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Understanding how assessment results can support intervention and learning.

JAE TAN - Psychologist, Dyslexia Association of Singapore

Many parents and teachers are often in a dilemma as to whether a child should be sent for formal psychological testing. Concerns range from whether they might be overly anxious with the child's development, whether the child should get a "label" or whether there can be any benefits from having an assessment. This workshop hopes to allay these concerns by providing parents and teachers a clearer understanding about psycho-educational assessments and how the result of an assessment can further support a child's learning.

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Difficulties in Working Memory in SpLD: Strategies to Overcome

ADAM OEI, Ph.D. - Lecturer, DAS Academy

Working memory is an important cognitive ability essential for many activities in daily life. Furthermore, individual differences in working memory capacity are highly predictive of educational and occupational success. This workshop is aimed at parents and educators in helping them understand working memory deficits in children with SpLD. Research findings will also be shared with regards to the state of working memory training and what classroom strategies can be used to support children with working memory difficulties.

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

GEETHA SHANTA RAM - Director, MOE-Aided DAS Literacy Programme Dyslexia Association of Singapore

For learners with dyslexia, learning through technology offers the possibility of an independent self-exploration of their individual gifts. And in return it both enables the acquisition of skills and aids in self-confidence. Participants at the workshop will become familiar with current research to guide their efforts to incorporate technology in their instruction. The session will also discuss the applications that may be used with success for learners with dyslexia, and learners' feedback on their learning journey through technology.

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Using Visuals to Develop Critical Thinking Skills

PRISCILLIA SHEN - Director, Undergraduate Programmes, DAS Academy

As the saying goes - a picture speaks a thousand words, and thus the value of visuals must not be underestimated. The impact of visual literacy and visual communication is significant in this digital age of information. Humans, especially younger or struggling learners, tend to gravitate more naturally towards visuals than to words. Furthermore, the use of visuals is useful for cross-curricular teaching and allows practitioners to "see [into] students' worlds, their thinking, and knowledge" (Rowsell, McLean & Hamilton, 2o12).During this session, participants will be introduced to what it means to be visually literate, how it contributes to thinking skills, and its usefulness in home and classroom support.

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Using Visuals to Develop Critical Thinking Skills

MICHELLE-LYNN YAP - Director, Continuing Professional Development, DAS Academy

As the saying goes - a picture speaks a thousand words, and thus the value of visuals must not be underestimated. The impact of visual literacy and visual communication is significant in this digital age of information. Humans, especially younger or struggling learners, tend to gravitate more naturally towards visuals than to words. Furthermore, the use of visuals is useful for cross-curricular teaching and allows practitioners to "see [into] students' worlds, their thinking, and knowledge" (Rowsell, McLean & Hamilton, 2o12).During this session, participants will be introduced to what it means to be visually literate, how it contributes to thinking skills, and its usefulness in home and classroom support.

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The importance of early intervention of literacy difficulties at Preschool: Practical strategies that support teaching and learning

WONG KAH LAI - Preschool Programme Manager, Specialised Educational Services, Dyslexia Association of Singapore

Language is a tool for communication, be it written or spoken. Listening, speaking, reading and writing are corner stones to language learning. Difficulties in early literacy have a direct impact on children's subsequent formal learning in school. Early intervention and support can make a significant difference by equipping children with the ability to meet these learning challenges. This workshop aims to equip educators and parents with an understanding of how children learn. It includes practical strategies that adults can apply to empower children to learn effectively and independently.

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Social-Emotional Competencies in Children with SpLD

ANITA PEREIRA - Assistant Educational Advisor, Dyslexia Association of Singapore

Social and emotional competencies are the hallmark of academic achievement as well as successes in life. Today, the importance of being adept at social and emotional skills is a commonly overlooked aspect among children with learning differences. Research shows that children with SpLD who possess a strong foundation in social and emotional skills will cope better in their daily social interactions. This workshop aims to identify areas of social and emotional needs of children with SpLD and share coping strategies for them to manage challenges in school and home.

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Social-Emotional Competencies in Children with SpLD

HANI ZOHRA MUHAMAD - Educational Advisor, Dyslexia Association of Singapore

Social and emotional competencies are the hallmark of academic achievement as well as successes in life. Today, the importance of being adept at social and emotional skills is a commonly overlooked aspect among children with learning differences. Research shows that children with SpLD who possess a strong foundation in social and emotional skills will cope better in their daily social interactions. This workshop aims to identify areas of social and emotional needs of children with SpLD and share coping strategies for them to manage challenges in school and home.