Congratulations to all our students and we thank you for your endless support to DAS!

We are very excited to celebrate the 17th DAS Student Graduation & Achievement Awards Ceremony together with our students. We believe that every student has the potential to reach their goal and at DAS, every student is important to us.

View the 2019 Student Graduation photos here

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Stay tuned for more details. The Graduation Booklet will be available for download closer to the event date.

GRADUATION BOOKLET

You may also download the booklet by clicking on the button on the right. 

Congratulations to all our students and we thank you for your endless support to DAS!

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 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 a person’s intelligence. Often, weaknesses may be seen in areas such as language development, memory and sequencing. Having dyslexia does not mean that your child’s ability to learn is below average.  Dyslexia is a life-long condition that usually runs in families.  You are unable to determine that someone has dyslexia just by looking at them and some start out fine in school, but gradually schoolwork can become a struggle for them especially the transition from preschool to primary, then primary to secondary, or secondary to tertiary.

Early identification and intervention of learning differences are vital.  Early support for learning differences is essential for a child's well-being and an assessment provides greater insight into learning needs and informs us about how we can support their educational and developmental outcomes.  At DAS we work with students with dyslexia and other Specific Learning Differences (SpLD), which we often refer to as "Dyslexia +++"  Irrespective of the SpLD diagnosis all students can benefit from the specialist teaching at DAS.  Find out more about our SPLD Assessment Services

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DAS has many programmes that support our learners' needs for all ages. 

PRESCHOOL   PRIMARY   TERTIARY

DAS offers a range of services to support our learners and their families so that they will unlock their potential to succeed.

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The EMBRACE DYSLEXIA Movement 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 Movement was launched in November 2014 with a seminar and a dinner.
In 2015, the book titled 'Embrace a Different Kind of Mind' was published in recognition of personal success
stories of over 50 people with dyslexia.

This year DAS will celebrate 30 years since it was founded. As part of the DAS30 celebrations,
we are launching part two of 'Embrace a Different Kind of Mind' and
pledge to commit to supporting the EMBRACE DYSLEXIA Movement.

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

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Enquiries: Please email research@das.org.sg

DAS welcomes research proposals by the public.

Please complete this form, if you wish to submit your research proposal 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, the committee will proceed to assist with recruiting groups requested for testing. This could take 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
No. 1 - January
No. 2 - July
1 November
1 May
January
UNITE SpLD Conference
No. 1 - June
No. 2 - November
1 May
1 October
UNITE SpLD Conference
November
Annual
1 August
November
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

 

 

Welcome to DAS Student Alumni

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The DAS Student Alumni is an organisation for DAS Graduates. We provide graduates with a platform to seek help from others like them in order to integrate into society, whichever stage of life they are at.

As an Alumnus, you can stay engaged with DAS and give back to your alma mater by volunteering your time and talent. We hope to provide the opportunity for our DAS students to interact with our alumni on the DAS experience that our Alumni has gone through.


Network | Connect | make a difference. Get involved with DAS.

Sign up HERE or email ora@das.org.sg to stay connected with DAS Student Alumni

Like us on Facebook at DAS Student Alumni

 

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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.

Updated as of 21 March 2019

In view of the current COVID-19 situation, we will be conducting our awareness talks online until further notice.

Is your child struggling at school? Are they forgetting many things even after teaching them? Are you noticing that they lack the motivation to study? These can be signs of Dyslexia.

DAS serves to elevate public awareness and understanding of dyslexia through talks and screenings. We conduct free Awareness Talks to reach out to many platforms of the audience - educators, parents, medical practitioners and the general public.

Our talks are focused to inspire our audience with a deeper understanding of dyslexia, subsequently empowering them with the ability to identify dyslexic students and tips on how we can help our students with their daily academic demand as well as their self-esteem. With up-to-date information, visuals and hands-on activities, our Awareness Talks aim to ensure that audiences leave with a better appreciation of dyslexia.

Each talk lasts about 1 to 1.5 hours on average.

Please call 6444 5700 or email ora@das.org.sg for more information and request for a schedule.

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AWARENESS TALKS WE OFFER:

UNDERSTANDING DYSLEXIA


The UNDERSTANDING DYSLEXIA TALK is a basic awareness talk we conduct for teachers, parents, students or corporate staff. 

We will be discussing the following:

  • What is dyslexia?
  • The cause of dyslexia
  • The sign and symptoms of dyslexia
  • What can we do? 
  • Embracing Dyslexia

DAS provides other awareness talks, however, they can only be presented once the General Awareness Talk is presented, the only exception is the Preschool Awareness Talk.

 

LEARNER FRIENDLY STRATEGIES

To further awareness in helping a dyslexic child in their studies, DAS has created Learner - Friendly Strategies Talk. 

This 1 hour and 30 minutes talk will cover the following: 

  • Reading: 3-syllable types (Closed, Open and Magic -e Syllable)
  • Comprehension Skills (e.g. Annotation)
  • Spelling and Narrative Writing: Finding a Pattern, Visual Aids, Starting a Paragraph
  • Self-esteem to allow them to experience success


You will learn some of the strategies DAS Educational Therapists use and how our Main Literacy Programme helps the students.

To learn more strategies that are effective in supporting students with learning differences you are invited to attend workshops, courses and other training programmes provided by DAS Academy

* In order to attend for this talk, participants should have attended the UNDERSTANDING DYSLEXIA first.  

