registration 9.00am Introduction and Welcome 9.10am – 9.40am Common Childhood Psychiatric Illness By Dr Christopher Cheok, Senior Consultant Psychiatrist 9.40am – 10.10am Switch Off and Reconnect: Youth Computer Addiction By Dr Yang Weiwen, Psychologist 10.10am – 10.30am Tea Break 10.30am – 11.00am Unraveling Fine Motor and Handwriting Skills in School Aged Children By Jessica Hooi, Occupational Therapist 11.00am – 11.30am Falling One Time Too Many? The Clumsy Child Syndrome By Tan Siang Yin, Senior Physiotherapist 11.30am – 12.00pm The AEIOU of School Aged Children: What Speech Therapists Can Tell You By Angeline Tan, Speech and Language therapist 12.00pm End Common Childhood Psychiatric Illnesses by Dr Christopher Cheok, Snr Consultant Psychiatrist Mental distress affects 1 in 10 children and can lead to academic problems and difficulties in socializing. Dr Cheok will speak on common problems that affect children and youths. The talk will discuss different issues as the child ages ranging from autism to major depression and psychosis. A special emphasis will be placed on how to use resources available at school and in the community as well as how psychiatrists can help in the care of distressed children. Switch Off and Reconnect: Youth Computer Addiction by Dr Yang Weiwen, Psychologist There is an undeniable pervasiveness of the computer and the internet in our society. The use of the computer on school campuses has also increased dramatically in recent years. The easy access to and increasing use of the computer among youth are contributing to rising concerns of problematic computer and internet use. It has been indicated that 1 in 10 Singaporean youths have related online gaming and internet problems. This talk will help parents understand computer addiction better by highlighting symptoms and early warning signs. It will also provide parents with some useful tips on how to help their child find a healthy balance between using the computer for work and play. Unraveling Fine Motor and Handwriting Skills in School Aged Children by Jessica Hooi, Occupational Therapist The talk aims is to explain typical development of fine motor and handwriting skills in children, where parents/teachers will learn about various factors that attribute to a child’s ability to produce neat, legible handwriting. The speaker will also illustrate parents/teachers common signs or behaviours observed in school age children experiencing difficulties in fine motor and handwriting skills and how Occupational Therapists can help. Falling one time too many? The Clumsy Child Syndrome by Tan Siang Yin, Snr Physiotherapist Does your child have difficulty in his/her motor skills? Does your child hate going to the playground because he/she struggles with the steps and bars? Clumsy Child Syndrome, known as developmental coordination disorder (DCD) or dyspraxia, is a childhood condition in which there is poor performance of motor skills in able-bodied children. Self-esteem is often low because of exclusion from games by their friends due to their inability to keep up. Fitness is compromised due to their dislike of physical activities, increasing the vulnerability to lifestyle diseases during adulthood, such as diabetes, obesity & heart disease. Research show that these children do not simply outgrow the condition. This talk aims to inform about appropriate identification and intervention of the Clumsy Child Syndrome. The AEIOU of School Aged Children - What Speech Therapists Can Tell You by Angeline Tan, Speech and Language therapist School aged children may face speech and language difficulties in the classroom context due to conditions, such as articulatory disorder, phonological disorder, and Specific Language Impairment (SLI). These children may often be labelled as "slow" or "dull" and face various challenges during learning. This talk gives an overview of some common speech and language disorders/difficulties faced by school-aged children. It provides specific tips to identify when there is a problem and when to seek a Speech Therapist's consultation. Speaker Profiles Dr Christopher Cheok MBBS Singapore , MMED (Psychiatry) Singapore. Certified Traumatologist, American Academy of Traumatology Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing practitioner Dr Christopher Cheok is the Head and Senior Consultant of the Department of Psychological Medicine at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital. He is a visiting consultant to National University Hospital and an adviser to the Juvenile and Family Court of Singapore. Dr Cheok has a special interest in child and adolescent psychiatry, psychological trauma and scientific research. He has served on the National Mental Health Working Group for Youth and Adolescents and has led numerous mental health teams to manage psychological trauma following accidents and mass casualty events in the military. Dr Yang Weiwen BA (Sydney), PostgradDip Psych, D Clin Psych (QUT) Dr Yang’s clinical experience extends from working with children and adults in community- based mental health and psychiatric settings treating a full spectrum of psychological conditions. More recently he has turned towards exploring mental well-being and maximising human potential, instead of merely focusing on mental illness. Dr Yang’s clinical interests lie in the field of anxiety and addiction which he maintains an active research portfolio in. Tan Siang Yin Ms Tan Siang Yin has been a physiotherapist for more than 4 years. She has treated children presenting with a wide range of conditions, such as developmental delay and autism spectrum disorder. Siang Yin graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy). Jessica Hooi Jessica has worked as an Occupational Therapist since 2007. Her clinical interest includes the management of children with autism, movement and learning disabilities and advocating for their needs and supporting them within their school setting. Jessica graduated from Nanyang Polytechnic and La Trobe University in Australia with a Diploma and Bachelors in Occupational Therapy respectively. She is a member of the Singapore Association of Occupational Therapists. Angeline Tan Lay Ting Angeline graduated from the University of Queensland, Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Hons). Her clinical placement exposed her to various communication and swallowing disorders across the life span. Currently, she is highly involved in providing speech therapy services to the adult population who has speech, language and swallowing disorders. Angeline has a strong interest in speech and language disorders in Paediatrics.
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