Dear SENIA-Beijing,

  Welcome to the 2020 -2021 academic year.   We warmly welcome all teachers, specialist, parents, and community members.  I would firstly like to extend extreme gratitude once again to the previous board members for all they have done and accomplished in making SENIA-Beijing what it is today.  This leads into the first items I would like to share, our mission and vision from our parent organization.

  Mission: The Special Education Network Inclusion Association (SENIA) is an association of educators, professionals, and parents whose mission is to advocate for and provide resources/supports for differently abled individuals.

  Vision: To live in an inclusive world where every individual is supported, resources are accessible, potential is maximized, and action is inspired.

With that being said, I would like to introduce you to the current board with their positions:

  • James Rupasinha, Secretary and External Expertise Chair
  • Faith Peik Hwa Ng, Marketing Chair
  • Petra Zerovnik, Membership Chair
  • Janice Bareng-Pineda, Event Chair
  • Juliane Karlsson, Media Chair
  • Gerald Anthony, Chairman

  In the upcoming year, the SENIA-Beijing board has many things in store its members.  This will be a year of enrichment of previous resources as well as a few firsts. Our communication platforms such as our website and WeChat group will be upgraded.  Our external outreach has also enhanced with a dedicated Marketing Chair.  The external expertise directory is now available in several formats with the most up to date listings and tips on how to select the appropriate specialist. The final thing I will mention for now is in the community we will continue to develop meaningful partnerships with our local counterparts through the Local Integration of Needs and Knowledge (L.I.N.K) program.

  The Board also will have serval first this year. SENIA-Beijing will be involved in its first ever virtual Fall Conference. In preparations leading up to the conference,  there will be a call for workshop presenters and a call to the community organizations who wish to be one of the conference sponsors. If you are interested in either of these opportunities, please connect with us through our communication platforms to receive information on this great professional development and networking opportunity.

In these seasons of change, we hope everyone is well and in good health. We look forward to our future cooperation and communication.  Have a great year!


Dr. Gerald Anthony

Chairman, On Behalf of the SENIA-Beijing Board

Dr. Gerald W. Anthony

Dr. Gerald W. Anthony


Dr. Gerald W. Anthony has been in China since 2002, working as an educator and counselor. He has a doctorate degree in counseling, K-12 educational leadership certification, and a wide range of experiences in the areas of CBT, autism, and language.

Gerald brings over 18-years of education and leadership experience to the SENIA-Beijing board. Currently he serves as Chair of SENIA-Beijing and in the past served as the Co-Chair of Membership and Local Liaison for SENIA-Beijing.

Petra Zerovnik

Petra Zerovnik

Membership Chair

Petra Zerovnik, originally, from Slovenia, has studied, lived, and worked overseas for over 26 years. She has been an English Language Acquisition and Special Education teacher and Department Leader in the USA, Austria, Belgium, and now in China. She enjoys spending time and traveling with her family learning about various cultures, reading, theatre, movies, swimming and skiing. She earned her Master’s in Education and has over 10 years of experience with the IB PYP, MYP, and DP programs. She is an avid advocate for inclusion and equal opportunities for all students.

Juliane Karlsson

Juliane Karlsson

Media Chair

Juliane Karlsson has worked over 20 years in education. Her passion for developing better strategies to promote inclusive environments crosses both public and private spaces. She has a degree in education and masters in socio-psychology.

As a teacher, she collaborated in the creation of public policies for schools, courses for child counsellors across the Amazon, and also acts as special needs professional. Her book narrates the children perspective of participation at school. Nowadays, she is the media coordinator of the SENIA-Beijing and is the editor of its newsletter.

Janice Bareng-Pineda

Janice Bareng-Pineda

Event Chair

Janice Bareng-Pineda is a Learning Support teacher/coordinator at Harrow School Beijing for eight years up to the present. Even before she joined Harrow, she had supported students with special needs. She believes that all students, with different abilities or background, should be included in a nurturing and understanding learning environment.

She graduated with AB English (Language and Literature) then she garnered education units for a teaching license, certified in Special Education and PGCEi from the University of Nottingham, UK.