MATHS AWARENESS TALK

Do you know that about 60% of people with dyslexia have difficulties with Maths? The Maths Awareness Talk aims to help teachers acquire an accurate perspective of what dyslexia is and how it affects the learning of Maths.

Teachers will develop an understanding of mathematical learning difficulties that students with dyslexia may face as well as gain some hands-on practice with strategies that have been tested and proven with students who have dyslexia and mathematical difficulties. There will also be a sharing on the DAS Maths Programme to help teachers understand how Maths is being taught in the DAS.

*In order to attend for this talk, participants should have attended the Understanding Dyslexia first.

 

CHINESE AWARENESS TALK

The Chinese awareness talk will help one understand how dyslexia may present itself in English and Chinese. Strategies on how to support a child who is struggling with learning Chinese will be covered.  This 1.5-hour talk will cover:
      
  • Dyslexia in relation to the Chinese Language
  • Difficulties a student with dyslexia faces when learning Chinese
  • Sharing of some teaching strategies
 
Kindly note that the talk will not be primarily in the Chinese language.

PREP 2 PSLE AWARENESS TALK

The PREP 2 PSLE awareness talk will primarily focus on sharing basic tips and strategies on how to teach struggling learners on topics related to Synthesis and Transformation and Reading Comprehension components. The P2P team also came up with their own instructional approach: RIMAIR (Review, Introduce, Model, Apply, Independent (application), Review). Previously learnt concepts are constantly reviewed and new concepts are introduced systematically. The team will offer you a glimpse of how within each lesson, students will be able to gradually progress towards achieving the independent application of skills when attempting PSLE format question types.

PRESCHOOL AWARENESS TALK

Dyslexia impacts the ability to read, spell and write. It is normal for young children to experience early literacy learning difficulties when they first explore learning. Signs of prolonging struggles in areas related directly to activities in reading, writing and spelling – despite ongoing efforts in teaching and the child striving to learn—is a cause for concern;  especially if the child is falling behind class peers with a literacy learning gap of more than 6 months. Early literacy intervention where learning strategies are explicitly taught, and actively practised in-class during the intervention, can reduce the gap in learning; empowering children to propel their individual learning more effectively in kindergarten/childcare.

Teachers and parents will gain a better understanding of dyslexia, including early signs of learning struggles.  Dyslexia is not scary. There are many highly successful dyslexics. Learning strategies can make a difference. There are avenues of help. E.g. free preschool public screening.

What is the talk about?

The talk is for 1.5 hours. It covers

  1.  Introduction to DAS, its programmes and services
  2.  Basic facts about dyslexia
  3.  Signs of early literacy learning difficulties
  4.  How to go about seeking help
  5.  Financial assistance
  6.  Questions and Answer

Participants can attend this talk without attending the General Awareness Talk first.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

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

WHAT CAN PARENTS DO?

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

Parents are the best advocates for their child and partnering with educators can provide the best support for their educational Progress.

Tips for parents can be found in the DAS Parents Handbook, in DAS Publications and on the DAS BLOG.

Click here to understand more about dyslexia.

 

Early Intervention is Vital

Early identification and early intervention are 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 of a learning difference like dyslexia, please send your child for an assessment. To find out more about psycho-educational assessments at DAS, please click here.

 

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.

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The Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS) is a vibrant organisation with over 250 professional staff who provide a wide array of services for people with dyslexia 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 and Speech and Language Therapists provide support for over 3,500 preschool, primary and secondary school students in 14 centres all over Singapore.

“How a few made a difference to thousands”

DAS SALUTES THE ROTARY CLUB OF RAFFLES CITY (RCRC) FOR INITIATING DAS 25 YEARS AGO 
AND ITS CONTINUING SUPPORT TO HELP STUDENTS WITH DYSLEXIA

Initiated as a one-off community project by RCRC in 1989, DAS has since served thousands of individuals with dyslexia and is continuing to develop capabilities with an aim to eventually support Singapore’s dyslexic community

DAS began as a community service project in 1989 by the then-President of RCRC, Mr Abraham, and Dr Daruwalla to raise awareness of dyslexia in Singapore. After organising two public forums on dyslexia, the first of which counted Mrs Marion Welchman, the founder of the first UK dyslexia association and Dr Lee Wei Ling, who was a consultant paediatric neurologist and the head of the Learning Disorders Clinic at School Health Services as its speakers, RCRC forged ahead to establish a local dyslexia association and formed a committee to see to the project in April 1991, leading to the official registration of DAS with the Registrar of Societies in October 1991.

With the RCRC’s support and many other significant donors and sponsors, DAS has expanded from an initial intake of 12 students and a teacher in 1993, to its current full-time staff strength of 240, which includes educational therapists, specialist psychologists and speech and language therapist, to support more than 3,000 students with dyslexia in 13 centres in Singapore.

“We are thankful for the unfailing support from the Rotary Club of Raffles City throughout the past 25 years. It is because of charitable organisations like RCRC that DAS is able to continue to enhance our capabilities and expand our reach and scope to assist more individuals with dyslexia. The evolution of DAS as a small-scale community service project by RCRC into its present-day scale demonstrates that no charitable effort is insignificant, that an initiative of a few can benefit thousands. We hope this partnership will inspire more organisations and people to give individuals with dyslexia a helping hand,” said Lee Siang, Chief Executive Officer, DAS.

“The RCRC is proud to have initiated a community service project on dyslexia that became the foundation for the growth of DAS into an organisation offering support for students with learning needs. Beyond observing 25 years of support to DAS, RCRC understands there are many more children with dyslexia out there and is committed to supporting DAS to help these children overcome their learning differences, reach their potential and achieve academic, professional and personal successes,” said Corina Lai, President of RCRC (2015).

