Each therapist at the Asher-Solomon Centre for Development brings a wealth of experience to the practice. All therapists hold degrees from accredited therapy programs and are fully registered with the Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) in Singapore.

Some of our therapists work as consultants in schools as well.

Occupational Therapists

Occupational therapist | The Therapists at Asher-Solomon Centre for Development

Clare Downy

Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Occupational Therapy
Coventry University, United Kingdom

Clare is an engaging and creative paediatric occupational therapist who has a passion for seeing children progress.

She loves being able to involve children in activities that are usually hard for them, from handwriting and visual-motor skills through to planning and organising skills. She sees clients individually and also runs groups in schools to facilitate these skills.

Clare knows that for parents Occupational Therapy may seem complicated and sometimes difficult to understand, so she values the time to meet with parents. One of the best things that Clare hears from parents is “Oh, now I understand my child. I’ve never had it explained to me like that before.” Clare believes that a big part of ensuring a child succeeds is involving the whole team around a child, including parents, teachers and other carers. This is why Clare communicates so everyone is better able to guide the child through his or her difficulties.

Occupational therapist | The Therapists at Asher-Solomon Centre for Development

Nikki Smit

B.Sc Occupational Therapy
University of Cape Town, South Africa

Nikki is an experienced occupational therapist who is passionate about her work with children.Her fascination with the way young people see the world, their sense of humour and potential for growth are at the centre of her interactions with them. She is committed to providing function-based therapy that empowers her clients to function independently in the world around them. She believes in establishing therapeutic partnerships with families and colleagues to the benefit of her clients.

Nikki has a special interest in facilitating social skills and treating children in small groups. This makes her an apt lead therapist at The Winstedt School.

Nikki can conduct therapy in English and Afrikaans.

Occupational therapist | The Therapists at Asher-Solomon Centre for Development

Dervla Nunan

B.Sc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
Glasgow Caledonian University, United Kingdom

Dervla is an experienced and passionate occupational therapist. She believes in working with families, teachers and caregivers collaboratively to achieve goals to ensure their child can reach their fullest potential in their home, school and community.

Dervla believes that setting achievable goals that are meaningful to both the family and child ensures that children can thrive in their environments despite the difficulties they have. Dervla enjoys seeing children achieve and complete activities that were previously difficult for them and strives to use a variety of approaches to achieve this.

Dervla enjoys working with children of any age and has a special interest in Neuromuscular conditions (conditions impacting muscle function including ataxia and muscular dystrophy), motor co-ordination difficulties (difficulties with motor planning and organisation including Developmental Co-ordination Disorder), developmental delay, seating and positioning for feeding and spinal management, neurological conditions (conditions impacting the central nervous system including Cerebral Palsy, brain injury, Downs Syndrome), upper limb and hand rehabilitation, visual impairments and many more!

Speech & Language Therapists

Speech & Language therapist | The Therapists at Asher-Solomon Centre for Development

Hemma Patel

B.Sc (Hons) Speech & Language Therapy
Birmingham City University, UK

Hemma is a lead and senior speech and language therapist at Asher-Solomon Centre for Development. She trained and worked in the UK before moving to Singapore.

She has experience with working with a variety of learning difficulties and disorders and her positive and caring nature helps to engage children to help them reach their full potential.

Hemma enjoys working with children with a variety of communication needs and has clinical interest in Autism.  She is trained to use PECS and Intensive Interaction.  She also enjoys conducting Social Skills Groups.

Hemma is a believer in collaborating with different services to ensure the child is supported in their home, school and community environments. She values the importance of training those around children to help support their communication needs in different settings. She holds a licence to deliver Elklan Training Programmes to schools so teaching staff can be trained to make the appropriate curriculum adaptations for children with speech, language and communication needs.

Hemma’s favourite part of being a speech and language therapist is seeing children’s confidence and self-esteem grow.

Speech & Language therapist | The Therapists at Asher-Solomon Centre for Development

Lucy Nicholls

B.Sc (Hons) Speech and Language Pathology
Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom

Lucy is a paediatric speech and language therapist from the UK. Her areas of clinical interest include early language development and autism spectrum disorders.

Lucy considers each child as unique and an individual and believes in tailoring therapy to not only their needs but the child’s interests to ensure they reach their full potential. Lucy also believes in working closely with families and teachers to support children in all settings.


For Lucy, the best part of being a speech and language therapist is the moment when a child does or says something for the first time seeing the child progress and also the excitement of parents at these times.

Lucy also provides services at Quayside Isle Preparatory school and is trained in the Hanen Program, It Takes Two To Talk.

Therapy Assistants

 The Therapists at Asher-Solomon Centre for Development

Charlotte Stiffell

B.Sc. Psychology
University of London, Goldsmiths College
Diploma in Learning Disorders Management and Child Psychology
College of Allied Educators, Singapore

Charlotte’s interest in the human mind and behaviour began when she was in her late teens and, after studying Psychology at A Level, she went on to obtain a Bachelor of Science from a vibrant and flourishing psychology department in a London university.
It was here that her interest in autism was ignited and after a career break to have a family, Charlotte returned to college to obtain a diploma in learning disorders management.
For the past two years Charlotte has worked in early intervention programmes and has honed her knowledge and understanding of the necessity to provide a nurturing, multi-disciplinary approach to learning.  She also recognises the importance of working closely with families in order to ensure the child’s support network is consistent and holistic.
Charlotte feels privileged to work with children and families and is motivated by the positive changes observed in children when they are offered a learning environment which respects their uniqueness, thus enabling them to reach their full potential.

For a consultation with one of our therapists, or for further information about our services, please contact us.

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