James Rupasinha

James Rupasinha

External Expertise Chair & Secretary

James Rupasinha is an educational and child psychologist, who is continually inspired by the patience and dedication he observes in his teaching and counselling colleagues. His background is with the British government, evaluating schools‘ provision for under-achieving students and those with high-level safeguarding needs. In and out of China since 2007, James has been with Harrow Beijing since 2016 and he has over a decade’s worth of experience in building capacity and resilience within Chinese and British schools.

Faith Peik Hwa Ng

Faith Peik Hwa Ng

Marketing Chair

Faith Peik Hwa Ng is a consultant trainer and clinical supervisor in APAC (education, health and social care). Specialized in child speech, language, communication and feeding development (0-21 years). Experienced in bilingual English-Mandarin evaluation and therapy, telespeech consultation, parent coaching and teacher training accreditation. Competent in business strategy, evidence-based practice and family-centered care.

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Special Education Network and Inclusion Association(SENIA)-Beijing brings you to what’s happening around to keep you updated on upcoming events, conferences, seminars/webinars and workshops this year!

SENIA Events

Come visit SENIA-Beijing at the Jing Kids International School Expo Beijing

April 17, 2021, 10am – 5:30pm.  Scan the QR code below for details.


February 1-28, 2021


Hosted By SENIA-Beijing

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December 4-6, 2020


Hosted By Chadwick International School, Incheon, South Korea


SENIA is virtual, so let’s use this opportunity to bridge the gap between general education and special education.This year’s conference brings together experts in the fields of Behavior, Communication, English as an Additional Language, Inclusion, and Executive Functions. Excited about this conference, but worried you won’t be able to network? Have no fear. Local chapters are currently planning Watch Parties and other events where you can meet in person.For those of us who are strictly virtual, join an interest-based virtual “Meet-Up.”  Or create one on your own.Let’s build bridges with our colleagues and come together for the benefit of all our students.

Register here:

SENIA Partner Events



ADDitude ADHD Expert Webinars

FREE Webinars here

ADDitude Webinar Replays

Upcoming conferences in October and 2021


Oct 1-3, 2020

Jan 28-30, 2021

April 22-24, 2021


Editor: Media Chair, Juliane Karlsson

The SENIA-Beijing Newsletter February 2021 is out! See the latest happenings, upcoming events, book reviews, etc. via the link below.



Official Host and Sponsor

REGISTRATION IS OPENED! Scan the QR code or click here to redeem your free entry.

Official Sponsor

Pre-Conference, April 22, 2021 4:30pm – 6:30pm

The Kids We Lose

Join us online or in person for a viewing and discussion of THE KIDS WE LOSE.

While the event is free, please kindly consider a donation to support this cause.

(Event details will be sent to those that register)

April 23, 9am – 4:15pm – Conference Agenda

8 – 9 am Registration

9 am Opening Comments

9:15 – 10:15am Keynote – Positive Education

10:15 – 10:30am Morning Break

10:30 – 11:15 Best Buddies International

11:15 – 12:10 Workshops Group A

  • Reigniting Learning for All, Through Effective Intervention
  • Leveraging the Support Network

12:15 – 13:00 Lunch and Network (Sponsored by Harrow International School Beijing)

13:00 – 13:55 Workshops Group B

  • Impacts of the Vestibular System on a Child’s Development 前庭系统对孩子的发育影响 (中英文)
  • Music In Mental Health: “Does Music Help with Emotional and Behavioral Problems with Kids and Teens?”

14:00 – 14:55 Workshops Group C

  • Inclusive Classrooms: Examples of Excellent Practice in Supporting SEND Learners in Mainstream Classrooms
  • Autism Partnership Method and the Journey of Children with ASD

15:00 – 15:55 Job Alike Sessions

16:00 – 16:15 Closing Remarks

Scholarships and Awards

Do you know an outstanding student or professional that has made a lasting impact in the area of inclusion? Nominate them for the SENIA Student Award or SENIA World Changer Award. Click here to find out more and apply.