 

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.


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INSTITUTIONAL ACCREDITATION

The Dyslexia Association of Singapore, together with the 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

Campaign for Learning Disabilities

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

Bundesverband Legasthenie und Dyskalkulie

Dyslexia Foundation

 

 

SES Preschool Programme

“Catch them before they fall” Early identification and support prevents reading failure in young children." - Dr. Joseph K. Torgesen

“Moving into Primary One is a big educational milestone for children in Kindergarten One and Two. It is imperative to support preschoolers struggling with basic literacy early since research has shown that neglecting to do so may have a lifelong impact. Since 2006, DAS has helped many preschoolers with early literacy difficulties overcome barriers through our SES Preschool Programme. The SES Preschool Programme is a published evidence-based programme, which has been consistently found to have a positive effect on learning outcomes. 

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Preschool, in essence, builds the foundation needed for children to access formal learning in primary school. It is crucial to make the most out of the first six years of life, the golden window of opportunity as some may call it. As most children, manage without much struggle, there are children who seem to be struggling with the very basics which facilitate most formal learning to occur, the alphabet knowledge. Children who are observed to be struggling in Kindergarten need help immediately, and the earlier the better.

Most importantly, how do we know if a child can manage? When a child can visually recognise the alphabets, knows most of the letter sounds, recognises common words such as ‘I’, ‘the’ ‘is’, and is able to hear letter sounds in 3 letter words such as c a t, and enjoys reading developmentally appropriate books, one can safely say with a sigh of relief everything is going to be just fine. For those who sighed with worry, we are here to help.  

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.

Does your child experience any of the following?

Alphabet Knowledge

Difficulty learning the letters or remembering the letters taught.

Recognises some letters but not most.

Writing the letters is laborious and may not remember how to write the strokes of most letters. Numerous consistent, Letter and number reversals

Phonological Awareness  Has not been able to acquire skills in identifying rhyming words, count syllables in words, match letter sound to letters, join or separate  letter sounds in 3-letter words  i.e.  c-a-t
Word Recognition 

Does not recognise high-frequency words despite being taught such as I, a, my, the

Difficulty with Learning Tasks 

Remembering concepts taught

Take a long time to recall concepts taught

Frequent task avoidance

Emotional meltdowns during learning tasks

Recommended for

Preschoolers in Kindergarten one or two who are experiencing persistent learning difficulties with early reading, spelling and/or writing.

Application Process

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For more detailed information, email info@das.org.sg or call 6444 5700 (Monday to Friday, 9.30 am to 5.30 pm)


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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.

SES Programmes are NOT funded by the Ministry of Education (MOE), the MOE only supply a grant for the DAS Main Literacy Programme (MLP).  

SES Maths Programme

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The SES Maths Programme aims to effectively support students with dyslexia who have persistent difficulties with mathematics. We hope for all our learners to gain confidence in their mathematical abilities by helping them to experience small steps of success.

The programme is designed to cater to students with dyslexia. We adopt dyslexia-friendly principles to ensure that learning remains relevant and suitable for our students. 

 

How Dyslexia affects Maths?

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Does your child with dyslexia show the following?

  • Difficulty understanding Maths concepts
  • Difficulty reading word problems
  • Understanding what the Maths problem means
  • Difficulty identifying what the question wants him/her to find
  • Remembering his/her times' tables even though you have taught it many times
  • Difficulty following the events in word problems
  • Difficulty doing calculations that involve more than 1 step

 

About Us

We are a team of Maths Educational Therapists who are trained in dyslexia studies and teaching Mathematics at the Primary level.

We have at least 2 years of teaching experience under the Main Literacy Programme (MLP) before specialising in Maths.
All our teachers possess the following qualifications:
1. Certificate in Supporting SpLD Learners in Mathematics (formerly known as Certificate course in Dyscalculia and Numeracy Teaching)
2. Professional Certificate Course in Numeracy

 

Who do we support?

We support all Primary school students with a diagnosis of dyslexia, who attend MOE primary schools in Singapore.

We also support students who are attending school-based dyslexia remediation (SBDR) in their schools but have yet to receive a formal diagnosis of dyslexia. 

 

Our Curriculum

The students in the SES Maths Programme are diverse in their mathematical ability.

To support all of these students, we have 2 main curricula:

  1. Essential Maths
  2. Problem Sums for Upper Primary

Our curriculum is structured around the latest MOE Primary Maths Syllabus. 

View all programme fees here

 

How is SES Maths Programme different from tuition agencies?

Our programme is an intervention programme designed for students with dyslexia. Our therapists specifically design lessons that customise to the needs of our students with dyslexia. Lessons are interactive and engaging as students get to touch and move our classroom materials to help them understand Maths better. We also bring in strategies they learn from our Main Literacy Programme (MLP) to help our students understand the language used in maths.

 

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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.

SES Programmes are NOT funded by the Ministry of Education (MOE), the MOE only supply a grant for the DAS Main Literacy Programme (MLP).  

CHINESE

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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.

SES Programmes are NOT funded by the Ministry of Education (MOE), the MOE only supply a grant for the DAS Main Literacy Programme (MLP).  

 

"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  爱 vs 受
  • 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 expressiveness 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 strategies instruction for the 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, the 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
  • The 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.


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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.

