The Dyslexia Association of Singapore functions as a one-stop centre with a multi-disciplinary team of specialist psychologists, speech language therapists, educational therapists and lecturers to service the dyslexics and those who wish to help them.

Who We Teach

The Dyslexia Association of Singapore helps students who are:

  • Primary one to Secondary 5
  • Diagnosed with dyslexia

We also help adults who struggle with literacy.

LITERACY REMEDIATION

DAS offers programmes to support children from preschool to secondary school.  Our Main Literacy Programme (MLP) provides a comprehensive and quality curriculum to support students with dyslexia facing literacy challenges.  The literacy programme integrates key essential learning components that are crucial in remediating students with learning differences.

PRESCHOOL

Our preschool programme is offered to children in K1 and K2 and is designed to provide individual attention to young learners who are struggling with early literacy.  The programme is structured, cumulative and sequential that is multi-sensory. To find out more about the Preschool Programme, click here.

PRIMARY & SECONDARY STUDENTS

Our Main Literacy Programme (MLP) is designed for the dyslexic learner.  MOE funds this programme and in the 2015 audit stated, “Services offered under MOE-aided DAS Literacy Programme* are appropriate, and remain highly relevant in providing additional literacy support for students with dyslexia”. 

DAS provides support for SECONDARY SCHOOL students under our main literacy programme and is highly relevant to their academic achievement.  The main literacy programme is comprehensive and detailed so support students with literacy needs till Secondary 5.  Increasingly DAS, will endeavour to support secondary students under our other programmes.  To find out more about the programme click here

DAS also provides other programmes to assist PRIMARY SCHOOL students in their learning.  Programmes offered in small group settings are:

  • Chinese
  • English Exam Skills
  • Maths
  • Speech and Drama
  • Speech and Language Therapy

To find out more about the other programmes we provide, click here

* The MOE-aided DAS Literacy Programme is now known as the Main Literacy Programme. 

POST SECONDARY STUDENTS

DAS has designed a curriculum specifically to help students manage and deal with difficulties associated with their transition from secondary to tertiary institutions (ITE/Polytechnic/JC). These areas may include (depending on their needs) teaching them strategies on how to manage writing at the tertiary level or teaching them study skills strategies to make them more effective learners.

ADULTS

Adults seeking support are welcome to discuss their concerns with us individually.  We are able to provide assessment and consultations services at DAS.  DAS International can also provide other one-to-one services depending on your needs.

SPECIALIST TUTORING

DAS International provides specialist tutoring services for students from preschool to adult and is a one-to-one tutoring service that is skills focused tailored to meet the needs of students with specific learning differences.  Specialist Tutoring may include individual curriculum support, study skills and exam preparation and other specific areas where you feel additional support is required.  To find out more about Specialist Tutoring offered by DAS International click here

MOE Grant

Subsidised fees are available, under MLP, for children who meet the following criteria:

● Have a diagnosis of dyslexia AND

● Are Singaporean or have at least one Singaporean parent AND

● are currently attending a Ministry of Education (MOE) Primary or Secondary school.

Students diagnosed with dyslexia, are Singaporean and/or Permanent resident and are studying in MOE schools are able to access funding from the MOE.

To find out more about the MOE grant click here.

Participants can choose one Breakout Session from each time slot from the list below:

2.00pm to 3.00pm

Understanding how assessment results can support intervention and learning

Learning through Technology: Why we need to believe in it for our learners

The importance of early intervention of literacy difficulties at preschool

4.15pm to 5.15pm

Difficulties in working memory in SPLD: Strategies to overcome

Using visuals to develop critical thinking skills

Social-emotional competencies in children with SpLD

Dyslexia is a specific learning difference that makes it difficult for people to read, write and/or spell. It has nothing to do with the person’s intelligence. Often, weaknesses may be seen in areas such as of language development, memory and sequencing. Having dyslexia does not mean that your child’s ability to learn is below average.

The EMBRACE DYSLEXIA campaign seeks to debunk common misconceptions about dyslexia, encourage dyslexic people to embrace their learning differences and to call organisations to take greater action in helping dyslexics by working with DAS.

The EMBRACE DYSLEXIA campaign was launched in November 2014 with a seminar and celebration dinner hosting guest speaker Mr Thomas G. West, a world-renowned author of influential books on dyslexia, “Thinking Like Einstein”, “In the Mind’s Eye” and “Seeing What Others Do Not See”.

In 2015, the EMBRACE DYSLEXIA campaign will see the launch of a book titled 'Embrace a Different Kind of Mind' which celebrates the stories of over 50 people with dyslexia, and how they overcome learning differences. There will also be a photo competition titled 'DASHUGS', which aims to raise awareness about dyslexia and how everyone can embrace learning differences and help make our society an inclusive one.

DAS encourages Singapore to make a commitment to Embrace Dyslexia through the following ways:

Enquiries: Please email research@das.org.sg

DAS welcomes research proposals by the public.

If you wish to submit your research proposal, please complete this form and submit to DAS.

Timeline for research to be approved by the committee

 

  • Research Committee will revert with feedback 2 weeks from the date the Research Application form is received.
  • Following feedback, amendments may be required. Researcher to come back with amendments 1-2 weeks from the date of the feedback.
  • If no further amendments required, committee will proceed to assist with recruiting groups requested for testing. This could take between 1 -2 weeks.
  • Time taken for approval to be given could be between 6 – 8 weeks.

