Ms. Judy Yap is a Clinical Psychologist who received her training at James Cook University, Australia. She has worked in a community child health setting in Australia, in children and adult hospitals in Singapore, and as a private practitioner. She has worked extensively with locals as well as expatriates.
Ms. Yap’s experience includes conducting neuropsychological assessments for children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly following their neurological conditions (e.g., traumatic brain injury, strokes, epilepsy, and hypoxia). She encourage the clients to utilise their strengths, suggest ways to cope with their difficulties, and provide psychosocial/emotional therapy and support to her clients. She also works with the clients’ families and schools to help ensure a smoother integration process back to the home and school settings.
She also has a keen interest in identifying and understanding neurodevelopmental problems and learning difficulties (e.g. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Dyslexia, etc.) in school-age children and adolescents. Using appropriate assessment tools, she can identify the neurological/learning/psychological issues affecting the child and suggest ways to help them cope with their academic demands.
The following contains brief information on some of the assessments and what they are utilised for:
Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children(WISC)/ Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale(WAIS)
Verbal, visual and spatial reasoning abilities, intelligence, processing/scanning speed, attention and working memory
Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT)
A wide range of academic skills
Reading skills (reading, reading comprehension, phonological awareness, reading fluency and accuracy)
Written expression (spelling, sentence composition, essay writing skills)
Mathematical reasoning (arithmetic, numerical calculations, math speed/fluency)
Oral language skills (listening comprehension, oral expression)
Test of Everyday Attention for Children (TEA-Ch2)
Attention skills (focused attention, sustained attention, selective attention, switching attention, working memory)
Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing (CTOPP)
Phonological awareness, phonological production, phonological memory, phonological decoding, and decoding speed
Conners Rating Scales
ADHD, Hyperactivity, Inattention, executive functioning, learning problems, defiance, oppositional defiant behaviours, conduct behaviour, peer and family relations
Whether an assessment is necessary or which assessment tool to employ should be determined by a trained professional.
Ms. Yap is a trained Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) Enhanced Level 5 provider where she tailors behaviour management strategies to help parents not only understand and manage their child’s behaviour problems, but to build more positive parent-child/adolescent relationships. She is also experienced in helping children and adolescents with cleft lip and/or palate cope with their social and emotional challenges.
Ms. Yap is a Full Member of the Singapore Psychological Society. She is also registered with the Singapore Register of Psychologists and is an Approved Supervisor with the Singapore Psychological Society.