WHO WE ARE

We are a team of professionals working together to provide the best possible service from identification of dyslexia and other learning differences and providing the most suited remediation for our students.  Our teachers are referred to as Educational Therapists because they go beyond delivering lessons,  they  design, implement and evaluate interventions catered to individual needs.  Our lessons are not mass produced but individually tailored.  

We work together to bring out the best in our children.  

  • Educational Therapists 
  • Psychologists 
  • Educational Advisors
  • Curriculum Specialists
  • EduTech representatives 

 

WHO WE CAN HELP

  • Singaporeans in mainstream school
  • Primary one to Secondary 5
  • Diagnosed with dyslexia

TRAINING OUR EDUCATIONAL THERAPISTS

 

All our Educational Therapists are graduates.

We place strong emphasis on training and we have a rigorous training programme in place for our Educational Therapists.  

The training programme provides theoretical and practical knowledge and skills.  They also have guided support under the supervision of an Educational Advisor.

We ensure that our Educational Therapists are led to the path of being skilled practitioners as well as critical thinkers and lifelong learners. Beyond initial training, we also provide ongoing professional development opportunities for our Educational Therapists to keep them up to date and relevant.

Who We Are Training our educational therapists

ANNUAL AUDITS ON EDUCATIONAL THERAPISTS

DAS Quality Assurance Framework and Quality Assurance Audits are significant for several reasons and have been implemented to meet the following requirements:

  • to satisfy our key stakeholders of the standards we promise and deliver as a part of our service
  • to motivate and promote good practices amongst staff
  • to provide a platform to recognise excellent staff performance and contribution, and ongoing, continuous dialogue (rather than a annual exercise)
  • to serve as a mechanism to improve training and support

 

All Educational Therapists are expected to do the following annually:

  • Create a professional e-portfolio and update it regularly with information about their professional development and new knowledge that they have acquired for the year
  • Receive competent status for their annual Quality Assurance lesson observation and documentation audit
  • Collaborative professional development through peer observation of colleagues – one as an observer and another as an observee
  • To clock in 50 hours of Continuing Professional Development per year – either through attending courses or through conducting a research and writing research papers

OUR EDUCATIONAL ADVISORS

 
Hani Zohra Muhamad

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Hani Zohra Muhamad is a Lead Educational Therapist and an Educational Advisor (EA). Hani joined the Dyslexia Association of Singapore in 2006 and has over the years been teaching and working with students with dyslexia and other co-morbidities such as ADHD and SLI. As an EA, Hani contributes to the mentoring and training of new educational therapists, as well as support colleagues with challenging students. Hani holds a Masters Degree in Education (Special Education) from Nanyang Tehcnological University (NIE-NTU), a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Management from University of London (UOL) and a Cambridge International Diploma for Teachers and Trainers (Dyslexia). Hani is also a member of the Register of Educational Therapist Asia (RETA).
 
Miranda Chng Geok Tin
 
Miranda Chng is a Senior Educational Therapist and Educational Advisor (EA).  She is also a member of the Register of Educational Therapists (ASIA).    As an EA, Miranda is involved in the training and mentoring of new educational therapists. Miranda has a Master of Business Administration (Macquarie University); a Post Graduate Certificate in Specific Learning Differences (Merit) (London Metropolitan University); and over 8 years of experience working with learners diagnosed with dyslexia.  Miranda was also a recipient of the MAP Educational Therapist of the Year Award (2015).
 
Sumathi D/O Krishna Kumar
 
Sumathi D/O Krishna Kumar is a Senior Educational Therapist and an Educational Advisor at the DAS. As an Educational Advisor, she contributes to the area of Staff Professional Development. Sumathi has a Postgraduate Certificate in Specific Learning Differences from the London Metropolitan University and has been active in the area of specialized educational services for over 6 years. Her recent research involved a collaboration with 2 colleagues in a study of a comparative analysis of 2 mentoring approaches at the DAS that was showcased at the BDA International Conference 2016. She is also a member of the Register of Educational Therapists(ASIA). She looks forward to and is excited about participating in future educational prospects.
 
Pratyusha Sridhar
 
Pratyusha Sridhar is a Senior Educational Therapist and an Educational Advisor (EA) with the Staff Professional Development Division at the DAS. Pratyusha has a Bachelor of Science (Hons.) Degree in Biomedical Science from the University of Bradford, a Postgraduate Certificate in Special Educational Needs from the University of Wales, Newport and over 4 and a half years of experience working with Dyslexic learners. She is also a member of the Register of Educational Therapists, Asia (RETA). As an EA, Pratyusha assists in the training (lecturing and mentoring) of new Educational Therapists (EdTs), conducts yearly Quality Assurance Audits and renders support to EdTs who have students with challenging literacy/behavioural needs. Her areas of interest include psychology and eastern philosophy.
 
