Conference Speakers

Shelley Hawkes (Keynote Speaker)

From: California, USA

Shelley holds a bachelor's degree in special education from Brigham Young University, as well as an EAL endorsement from the University of Utah. She taught in the U.S., Mexico, Jordan, and the United Arab Emirates before relocating to Malaysia. She was hired to assist the International School of Kuala Lumpur in their journey towards becoming a more inclusive school. She is also currently studying for a master’s degree from Arizona State University in Curriculum and Instruction for Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Professor Angela Fawcett

From: Swansea University & British Dyslexia Association, UK

Professor Fawcett is a leading international researcher into dyslexia and developmental disabilities. Her approach is broad and interdisciplinary, ranging from child and cognitive development to educational screening / intervention, and developmental cognitive neuroscience. She has devised eight dyslexia screening tests, including the best-selling DST-J, translated into many languages. She has contributed three of the major theories of dyslexia, has published one book as an author and has contributed to seven edited books, besides contributing to over 60 publications in high-impact international journals, and forty contributions to edited works.

Dr. Wong Woan Yiing

From: National Early Childhood Intervention Council, Malaysia

Dr. Wong is a consultant paediatrician involved in the field of disability for about twenty years. She has assisted in running several workshops on behavioural modification and training for parents of children on the subject of autism. She has experience in facilitating parenting courses. She is an international Board Certified Lactation Consultant who has worked with various hospitals wishing to attain WHO Baby Friendly Hospital Status. Dr Wong has performed lectures tours in and around Luzhou, China on aspects of breastfeeding.

Shyielathy Arumugam

From: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Shyielathy has been a special education resource teacher for ten years with the Ministry of Education Malaysia. She has lots of interest and passion in inclusive education, behaviour management and parent empowerment. Shyielathy is currently developing a behaviour assessment scale for children with challenging behaviour as her PhD research work, aiming to help mainstream teachers and parents to be able to promote early identification and behaviour intervention in the setting of mainstream classrooms.


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