 

Deadlines for the following Publications

 

Publication Issue Submission Deadline Publication Delivery
APJDD
No. 1 - January
No. 2 - July
1 November
1 May
January
UNITE SpLD Conference
RETA Chronicles
No. 1 - June
No. 2 - November
1 May
1 October
UNITE SpLD Conference
November
DAS Handbook
Annual
1 August
November
FACETS
No. 1 - Jan-Mar
No. 2 - Apr-Jun
No. 3 - Jul-Sep
No. 4 - Oct-Dec
1 March
1 June
1 September
1 December
1st week April
1st week July
1st week October
1st week January

 

 

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WORLD DYSLEXIA AWARENESS WEEK 2017

The Dyslexia Association of Singapore celebrates World Dyslexia Awareness Week with other dyslexia organisations around the world! 

The theme for this year is Embracing Diversity: Dyslexia and other SpLDs! 

Happening 2 - 8 October 2017, we have organised a slew of activities aimed at increasing awareness of dyslexia and other Specific Learning Differences.

Daily themes


2 Oct: Appropriate Assessments
3 Oct: Early Identification
4 Oct: Appropriate Teaching Provision
5 Oct: Embracing Talents and Strengths
6 Oct: Raising Awareness

To map the way for young dyslexics to live a life of beauty and promise through a comprehensive, high quality service provided by inspired professionals

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

WHAT IS DYSLEXIA?

DAS is guided in its definition of Dyslexia by the Ministry of Education, Singapore in their November 2011 publication "Professional Practice Guidelines for the Psycho-educational Assessment and Placement of Students with Special Educational Needs".

Dyslexia is a type of specific learning difficulty identifiable as a developmental difficulty of language learning and cognition1. It is a learning difficulty that primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling. Characteristic features of dyslexia are difficulties in phonological awareness, verbal memory and processing speed. Co-occurring difficulties may be seen in aspects of language, motor co-ordination, mental calculation, concentration and personal organisation, but these are not, by themselves, markers of dyslexia2.

An appropriate literacy programme should include the following components: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension3. The literacy programme provided by DAS meets these guidelines.

1 U.S. Department of Education. (2006). Assistance to States for the education of children with disabilities and preschool grants for children with disabilities; Final rule. Retrieved on May 26, 2011
from http://idea.ed.gov/download/finalregulations.pdf

2 Rose, J. (2009). Identifying and Teaching Children and Young People with Dyslexia and Literacy Difficulties. Nottingham: DCSF Publications.

3 National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. (2000). Report of the National Reading Panel. Teaching children to read: An evidence-based assessment of the scientific research literature on reading and its implications for reading instruction (NIH Publication No. 00-4769). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

DAS Mass Screening 2018

PRESCHOOL PRIMARY & SECONDARY
Mon, 12 March 2018
DAS Bishan Learning Centre
Wed, 14 Mar 2018
DAS Bishan Learning Centre
Wed, 30 May 2018
DAS Tampines Learning Centre
Mon, 28 May 2018
DAS Tampines Learning Centre
Mon, 3 September 2018
DAS Chua Chu Kang Learning Centre
Tue, 4 September 2018
DAS Chua Chu Kang Learning Centre
Thu, 22 November 2018
DAS Jurong Point Learning Centre
Wed, 21 November 2018
DAS Jurong Point Learning Centre

 

Click here to view Mass Screening 2018 Flyer.

 

To register for screening, please call 6444 5700.

 

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:

* requires OT assessment

DAS Psychologists can provide psycho-educational assessments for students (Primary to Tertiary) as well as school-readiness assessments for pre-schoolers.  Assessment and consultation are also available for adults with concerns.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

For general enquires, feedback and customer service, please contact our Customer Service Hotline: 6444 5700

WHAT CAN PARENTS DO?

Dyslexia exists and can be diagnosed very early. As parents, you know your children best and are often the first ones to notice that your child has a learning difficulty.

Click here to understand more about dyslexia.

 

Early Intervention is Vital

Early identification and Early intervention is vital. Children with dyslexia are often unable to reach their full potential due to their learning differences and may be frustrated with learning. Early identification and intervention can enhance his learning experiences. For a parent, nothing can be more satisfying than seeing your child beam with confidence. Help your child develop a more positive learning experience and boost his self-esteem.

Parents, you play an important role and your child will thank you for it, we thank you too!

Dyslexia can only be formally diagnosed through an assessment by an educational or specialist psychologist. If your child shows some of these signs & symptoms, please send your child for an assessment. To find out more about psycho-educational assessments at DAS, please click here.

 

DAS Parents Handbook 2018

Click on the thumbnail to view the DAS Parents Handbook.

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WHAT CAN TEACHERS DO

A key aim of the DAS is to increase public awareness and understanding of dyslexia. We have conducted Mass Screenings and free Awareness Talks at various MOE schools & public venues to reach out to many platforms of audience- educators, parents, medical practitioners and general public. Should you have a group or organisation interested in attending a presentation, please contact Ms Surjati at 97298531 or email info@das.org.sg

Here are some suggestions of what parents wish teachers would do to help their children who struggle in school. These suggestions will help to create a more conducive environment in the classroom for their learning.

