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Dr Quek received her undergraduate medical training at University College London (University of London) and graduated in 1999, with awards in genetics, physiology, pathology, pharmacology and overall performance. Returning to Singapore in 2000,she entered the post-graduate training programme in Paediatrics at the National University Hospital, Singapore and passed the Singapore and British examinations in Pediatrics in 2003.
Dr. Roby (Rosebeth) Marcou is an American trained and Board Certified Pediatrician with a subspecialty certification in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. Dr. Marcou received her undergraduate education at MIT and attended University of Pennsylvania Medical School. She completed Pediatric training at the Stanford University Hospitals and did subspecialty training at Children’s Hospital of Boston.
‘Dr Roby no longer accepts new clients due to her full patient list’
Dr. Alicia Pon has been a child psychotherapist and social worker for over 20 years. Her training is in General Psychology, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Play Therapy, Sandplay Therapy, Somatic Experiencing®, Grief Counseling and Social Work. Dr. Pon’s experiences and specializations include divorce & separation, grief & loss, complex trauma, adoption & attachment, developmental stresses, and parent-child relationship.
Dr. Pon spent 16 years in Hong Kong, serving children and their families through her private practice group. Dr. Pon was also on staff and served as an Honorary Assistant Professor with the University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Shue Yan University. She lectured and supervised undergraduate and post graduate students in the areas of counseling and psychotherapy, grief and loss, child and adolescent mental health, play therapy and social work. In addition, Dr. Pon has been highly involved in the research on Somatic Work, Psycho-oncology, Play Therapy and End of Life in the University department.
In 2017, Dr. Pon relocated to Singapore. She serves as a Senior Lecturer with the National University of Singapore, she lectures on child and adolescent social work, counseling, play therapy and sandtray therapy. Dr. Pon also provides consultation services to support children and their families who have to deal with complex trauma, grief & loss, and death and dying issues.
In the area of play therapy, Dr. Pon is a Registered Play Therapy – Supervisor (RPT-S: S1618) for both the Association of Play Therapy (US) and Play Therapy International (HK). Dr. Pon is also an Approved Play Therapy Provider (APT Provider: 10-279). Her training specializations include Foundations and Intermediate of Play Therapy, Somatic Play Therapy, Play Therapy with bereaved children, Child Centered Play Therapy, Creative Activities in Counseling, and Supervision using Creative Approaches.
Ms Balkish Binte Mohamed Noor and Ms Suzana Binte Mohamed Noor have been working with us for many years. They are unfailingly patient and helpful in working with parents and families. As mothers themselves, they understand the strong feelings of parents who want to understand and support their children.
They will liaise with parents for all routine concerns related to scheduling, evaluation processes, medication refills, paperwork and billing. They will arrange all appointments with school personnel where a classroom observation is indicated and will work with parents to schedule appointments with other physicians or consultants as needed. They will liaise with Dr. Marcou/ Dr Quek about any questions related to scheduling and need for review. If they request additional paperwork or information, it is a part of the process of individualizing the care for your child or adolescent. If appropriate, they will ensure that you contact Dr. Marcou/ Dr Quek directly.
A Developmental Pediatric Consultation is a medical evaluation of a child, teen, or young adult for emotional, behavioral, neurological or developmental concerns.
Consultations include diagnostic assessments, treatment planning, and monitoring of a patient’s progress.
We practice Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics exclusively. We do not replace your regular Pediatrician and we do not provide general Paediatric services (immunizations, sick visits, etc).
We will address the specific developmental and behavioral problems which are a concern. We will communicate with your regular doctor and any involved specialists as needed.
A Developmental and Behavioural Paediatrician specializes in the treatment of emotional, behavioural, and neuro-developmental problems in children and adolescents.
It is a physician who has sub-specialty certification in Developmental and Behavioural Paediatrics, in addition to general paediatrics.
There is overlap in the services provided by a Developmental and Behavioural Paediatrician, a Child Neurologist and a Child Psychiatrist. All three specialists treat some of the same populations of children, for example Autism, ADHD, developmental delays, and undiagnosed disruptions in development or.
However there are exceptions to some of the children each specialists treats, and there are differences in their clinical approaches. In some cases two or even all three sub specialists may form the best treatment team for a particular patient depending upon the problem. Children with brain , seizures, or primary neurological conditions should be treated by a Child Neurologist. Children with symptoms of schizophrenia, psychosis, bipolar disorder or major depressive illness should have the input of a Child Psychiatrist.
However, in many of the developmental problems of childhood and adolescence such as ADHD, learning disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Developmental Delay, Genetic Syndromes, Anxiety, Depression, OCD, Language Disorders, Disruptive Behaviors, and abnormal behaviors a Developmental and Behavioural Pediatrician is able to treat the child and family without the input of other specialists.
What many families enjoy about Developmental and Behavioural Pediatricians is the extensive foundation in Paediatrics gives the physician a strong basis for understanding the developmental and dynamic nature of many problems of childhood. Additionally, the therapeutic interventions recommended are broad, encompassing a wide variety of treatments and disciplines with medication being only one component.
Any child from birth to young adulthood, who is not developing typically, who is diagnosed with a specific neurological or psychological problem, or who is experiencing emotional, behavioural, or learning problems is appropriate for a consultation.
In some cases a child may not have a specific diagnosis, but the parents are just worried about the child and need help understanding if there is a real problem or if the concern is within normal limits.
Children or adolescents who are actively suicidal, require a psychiatric hospitalization, have a history of multiple prior psychiatric hospitalizations, or are experiencing seizures should be seen by an appropriate sub specialist.
We do not treat substance abuse or eating disorders both of which require highly specialized multi-disciplinary treatment centers. We can give you referral information upon request.
Initial appointments for new patients may consist of a single visit called a Treatment Consultation or a series of visits consisting of an Initial Consultation, Child Evaluation and Feedback visit. The type of visit depends upon whether the child has had any prior evaluations. Additionally, younger children and toddlers are typically seen in a Treatment consultation with their parents. Established patients receiving medication management can expect 30-60 minute Follow-Up Visits every three to four months. Some patients may need to be seen more or less frequently. Additional appointments are made as needed on an individualized basis.
Phone consultations are available for parents who need extended telephone time or are unable to schedule an office visit. These sessions cannot substitute for face to face visits with your child on a regular basis, but may occasionally take the place of an office visit.
School Visits are available depending upon the school’s location. You can contact our office directly for more information.
The developmental paediatric consultation is an attempt to help parents “fill in the gaps” in the medical care of their children with developmental, behavioural and learning difficulties.
We will help families determine if assessments are complete and thorough. We will make specific recommendations for further evaluations only if they are truly needed. We will also help to insure that no underlying problems have been overlooked.
We are also available for ongoing support as new challenges arise and to monitor a child’s progress.
Our consultations always include the process of helping to uncover the strengths and resources of each and every individual regardless of the underlying concerns. Parents may have lost the ability to see their child’s unique strengths and assets. Sometimes this is due to the negative impact a child may have on the entire family system, making life a daily challenge.
It can also be due to a history of diagnostic work ups that have focused exclusively on a child’s deficits. If we are not looking for a child’s positive qualities they may remain hidden from view.