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

Recommended for

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


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

Entry Criteria

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

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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 helpyour 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. What are the criteria for students to come on the DAS Maths Programme?
The pre-exam review criteria are as follows:

  • Primary school students (Primary 1 to Primary 6)
  • Current or ex-student of DAS or other DAS programmes with a diagnosis of Dyslexia.
  • Students scoring the following grade on their most recent exam paper:
  • P1-P4: Below 50%
  • P5-P6 (Standard): Below 59%
  • P5-P6 (Foundation): Open to all Foundation students
  • External student referrals who have a diagnosis of Dyslexia and meet the above criteria are also welcome to apply.
2. What are the charges for the Maths Programme?
Lessons are charged on a term basis (10 lessons), inclusive of GST. View programme fees here.

3. 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. 
4. 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. 
5. How often are classes conducted?
Classes are conducted once a week, 1 hour per lesson.
6. Where are lessons conducted?
Lessons are conducted at all DAS Learning Centres except for REX Learning Centre.

7. Our Philosophy
The Maths Programme is guided by the following principles:

  • Language-based
  • Structured, cumulative and sequential
  • Simultaneously multi-sensory
  • Emotionally sound
  • Cognitive
8. Teaching Methodology
Every stage of learning ensures that the child links mathematical ideas in a progressive and cumulative way. The methodology applied constantly keeps in touch with the mainstream school Maths syllabus, with the aim of bridging the gap between the student's ability and mainstream syllabus.
8. What teaching materials are used in DAS Maths classes?
We used 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.
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