Sharyfah Fitriya
 
Sharyfah holds a Master in Special Educational Needs  from University of South Wales, United Kingdom. She obtained her Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences at University of Queensland, Australia. Prior to joining DAS, she had worked with students with schizophrenia and mood disorder for a year. She has over 5 years experience in working with students with dyslexia. As an Educational Advisor, her present role focuses on training and mentoring programme to trainee Educational Therapists to ensure a seamless and consistent delivery in the quality of teaching at DAS.
 
Tarsheeni Tania Rajoo
 
Tarsheeni Tania Rajoo has been an Educational Therapist with the DAS since 2013 and an Associate Educational Advisor(AEA) since 2016.
Tarsheeni has a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, a Diploma in Business Management from Nanyang Polytechnic, a Specialist Diploma in Specific Learning Differences (SpLD) from the DAS Academy  and over 3 and a half years of experience working with dyslexic learners. She is also a member of the Register of Educational Therapists (ASIA).  As an AEA, Tarsheeni is involved in the mentoring and training of new Educational Therapists.
 
In 2015, she was awarded the MAP Educational Therapist of the year award.  Ms.Tarsheeni continues to aspire to help and provide quality service to dyslexic children and youths and assist them in developing their strengths and passion.
 
Tony Yap
 
After completing National Service (ROD) in June 1984, Tony started his very first school teaching experience as a Form Teacher of Primary 4C in Radin Mas Primary School. Then, he went to the Wichita State University, Kansas, USA, to earn an Intensive English Language Certificate (IELC). In the States, he continued to earn a BA in Economics in the University of Kansas, Lawrence, and an MBA in Oregon State University, Corvallis. He had earned a teaching experience  in Mayflower Secondary School and Fairfield Methodist Secondary School, in teaching the English Language and Algebra.  Then, he had an additional opportunity to teach General Paper in Anderson Junior College. Following that, he worked as a Purchasing & Administration Officer in Yeo Hong Construction And Engineering Pte Ltd for about 2 years, and then as an Administration Officer & Sales Coordinator in Hondeal Pte Ltd, before flying off to teach Economics and Business Mathematics at the Prince of Songkla University, Phuket Campus (5th Campus), in Thailand, as a University Lecturer, for two years.  Upon returning home to Singapore, he chanced upon the opportunity to teach in Jervois Special School (age 7-12), and Tanglin Special School (age 13-16) - Association for People with Special Needs (APSN), concurrently earning a Diploma in Special Education (DISE) in NIE, Singapore. His next employment was with Saint Clare School (International & Special Students), as a Teacher teaching the English Language and Elementary Mathematics (Grade 4 and 5) modelling the US syllabus. Thereafter, he worked for four years in Aldersgate Praise Center as a Student Care Teacher, with the title of a Specialist Coach, dealing with behavioral learning of mainstream primary-level students. Today, he has worked for 5 years in Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS), as a Learning Support Officer (LSO), an Education Therapist (EdT) and Associate Education Advisor (AEA). 

PARENTS AS PARTNERS

We place strong emphasis on engaging our parents as partner.  All our Educational Therapists contact parents on a monthly basis to update and discuss on their child’s progress.  This is done through monthly emails, phone calls, messages or face to face meetings.  As parents your inputs on your child matters to us!

 

CLIENT SATISFACTION SURVEY

PROGRESS MONITORING

Our students’ progress is monitored closely through bi-annual curriculum based assessments - MAPTrack - conducted by our Educational Therapists.   This close evaluation allows our Educational Therapists to make the informed and needful adjustments in their teaching to address the needs of the child.  Our lessons are not static it allows for flexibility to suit the varied needs of our dyslexic students.

 

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OUR COMMITMENT

Our difference – we start with your child and we work with his/her strengths and abilities and build their capabilities so that they have adequate skills to cope in school.

In order to fulfil our commitment to our students and parents, we ensure that we have a pool of well trained Educational Therapists conducting lessons to our students.

To quote the Rose Report, 2009 about teacher Quality :

"'The quality of an education system cannot exceed the quality of its teachers' is an obvious truth, which applies to the assessment and teaching of learners of any age who are dyslexic." (Rose, 2009, p.15).

At DAS we place strong emphasis on high quality intervention for our students.  High quality intervention can only take place if there is high quality training for our Educational Therapists.  Therefore, we invest heavily in training our Educational Therapists so that they can deliver quality remediation to all our students.    

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In 2014, the Manpower Research & Statistics Department released the "Employer Supported Training 2014” report. The report stated that 8 of 10 employers now provide structured training.  The national average training expenditure was $726 per trainee (or $410 per employee).  However, at the DAS,  our training expenditure was to $3,726 per trainee (and $3,487 per employee).

In terms of training expenditure as a percentage of employee payroll (comprising staff remuneration and employers’ CPF contribution), the national figure was 0.8% in 2014.  At the DAS the training expenditure was 5.71%.  

Our training expenditure is therefore 7 times the national average and this does not include the staff cost of Staff Professional Development  and the staff cost for various in-house OJT.