Dr. Shamini Logannathan
Principal Occupational Therapist
Post Prof Doctor of Occupational Therapy (PP-OTD)
(Boston University, Sargent College)
BSc Occupational Therapy (Honours)
(Coventry University, United Kingdom)
Diploma in Occupational Therapy
(Nanyang Polytechnic Singapore)
Shamini is an AHPC-registered Occupational Therapist who graduated with a Diploma in Occupational Therapy from Nanyang Polytechnic (Singapore). Subsequently, she went on to pursue her degree conversion with Coventry University, United Kingdom and clinched both first class honours degree and Student of the Year 2013/2014 award. Currently, Shamini is pursuing her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy with Boston University, USA. She is also a registered member of Singapore Association of Occupational Therapists (SAOT) and American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).
Shamini’s passion towards working with children started during her field placements where she had the exposure to work in pediatric outpatient clinics and community school placement for children with autism in Penang. She has 5 years of clinical experience in working with children aged 0 to 18 years old with varied needs and diagnosis such as premature infants, developmental delays, ASD, ADHD, genetic disorders, physical and neurological impairments, dyspraxia, motor coordination difficulties and, attention and behavioural issues. She also took lead and conducted music and movement group therapy sessions in her previous work setting. She was also sponsored by Coventry University to complete one-month internship with Cerebral Palsy Lanka Foundation in Sri Lanka. Shamini also has experience working with gynaecological patients in acute clinical setting in Singapore.
Shamini has experience with liaising and working with school teachers and allied educators in Singapore mainstream school to facilitate children with special needs to integrate better in their classroom. Her passion towards promoting inclusive classroom allowed her to gain the opportunity to initiate and lead a school-based initiative in her previous work setting. In addition, she also has immense interest in research which drove her to develop an evidence-based music and movement programme that was presented at the National Occupational Therapy Conference (NOTC), Singapore and published in Specialist Section of Children, Young People and Families, College of Occupational Therapists (UK). She also had the opportunity to present a poster on classroom attention and on-task conceptual model at College of Occupational Therapists (COT) Brighton conference in 2015.
Having worked with diverse client groups, Shamini has learned to apply varied evidence-based theories, conceptual models and approaches that best suits her client’s needs. Being a strong believer of client-centeredness, she believes in the dynamics of working with both children and their caregivers to address an issue. Holding a Diploma in Indian Classical Dance (Bharatanatyam) and having years of experience in the dance field, Shamini also looks forth in applying music and movements, dance and expressive arts as part of intervention in her sessions.
When she is not working, she is actively engaged in serving the less fortunate and needy individuals in developing countries, engaging in craft activities or choreographing dance with her friends.