SES Programmes are NOT funded by the Ministry of Education (MOE), the MOE only supply a grant for the DAS Main Literacy Programme (MLP).  

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.

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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. Orton-Gillingham Principles are incorporated in our lessons to ensure quality and effectiveness.

To register for the Speech and Drama Arts Programme, please click here.

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The programme caters to different age group

  • Creative Drama (K2 - Primary 3)
  • Literacy Through Drama Programme (Primary 4 - Primary 6)
  • Educational Drama (Secondary 1 - Secondary 2)

 

Recommended for

The Speech and Drama Arts Programme is recommended to students who want to explore the learning of the English language through drama skills and aspire to be confident communicators who are great team players and able to think creatively.

Entry Criteria

  • K2, all primary and lower secondary school students
  • No formal diagnosis of dyslexia is required
  • Open to non-DAS students

 

Research

Hamzah, M. (2019). An evaluation of the effectiveness of using drama as a tool to build social‐emotional development of children with dyslexia in Singapore. Asia Pacific Journal of Developmental Differences, 6 (1), 124 -147.

Read the article here

 

MOE School Projects

  • Assumption Pathway School (APS)
  • Canossa Catholic Primary School
  • CHIJ ST Theresa Secondary School
  • Eunos Primary School

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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.

SES Programmes are NOT funded by the Ministry of Education (MOE), the MOE only supply a grant for the DAS Main Literacy Programme (MLP).  

SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPY

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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.

SES Programmes are NOT funded by the Ministry of Education (MOE), the MOE only supply a grant for the DAS Main Literacy Programme (MLP).  

 

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.

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Therapy is an integral step following an assessment 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 the Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) which is established by the Allied Health Professions Act 2011 to regulate the allied health professions in 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 the unclear pronunciation 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.

 

Click here to read 'Effectiveness of DAS Speech-Language Therapy: A controlled evaluation' (download pdf)
Lee, E. K., Ho, S. L., Reutens, S., &; Lim, E. (2020). Effectiveness of DAS Speech-Language Therapy: A controlled evaluation. Asia Pacific Journal of Developmental Differences, 7(1), 5-26. doi:10.3850/s2345734120000020

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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English Language and Literacy Programmes

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

The English Language & Literacy 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. 

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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 institutes of higher learning. 

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

Find out more here

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Mission Statement

“Volunteers can play a vital role in supporting students with learning differences. Volunteers CARE, SUPPORT and ENGAGE with DAS students and staff by playing a vital role in helping dyslexic people achieve.”

Tagline: CARE, SUPPORT & ENGAGE

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#DASVolunteer #VolunteeratDAS #CARESUPPORTENGAGE

Volunteers can play a vital role in supporting students with learning differences. Volunteers CARE, SUPPORT and ENGAGE with DAS students and staff by playing a vital role in helping dyslexic people achieve.

Sign up here!

PRECONFERENCE - 26 JUNE 2019
REX Learning Centre, 73 Bukit Timah Road #05-01 Singapore 229832

CONFERENCE - 27 & 28 JUNE 2019
Lifelong Learning Institute, 11 Eunos Road 8 Singapore 408601

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. The research will be presented IN 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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*To register, call 6444 5700 (Mon - Fri, 9am to 5.30pm)

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TAKE OUR DYSLEXIA SCREENING TEST!

Our free screenings are used to determine student’s risk of literacy delay. Each screening only takes fifteen minutes and results are available almost immediately. They are then summarised in a simple print-out which indicates the probability of the child having dyslexia. These results will give parents a better understanding of the child’s strength and weakness before enrolling the student in our specialised programmes.


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The preschool public screening aims to identify Kindergarten One and Two preschoolers having difficulties with reading, writing and spelling or literacy delay.

Our Preschool Educational Therapist will conduct a quick 15 minutes of early literacy screening with your child.

Next, our Educational Therapist will collect additional background information about the child’s literacy and developmental background and share their findings with parents. 

Finally, they will advise how our early literacy intervention will benefit your child and the literacy components that our therapists will work on once the child is placed into the programme. 

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE CAN CONDUCT PRESCHOOL SCREENING ONLINE!


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We conduct screenings to determine a child's probability of having dyslexia. If your child has difficulties in reading/spelling, you may send your child down for our screening. Primary school students take a short computerised test which is presented in a fun, game format.

Please note that while the screening for primary levels is free of charge. Please also be informed that the screening tests will only provide a probability/risk of dyslexia. Further investigation via a full psychological assessment will be required before a diagnosis can be made.  


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Secondary school students will do selected reading and spelling tests. At the end of the screening, you will know how likely your child has dyslexia. Together, we will discuss your child's needs, and recommend if your child should undergo a full psychological assessment. 

The screening for secondary levels is charged at $60 per student. This can be used to offset the full psychological assessment fee.


 

To register for a screening, please call 6444 5700 (Mon - Fri, 9 am to 5.30 pm)

Back by popular demand for the 7th year, the Preschool Seminar 2019 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 social-emotional competence as well as learning in young children, the Preschool Seminar 2019 also includes 4 breakout workshops in various topics.

Join us for the Preschool Seminar 2019 if you are a parent, educator or anyone working with preschoolers.

CAREERS AT DAS

 

The Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS) provides a continuum of services for children with dyslexia, their parents, mainstream teachers and other professionals in the field of dyslexia and other Specific Learning Differences in Singapore.

DAS provides many and varied opportunities for individuals to work with students with learning differences.

