Dyslexia Association of Singapore
The Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS) is a vibrant organisation with over 240 professional staff who provide a wide array of services for dyslexics 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 and adults. DAS Educational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists provide support for over 3,000 preschool, primary and secondary school students in 13 centres all over Singapore.
Besides the main English literacy programme, DAS also has programmes in other languages such as Chinese, academic subjects such as Maths, and holistic programmes such as Speech and Drama. Increasingly, DAS also provides for those who suffer from other Specific Learning Differences such as ADHD, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia and Specific Language Impairment. But this fast expanding organisation has humble beginnings.
Intended use of funds through the YFC 2018 programme
Dyslexia Association of Singapore provides bursaries or financial assistance to students from the low-income families. These students are currently enrolled in DAS remediation programmes which are not specifically funded. With the funds raised through the YFC 2018 programme, DAS students from low-income families will be able to continue to receive help through the various programmes DAS has that helps them to cope with their learning difficulties and continue to improve and achieve their maximum potential in school.
Bursaries are given to low-income students to attend the following programmes:
This programme focuses on three aspects to help increase efficiency in learning and interest in the language
– Common vocabulary and sentence structure to enhance the students’ expressiveness in Chinese.
– Character structures, radicals and stroke patterns to enhance the students’ word recognition.
– Morphological awareness to help expand the students’ vocabulary awareness.
The aim of this programme is to effectively support students with dyslexia who have persistent difficulties in mathematics, particularly in word problems. The Maths Programme is guided by the following principles:
– Structured, cumulative and sequential
– Simultaneously multi-sensory
– Emotionally sound
3) Speech and Drama Arts Programme
The aim of this programme is to develop literacy, communication and presentation skills and boost the self-esteem of learners with dyslexia. Drama can be that powerful tool to help students with learning differences.
4) Speech and Language Therapy Programme
Speech and Language Therapy is offered in individual and 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.
5)English Exam Skills Programme
The Programme aims to support students by equipping them with the knowledge, skills, strategies and attitudes to cope with the demands of the English language syllabus in school. This programme provides an extension to the MOE-aided DAS Literacy Programme (MAP). Students will be exposed to various language components and will be equipped with strategies to cope with the English examinations. The four components covered in this programme include:
– Synthesis & Transformation
Engaging and involving the YFC participants
YFC teams will be invited to participate in DAS events and activities such as Mass screenings, Seminars, Students’ Speech and Drama performances, Graduation Day and any other adhoc events that may be held throughout the years.