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ANNA HENRY (née Kattapuram)

With more than 19 years of experience under her belt, Anna is as dedicated and passionate about her profession as an SLP today, as she was when she discovered it at the tender age of 16.

Clinical Experience

Her first clinical experiences began in India, working in the University Clinics, running outreach programmes, conducting research and supervising students. After completing her Bachelors and Masters degree, she then returned to Papua New Guinea to work for a year, conducting a feasibility study into the development of speech pathology services there. At that time, owing to the other health services that took precedence, speech pathology services were not a priority. She hopes to one day be able to go back and set up speech pathology services in her home country.

In 2003 she embarked on a grand adventure by moving to Singapore after being offered the opportunity to set up speech pathology services at the then called Child Development Unit, CDU (now know as the Department of Child Development, DCD), of the Kendang Kerbau Women’s and Children’s Hospital, KKH. In 2005, wanting to expand on her experiences, and further settle down in Singapore, she started SpeechLinx, while still providing locum services at KKH. In 2007, she was approached to join the teaching team on the newly started Masters in Speech Language Pathology Programme at the National University of Singapore (NUS) where she worked on the teaching team up until Dec 2017, after which she continues to support the team on an adhoc basis.

Her clinical experience with the paediatric population is extensive and in the last 19 years she has worked with thousands of children with a variety of speech and/or language disorders. The types of disorders include : Articulation delays/disorders, Phonological delays/disorders, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Dysarthria, Stuttering, Voice disorders, Resonance disorders, Receptive/Expressive language delays/disorders, Pragmatic delays/disorders, Specific Language Impairment, Auditory processing disorder, Literacy delays/disorders, Social communication delays/disorders, and cognitive communication delays/disorders. Additionally, she has provided aural rehabilitation for the hearing impaired, and Alternative Augmentative Communication (AAC) systems for individuals with severe receptive/expressive language delays/disorders. She also has considerable experience with conditions such as Global Developmental Delay (GDD), Cognitive Impairment, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Down’s Syndrome and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) which have concomitant speech/language challenges.

Aside from her vast clinical expertise, Anna has also had considerable experience in academic teaching, clinical teaching, supervision of SLP students and training of clinical educators, as part of her duties in NUS.

Community Service

In addition to her clinical and academic work, Anna is a strong supporter of her community.

In her local community she supports and participates in various charity events organised by schools/VWOs as well as community events such as the Purple Parade. She is an active member of the SG Cares volunteers organisation and has also done voluntary teaching for parents of children with ASD through the Rotary Club in Penang, and is always on the look out for new projects to support.

In her professional community, Anna is an avid supporter and proponent of the development of her profession in Singapore. She has been an active member of SALTS since 2003, and has served on the association’s committee in numerous roles, including the publishing team from 2003 -2008, running Special Interest Groups from 2008 – 2010, and then serving as President of SHAS from 2010-2014.


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