FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS)?

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

What is the SpLD Assessment Services (SAS)?

The SAS is a department that manages admissions into the Dyslexia Association of Singapore. Administratively, the team reviews applications for assessments and placements and advises parents on suitable next steps. The SAS also comprises a team of Registered Psychologists and Specialist Psychologists who have been trained to assess for dyslexia. The team of Registered Psychologists is also able to assess for other learning differences such as dysgraphia and dyscalculia, as well as assess for difficulties in attention and social skills.

What is done in an Assessment?

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

What happens after an Assessment?

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

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

What is the Main Literacy Programme (MLP)?

The Main Literacy Programme (MLP) provides a comprehensive and quality curriculum to support dyslexic students facing literacy challenges. The MLP Curriculum integrates key essential learning components that are crucial in remediating students with learning difficulties.Depending on your child’s needs and progress, the following components may be covered in the curriculum:

  • Phonemic Awareness and Phonics
  • Reading Fluency
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Vocabulary
  • Writing

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How much does an assessment cost?

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

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

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

Is there any financial assistance available?

Yes, DAS offers bursaries to families to offset the cost of assessments and/or educational therapy. Please speak to the Customer Service Officer at 6444 5700 or visit
www.das.org.sg for more information.

What are the qualifications of the DAS Psychologists?

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

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

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

Testimonial for SpLD Assessments?

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