UNDERSTANDING
Understanding their child's needs and learning challenges and ensuring awareness of what the child needs to be successful in the classroom. Acknowledge that the parent probably understands more about their child's learning differences and can provide the teacher with valuable information about them.

COMMUNICATE

Communicate often and openly with parents, contacting them early about academic or behavioural concerns. Being open to contact from parents about their child and specifying how this communication should occur.
INFORMATION
The child with learning differences can be a 'poor postman' and communication can break down if this form of delivery of information is relied on by the teacher. Important information should be relayed directly to the parent and not via the child.
PARTNERSHIP
Encourage parent participation by allowing parents to be involved in their children's education. Show parents how they can help their children at home. Understand that parents want to work with teachers to help their children to be successful.
FAIRNESS
Providing the right support for their child in the classroom, and understanding that fairness is not giving equally to all buy giving what every child needs to be successful. Therefore, for children with learning differences this may mean more time spent with them to ensure this.
HOMEWORK
Assign homework that helps their children to learn and reinforce concepts learned at school. Ensure that homework is reasonable and adjusted to their capabilities. Homework can place a lot of stress on parents to support their child at home and advice for parents on how they can work with their children at home is important.
CARING
Care about children, since children learn best when taught by warm, friendly, caring and enthusiastic teachers. Also, show that you care about parents and the difficulties some have with their children at home.
ACADEMICS
Teach in a multi-sensory way and ensure that all learning styles are incorporated in teaching instructions. Accommodations are made where necessary and expecting all students to learn while helping them to do so.
PROMOTE SUCCESS
Ensure that each child is successful in some way. Promote success and find ways in which a child can shine. Teaching children with learning differences develops a creative teacher.
SELF-ESTEEM
Build students' self-esteem by using praise generously and avoiding ridicule and negative public criticism. Find ways in which every child can be successful in the classroom and provide opportunities for this to occur.

Welcome to DAS Student Alumni

Network, Connect or make a difference. Get involved with DAS.

As an alumnus. you can stay engaged with DAS and give back to your alma mater by volunteering your time and talent. And students welcome the chance to interact with alumni who have gone through the DAS experience.

  • Alumni Mentors
  • Alumni Ambassadors
  • Alumni Leaders

No matter which option you choose, our hope is that you will make a difference in DAS.


GET CONNECTED

Stay connected with fellow Alumni and DAS and be the first to hear about special events and giveaways.

Sign up HERE or email info.dasalumni@das.org.sg and be added to our Facebook group.


GET INVOLVED

We appreciate your giving back to your alma mater by volunteering your time and talent and make a difference in DAS.

Be a

  • DAS Mentor
  • DAS Ambassador
  • DAS Leaders


Contact us to find out more. Write to info.dasalumni@das.org.sg

OUR DONORS

 

BARCLAYS

The Barclays Reach Disability and Mental Health Network in Singapore is dedicated to bringing people together, creating an open and inclusive environment, and empowering individuals to reach their full potential. The Reach network engages with the community through various events, which includes raising funds such as their Annual Charity Quiz and Raffle. The 2017 event which took place in July was organized by Matt Oakley, Liz Bell, Jun Chua, Gerldine Sun and Doreen Fong, colleagues of the Reach network. It attracted over 120 participants forming 12 teams from across Barclays and other companies including Clifford Chance and Eversheds.  All proceeds raised, over SGD 23,000, inclusive of matched funding from Barclays, were donated to the Dyslexia Association of Singapore.

 


CARE & SHARE

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Care & Share is a national fund-raising and volunteerism movement led by Community Chest for the social service sector, in celebration of SG50 this year. It aims to bring our nation together to show care and concern for the needy and recognise the contributions made by voluntary welfare organisations (VWOs). Eligible donations raised by Community Chest and participating VWOs from now till 31 Mar 2016 will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the government. The matched amount will go towards building the capabilities and capacities of the social service sector and supporting social services to meet rising needs.

Care & Share supports the English Exam Skills Programme, Maths Programme and the Chinese Programme. 
Click here to learn more about the English Exam Skills Programme.
Click here to learn more about the Maths Programme.
Click here to learn more about the Chinese Programme.


KEPPEL CLUB

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Boasting a strong culture of inclusiveness, Keppel Club has been giving back to the community through many CSR events, one of which is the high-profile Keppel Charity Golf that raises funds for 10 local charities annually. Started in the 1970s, Keppel Charity Golf has built momentum and garnered support from members and corporations over the years, and has raised over $1 million each year for five consecutive years, since 2013.

Keppel Club is a supporter of Speech and Language Therapy.
Click here to learn more about Speech and Language Therapy.


MARINA BAY SANDS

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Marina Bay Sands is the leading business, leisure and entertainment destination in Asia. It features large and flexible convention and exhibition facilities, 2,560 hotel rooms and suites, the rooftop Sands SkyPark, the best shopping mall in Asia, world-class celebrity chef restaurants and an outdoor event plaza. Its two theatres showcase a range of leading entertainment performances including world-renowned Broadway shows. Completing the line-up of attractions is ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands, which plays host to permanent and marquee exhibitions.

