MS JACQUI TAN


Jacqui received her Master of Arts in Speech and Language Pathology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (USA). She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and is a certified Hanen consultant in It Takes Two To Talk and More Than Words.

Jacqui began her working life in the corporate sector and held managerial positions in several corporate organizations. Her desire to work with individuals with developmental disabilities eventually led her to pursue rigorous academic and clinical training in communication disorders. She left a promising career to pursue her interest in improving the quality of life of individuals with special learning needs.

Jacqui has had diverse experience working with children, adolescents and adults in different settings including: rehabilitation hospitals, schools, adolescent day care centers, clients’ homes, private clinics, and early intervention. Jacqui has experience working with a variety of communication needs including articulation, language, pre-verbal skills, social skills, voice and stuttering.

Jacqui greatly appreciates working closely with families and specialist teams to develop effective therapy programs that are functional, holistic and relevant for each client. She believes in empowering parents to work directly with their children in parent-led therapy programmes. Jacqui’s passion for working with children with autism spectrum disorders has seen her undertake many professional development programs on autism, including Social Thinking workshops and Hanen’s More Than Words program. She continues to run various social groups and day camps for children and adolescents with social communication challenges using her training in these areas. She has a keen interest in applying Social Thinking theories in her practice. She also welcomes opportunities to work with adult clients. Her experience with adults has encompassed traumatic brain injuries, strokes, voice disorders, social deficits, and stuttering.

Outside of work, Jacqui enjoys spending time with her husband and three young children as well as travelling, reading, and discovering good eats. She currently volunteers at a community children’s library and has given talks at support groups for parents of children with disabilities. Her past volunteer community involvement in the past includes teaching English to foreign speakers, being a learning support for students with disabilities, running youth camps, and transcribing scripts at the Malaysian Association for the Blind.