The majority of staff that work at DAS do so directly with our students as:

 

DAS offers both full-time and flexi scheme (sessional) positions that provide flexible working arrangements to suit your work-life balance.

 

 

 

 

 

THROUGH THE EYES OF DYSLEXIA

As part of our efforts to spread awareness of the strengths of dyslexia, Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS) and United Overseas Bank (UOB) have come together to organise an inclusive art competition.

ARTVenture – a branch under the DAS’s range of programmes, organises DAS first-ever Art Competition and we want everyone to join us!  Regardless of your expertise, come and be part of this significant event to spread the strengths and uniqueness of having Dyslexia.

We have been receiving beautiful art pieces and will be announcing our winners during our UOB roadshow on the 1st of October!

There are a total of 3 categories for this competition and everyone gets a chance to participate! Click on the tabs above for more information. 

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Back by popular demand for the 8th year, the Preschool Seminar is organised by Preschool professionals from Specialised Educational Services (SES), a division of the Dyslexia Association of Singapore. Preschool practitioners will share about educating the young ones and show tips and tricks to support the weaker learners. Featuring two keynote speakers who will discuss social-emotional competence as well as learning in young children and includes four workshops on various topics. Join us ONLINE for the Preschool Seminar 2020 if you are a parent, educator or anyone working with preschoolers.

 

THE SEMINAR WILL BE DELIVERED TO YOU ONLINE!!  


In view of the COVID-19 situation in Singapore, and to avoid a large gathering of participants, especially those who work closely with preschool children, DAS has decided to deliver our Preschool Seminar online.  

REGISTER NOW! TUESDAY, 17 MARCH 2020

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HOLIDAY WORKSHOPS FOR 2021

Workshop
Fractions Online Workshop: Remainder Concept Problems

One of the common types of fraction word problems is the Remainder Concept. Maths questions that have the Remainder Concept are usually the ones that have the word “remainder’ or require you to find the total amount of a subject, given the remainder. In this workshop, your child will learn step by step on how to solve these problem sums using the model method.

Date / Time / Location
Monday, 31 May 2021
2 pm to 4 pm

Choa Chu Kang Learning Centre

Level
P5 to P6 Foundation students
Fee
$35
OPEN

Click here to sign up

Workshop
Times Table Level 1: 3, 4 and 5 times table tricks

Does your child have problem remembering the times table? Want to try a multi-sensorial way to help them?  Timestable Tricks is an interactive workshop that empowers students with assistive strategies enabling them to learn and remember their times tables easily and effectively.

Date / Time / Location
Tuesday, 1 June 2021
9.30 am to 12 pm

Choa Chu Kang Learning Centre

Level
P2 to P3 students
Fee
$45
OPEN

Click here to sign up

Workshop
Times Table Level 2: 6, 7 and 8 times table tricks

Does your child have problem remembering the times table? Want to try a multi-sensorial way to help them?  Timestable Tricks is an interactive workshop that empowers students with assistive strategies enabling them to learn and remember their times tables easily and effectively.

Date / Time / Location

Tuesday, 1 June 2021
1.30 pm to 4 pm

Choa Chu Kang Learning Centre

Level
P3 to P4 students
Fee
$45
OPEN

Click here to sign up

Workshop
Pearl of the World

Highly participatory in nature, students will be exploring improvisation, character development and providing them with the opportunity to create, collaborate and physicalize their thoughts from a chosen literature text – The Pearl by John Steinbeck, a Nobel Prize winning author. This Mexican folk story has interesting characters, rich themes, and intense conflict that are waiting to be unfolded. So, what would you do if your biggest wish come true?

Date / Time / Location
Monday, 31 May - Wednesday, 2 Jun 2021
1 pm to 3 pm

Bishan Learning Centre

Level
Sec 1 toSec 2 students
Fee
$120

Subsidies available for students on bursary.

OPEN

Click here to sign up

Workshop
The Young Lyricist - A Great Way to Improve Word Knowledge

Songwriting helps us to express ourselves in an enjoyable and creative way. We will explore different genres and learn how to set words to music based on the different themes and melodies assigned to each group. As we are familiar with the normal writing processes, why not challenge ourselves to express the same ideas within 3 to 4 minutes in the form of a song! This workshop is open to beginners as well so don’t worry if you may struggle with how to write song lyrics. With experience comes fun, so join us and unleash the creativity in you!

Date / Time / Location
Wednesday, 23 June 2021
1 pm to 4 pm

Bishan Learning Centre

Level
P3 to P5 students

Fee
$58

OPEN

Click here to sign up

Workshop
Code and Fly Drone

 

Always wanted to drive a drone? Let the tech-savvy crew at Roboto Coding Academy lead the way and equip you with everything you want to know about navigating the skies! Learn the basics of drone technology, program it to take flight and even take on an exciting rescue mission. Put on your thinking helmets – it’s fly time!

Date / Time / Location
Wednesday, 2 June 2021
9 am to 1 pm

Jurong Point Learning Centre

Level
P3 and above students
Fee
$78

OPEN

Click here to sign up

Workshop
I Like to Move it Move it! Coding with mBot

 

Always wanted to explore coding? Want to make your robot come alive? Come and join us in this fun-filled workshop with the team from Roboto Coding Academy to learn the basics of programming and robotics! Get to know how to programme your new trusty friend – the mBot, and make it bust some groovy disco moves!

Date / Time / Location
Wednesday, 2 June 2021
2 pm to 6 pm

Jurong Point Learning Centre

Level
P2 and above students
Fee
$68

OPEN

Click here to sign up

Workshop
DIY Science Champion: DNA, I see you!