Sands for Singapore, Marina Bay Sands’ corporate social responsibility programme, is committed to helping Singapore in meaningful ways. By using our unique resources as well as mobilising our active volunteerism, we aim to create a positive difference in the lives of Singaporeans. Our designated charities, including Art Outreach Singapore, Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN), Association for the Deaf (SADeaf), AMKFSC Community Services, BT Budding Artists Fund, Dyslexia Association of Singapore and ST School Pocket Money Fund have benefitted from our continuous support and engagement. Besides working with our designated charities, we further support beneficiaries including those related to youth and education.

Marina Bay Sands is a supporter of the Maths Programme.
Click here to learn more about the Maths Programme.


NTUC INCOME ORANGEAID

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OrangeAid is NTUC Income’s community development and involvement arm. We co-create and invest in social programmes run by our community partners. OrangeAid programmes build resilience, empower disadvantaged children and youths, impart life skills and enable their access to pre-vocational training.

Formally launched in 2010, OrangeAid underscores NTUC Income’s mission as a social enterprise to make insurance accessible to Singaporeans from all walks of life. OrangeAid funds come from 1% of NTUC Income’s annual insurance operating profits, donations from policyholders and the public.

Visit www.income.com.sg/ orangeaid for more information. Give to OrangeAid to help children overcome their learning difficulties!

NTUC Income OrangeAid supports the Preschool Programme.
Click here to learn more about the Preschool Programme.


ONN WAH TECH

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Onn Wah Tech Pte Ltd (OWT) is a lead supplier for Ball-Attached Array (BGA) Precision Tooling, and handles the design of conversion kits for handlers, the design and building of test sockets for various types of automated test equipment.

Incorporated in 2008, OWT focuses on design proficiency, manufacturing efficiency, as well as constant R&D reviews to offer distinctive and innovative solutions to customers across Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, China and the Philippines. It aims to be the one-stop solution provider for both the assembly and test semiconductor industry.


SINGAPORE CRUISE CENTRE

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The Singapore Cruise Centre Pte Ltd was corporatised in 2003 and manages the award-winning cruise terminal and three ferry terminals in Singapore. Our experience in ferry and cruise terminal operation and management is well sought after by terminal elsewhere. This is in line with our vision to be the world’s leading cruise and ferry terminal operator and international partner of choice in overseas cruise and ferry terminal management and consultancy.

Singaore Cruise Centre is a supporter of the Speech and Drama Arts Programme.
Click here to learn more about the Speech and Drama Arts Programme.


TOTE BOARD

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Established in 1988, Tote Board is a grant-making organisation that channels surpluses from its members — Singapore Pools and Singapore Turf Club — and casino entry levies to give hope to and improve lives in the community. The Board makes charitable donations to projects that meet public, social, or health objectives, as well as initiatives that promote culture, art and sport in Singapore. Every project is evaluated based on its own merits, with the aim of ensuring that each generates positive outcomes for society. For more information, please visit www.toteboard.gov.sg.

The Tote Board have supported the opening of DAS Serangoon Learning Centre.


The UNITE SpLD Conference seeks to bring together parents, teachers and practitioners working with children with specific learning difficulties and special educational needs. This conference will be showcasing research that covers aspects of behavioural, literacy and social emotional support, intervention and assessment for children with special learning needs. Come and listen to our SpLD experts share their research. Research will be presented it short, engaging and entertaining sessions accompanied by poster presentations and the chance to talk directly with researchers who are making a difference in the Asian region.

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The Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS) is a vibrant organisation with over 240 professional staff who provide a wide array of services for dyslexics not only in Singapore but also in the region.

Working closely with the Singapore government and other stakeholders, DAS specialist psychologists conduct assessment and diagnosis for preschool students to adults. DAS Educational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists provide support for over 3,000 preschool, primary and secondary school students in 13 centres all over Singapore.

Besides the main English literacy programme, DAS also has programmes in other languages such as Chinese, academic subjects such as Maths, and holistic programmes such as Speech and Drama. Increasingly, DAS also provides for those who suffer from other Specific Learning Differences such as ADHD, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia and Specific Language Impairment. But this fast expanding organisation has humble beginnings.

Our Mission

Helping Dyslexic People Achieve

Our Goal

To build a world class organisation dedicated to helping dyslexic people and those with specific learning differences in Singapore.



All workshops are open to DAS and non-DAS students in pre-school, primary, secondary and post-secondary (up to 18 years old).

 

Click on the Register Here tab above to sign up now!

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INSTITUTIONAL ACCREDITATION

The Dyslexia Association of Singapore, together with Centre for Child Evaluation & Teaching (CCET) of Kuwait, are the first two organizations to achieve the International Dyslexia Association's Institutional Accreditation. 

IDA Institutional Accreditation is a formal recognition that the institution meets professional standards of operational integrity and quality related to services reasonable within local cultural contexts and consistent with IDA’s values and definition of dyslexia. Click here for more information about the IDA Institutional Accreditation.

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First picture: Geetha Shantha Ram (Director, Main Literacy Programme and Staff Professional Development, DAS) receiving the IDA Global Partners Institutional Accreditation Certificate from Dr Elaine Cheeseman. Being one of just two GPs who have been accredited, the other being CCET, Kuwait, it reflects the strong institutional foundations of DAS.

Second picture: DAS Specialised Educational Services Chinese Programme Manager Kong Yun Rui who was presenting a poster at the IDA Conference with Dr Gad Elbehari and Dr Mowafak Al-Manabri who were representing CCET, Kuwait.

