Ms Sitra Panirsheeluam – MBPsS

Behavioural Therapist

Registered & Licensed Counsellor

Education

BSc (HONS) Psychology
Middlesex University, United Kingdom

Working Experience

Duration/Year
Little Triangles Services 2013 – current
Wisconsins Early Autism Project 2009-2013
The International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL) 2009-2013
2015-2016
Intern- National Autistic Society of Malaysia (NASOM) 2006
Intern – Asian Research Center for Child & Adolescences Development – UNICEF Malaysia 2005-2006

Languages

  1. English
  2. Bahasa Malaysia
  3. Tamil

Professional Membership
British Psychological Society (BPS)

Media
RADIO INTERVIEWS – The Breakfast Show RED FM
BFM
TV INTERVIEW –ASTRO VILUTHUGAL (Tamil )

Time to Regulate Autism Centres -The Star Newspaper
1. https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/11/19/time-to-regulate-autism-centres-expert-parents-have-no-qualifications-to-open-centres/

Observation Key to SOP – Arrest of Autistic suspects -Free Malaysia Today
2. https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/11/15/observation-key-to-sop-for-arrest-of-autistic-suspects-says-expert/’

The trouble dealing with autism in Malaysia -Free Malaysia Today
3. https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/10/06/the-trouble-with-dealing-with-autism-in-malaysia/

We need more screening assessments centres -Free Malaysia Today
4. http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/08/09/autism-activists-we-need-more-screening-assessment-centres/

Government urged to regulate autism centres -Free Malaysia Today
5. http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2017/04/19/government-urged-to-regulate-autism-therapy-centres/

Rare Outing for Autistic Kids – The Star Newspaper
6. http://www.thestar.com.my/news/community/2013/12/30/rare-outing-for-autistic-kids-mall-gives-them-a-treat-as-part-of-its-fifth-anniversary-bash/

Need to go Beyond Early Intervention -The Star Newspaper
7. http://www.thestar.com.my/opinion/letters/2013/10/02/need-to-go-beyond-early-intervention/

We need shadow Aides first – The Star Newspaper
8. http://www.thestar.com.my/opinion/letters/2013/06/29/we-need-shadow-aides-first/

Sex education – The Star Newspaper
9. http://www.pressreader.com/malaysia/the-star-malaysia/20100315/284288181198803

Background
Sitra has 10 years of experience working in the field of Autism and related disorders. She has worked in various schools around the Klang Valley and maintained a good relationship with children, therapist, teachers, counselors and parents.
She provides constructive behavior modification guidance to parents/teachers and inclusive schools to help them support their children more effectively and was proven to be effective in the long run. Among the many achievements Sitra independently and as part of a team has accomplished:
• Reaching a 2-year-old child who was diagnosed with PDD-NOS , had very limited vocabulary, no eye-contact and cried to communicate and helped to develop into the child she is today-one who no longer has a diagnosis, who excels in a mainstream environment, and who is extremely engaged socially with peers.
• Application of ABA therapy, organized playdates to improve social skills, encourage friendships with peers and shadowed a child for 2 years, who has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Integration Dysfunction,Hypotonia and a history of anxiety in new situations. The child now does no longer require Inclusion Support and is successful in a mainstream classroom. The child is also extremely active in sports and open to new challenges in life.
• Managing to “fade out” as an Inclusion Support within a period of 6 months for a child who has Auditory Possessing Disorder and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
• Managing to implement School Readiness Program for children to enter mainstream schools
• Providing Job Training Inclusion Support for teenagers with disabilities.
• Establishing Awareness clubs for communities to understand and accept Autism
• Application of “Social Thinking “by Michelle Garcia Winner for students in mainstream schools
• “Push –in and Pull-Outs” to work one on one or as a group
• Managing Shadows and providing on job training /observations
• Applying principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) for children in early intervention programs and regular classroom (inclusive and integrated schools)
• Training teachers to modify classrooms to be more special needs friendly
Sitra believes that each child has his/her own capabilities and with proper intervention they can reach their highest potential by identifying their best skills and focusing on them.Sitra insists on the triangle affect; the child, parents and special educators/Professionals are important for a child’s overall wellbeing and success. All three should have a common understanding and work towards the same goals for the betterment of a child.