BENEFITS OF AN ASSESSMENT

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Who Can Come For an Assessment?

The DAS Psychologists are able to provide psycho-educational assessments for students (primary to tertiary), as well as school-readiness assessments for preschoolers. Assessments and consultation are also available for adults with concerns.

What Do We Assess For?

The DAS offers a range of psychological assessments that may help to address your concerns with regard to education, attention and social skills. The difficulties that may be investigated include:

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ELIGIBILITY

We are able to assess students (primary to tertiary) as well as provide school readiness assessments for preschoolers. Assessments and consultations are available for adults with concerns.

FEES

The cost of assessments ranges from S$800 to S$2800 depending on

  1. Areas of investigation
  2. Qualifications of psychologists 
  3. Type of service (fast-tracked vs standard)
  4. Financial Assistance (Bursaries) available for qualifying students 

 

The cost of S$800 to S$2800 does not include GST and non-refundable admin fee of $53.50.

Examples

John is a 14-year-old student. His parents referred him to the DAS as they were concerned with his difficulties in reading and spelling. They and his teachers did not report any other difficulties. An assessment of dyslexia, which costs $800, is proposed. However, as his parents require the assessment and report to be done within 3 weeks, an additional premium price is added and the cost is $1600.
Peter’s parents referred him to the DAS as they were concerned with his difficulties in reading and spelling, as well as his difficulties in staying seated and paying attention. An assessment of dyslexia and ADHD, which costs $1400 was proposed, and his parents were in agreement. The assessment officer proceeded to arrange for an assessment with a Senior Specialist Psychologist.
 

Bursary Available

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Fast-tracked VS Standard

Our current average wait time is approximately *^12 to 16 weeks. However, if you require an urgent assessment, youmay want to consider our Fast-Tracked assessment service that is offered to clients who request for the assessments and/or reports to be expedited (processed within 80% of current wait time). The service can be activated immediately upon receipt of completed Main Application Form**. 
You can contact us at 6444 5700 for more information about this.
 
* The average waiting time will vary from period to period as the DAS receives referrals from our clients on a daily basis.
^ Waiting time updated as of 1st September 2017.
** This applies where no additional information/documents are required, barring the discovery of additional pertinent information during the course of the assessment.

 

PROFILE OF PSYCHOLOGISTS

Specialist Psychologist

The Specialist Psychologist has a first degree in Psychology and his/her work is supervised by a Registered Psychologist. He/She is trained to assess for dyslexia at the DAS.

Senior Specialist Psychologist

The Senior Specialist Psychologist has a first degree in Psychology, has worked for more than 4 to 5 years in the capacity of a Specialist Psychologist at the DAS and his/her work is supervised by a Registered Psychologist. He/She may also have a Masters in the field of Psychology, but has yet to attain registration status. He/She is trained to assess for dyslexia and other SpLDs at the DAS.

Registered Psychologist

The Registered Psychologist has been awarded a Masters or Doctoral degree in Psychology from a recognised institution. He/She is registered with a recognised national registration board (such as the Singapore Psychological Society).

 

Meet our psychologists

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS)?

DAS is a one-stop centre which provides a full range of services to help individuals with dyslexia. We are composed of a multi-disciplinary team of psychologists, speech & language therapists and educational therapists. This group integrates with the team of lecturers, marketing and operations teams to educate professionals, teachers and parents on dyslexia and how to support a dyslexic individual. This approach ensures that the physical, social, psychological, emotional and even financial needs of the DAS students are looked into.

What is the SpLD Assessment Services (SAS)?

The SAS comprises a team of Registered Psychologists and Specialist Psychologists who have been trained to assess for dyslexia. In addition the team of Registered Psychologists is also able to assess for other learning differences such as dysgraphia and dyscalculia, as well as assess for difficulties in attention and social skills.

What is done in an Assessment?

The main aim of the assessment is to find the best way of helping you/your child. During the assessment, various tests that assess areas of intellectual functioning, literacy skills, phonological processing skills, attention, handwriting and/or social skills will be used to find out you/your child’s areas of strengths and weaknesses, according to the referral query and areas of needs. If the person to be assessed is a school-going individual, we will also be obtaining information from parents and teachers to better understand the individual’s difficulties in the home and school environment.