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Group picture: From left to right : Mr Sam Lardner (Project Difference, Barcelona), Dr Mowafak Al-Manabri, Dr Gad Elbehari (CCET, Kuwait), Dr Elaine Cheeseman, Dr Eric Tridas (IDA, US), Dr Maya Kobayashi (EDGE, Japan), Mr Joaquin Serra (Projet DIfference, Barcelona), Ms Mandy Nayton (AUSPELD, Australia), Dr Elsa Hagan (IDA, US), Mr Steve O'Brien (Dyslexia Foundation, UK), Ms Geetha Shantha Ram, Dr Charley Haynes (IDA, US), Ms Kong Yun Rui, Mr Nor Ashraf Samsuddin (DAS, Singapore), Dr Omar Al-Sayed (CCET Kuwait), Dr Sushama Nagarkar (Morris Foundation, India), Mr Lee Siang (DAS, Singapore)

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OUR INTERNATIONAL DYSLEXIA PARTNERS

DAS collaborates with other dyslexia and SpLD organisations in the region to advance research and other activities.

Regional Friends of DAS

Dr. Anjali Morris Education and Health Foundation

Centre for Child Evaluation & Teaching (CCET)
Indonesia Dyslexia Association Institute of Behavioral Psychology

Maharashtra Dyslexia Association

Philippine Dyslexia Foundation
Madras Dyslexia Association Dyslexia Association of Sarawak

Japan Dyslexia Research Association

Yemen Dyslexia Association

 

International Partners

British Dyslexia Association Dyslexia Association of Ireland
International Dyslexia Association The Organization for Unlocking the Potential of Dyslexic Learners

Australian Dyslexia Association

Jordanian Dyslexia Association

AUSPELD (Australian Federation of SPELD Associations)

Dyslexia Organization, Kenya

Berufsverband Akademischer Legasthenie-Dyskalkulie-Therapeutinnen (BALDT)

Pro Futuro

Brazillian Dyslexia Association

Institute of Behavioral Psychology

Centro de Dislexia de Costa Rica

Madrid Dyslexia Association

Czech Dyslexia Association

Project Difference

The Egyptian Society for Developing Skills of Children with Special Needs (ADVANCE)

University of La Laguna
Fana Association for Individuals with Learning Difficulties (FAILCD) Turkey Dyslexia Foundation

Bundesverband Legasthenie und Dyskalkulie

Dyslexia Foundation

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ENGLISH EXAM SKILLS PROGRAMME

ses logo Specialised Educational Services (SES) is a division of the Dyslexia Association of Singapore. SES programmes are tailored to fit the learning needs of students with a learning difference. 

 

Is the English examination always a nightmare for both you and your child?  It may seem like a daunting task but equipped with the right skills and strategies, doing well is like a dream come true.  We want to help your child cope with the demnds of the English language examination in school and we do so by equipping them with the necessary knowlegde, skills and strategies to succeed.  At the same time, we want to shape thier attitudes towards the language and help them see that it is possible to pass or even excel in the subject.

In addition to what students learn on the DAS Main Literacy Programme, we want to translate that learning into practical application for their English Exams.  Components of the lessons we teach are:

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The aim of the SES English Exam Skills Programme is to provide students with direct support to equip them with the knowledge, skills, strategies and attitudes to cope with the demands of the English language syllabus in school.

The English Exam Skills Programme is supported by Care & Share. Click here to learn more.

Our Approach


The programme provides an extension to what students have been taught in the Main Literacy Programme (MLP) and helps to put the skills learned into practical use in their examinations. In class, students will be exposed to various language components and related strategies in order to cope with their language needs in their English examinations.

Components covered in a typical lesson

  • Grammar
  • Editing
  • Synthesis & Transformation
  • Comprehension
  • Annotation Skills

The curriculum has been carefully designed and frequently evaluated by our team to ensure its suitability to our students. Lessons are in line with the MOE English Language Syllabus, and reference the Orton-Gillingham principles.

Recommended for

Students with difficulties in various English exam components such as Synthesis and Transformation and Comprehension.

Entry Criteria

Application is open only to

  • Students in Primary 3 and 4
  • Both Standard and Foundation students in Primary 5 and 6
  • Has a reasonable reading fluency (as obtained from Educational Therapist’s feedback

 


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PRESCHOOL PROGRAMME

ses logo Specialised Educational Services (SES) is a division of the Dyslexia Association of Singapore. SES programmes are tailored to fit the learning needs of students with a learning difference. 

 

Preschool in essence prepares your child for Primary school and like many parents, you may be wondering if your child is ready for the learning challenges ahead.  Most importantly. you may be asking yourself, is my child reading okay?  Can he or she spell well enough to go into Primary 1?  We want to help your preschooler who may be struggling with early literacy.  We can help them to develop the skills and strategies enabling them to be confident achievers by the time he or she enters primary school. 

If your child is struggling with literacy then the SES Preschool programme cna help them.  At preschool it is too early to diagnose for a learning difference but we can definitely help your child to be a more confident learner and prepare for Primary 1.  

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The aim of the SES Preschool Programme is to help preschoolers who are potentially at risk of having dyslexia or developmental delay in early literacy, develop skills and strategies to become confident achievers when they enter primary school.

The Preschool Programme is supported by NTUC Income OrangeAid. Click here to learn more.