Have you seen DNA in a tube? Do you know that we can do this using only items you can find in your kitchen? DNA, which is short for deoxyribonucleic acid, is essentially the blueprint for everything that happens inside an organism’s cells. DNA tells an organism how to develop and function, and is so important that this complex compound can be found in almost every one of its cells. In this workshop, you’ll make your own DNA extraction kit from household chemicals and use it to separate DNA from strawberries! Bonus: As a DIY science champion, you will get to germinate green beans and make your own lava lamps, too!

 

Date / Time / Location
Thursday, 3 June 2021
2 pm to 4.30 pm

Bishan Learning Centre

Level
P5 to P6 students
Fee
$55

OPEN

Click here to sign up

Workshop
Speak up: Chinese Shadow Puppetry for Oral communication 自制皮影学华文

Shadow puppetry is part of the Chinese traditional culture. Participants will make shadow puppets and reenact the story of Monkey King creating havoc in the Heavenly Palace with peers. Finally, the participants will perform the story with the shadow puppets. Chinese learning is so fun! Come and join us! 皮影戏是华人传统文化的一部分。 学生们将在老师的指导下制作皮影木偶,并与同伴一起重现孙悟空大闹天宫的故事。 最后,所有参与者通过皮影戏表演来呈现学习成果。 华文学习真有趣! 快来加入我们!

Date / Time / Location
Thursday, 3 June 2021
10 am to 1 pm

Bishan Learning Centre

Level
P3 to P6 students

Fee
$78

90% subsidy for all DAS Bursary students.

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Workshop
Making Handmade Paper from Scrap Paper

We can make countless art pieces out of scrap paper that you can find at home. You can turn scrap paper into unique handmade paper. Handmade paper has a rich texture that makes it suitable for writing, drawing and designing with easily accessible materials. Let your creativity flourish in this handmade beauty. During the process, you will get to experience the therapeutic benefits of making art.

Date / Time / Location
Wednesday, 2 June 2021
2 pm to 5 pm

Tampines Learning Centre

Level
P5 to Sec 2 students

Fee
$58

90% subsidy for all DAS Bursary students.

OPEN

Click here to sign up

Workshop
ACT & CRAFT: Grasshopper and the Ants

A 3-DAY WORKSHOP! Act & Create Props for their very own show? This is exactly what's happening. Students get to learn basic drama skills by combining acting and reciting chorus through the use of the famous classic tale! What's more? They will get to make their own props & costumes for their very own mini-presentation at the end of the workshop! What a great way to bring out their creativity and confidence!

Date / Time / Location
Monday to Wednesday*,
31 May to 2 June 2021*
10 am to 2 pm
*10 am to 11.30 am

Bishan Learning Centre

Level
P1 to P3 students

Fee
$190

90% subsidy for all DAS Bursary students.

OPEN

Click here to sign up

Workshop
Bottle Painting - The Great Way to SparkJoy to Waste!

Super fun, Super Great Way to Re-Use & Recycle Bottles! Children will join our art instructor in learning how to use paint to create drawings of their choice, whether they are young learners or older children, they will be equipped with the skills to paint their hearts away! What a great way to spend the holidays! Join us!

Date / Time / Location
Monday to Tuesday,
21 to 22 June 2021
10 am to 12.30 pm

Bishan Learning Centre

Level
P2 to P4 students
Fee
$58

OPEN

Click here to sign up

 

Please contact DAS Customer Services at 6444 5700 or info@das.org.sg for more information.

Main Literacy Programme (MLP)

To Map, Lead and Provide a comprehensive and high-quality programme for young dyslexics delivered by inspired Educational Therapists

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The Main Literacy Programme (MLP), delivered by trained Educational Therapists, provides a comprehensive and quality curriculum that supports primary and secondary school learners with dyslexia facing literacy challenges. MLP aims to not only help students acquire the necessary literacy skills to cope with the academic demands but also strives to provide a conducive learning environment for them to develop their strengths and build their confidence and resilience.

Curriculum Framework

 

Main Literacy Programme (MLP) provides a comprehensive and quality curriculum to support students with dyslexia facing literacy challenges, delivered by highly trained professionals. 

TARGETING SUCCESS MLP LEARNING PRINCIPLES
  • Phonemic Awareness and Phonics
  • Reading Fluency
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Language and Vocabulary
  • Writing
  • 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 take into account students' reading fluency and accuracy
  • To emphasis 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
RESOURCES
  • Language and Vocabulary
  • Phonemic Awareness and Phonics
  • Morphology
  • Grammar for Writing
  • Advanced Writing
  • Reading Comprehension

 

The Main Literacy Programme is part-funded by the Ministry of Education (MOE). 

Students are eligible for MOE funding for the MLP under the following conditions:

  1. Singaporean students attending a mainstream school
  2. Primary 1 to Secondary 5
  3. Diagnosed with dyslexia 

 

Your child must maintain at least 75% attendance.

Please note that DAS and MOE will conduct a review of your child's progress before his/her 48, 72 and 96 months on the Main Literacy Programme to determine if he/she has reached specific achievement points to be eligible for continued MOE funding.    

The MLP is also available to students who are diagnosed with dyslexia but do not meet the first two conditions.  These students can access MLP but they are not eligible for MOE funding.

For a Psycho-Educational Assessment, please click here.

The DAS Main Literacy Programme (MLP) Evaluation is published in the DAS Handbook. To read this click here.

