The Founder



Mrs Sharul Nakhoda

Managing Director, Senior Clinical Psychologist

Mrs Sharul Nakhoda is the Managing Director of BICC. She earned her Bachelor's from Acadia University, Canada and Master's degree from National University of Singapore in Psychology.

She is currently researching in the field of communication and developmental of speech and language disorders for children. Her areas of expertise are Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Speech and Language Disorders and Research Methods. She has been working with children with Autism and Developmental of Speech and Language Disorders for 15 years (i.e., 1992 to present).

She joined The National University of Singapore (NUS) in 1992 as a Research Assistant in the Department of Social Work and Psychology. She researched and worked with clinician Dr Vera Bernard Opitz on children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and children with Speech and Language Disorders in the Autism Research department at NUS. Her job responsibilities included conducting research work in preschools and clinical settings to improve production of speech and language, to enhance social problem-solving and vocal imitation with children with ASD and preschoolers and to investigate into the epidemiology of autism in Singapore.

In the seven years (1992 - 1998) that Mrs Sharul Nakhoda has been involved in research work, the Department published three of her research papers on ASD. Her principle responsibilities were to assess intelligence quotient of children with ASD and PDD using norm-referenced assessment tools; to assist in the diagnosis of children with ASD with a senior clinical psychologist; to write psychological reports; to set program development for children with ASD; and to counsel the ASD children's families.

Mrs Sharul Nakhoda has been working in both professional and voluntary capacities helping children with Developmental Speech and Language, Autistic Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD), children with Communication Disorders and children with Developmental Dyspraxia of Speech for some 15 years. In the area of Research work, she has been and is still actively focusing on the areas of Language & Speech Disorders, Pragmatic Language, Social Skills and Theory of Mind of children with ASD and PDD. She is an established and experienced professional working with such children since 1992.

Mrs Sharul Nakhoda started her own private practice, Behavior Intervention Program in 1998. In 2007, her private practice was renamed Behavior Intervention Center for Children (BICC) with communication, speech and language disorders, and has been applying the Analysis of Verbal Behavior and Behavior Modification methods on these children as part of the treatment at the center. The Analysis of Verbal Behavior approach focuses on teaching specific components of Pragmatic Language (e.g. mands, tact, intraverbals and recast). The Applied Behavioral Analysis approach focuses on developing production of speech and funcitonal skills. The BICC has consistently provided high quality services to children with Special Needs, with the objectives of helping these children to assimilate into mainstream education and to provide counselling to their family members.

Since 1992, Mrs Sharul Nakhoda has been extensively involved in rendering the below-mentioned services:

  • Comprehensive Diagnostic Profile

  • Comprehensive Psychological Assessment

  • One-on-One Therapy

  • Consultation and Screening for Child

To view the complete Curriculum Vitae of Mrs Sharul Nakhoda, please click here.