Our Approach


The programme helps preschoolers acquire a good foundation in alphabet knowledge and phonograms, leading up to learning sight words essential for reading. These abilities gear them towards reading and spelling readiness. In class, your child will be taught rules, facts and generalisations about the English language, enabling them to read and spell more effectively. They will also be taught strategies to cope with letter reversals. The programme follows a prescribed scope and sequence for systematic, sequential and cumulative teaching.

Components covered in a typical lesson:

  • Alphabet Knowledge
  • Phonograms
  • Learnt Word Knowledge (e.g. said)
  • Reading
  • Spelling


Preschoolers will be advised to go for a School Age Psychological Assessment if they have not responded to appropriate instruction in the language when they turn 6. Children diagnosed with dyslexia have the option to continue with the MOE-aided DAS Literacy Programme.

Recommended for


Preschoolers in Kindergarten One and Two who are at risk of dyslexia or having difficulties with reading, spelling and/or writing.

Application Form


Please click here to download the application form for this programme.


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MATHS

ses logo Specialised Educational Services (SES) is a division of the Dyslexia Association of Singapore. SES programmes are tailored to fit the learning needs of students with a learning difference. 

 

More than? Less than? Twice as much? Half of? Is your child having difficulties understanding mathematical concepts and the language used in problem sums?  We want to effectively support your child with dyslexia who has persistent difficulties in Mathematics, particularly withunderstanding mathematical concepts and applying them to word problems.

Maths

The aim of the SES Maths Programme is to effectively support students with dyslexia who have persistent difficulties in mathematics, particularly with maths word problems.

The Maths Programme is supported by Marina Bay Sands and Care & Share. Click here to learn more.

Our Approach

The programme helps to bridge the gap between your child's ability and the mainstream syllabus by addressing areas they are weaker in. This is done through a C-R-A (Concrete-Representational-Abstract) approach. Every stage of learning ensures that the child links mathematical ideas in a progressive and cumulative way. The methodology applied constantly keeps in touch with the mainstream school maths syllabus, with the aim of bridging the gap between the student's ability and mainstream syllabus.

Recommended for

Students with dyslexia have specific areas of difficulty that can affect their mathematical performance such as poor short term and working memory, reversals in words and numbers, problem with sequencing and difficulty with reading word problems. These difficulties can impede a child's ability to understand concepts, do calculations and apply to what they have learnt to forward and backward, understanding of number relationships, place value, timetable facts and following multi-step calculations.

Curriculum

The SES Maths curriculum which is evidence based, serves to to meet the diverse needs of our learners. The Maths curriculum depending on the entry level of the students initially focuses on concept mastery and understanding . As the student progresses on the curriculum the focus then shifts to teaching the understanding of Advanced problem solving using heuristics at Primary 5 & 6.

Entry Criteria

  • P1 - P4: Below 49%
  • P5 - P6 Standard: Below 75%
  • Open to all Foundation students
  • Non-DAS students with a valid diagnosis of dyslexia and meet the above criteria can be accepted.

ses logo Specialised Educational Services (SES) is a division of the Dyslexia Association of Singapore. SES programmes are tailored to fit the learning needs of students with a learning difference. 

CHINESE

ses logo Specialised Educational Services (SES) is a division of the Dyslexia Association of Singapore. SES programmes are tailored to fit the learning needs of students with a learning difference. 

 

"My child hates Chinese!" is a sentiment shared by many parents, not just those with dyslexia!  We understand that it is not an easy task as your child probably faces one if not many of the following difficulties when learning chinese:

  • Confusion with similar looking characters
  • Characters that sound alike
  • Characters that are related in meaning

 

The Chinese programme focuses on the following aspects to help increase efficiency in learning and interest in the Chinese language:

  • Common vocabulary and sentence structure to enhance learner's expresiveness in Chinese
  • Word recognition strategies instruction to enhance learner's ability to recognise Chinese characters.
  • Morphological awareness to expand learner's vocabulary network
  • Reading comprehension and writing sategies instruction for learner to gain competency in higher order literacy skills.

 

The aim of the SES Chinese Programme is to help students with dyslexia become independent, inquisitive learners in the Chinese language. Chinese as a language is more complex as compared to English. In Chinese, many words can be read the same way and each word has a different meaning. There are also many strokes involved in writing Chinese words and a child with sequencing difficulties will find it even harder to do so. A good understanding of part-whole relationship is also required in writing the characters as the proportion of the parts to make the word is vital. Due to the complexity of the language, it poses itself as a difficulty for the child to recognise how to read and write in Chinese. And as with all language learning, it gets harder to do so with the lack of exposure.

The Chinese Programme is supported by Care & Share. Click here to learn more.

Our Approach


The programme helps to foster your child's interest in the language through thematic-based teaching. In this way, vocabulary covered is relatable and can be used on a daily basis, allowing them to express themselves better in the language. Students are taught interactively with the use of stories, educational games and hands-on activities to make language learning a fun and memorable experience for them. This also helps to minimise the child's stigma towards the language and build up their confidence and motivation in the child to learn the language. Lessons are also structured in a way to increase efficiency in learning the language through the instruction of character structure, radicals, stroke pattern, word recognition strategies and understanding how words are combined together.

Components covered in a typical lesson:

  • Word Recognition
  • Vocabulary Instruction
  • Teaching of Sentence Structures
  • Comprehension and writing activities are also carried out for students who have good oracy skills in the language.