DAS Art Competition 2020

To participate in our art competition, please register here.
 
1. You can submit your artwork at any time after registration by clicking the "Edit Response" button found in your confirmation email using Google Form.
 
2. Proceed straight to Section 4 by clicking the "Next" button. Upload artwork in pdf format or image files.
 
3. Registering now will allow you to receive email updates of our competition. We strongly encourage that you register first before you submit your artwork. 
 

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Welcome to ARTVenture

Where your Art Journey Begins!

At ARTVenture, we provide structured art programmes designed to bring out children's interest in art as well as organising and participating in various events to promote a person with dyslexia's talents. Whether your child has an avid drawer or just enjoys doodling around, your child will learn at his/her own pace and develop his/her skills according to each individual's interest area. We also provide opportunities for DAS students who love art to participate in art events and competitions. 

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Celebrating Our Children's Talent, Embracing their Strengths

As we drive towards helping people with dyslexia achieve through the various programmes to support them, their strengths are often not seen. ARTVenture exists to complement the wide range of academic programmes we have, to support our students, to recognise our students’ talents in art and to help them express themselves in various artistic forms. ARTVenture aspires to celebrate the uniqueness of art from the perspectives of a child with dyslexia and be an active voice of positive dyslexia through the use of art.

 

ARTVenture Supports DAS Children to Pursue Art

ARTVenture Programmes are designed especially for children with dyslexia in mind, making it suitable for all children who enjoy learning art in a structured and multisensorial way. Every child deserves an art education - ARTVenture believes that all children should be given an equal opportunity to pursue their talent regardless of socio-economic background. All DAS students in Main Literacy Programme are entitled to generous subsidies when they enrol into our ARTVenture short-term programmes.

 

  

ARTventureDesigned by Javen Ow, Winner for the ARTVenture Logo-Design competition 2019

iStudySmart Programme

“Success is where preparation and opportunity meet." - Bobby Unser

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 institutes of higher learning. 

The 4 Modules

  • Time Management and Prioritisation Skills
  • Planning and Organisation
  • Presentation skills
  • Tertiary Writing skills

The 2nd iStudySmart intake, 2021 will take place over Term 3–4 (Jul–Dec). *Limited slots are available, on first-come-first-served basis.

iStudySmart is NOT funded by the Ministry of Education (MOE), the MOE only supply a grant for the DAS Main Literacy Programme (MLP).

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PREP 2 PSLE PROGRAMME

The necessary study skills needed to give your child a headstart in PSLE

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Overview of the programme

While there is an increasingly lesser emphasis that is being given to examinations in schools, the Primary School Leaving Examinations (PSLE) continues to be the first major hurdle for students as they move on to secondary schools. In preparing to overcome this hurdle successfully, students require more than just the regurgitation of concepts but rather, an important set of knowledge, skills and strategies that can help them tackle questions in a more effective manner.

Supporting students since 2012, the PREP 2 PSLE programme aims to equip our students with this set of knowledge, skills and strategies to meet with the demands of the PSLE English paper.  The PREP 2 PSLE programme complements the DAS Main Literacy Programme and aims to translate students’ learning into practical application for the English examinations.

Extending support beyond PSLE, the PREP 2 PSLE programme also offers a Pre-Secondary Bridging Programme. This programme provides a headstart for our students, acquainting them to the secondary school syllabus and equipping them with essential skills and strategies such as active listening, note-taking, grammar concepts and visual text analysis so as to help them transit into the secondary school English curriculum.

Click here to watch our P2P Superhero provide you with more information on the programme!

 

Recommended for

The PREP 2 PSLE programme is recommended for students from Primary 3 to Primary 6, who face difficulties in the Grammar, Editing, Synthesis & Transformation and Comprehension components in the English examinations.

Entry Criteria

Application is open to Primary 3 to Primary 6 students with a diagnosis of dyslexia OR has attended MOE’s School-Based Dyslexia Remediation (SBDR) programme. The student must also attain a minimum score of 35% in his/her most recent school English Exam Paper.

If the student is not enrolled in any DAS programme, please submit a copy of any of the following:
• Psychological report (stating dyslexia diagnosis)
• SBDR Enrolment letter

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Short-term Programmes

PREP 2 PSLE programme offers short-term programmes that equip students with the necessary skills for other components in the English examinations. These include Oral English and Cloze Passage. Besides these, the programme also organizes the PSLE English Paper 2 Booth Camp that provides an intensive enrichment for students in need of a boost in preparation for the PSLE.

 

PREP 2 PSLE Research

The P2P programme continues to explore research topics to evaluate aspects of the programme such as its curriculum content, teaching approaches, classroom instruction and progress monitoring of students. We believe that evidence-based practice is crucial in ensuring that the programme meets its objectives of supporting students with practical knowledge and skills for application to school examinations. Our published research papers can be found in the following links:

Leong, E. & Hu, G. (2019) The construction and evaluation of an English Exam Skills test for primary school students with dyslexia. Asia Pacific Journal of Developmental Differences Vol. 6, No. 1, January 2019, pp. 93—114 2. 

Abdul Razak, T. E., See, E., Tan, S. H. J. & Leong, E (2018) Exploring the effectiveness of the English Examination Skills Programme on struggling non-dyslexic learners. Asia Pacific Journal of Developmental Differences, 5(2), 141-162. 3. 

Leong, E., Asjamiah, S., & Wang, A. (2017). Exploring the classroom practices of the English Exam Skills Programme for Singaporean primary school children. Asia Pacific Journal of Developmental Differences, 4(2), 167-194. 4. 