Featured Presentations


This conference is free to all SENIA-Beijing members.  In order to keep future conferences and resources free, please consider making a tax-deductible donation.  Contact the SENIA-Board at for details.


Official Conference Sponsor

Harrow International School Beijing

Official Host and Sponsor

Jill Stanbury

Presenter Bio: Jill Stansbury is a trainer based out of Bellingham, WA, USA. For most of her 25-year career, she has worked in American and Chinese public and independent schools with young people (ages 2-18) and their families as a teacher, school administrator, and coach. She is certified by the Positive Discipline Association as a trainer in Teaching Parenting the Positive Discipline Way, Positive Discipline for Early Childhood Educators, and Positive Discipline in the Classroom. In addition, she holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from DePaul University in Chicago, IL, USA. She is fascinated by the ways that neurology impacts communication. In addition, she finds thinking about families as the basic building block of culture and schools as places where young people are acculturated to be powerful frames to use in exploring Positive Discipline. These lenses provide views of ways to make families, schools, and subsequently cultures places that work for us all!

Presentation: Positive Education

Presentation Description:  Using Positive Discipline for Educators

Gustavo Soriano

Presenter Bio: Gustavo Soriano is the Senior Director of International Programs at Best Buddies International. In this role, he combines his unique blend of non-profit and international management experience to oversee the organization’s programs abroad, encompassing over 57 countries across six continents of the world. Mr. Soriano has been in charge of the organization’s geographical expansion outside of the United States and the global development of their supported employment program. Best Buddies Jobs secures employment for hundreds of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, which brings diversity to the workforce of many local and multinational companies around the globe.

Presentation: Best Buddies International

Presentation Description:  Introduction of Best Buddies International and Its Impact in the Local Community

Mark Duff

Presenter Bio: A native of Ireland, Mark Duff is a class teacher and PGCEi mentor at Harrow, Beijing, China. Over the past decade, Mark has taught within the public and private sector internationally. He is an experienced educational professional, who has a vast range of experience working in Primary, SEND, and Local Authority settings. For Greenwich children services UK, Mark played a key role in the development of a new center of excellence for children with additional needs. At the heart of his educational vision is achievement through inclusivity. Mark is currently completing his Master’s in International Education at Bath University. He is delighted to attend SENIA, Beijing spring conference 2021.

Presentation: Reigniting Learning for All – Through Effective Intervention

Presentation Description:  Intervention strategies to effectively reignite learning for everyone.

Stephenie Lee

Presenter Bio: Stephenie Lee is the founder of Beacon Learning, an organization that supports families in China to unleash the potential of their children by understanding and remediating the sensory-motor, cognitive processing, and executive functioning foundations of learning. With over 10 years of experience in teaching, curricular development, teacher training, and education technology, Stephenie has impacted over 2000 families in North America and Asia Pacific with programs such as HANDLE, iLs, Bal-A-Vis-X, LEAP, Lindamood Bell, Pivotal Response Training, and SocialThinking. She co-developed LEAP, a cognitive skills training program that was integrated into Summit Public Schools with the support of the Gates Foundation, and holds a patent for vestibular stimulation hardware. In her spare time, she loves to make up lyrics to songs, run, explore vegetarian recipes, and play with her rescue puppies!

Presentation: Leveraging the Support Network- Seeking Alignment Between Stakeholders

Presentation Description:  Discussion on best strategies to leverage the alignment between the stakeholders in a student’s support network.

Hu Dai

Presenter Bio: Hu Dai graduated from Kunming Medical University with a five-year degree in clinical medicine, and received his master degree in occupational therapy from Queen Margaret University in the United Kingdom.  He is an experienced Occupational Therapist, SIPT certified, completed more than 10 international certifications such as therapeutic listening, Astronaut Training certifications etc..He works with a team of occupational therapists and speech language pathologists in his practice and has clinical experience with individual who carry a diagnosis on the Autism Spectrum, ADHD,Sensory Processing Disorder, Dyslexia/ Learning Disabilities etc..As the Chair of the Sensory Integration Special Interest Section of Chinese Occupational Therapy Association, he introduced CLASI training, Therapeutic Listening, Astronaut Training ,Sensory Babies and other globally well-known programs to China. Mr.HU published several articles in overseas journals and participated in the compilation of many domestic occupational therapy textbooks. He has presented and lectured at conferences/workshops in a variety of settings across China on topics related to sensory integrations in children.