Recommended for

The application is open only to primary school students with the diagnosis of dyslexia. Priority will be given to students who are not exempted from Chinese.


ses logo Specialised Educational Services (SES) is a division of the Dyslexia Association of Singapore. SES programmes are tailored to fit the learning needs of students with a learning difference. 

Speech and Drama Arts

Wishing that your child would just speak up a bit more?  Or that he or she would be more confident about themselves?  We want to help your child to develop communication, language and social-emotional skills through highly interactive and engaging drama activities.  We want to provide our students with active learning experiences to empower them to express ideas and thoughts without inhibition.

Our Speech and Drama Arts Programme aims to provide an outlet specifically for students with dyslexia to express themselves, their inner feelings and emotions and to demonstrate their talents in a fun and artistic way.  The curriculum and pedagogy allow for our students to improve their talents in a fun and artistic way.

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The aim of the SES Speech and Drama Arts Programme is to develop literacy skills, communication and presentation skills and boost the self-esteem of learners with dyslexia.  Drama helps to improve listening and concentration skills and allows for personal growth, encouraging teamwork, developing problem-solving and decision-making abilities. Drama can be that powerful tool to help students with learning differences.


To register for Speech and Drama Arts Programme, please click on the Trial Class tab.

The Speech and Drama Arts Programme is supported by Singapore Cruise Centre. Click here to learn more.

Our Approach


Using drama activities, students have the opportunity to enhance their persuasiveness and confidence in communication. Students are given the freedom to express themselves freely, using their imagination and creativity. Other vital communication skills that are fostered in the class setting includes listening and concentration. Activities ranging from role-playing to stage performances require students to understand the fundamentals of stage directions, character dialogues, music and light cues. To stage a production necessitates the child to understand and interpret the script, process the script in-depth. This allows them to work on the working memory and processing speed. Class sizes are kept to a maximum of 10 students per class and are conducted once a week in a 1.5 hour session.

The programme consists of four different modules catering to three age groups:

  • Drama, Music and Movement (5-6 years old)
  • Creative Drama Programme (7 - 8 years old)
  • Literacy through Drama Programme (9 - 12 years old)


At the end of each module, parents will be invited to watch the progress of their children. This will also help in giving our students the experience and exposure of performance making. A certificate of participation and progress report will be given to students upon completion of each module.

Recommended for


Students with low self-esteem or low self-confidence, students who have difficulties expressing themselves as well as students who enjoy drama.

Entry Criteria


All primary school students are welcome to enrol.


ses logo Specialised Educational Services (SES) is a division of the Dyslexia Association of Singapore. SES programmes are tailored to fit the learning needs of students with a learning difference. 

SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPY

ses logo Specialised Educational Services (SES) is a division of the Dyslexia Association of Singapore. SES programmes are tailored to fit the learning needs of students with a learning difference. 

 

Speech and Language therapy is offered to children who need support in communication.  This service is available to all preschool to secondary school students and a diagnosis of dyslexia is not required to access these services.

SLT

Therapy is an integral step following an assesment for your child that shows areas of difficulties.  The aim of therapy is to help your child overcome difficulties where they face challenges and develop strategies to help them to learn.  Therapy sessions are developed an delivered by our team of therapists who are all registered with SALTS - Speech Language Therapy of Singapore.  Your child is in good hands with our therapists.

Speech and Language Therapy is offered in individual or group settings, including social skills. Our speech and language therapists aim to build up the child’s fundamental speech and language skills to support his or her development and learning. Therapy is carried out in a child-friendly, lively and bright environment. Language is aided and enhanced through fun and functional activities.

Most of our students at DAS attend therapy sessions due to unclear pronounciation of speech and or language difficulties such as understanding others or expressing themselves to others.

Speech and Language Therapy is supported by Care & Share and Keppel Club. Click here to learn more.


ses logo Specialised Educational Services (SES) is a division of the Dyslexia Association of Singapore. SES programmes are tailored to fit the learning needs of students with a learning difference. 

POSTSECONDARY

The DAS has designed a curriculum specifically to help students manage and deal with difficulties associated with their transition from secondary to tertiary institutions (ITE/Polytechnic/JC). These areas may include (depending on their needs) teaching them strategies on how to manage writing at the tertiary level or teaching them study skills strategies to make them more effective learners.


 

ses logo Specialised Educational Services (SES) is a division of the Dyslexia Association of Singapore. SES programmes are tailored to fit the learning needs of students with a learning difference. 

The UnITE SpLD Conference seeks to bring together parents, teachers and practitioners working with children with specific learning difficulties and special educational needs. This conference will be showcasing research that covers aspects of behavioural, literacy and social emotional support, intervention and assessment for children with special learning needs. Come and listen to our SpLD experts share their research. Research will be presented it short, engaging and entertaining sessions accompanied by poster presentations and the chance to talk directly with researchers who are making a difference in the Asian region.

Back by popular demand for the 6th year, the Preschool Seminar 2018 is a seminar organised by Preschool professionals from Specialised Educational Services (SES), a division of the Dyslexia Association of Singapore. 

Preschool practitioners from the Dyslexia Association of Singapore will share about educating the young ones and also tips and tricks to support the weaker learners. Featuring two keynote speakers who will discuss transitioning to primary school as well as social skills for children, the Preschool Seminar 2018 also includes 4 breakout workshops in various topics.