Leong, E. (2015). Improving English exam skills for dyslexics in primary education in Singapore. Asia Pacific Journal of Developmental Differences, 2(2), 184-201. 


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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.

SES Programmes are NOT funded by the Ministry of Education (MOE), the MOE only supply a grant for the DAS Main Literacy Programme (MLP).  

On-site Teaching Provides Specialist Intervention Service to Schools or Organisations at their locations.


Some but not all children have a diagnosis for specific learning differences. However, their symptoms and difficulties in learning are similar to a typical child with learning differences. Many children struggle to cope with academic requirements and need specialised intervention. With established strategies and experience, DAS Educational Therapists and Speech & Language Therapists can provide specialist intervention for children with various specific learning differences.

Onsite programmes in schools aim to uncover the true strengths of students with learning differences and empower them with the necessary skills and strategies to succeed.

Over the past 3 years the DAS has been actively providing schools with our Onsite Programmes On-site Teaching is a specialist intervention service for MOE or International schools.

Programmes Available On-site Teaching


On-site Teaching provides support for the following:

Short Term 10-week Programmes


On-site Teaching provides support for the following:


Customised Programmes


On-site Teaching allows you to customise your programme based on your student's needs.

Back by popular demand, join us at our 9th Preschool Seminar proudly brought to you by Specialised Educational Service (SES), a division of the Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS). The seminar is a purposeful blend of deep exploration featuring 3 keynote topics emphasising the importance of early literacy intervention, resilience and grit, and executive functioning skills. It also includes 3 workshops imparting practical tips to help preschool learners achieve.

 

THE SEMINAR WILL BE DELIVERED TO YOU ONLINE  


In view of the COVID-19 situation in Singapore, and to avoid a large gathering of participants, especially those who work closely with preschool children, DAS has decided to deliver our Preschool Seminar online.  

REGISTER NOW! WEDNESDAY, 17 MARCH 2021

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The SpLD Assessment Services (SAS) serves as a gateway to DAS programmes and intervention. SAS conducts close to 1000 SpLD assessments every year. Besides assessments, SAS also provides consultations and talks to support the ongoing development of people with specific learning difficulties, including those beyond dyslexia.

SAS believes in providing support to those who struggle with learning, regardless of their backgrounds. We support all age groups, from preschool learners to working adults. Our psychologists determine the learner's profile as each learner has his/her own unique profile with their individual strengths and weaknesses. For children who go on to receive learning support at the DAS, it is vital that SAS psychologists differentiate the child's learning needs even after the diagnosis. This enables DAS educational therapists to select appropriate educational goals that target the child's needs closely. SAS also provides clarity to adults grappling with the challenges of specific learning difficulties through consultations to guide them on the next steps. In line with our belief that support should be accessible, bursaries are available for those who need them.

We seek to profile the needs of every learner, and for them to discover and understand their potential.

SUSPENSION OF FAST-TRACK SERVICE 

Please note that our fast-tracked assessment service has been temporarily suspended as we are experiencing a high assessment volume due to the circuit breaker period. Nonetheless, applications will still be processed within our prevailing assessment wait time. 

Should you have any queries, please call our hotline at 64445700, or email us at enrol@das.org.sg. 

TESTIMONIAL FOR SPLD ASSESSMENT SERVICES

I am writing to thank the Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS) for all you do for the special needs community in Singapore, and specifically, for my family.

Your testing services and experts helped set us on the right path to getting the assessment and help that my son needs. Before coming to DAS, my husband and I were at a loss as to where to seek reliable and professional help for my son. We weren’t even certain where to begin looking.Luckily for us, we were told to look up DAS.


We really appreciate the fact that we could refer our son to you for testing without needing another medical or educational professional to support the referral. The said professionals we consulted all neglected the signs that something was amiss. 


Although the tests showed that my son was not dyslexic, they did surface some unusual results. Most importantly, your psychologist not only recommended that we consider having him tested for autism, she recorded that opinion in her official report.  With that crucial recommendation in hand, we were able to secure a polyclinic doctor’s referral to the Child Guidance Clinic at the Health Promotion Board. The fact that DAS is a well-respected, non-profit organisation went a long way in ensuring that the polyclinic doctor took our son’s case seriously.


Our son was eventually diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, dyspraxia and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. This led to him receiving the therapy and educational accommodations he needs.


In short, although my son’s condition did not fall under the direct purview of DAS, your organisation and its people were pivotal for him to eventually get the support he needs.


And for that, my family and I are most grateful.


Yours faithfully,

Mrs Eileen Aung-Thwin 

 

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DAS30 - Embracing Dyslexia for 30 years

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The Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS) is marking its 30th anniversary this year with ‘DAS30 – Embracing Dyslexia for 30 years’. The heart of DAS30 is ‘EMBRACE DYSLEXIA’ a movement launched by DAS in 2014 to debunk common misconceptions about dyslexia, encouraging people with dyslexia to embrace their learning differences and to call organisations to take greater action in supporting the dyslexia community.

DAS provides MORE than $1 MILLION in bursaries every year and this figure is rising. In 2020, more than 50% of DAS families required bursaries to access our services. Without support from the generous people and organisations of Singapore, this support would not be possible.

Donations received will go directly to the bursary fund for low-income families to access our services. DONATE TO EDUCATE!

This year, we celebrate 30 years of making a difference in the lives of those with dyslexia. You can play your part too! DONATE TO EDUCATE!