More than? Less than? Twice as much? Half of? Is your child having difficulties understanding mathematical concepts and the language used in problem sums? 


We want to effectively support your child with dyslexia who has persistent difficulties in Mathematics, particularly with understanding mathematical concepts and applying them to word problems.

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

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

Our Approach

The programme helps to bridge the gap between your child's ability and the mainstream syllabus by addressing areas they are weaker in. Mathematical concepts are taught using a hands-on, experiential approach called the C-R-A (Concrete-Representational-Abstract) approach.  Every stage of learning ensures that the child links mathematical ideas in a progressive and cumulative way. Students with dyslexia often face challenges with reading word problems and organising the steps needed to solve them.  In our classes, we employ the Polya Four-Step problem-solving strategy (Understand, Plan, Solve and Check) to help students organise their thinking processes as they walk through the problem.  We also use comprehension strategies taught in our DAS Main Literacy programme to help our students understand the word problems.  These methods are applied constantly, with the aim of bridging the gap between the student's ability and mainstream syllabus.

Recommended for

This programme is recommended for Primary School students with dyslexia who are struggling with understanding Maths concepts or understanding common maths problems taught at the school level.


The Maths programme has two curriculums that serve to meet the diverse needs of our learners. The Essential Maths curriculum focuses on building students’ understanding and mastery of mathematical concepts and procedures. Word problems are introduced to help students apply their concept understanding beyond short-answer questions. The Problem Sums for Upper Primary curriculum (PSUP) is designed for Primary 5 and 6 students taking Standard Mathematics. In this curriculum, students are taught appropriate heuristics to solve common challenging word problems introduced to them in each topic. 

Entry Criteria

  • Open to all Primary school students with a valid diagnosis of dyslexia
  • Non-DAS students with a valid diagnosis of dyslexia are welcome
    to join the programme.



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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).  

Fees (Maths)


  Singapore Citizen   Singapore PR and
International Student
  Per Hour Per Term Per Hour Per Term
Maths Programme (10 lessons) $59 $590  $65.50 $655

Fees are inclusive of GST.
With effect from 01 January 2020

A non-refundable profiling fee of $53.50 will be collected for this programme with effect from February 2019.
This profiling test required for the purpose of class placement.


SES Maths Programme is offering a new curriculum to support students in Primary 5 and 6 with problem sums. Problem sums for Upper Primary can help your child tackle challenging word problems using our systematic approach.

Common difficulties a child may face with problem sums:

  • Weakness in short term memory
  • Understanding the vocabulary of mathematics
  • Problems with sequencing
  • Challenges following multi-step calculations


Our unique approach to tackling problem sums

Try-Share-Learn-Apply approach is proudly developed by the SES Maths Programme team.

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Expanded Entry Criteria

  • Students in Primary 5 and 6 (Standard) scoring between 50 and 74%
  • Passing paper one in the latest Maths exam papers
  • Non-DAS students with a valid diagnosis of dyslexia and meet the above criteria


If you're interested to know more about this programme, please email us at


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

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

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


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

Frequently Asked Questions (Maths)



1.  How does Dyslexia affect the learning of Maths?


Dyslexia is a specific learning condition that affects one's ability to read and spell accurately. It mainly affects the ability to recognise the units of sound in language and to recall information quickly and efficiently.

In Singapore, we use the English language to teach Mathematics. We use words to talk about mathematical ideas, yet students may not be aware that the same word can have a different meaning in maths. They may also struggle to understand the sentence structure used in maths.

A person with Dyslexia would experience difficulties with the following:

  1.  Understanding mathematical terms
  2.  Understanding the relationships between quantities.
  3.  Keeping track of events in word problems
  4.  Understanding Maths concepts
  5.  The spelling of Maths terms
  6.  Difficulty telling apart Maths terms with similar sounds (example: thirty vs thirteen)
  7.  Recalling mathematical facts (example: times tables)
  8.  Multi-step calculations
  9.  Multi-step word problems


2. Who will benefit from DAS Maths Lessons?

DAS Maths lessons are suitable for students with a diagnosis of dyslexia and are experiencing difficulties with any of the following:

  1. Understanding mathematical language
  2. Difficulty grasping Math concepts
  3. Carrying out mathematical procedures accurately
  4. Comprehending Math word problems


3. What are the criteria for students to come on the DAS Maths Programme?

The DAS Maths Programme is open to all Primary school students with a diagnosis of Dyslexia.