Presentation: Impacts of the Vestibular System on Child’s Development   前庭系统对孩子的发育影响 (中英文)

Presentation Description:  Exploration on how the vestibular system impacts children’s development.

Heng Wei Moh

Presenter Bio: Heng Wei is a certified Music Therapist and music educator in Malaysia, following her training in Berklee College of Music, Boston USA. Her passion is for people and their achievements through different goals and methods, which result in the betterment of lifestyle and the people around them. She works with children and adults with different needs and abilities. Using goal oriented methods, she educates teachers and tailors therapy to various areas of lifestyle, goals achievement and skills development. She believes that the therapist and educator in her are not created by accident, but instead by a culmination of education, skills, experiences and influential people over the years. She is passionate about helping people to achieve more in their lives and the lives of people around them.

Presentation: Music In Mental Health: “Does Music Help with Emotional and Behavioral Problems with Kids and Teens?”

Presentation Description:  Discussion on influence of music with teenager’s emotional and behavioral responses.

Carl Lewis

Presenter Bio: Carl Lewis (BA Hons, MA, NPQSL, NASENCO) is Whole School Director of Learning Support at Harrow Beijing, leading a team of highly-skilled and highly-committed Learning Support practitioners throughout the age ranges of Pre-School to Year 13. Carl’s passions lie in the development of the whole child, and supporting students with broad and unique learning profiles to achieve their own personal best; this is best embodied by his commitment to upskilling teachers and supporting them with evidence-informed pedagogy to support learners most effectively. Prior to his role in China, Carl worked in UK schools for almost a decade, leading successful curriculum faculties and championing whole school initiatives in assessment for learning, oracy and developing a culture of quality first teaching and inclusive provision.

Presentation: Inclusive Classrooms: Examples of Excellent Practice in Supporting SEND Learners in Mainstream Classrooms

Presentation Description:  SENIA delegates to engage in meaningful discussion surrounding excellent classroom practice in the personalization and differentiation of learning for students with SEND. This break-out group will focus on the challenges practitioners faces in providing high-levels of support for SEND learners within mainstream and inclusive classrooms. It is hoped that colleagues will leave this session armed with some strategies to enhance their own pedagogy and practice.

Toby Mountjoy

Presenter Bio: Mr. Toby Mountjoy is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and holds a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis. With over 25 years of experience working with individuals with ASD, he has been extensively trained by Dr. Ronald Leaf, Dr. Mitchell Taubman and Dr. John McEachin. Besides overseeing the Autism Partnership operation in Hong Kong, Korea, Philippines, Singapore, Kuwait and Beijing, with over 230 staff, including psychologists, consultants and therapists, he has also provided consultations to school districts, agencies, and families worldwide. Mr. Mountjoy has also contributed chapters to publications such as “Sense & Nonsense” and “It’s Time for School”. In 2007, he founded the charitable Autism Partnership Foundation and Aoi Pui School to offer more services for children with Autism.

Presentation: Autism Partnership Method and the Journey of Children with ASD

Presentation Description:  Many Children with autism have the potential to make great gains with early intensive intervention. Mr. Toby Mountjoy, the director of Autism Partnership, will introduce AP’s unique style of ABA, the Autism Partnership Method. In his presentation, Mr. Mountjoy will show in depth videos and share his analysis of a 5-day jumpstart program. The audience will see the child on the first day and then see how we develop programs and curriculum. Insights on priorities and therapy style will also be given.

SENIA Awards and Scholarships

Do you know someone who has made a meaningful impact in the area of inclusion or special needs?  Nominate a friend, colleague, or student.  Learn more at our SENIA Awards and Scholarship Page.




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