What happens after an Assessment?

After an assessment, our psychologists will have a feedback session with you to explain you/your child’s assessment results. During this time, the psychologists may also share strategies that may be helpful in working with the areas of weakness. This will be followed by a written report. The DAS assessment report is recognised by most Singaporean organisations and government bodies such as the Ministry of Education. Please note that these reports are only valid till three years after date of first assessment.

If your child is found to have dyslexia, then a recommendation will be made for our Main Literacy Programme (MLP).

What is the Main Literacy Programme (MLP)?

The Main Literacy Programme (MLP) provides a comprehensive and quality curriculum to support dyslexic students facing literacy challenges. The MLP 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

 

How much does an assessment cost?

The cost of assessments ranges from S$800 to S$2800 (not inclusive of GST) depending on

  • Areas of investigation
  • Qualifications of psychologists
  • Type of service (fast-tracked vs standard)

There is an additional, non-refundable, administrative fee of $53.50 (inclusive of GST) which will be charged for all referrals to the MLP.

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 or visit
www.das.org.sg for more information.

What are the qualifications of the DAS Psychologists?

Specialist Psychologist
The Specialist Psychologist has a first degree in Psycology and his/her work is supervised by a Registered Psychologist. He/She is trained to assess for dyslexia at the DAS.

Senior Specialist Psychologist
The Senior Specialist Psychologist has a first degree in Psychology, has worked for more than 4 to 5 years in the capacity of a Specialist Psychologist at the DAS and his/her work is supervised by a Registered Psychologist. He/She may also have a Masters in the field of Psychology, but has yet to attain registration status. He/She is trained to assess for dyslexia and other SpLDs at the DAS.

Registered Psychologist
The Registered Psychologist has been awarded a Masters or Doctoral degree in Psychology from a recognised institution. He/She is registered with a recognised national registration board (such as the Singapore Psychological Society).

Assessment Application Form (Click here to download)

New Assessment Review Assessment

Please take note of the following:

Kindly fill up this form only if you wish to apply for a psychological assessment to be conducted for your child. This form is not used to apply for the DAS classes.

As part of the application for a psychological assessment, this form is to be submitted together with the following documents:

  • Main Application Form
  • Learning Difficulties Checklist (attached)
  • Teacher’s Questionnaire (attached)
  • Copies of your child’s national and school exam result slips
  • Examples of your child’s work
  • Copy of your child’s B/C
  • Reports given by a psychologist, occupational therapist or speech and language therapist (if any)

 

Please note a non-refundable administrative fee of $53.50 will be collected. This can be paid via cheque or NETS at DAS Learning Centres, or via cheque if you are posting the application.

Kindly note that no refunds will be given once our psychologist has commenced the assessment.


For parents who have sent their child for a screening prior to this application, please be aware that results from these screenings only yield an at risk indication and cannot be taken to be confirmation of having an specific learning difficulty. Such a diagnosis can only be obtained through a formal assessment by a psychologist, psychiatrist, occupational therapist, and/or speech and language therapist, depending on the nature of the concern.

For the security of your confidential report, DAS psychological reports will be sent through registered mail.

 

What to Expect

 

 Assessment what to expect 23 mar 2018

 

 

Our current average wait time is approximately *^16 to 20 weeks. ^ Waiting time updated as of 23rd March 2018.

However, if you require an urgent assessment, you may want to consider our Fast-tracked assessment service that is offered to clients who request for the assessments and/or reports to be expedited (processed within 80% of current wait time). The service can be activated immediately upon receipt of completed Main Application Form**. 
You can contact us at 6444 5700 for more information about this.
 
* The average waiting time will vary from period to period as the DAS receives referrals from our clients on a daily basis.
^ Waiting time updated as of 1st September 2017.
** This applies where no additional information/documents are required, barring the discovery of additional pertinent information during the course of the assessment.