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Adj Asst Prof Sylvia Choo Henn Tean

Adj Asst Prof Choo Henn Tean Sylvia

FAMS, MMed (Paeds), MBBS (Spore)

Senior Consultant

KK Women's and Children's Hospital

Specialty: Child Development, Neonatology

Conditions Treated by this Doctor:
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism, Autism (Child), Autistic Spectrum Disorder (Child), Learning, Behavioural and Developmental Problems, Speech and Language Disorders.

Clinical Appointments

  • Senior Consultant Department of Child Development KK Women's and Children's HospitalKK Women's and Children's Hospital


Dr Sylvia Choo Henn Tean is a paediatrician practising at the Department of Child Development, KK Women’s & Children’s Hospital, Singapore. Prior to this, she worked at the Department of Neonatal and Developmental Medicine at the Singapore General Hospital. She trained at the Centre for Community Child Health at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne in 2003. She was a member of a team that was awarded a Ministry of Health Team Fellowship in 2016, looking at integration and continuity of care for children presenting with developmental and behavioural issues, at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her interests are in family-centred care, working with parents including parent-mediated intervention, and the integration and right-siting of care and early intervention for children with developmental needs.


  • Sep 1993 MMed (Paediatrics)
  • 1983-1988 MBBS (Spore)
  • 2003 FAMS

Professional Appointments and Committee Memberships

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine
  • CS Lecturer, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicince, National University of Singapore
  • Senior Consultant, Department of Child Development, KKH, June 2009 - Current
  • Consultant, Department of Child Development, KKH, Oct 2003- May 2009
  • Consultant, Department of Neonatal & Developmental Med, SGH, Oct 2003 – Apr 2008
  • Consultant, Dept of Neonatology, SGH, Apr 2002 – Oct 2003
  • SGH Fellowship, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, 24 Mar - 9 Sep 2003
  • Member, Board of Governance, Rainbow Centre
  • Member, Advisory Panel, Kindle Garden Inclusive Preschool, AWWA
  • Member, Neurodevelopmental & Behavioural Paediatric Society of Australasia
  • Member, Singapore Paediatric Society


  • Ministry of Health (MOH) Health Manpower and Development Programme (HMDP) Team Award, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute USA, 2016
  • National Medical Excellence Awards - Clinical Excellence Team Award (Development Support Programme), 2015
  • SingHealth Excellence Awards 2015 (Distinguished Team Award) (Development Support Programme), 2015
  • 9th Healthcare Quality Improvement Conference Award (Autism Track Clinic), 2012
  • 5th SingHealth Allied Health Innovative Practice Award (Team, Mission I’mPossible), 2012
  • 8th Healthcare Quality Improvement Conference Award (Mission I’mPossible), 2011
  • SGH Fellowship (Neonatology & Developmental Paediatrics) Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, Australia, 1998

Research Interests

  • Preschool children presenting with behavioural problems
  • Follow up of children


  • “Implementation of an Early Childhood Prevention Program from a Health Care to Community-Based Setting in Singapore: Lessons from ‘Mission I’mPossible’.” Chapter 24, The Cambridge Handbook of International Prevention Science. Editors: M Israelashvili , J Romano.
  • S Choo. Assessment of Activities of Daily Living in Infants and Children with Developmental Disabilities. Singapore Family Physician 2014; 40(4): 50-54.
  • S Choo. Recognising Children with Developmental Delays: A Strategy for Surveillance.” Singapore Family Physician 2014; 40(2): 18-33.
  • HC Koh, SH Lim, GJ Chan, MB Lin, HH Lim, SH Choo, I Magiati. The clinical utility of the modified checklist for autism in toddlers with high risk 18-48 month old children in Singapore. Journal of Autism & Developmental Disorders 2014; 44(2): 405-16.
  • “Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Children with Special Needs”. Chapter 21, Rainbow Dreams – A Holistic Approach to Helping Children with Special Needs – Third edition. Editors: J Tham et al.
  • WH Chong, W Goh, HN Tang, WP Chan, S Choo. Service Practice Evaluation of the Early Intervention Programs for Infants and Young Children in Singapore. Children’s Health Care 2012; 41: 281-301.
  • WB Lian, SKY Ho, SHT Choo, VA Shah, DKL Chan, CL Yeo, LY Ho. Children with developmental and behavioural concerns in Singapore”. Singapore Medical Journal 2012; 53(7): 439-445.
  • S Choo, “Assessment of Activities of Daily Living in Children and Infants with Developmental Disabilities.” The Singapore Family Physician 2012; 38(2): 16-20.
  • HN Tang, WH Chong, W Goh, WP Chan, S Choo. Evaluation of family-centred practices in the early intervention programmes for infants and young children in Singapore with Measure of Processes of Care for Service Providers and Measure of Beliefs about Participation in Family-Centred Service. Child: Care, Health and Development 2012; 38(1): 54-60.
  • Study to Establish the Baseline of the Early Intervention Programme for Infants and Children. NCSS & KKH DCD, 2010.
  • Member, Editorial Committee, Clinical Practice Guideline on “Autism Spectrum Disorders in Pre-School Children”, AMS-MOH. Mar 2010.
  • WB Lian, S Ho, SHT Choo, DKL Chan, CL Yeo, LY Ho. “Pre-school Teachers’ Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices on Childhood Developmental and Behavioural Disorders.” Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health 2008; 44: 187-194.
  • S Choo. “Assessment of Activities of Daily Living in Children and Infants with Developmental Disabilities.” The Singapore Family Physician 2007; 33(3) (suppl): Unit 6.
  • S Choo, SH Teo, M Tan, MH Yong, LY Ho. “Tissue-limited Mosaicism in Pallister-Killian Syndrome - A Case in Point.” Journal of Perinatology 2002; 22: 420-423.
  • CL Yeo, S Choo, LY Ho. “Effect of recombinant human erythropoietin on transfusion needs in preterm infants.” Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health 2001; 37: 352-358.
  • DKL Chan, MSF Lim, SHT Choo, IK Tan. “Vitamin E Status of Infants at Birth.” Journal of Perinatal Medicine 1999; 27(5): 395-398.
  • CL Yeo, S Choo, LY Ho. “Chronic Lung Disease in VLBW Infants - A 5 year Review.” Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health 1997; 33: 102-106.

Research Trials