Better Carer is a project funded by Tote Board Enabling Lives Initiative Grant and supported by SG Enable. SG Enable is an agency dedicated to enabling persons with disabilities.This project website under SG Enable is available at here. Over the years, organizations such as OECD has highlighted the importance of tapping on the brain research and development to inform teaching and learning communities so that better pedagogies and results could be attained. Here, we based our training materials on evidence gathered through the neuroscience and educational research literatures and communities. Through this rigorously curated and translated content, we enable carers the right insights into the cognitive limitations and potentials of their loved ones, thereby creating better coping and management strategies. This leads to enhanced cognitive wellness and capabilities of the carers. To motivate our carers, lessen their learning stress and attain optimal knowledge retention, we employ interactive and digital media to make learning interesting and fun. We use social media to connect carers and deploy social listening tools to understand their concerns and feedback. Our content is bite-sized and aims to cover the 'whys' and 'hows', and various practical discussions that attempt to fullfil the social and emotional needs of the carers. The whys are important because that they give individuals purpose and motivation. The hows are important because that help us to arrive at our goals we set to achieve. The social and emotional satisfactions are important because they build characters who can become the supporting pillars towards self-help and being a contributor in our communities. For those who prefer meeting in persons, we also hold regular group discussions at various locations convenient for the carers.
Behind Better Carer is a bunch of carers, academics, scientists and healthcare professionals who believe in empowering carers with the right set of knowledge. We are looking for more contributors in any shapes and forms. If you share our vision, please join us!
|Adrian Kee, PhD, is the Co-Investigator of this project. He is an Associate Professor at NIE/NTU. He specializes in mindfulness research, and tweets @keefellow.|
|Dr. Ong is a Co-Investigator of this project. He is a child psychiatrist and Chief of the Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Institute of Mental Health. After obtaining his Masters in Medicine (Psychiatry) in 1999 and Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy in 2001 from the National University of Singapore, Dr Ong completed his one-year Research Fellowship at New York Columbia University and New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI) in 2005. Since his return to Singapore, Dr Ong has been deeply engaged in outpatient services for children and adolescents with psychological problems and has conducted research work in mood disorders, schizophrenia and ADHD. He is a teaching faculty member at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS and DUKE-NUS Graduate Medical School, and a core faculty member of the National Psychiatric Residency Programme. Besides volunteering as a board member of the Singapore Association for Mental Health (SAMH), Dr Ong is also the honorary auditor of the Singapore Psychiatric Association and Chairman of the Section of Child & Adolescent Psychiatrists, under the auspices of College of Psychiatrists and Academy of Medicine Singapore. He is a frequent speaker in public forums and media interviews on child mental health issues. His authorship also spans various relevant topics on children and adolescent mental health|
|Faith Lum is the project partner. She is a curator by training and a budding social entrepreneur who trains and employs people with disabilities and autism with her team of local and overseas artists. She also creates programmes and processes to aid people with muscular dystrophy, visually handicap and other disabilities to create Fine Art and Artisanal Craft. To introduce art as therapy for Caregivers, her team has created affordable Art Therapy Kits to homes and for institutions.|
|Kian Bee is the Principal Investigator of this project. He holds a PhD in Neuroscience from Queensland Brain Institute, an MBA and a Bachelor of Computer Engineering degree. He is also an alumnus of INSEAD where he studied Corporate Governance under the International Directors Programme. He was a visiting scholar to Harvard Medical School and was actively involved in the local start-up scenes among other work. His main research interest is in understanding the neural correlates of the brain networks related to human learning and environment. He is also keenly passionate about applying neuroscience for business and marketing as he believes that the more we understand the functions and connectivity of our brains, the more we can attain better mental health and make better individual and business decisions.|
Daffodil Loe Daffodil is a multi-talented individual. She is an alumnus of the National University of Singapore where she read cell & molecular biology and pursued her interest in biomedical R&D. She went on to join a start up in life sciences, and obtained her MSc. Melding her interests in the sciences of sports and nutrition, she advocates healthy living through natural foods diet, and sustaining fitness through sports and active living.
Yiz Tan Yiz is a clinical psychologist who provides therapy to help individuals address issues such as anxiety, depression, stress etc. He currently runs his own online practice at Yizpsychology. He is an alumnus of the National University of Singapore where he pursued his passion in psychology. He went on to work with the offender population, and was involved in rehabilitation efforts with individuals whose profiles included substance addiction, violence, anger management etc. Following this, he obtained his Master of Clinical Psychology from James Cook University. From his work with different individuals, he believes that everyone has the potential to respond to suffering in a manner that produces a fulfilling life, and he strives to empower individuals to do that in his clinical practice (yizpsychology.com).
Pearl Lock Ms Pearl Lock is a senior clinical psychologist at the Neuro Behavioural Clinic - Autism Services, Department of Developmental Psychiatry at the Institute of Mental Health. The clinic provides both diagnostic and cognitive assessments; as well as individual and group interventions for children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Ms Lock completed her Postgraduate studies in Clinical Psychology in Australia and is also a full member of the Australia Psychological Society (MAPS). She had previously worked there as a clinical psychologist in both private practice and public hospital settings in conducting assessments and treatments for children and adolescents with a wide range of behavioral, social emotional and learning difficulties. She believes in empowering parents, teaching them to help their children grow and develop to their full potential.
Danica Toh Danica's journey with mindfulness started out from research in the field of exercise and sports studies, which later led to her own meditation practice, a greater interest in areas of neuroscience of mindfulness and yoga. She channels her focus into working with people to help them experience mind-body balance, through teaching mindfulness, yoga therapeutics and coaching. Currently, Danica facilitates the 8-week MBSR, Mindful Schools curriculum for youth, and athlete performance programmes. You can find out more of her offerings and connect with her via sixspac.com.
This project would not have been possible without the tireless contributions by many individuals, including students and parents. We like to acknowledge their contributions here by mentioning their names (not in any order). They have helped to build the content, the framework, the platform, the logic, the technical programming, the security, the games, the visuals, the innovative ideas, the user experience design and engagements, and the list goes on. T H A N K - Y O U - ALL!
|Hugo||Page Zhang||Mila||Justine Carlo||Justine Daniel||Mao Jie||Kai Ze|
|Cecilia Lee||Hai En||Larissa Tan||Dylan Sim||Siti||Celine Leong||Zheng Yu|
|Yok Hung||Wei Lin||Nisha||Darren Ng||Donovan Ng|