Little Puzzle Piece is a one-stop platform to support people with special needs. We believe that everyone is unique and has their own strengths just like little puzzle pieces.
We hope that this platform will help to empower families in their unique journey.
Currently, we have resources for you to:
– assess your child’s developmental progress
– find the help, services and products that your loved one with special needs require
– feel supported in this extra special journey of parenthood.
What you see on the website now is the start. We will continue to pull in valuable resources from all around, and build tools to help make your journey a more supported one. And we are able to do all this thanks to the support of SG Enable, Tote Board and the Nehemiah Foundation.
So do tell us how we can help to make your journey a better one. Leave us a note here!
If you are a parent advocate, vendor or corporate with a heart for the special needs community, we would love to find ways to work with you too! Let us know here how your special power benefits (or could benefit) the special needs community and we can discuss how best to amplify your work.
Little Puzzle Piece is about building an all-inclusive community. It’s about getting more people in society-at-large to understand special needs better and how every piece is unique in their own special ways.
Daniel Tan is currently the Honorary Assistant Secretary of the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS). He is also the Chairman of the Residential and Community-based Care Services Committee.
Daniel has been a Board member of MINDS since 2008. He has previously served in the Audit Committee, Social Enterprise & Employment Development Committee, School Management Committee, Public Relations, Education and Communications Committee, and was the former chairman of the Volunteer & Donor Management Committee. He was also the chairperson for MINDS’ voluntary wing — MINDS MYG, from 2007 to 2010.
He’s also currently representing MINDS as a Board member in the Children’s Charities Association and had previously represented MINDS in the Board of Special Olympics and Singapore Disability Sports Council.
Daniel served on MSF’s Enabling Masterplan 3 Steering Committee and also as President of the Raleigh Society, a youth development organisation.
Keh Eng Song
Eng Song is a trained Engineer. He joined MINDS in April 2007 as its Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining the social service sector, he worked in the private sector for 26 years, mostly in Government-linked companies . He has both operational and support experience.
Eng Song retired from MINDS on 10 May 2017 after having served 10 years. During this period, he started several new programmes, as well as raised its corporate governance standard. MINDS was awarded the inaugural 2016 Charity Transparency Award.
Under Eng Song’s leadership, MINDS more than doubled it’s capacity to serve the special needs community via the Day Activity Centres. He also spearheaded MINDS’ efforts to bring ore integrated and relevant services to beneficiaries through the Community Group Home, Caregivers Support Services Centre, Home-Based Care Services and Me Too! Club for adults with intellectual disability who are not receiving services and are isolated socially. He also played a key role in the Appropriate Adults scheme to foster a better understanding with police investigation officers in communicating with would-be offenders or victims, and working with NUS Law Faculty to assist parents in applying for Deputyships under the Mental Capacity Act, and worked with colleagues to include the Community Model component in the curriculum.
Eng Song was a member of the Enabling Masterplan 2012-2016 Working Committee and sat in the working committee of the Social Service Sectoral Tripartite Committee under MSF and served as a Council Member of the Industry Skills and Training Council under WDA. Today, he remains an active volunteer in the social services space.
Dr. Lohsnah Jeevanandam
Dr. Lohsnah Jeevanandam is a Clinical Psychologist with 20 years of working experience. She is an academic, clinical supervisor, and practitioner. She is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Psychology, The National University of Singapore teaching psychology to both undergraduates and postgraduates. She also supervises honours and masters level research. Dr. Jeevanandam supervises the clinical practice of masters in clinical psychology students.
As a practitioner, Dr. Jeevanandam works with children and adults and currently practices at the Cognitive Health Consultancy International as a Senior Consultant Clinical Psychologist. She previously worked at The Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore as a Senior Clinical Psychologist, leading a team of psychologists. Notably, she was the chairperson of the scientific sub-committee at the Asian Federation on Intellectual Disabilities conference in 2009. Dr. Jeevanandam was also part of the inaugural team of trainers for the Appropriate Adult scheme in Singapore for vulnerable adults.
Dr. Jeevanandam is a member of the Singapore Register of Psychologists and is actively involved in the development of psychology in Singapore. She is the Chairperson of the revision of the Singapore Psychological Society’s Code of Ethics, leading a team of senior psychology representatives from various government institutions. The final code of ethics will be ready for implementation in the middle of 2019. Additionally, Dr. Jeevanandam’s services as a trainer for mental health professionals and teachers in the main and special streams is in much demand.
Jeffrey Chan has more than 30 years’ experience in the human services industry in Australia, much of it are in disability and health-care services in both government and not-for-profit sectors. He presents with a diverse range of capabilities, such as at senior executive service (at C-suite level), state-level human rights legislative experience and change strategy, direct report to state disability services ministers, in state-level strategic planning and policy, and program development. His other skill areas are in clinical practice of persons with high and complex support needs, state-level and organizational service design and improvement, accreditation, organisational development and reform, quality improvement and applied research.
He has also held two inaugural statutory roles in Victoria and Queensland where he had oversight of the protection of the rights of people with disabilities who are subject to restrictive practices and in detention orders. On the academic front, Jeffrey was Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland (School of Education) and Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Sydney’s Centre for Disability Studies. As an applied researcher, Jeffrey has published more than 60 refereed journals and was successful in achieving more than $2.5M research grants and more than $4M in other grants.
Dr. Ngiam Xin Ying
Paediatrician, International Baby Child and Adolescent (IBCA) Clinic
Subspecialty interest: Developmental-behavioural pediatrics
MBBS (Singapore) 2005, M.Med (Paediatrics) 2010, MRCPCH (UK) 2010, FAMS (Paediatric Medicine) 2015
Dr. Ngiam graduated from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2005. She was trained at the National University Hospital (NUH), and obtained her Master of Medicine, Paediatrics (Singapore) and Membership of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (UK) in 2010. She completed her advanced specialist training in 2014. During her advanced training, she worked with the Child Development Unit (CDU) at NUH.
She practices general pediatrics and well baby care. In addition, she has a professional interest in childhood developmental and behavioral difficulties, and in children in disadvantaged circumstances. Her study on child abuse was supported by a grant from the Singapore Children’s Society and won a Merit Award at the 2nd Singapore Paediatric and Perinatal Congress in 2013. She also spent a month with the Stanford University School of Medicine’s Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics team to gain further exposure in the field.
Dr. Ngiam has a strong interest in medical education, having been the Chief Resident for NUH Paediatrics and having won 2 department awards for medical education during her training. She is also interested in patient education, and strives to empower families with strategies in raising happy, well-adjusted and resilient children.
Finally, she is a keen artist whose drawings can be found on the walls of IBCA Clinic, the cover of NUH’s paediatric handbook ‘Paediatrics On-The-Go’ and in IBCA’s patient education booklet ‘You and Your Baby’, among other places.