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It's about communication

We spend an afternoon with JurongHealth’s aspiring Speech Therapist and come away with more than we expected.

By Kevin Lim

Wan Xin’s youthful looks, petite size, and delightfully excited tone have us doing a double take.

Is this the 26-year-old Master of Science in Speech and Language Pathology student we were supposed to meet?

A Beacon of Sunshine
Indeed she is, and she greets us with a warm smile that instantly puts us in a good mood – something we soon learn is at the heart of her decision to become a Speech Therapist.

As it turns out, Wan Xin didn’t always aspire to be a Speech Therapist. Her first job was in the field of clinical research at a hospital. There, she would often work with many elderly stroke patients who had lost their ability to speak intelligibly.

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A Heart For Others

Each day, we go about our daily lives participating in a myriad of activities. However, for others, accomplishing these activities does not come so easily. We speak to Chua Kok Yeow, Senior Occupational Therapist at JurongHealth, to find out more about what he does to help those in need and what keeps him going.

By Yvette Tan

Amongst a maze of towering electrical machines and neatly lined rows of orthopaedic equipment sits Chua Kok Yeow. He settles comfortably into a nearby chair, evidently at ease with his familiar surroundings.

Decked out in an ordinary blue shirt and faded brown pants, Kok Yeow is anything but. Though seemingly quiet, Kok Yeow quickly launches into the conversation, exuding confidence with each word.

“My original plan was really to be a police officer. But when I attended a career exhibition, I discovered healthcare and the rest as they say, is history,” Kok Yeow says with a laugh.

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