Frequently Asked Questions

For more information on the DAS Main Literacy Programme, please contact us.


What is the DAS Main Literacy Programme?

The DAS Main Literacy Programme provides a comprehensive and quality curriculum to support dyslexic students facing literacy challenges. The curriculum integrates key essential learning components that are crucial in remediating students with learning difficulties. Depending on your child’s needs and progress, the following components may be covered in the curriculum:

  • Phonemic Awareness and Phonics. 
  • Reading Fluency
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Vocabulary
  • Writing

Why is my child referred to the DAS Main Literacy Programme?

Your child is referred to the DAS Main Literacy Programme because educators working with him/her have identified his/her needs for specialist literacy intervention.

Why must my child be assessed before starting DAS Main Literacy Programme lessons?

The diagnosis of dyslexia is determined through a psycho-educational assessment. During the assessment, information is gathered from interviews with you (parents / caregivers), feedback from teachers, testing of your child’s abilities, and behavioural observations. These will then be integrated and results discussed with you (parents / caregivers). The psycho-educational assessment provides useful information about your child’s strengths and needs, and provides greater insight into the nature and extent of the difficulties that your child may have. The assessment also helps to identify the learning needs of your child, so that appropriate intervention that is suitable for your child can be recommended.

MAP fees are also part subsidised by MOE and in order to be eligible for the subsidised rate, a diagnosis of dyslexia is required.

My child is already attending tuition, why should he attend DAS Main Literacy Programme?

MLP classes are exclusively for children diagnosed with dyslexia. Our Educational Therapists are specially trained to cater to the needs of dyslexic students. A dyslexic child is a quick learner and also a quick forgetter and learning by rote memory or practicing without using the right strategies will not help and might instead frustrate. 

No two dyslexic learners are alike, hence our lessons are not alike also. Each lesson is planned and delivered based on your child’s needs and aimed at the level of the learner. Our lessons are therefore:

Structured and sequential: we have a prescribed lesson plan that our Educational Therapists use to plan and conduct lessons. Elements of language is taught in bite-sized pieces to facilitate easy learning and also to ensure students are not overwhelmed with too much information at one go.

Each lesson comprises of phonics / morphology, language and vocabulary instruction, comprehension and / or writing, i.e a comprehensive literacy programme.

  • Cumulative: We start with the simple and move on to more complex and we revisit previously taught concepts to reinforce memory.
  • Simultaneous multisensory: Dyslexic learners learn best when the visual, auditory, kinaesthetic and tactile are employed all at once.
  • Emotionally sound: Many dyslexics have struggled with academics and may feel demotivated. We ensure that learning is structured for success so that they begin to feel confident about themselves as learners.

How much does an assessment cost?

An assessment (weekday) costs $856 (inclusive of GST). There is an additional, non-refundable, administrative fee of $53.50 (inclusive of GST) which will be charged for all referrals to the DAS Main Literacy Programme.

Is there any financial assistance available?

Yes, DAS offers bursaries to families to offset the cost of assessments and /or educational therapy. Please speak to the Customer Service Officer at 6444 5700 for more information.