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Diana Phua
Diana Phua
Occupational Therapist
What makes you want to become an occupational therapist?

I’m always inspired and touched by people who contribute so much by serving the community. Being an occupational therapist gives me the privilege to help children with special needs and their families, and to make a difference in their lives.

In your years in occupational therapy, what is your most unforgettable or rewarding incident?

My most rewarding experience is to see a very young child taking more interest in his environment and becoming more explorative in play. Being there to hear him call his mother ‘Ma Ma’ for the first time in the session was such a joyous and heartwarming experience.

In your years in occupational therapy, what have you learnt most?

Increasing knowledge and skills have always been part of the learning journey. Apart from that, I felt in particular which was important to me, was to appreciate the partnership between the child, parents and therapist through the whole process of the intervention. Seeing parents being involved during intervention and achieving positive outcomes do outline that parents have a very important role in the development of the child.

Of all the courses and workshops you have attended, which one do you find most enlightening?

I find the praxis course conducted by Dr. May-Benson enlightening. There was so much in depth learning about the topic and it has benefitted me tremendously in my knowledge and clinical skills.

With whom would you like to spend a day so as to further your skills and knowledge as an occupational therapist?

 I would like to spend a day with Dr. May-Benson. Seeing her enthusiasm and passion truly inspires me. There’s so much to learn about her research and experiences as an occupational therapist.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I like to listen to music and play the piano. Playing the piano is a form of relaxation and enjoyment, and a nice conclusion to the end of a busy day.