Join us for the Preschool Seminar 2018 if you are a parent, educator or stakeholder working with children who may benefit from some of these learning strategies.

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Charity Golf and Dinner 2018

Wednesday, 23 May 2018 - Tanah MeraH Country Club

The Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS) invites you to support its inaugural Charity Golf and Dinner. This event is aimed at raising much needed funds for children with dyslexia from low-income families so that they can receive the education they deserve. More than 50% of our students receive a bursary and DAS needs to raise more than $1 million annually to support these children.

The Charity Golf and Dinner Event will be held at Tanah Merah Country Club. We are pleased to announce that our Guest of Honour for the evening will be Mr Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Education.

Our golf flights are $5,000 each, which gives you an opportunity to win many prizes, have lunch, dinner and all in aid of a good cause! There are also $8,000 Corporate flights and many more opportunities to sponsor this event and we welcome your support. Donations are eligible for tax deduction of 2.5 times.

Please refer to our sponsorship table to see where you may be able to help us. If you would like to sponsor this event we would love to hear from you. Please contact DAS Head of Fundraising, Ms Surjati at surjati@das.org.sg

HOLE-IN-ONE PRIZES  

A MERCEDES-BENZ GLA180
Available to win on two holes on the course

 

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Sponsored by
Daimler South East Asia  

Value of $90,700 including one-year road tax and registration fee but no COE and insurance.

A SUZUKI V-STROM 1000

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Sponsored by
Suzuki Motorcycle Singapore

A BALI VILLA STAY
4 Day, 3 Night Stay in a Two-Bedroom Pool Villa. Including two Business Class Air Tickets on Singapore Airlines

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Sponsored by
www.ivillabali.com

 

A MAESTRO WINE CELLAR AND WINES

Valued at $6,000

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Sponsored by
Cornerstone Wines
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RAFFLE DRAW PRIZES   

One Term Membership at Laguna National Golf and Country Club.

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4 Day 3 Night Stay in a Two-Bedroom Pool Villa in Bali (www.ivillabali.com).

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A pair of return Business Class Air Tickets to Hong Kong with Singapore Airlines.

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(*Terms and Conditions apply)
 

Canon M50 Kit (EF-M15-45 IS STM)

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AUCTION PRIZES

Stained Glass artpiece autographed by Minister Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Education.

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A pair of return Business Class Air Tickets to Osaka, Japan with Singapore Airlines.

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(*Terms and Conditions apply)

 
  And many more !  
LUCKY DRAW PRIZES

4 Day 3 Night stay in a One-Bedroom Pool Villa in Bali (www.ivillabali.com).

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One-Night Stay for two in a Premier Quay Room at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore with Buffet Breakfast.

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(Valid for Check-in on Fri, Sat, or Sun only)
 

Sunday Brunch for two at Fullerton Bay Hotel.

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 And many more !  
GOLF PRIZES
 Golf Prizes

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English Language and Literacy Programmes

We want your child to excel and love English, as much as we do!

The English Language Literacy & Language division provides intensive intervention in English Literacy including the comprehensive Main Literacy Programme and educational technology-infused lessons to best engage our learners.

Main Literacy Programme

The DAS Main Literacy Programme (MLP) aims:

  • To promote and facilitate reading and spelling development
  • To equip students with the essential comprehension skills needed to draw inferences
  • To accentuate the importance of reading fluency through the deliberate planning of reading tasks that takes into account students’ reading fluency and accuracy
  • To emphasise vocabulary development of sight and high frequency word through instructions leveraging on Edu-Technology
  • To develop diverse localised manuals, materials and resources to cater to the learning needs of students

Click here to learn more about the Main Literacy Programme

 

iReaCH

The primary aim of iReaCH is to support learners in Reading Comprehension and Writing to manage higher order tasks expected of them in school through deliberate use of vocabulary instruction and educational technology. The teaching principles emphasised in the development and the delivery of iReaCH adhere closely to the Orton-Gillingham (OG) principles to enable learners with dyslexia learn efficiently and effecively. iReaCH is developed to provide primary and secondary level students not only with the skills and content knowledge to cope with and excel in Reading Comprehension and Writing but alo to increase their confidence and preparedness during examinations. 

Aligned to the mainstream curriculum, the employment of vocabulary instruction coupled with the use of educational technology encourages learners to become inquisitive knowledge seekers, develop their content knowledge and vocabulary necessary to enhance their confidence and competence in Reading Comprehension and Writing. 

 

iStudySmart

iStudySmart aims to empower students in the areas of planning and organisation, presentation and writing skills. We firmly believe that preparing our students for the future is an important role of education and therefore, the acquisition of these skills enable our students to stand in good stead as they prepare to transition into tertiary level education and intitutes of higher learning. 

The 4 Domains
- Planning and Organisation
- Presentation skills
- Writing skills
- Affective Domain
 

Free Trial in Term 4, 2018 for CURRENT STUDENTS sitting for their N Level or O Level exams in 2018. 

If interested, please CLICK HERE to fill the form.

 

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OUR CURRICULUM

The Main Literacy Programme (MLP) provides a comprehensive and quality curriculum to support students with dyslexia facing literacy challenges. The MLP curriculum integrates key essential learning components that are crucial in remediating students with learning difficulties and these recommended areas of instruction are adapted from the National Reading Panel, 2000.

 

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