I was born and raised in Malaysia, in a town named Kuching (aka The Cat City) and I started learning about human psychology at a young age from growing up in a traditional Chinese family of 47 members.
In 1999, I discovered autism through someone who had undiagnosed Asperger’s Syndrome and was immediately intrigued. Four years later at a psychology conference in New Zealand, I met with Professor Tony Attwood and raised my interest about autism with him. He later took me on as his protégé (Tony’s words).
My clinical skills with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) focussed in 2005 when I commenced work with Professor Tony Attwood and Dr Michelle Garnett at the Minds and Hearts clinic in Brisbane. I now enjoy being a psychotherapist, diagnostician, consultant, advocate, clinical supervisor, mentor and presenter in the field. Through these roles, I have had opportunities to work with and learn from thousands of individuals with ASD aged from below one to eighty years!
In addition to my clinical work, I am pioneering research on parenthood and couplehood of adults with ASD.
In recent years, I have been invited to speak and conduct training in various countries to promote knowledge and attitude towards ASD. Being fluent in both English and Mandarin, many countries have effectively benefitted from my presentations.
In my free time I enjoy painting, singing, cooking, decorating, swimming and hibernating. My favourite activity, however, is being silly with my little nephews and nieces.