4. What are the charges for the Maths Programme?

Lessons are charged on a term basis (10 lessons), inclusive of GST. View programme fees here.

5. Placement Procedure

Parents will complete the SES Programmes Application and Maths Supplementary Forms. The following documents are necessary.

Submission of the child’s latest SA / CA (Semestral / Continual Assessment exam papers) is required for placement eligibility to the Learning Centre. Incomplete Exam papers will not be submitted for review.

*The Maths Core Team reviews the child’s exam paper. A Maths Placement assessment (chargeable at $53.50 inclusive of 7% GST and $26.75 inclusive of GST for students on Bursary) will be necessary for placement if the Exam papers provide insufficient information or are incomplete. No written report will be given. Kindly note, that the Maths Placement testing is not a guarantee of placement on the Maths programme. 

6. Confirmation of Placement

Parents are informed of placement by the Center Managers. If the child is not suitable for placement, the Center Manager will also inform the parent as the criteria was not met. Depending on the requests for classes, the waiting time for classes would be approximately 4 weeks. Parents will be informed should the wait be longer or sooner. 

7. How often are classes conducted?

Math lessons are held weekly, 1 hour each session. Class sizes are usually capped at a teacher-student ratio of 1:4.

8. Where are the lessons conducted?

Lessons are conducted at all DAS Learning Centres except for REX Learning Centre.

9. Our Philosophy

The Maths Programme is guided by the following principles:

  • Language-based
  • Structured, cumulative and sequential
  • Simultaneously multi-sensory
  • Emotionally sound
  • Cognitive
10. Our Teaching Approach - How we Teach!

Each lesson starts with a review of what was taught in the previous lesson. A new concept will then be taught via the Concrete-Representational-Approach (C-R-A). Students are given the opportunity to interact with manipulatives to help them visualize and get a sense of the mathematical concept. The final segment of the lesson covers word problems related to the new concept. Students are guided through POLYA's 4-step processes to help them be systematic in problem-solving. Our lessons are kept fun and interactive through games and engaging activities. Orton-Gillingham principles are also incorporated to ensure that our lessons are specifically designed and kept dyslexia-friendly for our students.

11. What we teach in DAS Maths classes, our Curriculum components.

We use concrete materials and teaching manipulatives to explain basic maths concepts to students. Students are provided with hands-on experience to handle these materials to aid their understanding of
the relevant maths concepts.

Our Maths lessons encompass each of the following six competencies:

  1. Conceptual Understanding
  2. Procedural Proficiency
  3. Mathematical Communication
  4. Application of Math knowledge to solve problems
  5. Reading Comprehension
  6. Thinking Skills & Heuristics

12.  Research on Maths and Dyslexia you might be interested in reading.

Jordan, J., Wylie, J., & Mulhern, G. (2010). Phonological awareness and mathematical difficulty: A longitudinal perspective. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 28, 89-107.

Simmons, F. R., & Singleton, C. (2009). The mathematical strengths and weaknesses of children with dyslexia. Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, 9(3), 154-163.


Bunn, T. (2014). Mathematical difficulties in Singapore: A case-study approach. Asia Pacific Journal of Developmental Differences, 1(1), 90-113.

Yeo, J. J. R., Bunn, T., Abdullah, A., Shukri, S. A., & Oehlers-Jaen, A. (2015). Evaluating The Progress Of Dyslexic Children On A Small-Group Maths Intervention Programme In Singapore. Asia Pacific Journal of Developmental Differences, 2(1), 144-157.

Oehlers-Jaen, A., Yeo, J. J. R., Shukri A., Abdullah, A. (2016). Evidence-led improvements to the DAS Maths Programme, Asia Pacific Journal of Developmental Differences, 3(2), 248-260.

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