Autism Early Intervention Specialist
Master of Autism Studies, Graduate Certificate in Autism Studies, BA (Psychology & English Studies)
Weitang began her journey working with young children on the autism spectrum and their families more than 15 years ago. She had been privileged to have spent a large part of her professional work at Autism Resource Centre (Singapore) – WeCAN Early Intervention Programme, teaching and subsequently, coaching a team of teachers in the assessment, planning and implementation of intervention programmes using evidence-based practices. These include functional behaviour assessment, positive behaviour support, explicit teaching etc, to facilitate the development of work habits, functional communication, play, social relationship skills and emotional regulation.
One of the highlights of her service at WeCAN Early Intervention Programme was the opportunity to attend the TEACCH Five-Day Classroom Training for children ages 3 to 8, at the University of North Carolina - Division TEACCH. This opportunity has greatly enhanced her understanding and practice in the application of the principles of Structured TEACCHing – a set of evidence-based strategies and tools to help students with autism achieve educational and therapeutic goals.
Weitang firmly believes in being the signpost for families in their early years’ journey, equipping parents to be advocates for their children on the autism spectrum. She takes great joy in fostering partnerships with families to support their journeys, celebrating every milestone that is unique to each family. Humbled by the experiences of each family that she has worked with, she decided to pursue a Masters in Autism Studies from Griffith University (Australia) – Autism Centre of Excellence (ACE) to further her understanding and be more equipped to work with the needs of the autistic community across the lifespan. With her extensive experience and deep knowledge of the complex needs of this community, Weitang also believes in imparting knowledge and skills to professionals and budding early childhood educators working with this community. She is an Associate Lecturer with the National Institute of Early Childhood Development (NIEC).
As a mother of a pre-teen boy, Weitang is enjoying the candid and often funny conversations with a “little” young man on the cusp of his adolescent years, while learning to navigate the balance between setting boundaries and nurturing a bond that will last through the years to come.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (early intervention)
Functional Communication and Social Skills
Environmental/ activity modification to support engagement and participation
Executive Function (such as organisational skills to start and finish planned activities)
Transition Planning (from preschool to Primary or Special Education schools)