All About Dyslexia

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MissRachelTan
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Re: All About Dyslexia

Post by MissRachelTan » Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:22 am

Dear parents,

If you'd like to brush up your child's English this holidays, I've written an article, "Good methods to help a dyslexic kid with English" and it's up at the front page of Kiasu Parents. Here's the link:

https://www.kiasuparents.com/kiasu/arti ... h-english/

Of course, if you prefer professional help from trained Educational Therapists, you can check out our website over at https://thealternative.education/ to find out more about our services or contact us at 8749 2441 or email us at the.alternative.edu@gmail.com

Yours sincerely,
Rachel Tan

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Re: All About Dyslexia

Post by RayMum » Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:47 pm

Dear Parents,

I need help to find a clinical educational psychologist who is recognised by MOE and can conduct Chinese Dyslexia Diagnosis Assessment and give me a psychological report on my boy's condition. He was diagnosed with mild dyslexia when he was in K2 but all along we noticed that he has speech impairment and no matter how attentive he is in class, his Mother Tongue teachers have been feedbacking to us that he is not absorbing but he is not those disruptive type. He would sit in his seat quietly and paying attention and we were told to do more Mother Tongue with him at home. In fact, he spent more time revising and working on learning Mother Tongue compared to his other subjects. He attended DAS which helped him alot in his English and we work daily with him at home.

We have submitted the Psychological Diagnosed Report as well as NUH Doctors' letter to asked for exemption for Mother Tongue. He has tried very hard to the extend that it is hurting his well-being that he has nightmares, sleeptalks and sit up in the middle of the night screaming. And he broke down once at home when we told him to go to bed as it was already 10p.m. and he insisted he still needed to revise for his Mother Tongue and cried that it is better to be dead than to be so stupid that he could not do his own Mother Tongue.

We have fought for the right for him to see a psychologist in NUH. And further revelation from the NUH psychologist was really shocking to us as he is really at the verge of a breakdown where he had already plan out how he could take his life to prove to those adults and classmates that thought that he was not working hard and that he was lying when he mentioned that he could not absorb and remember Chinese Characters no matter how much he has tried and spent time on them. And with that revelation, we have sent him to see a private psychiatrist and she has assessed him and she agreed that he has serious issues in learning his language because he has dyslexia and not all children have dyslexia can learn 2 languages and he has done exceptionally well to master English considering that he could not even read or write when he was 1 month short of going to Primary 1 and being a very determined boy, he has come a long way.

Please help if you know of any clinical psychologist who can conduct the Chinese Dyslexia Assessment. Thank You.

From
A very desperate mum.

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Re: All About Dyslexia

Post by RayMum » Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:47 pm

Dear Parents,

I need help to find a clinical educational psychologist who is recognised by MOE and can conduct Chinese Dyslexia Diagnosis Assessment and give me a psychological report on my boy's condition. He was diagnosed with mild dyslexia when he was in K2 but all along we noticed that he has speech impairment and no matter how attentive he is in class, his Mother Tongue teachers have been feedbacking to us that he is not absorbing but he is not those disruptive type. He would sit in his seat quietly and paying attention and we were told to do more Mother Tongue with him at home. In fact, he spent more time revising and working on learning Mother Tongue compared to his other subjects. He attended DAS which helped him alot in his English and we work daily with him at home.

We have submitted the Psychological Diagnosed Report as well as NUH Doctors' letter to asked for exemption for Mother Tongue. He has tried very hard to the extend that it is hurting his well-being that he has nightmares, sleeptalks and sit up in the middle of the night screaming. And he broke down once at home when we told him to go to bed as it was already 10p.m. and he insisted he still needed to revise for his Mother Tongue and cried that it is better to be dead than to be so stupid that he could not do his own Mother Tongue.

We have fought for the right for him to see a psychologist in NUH. And further revelation from the NUH psychologist was really shocking to us as he is really at the verge of a breakdown where he had already plan out how he could take his life to prove to those adults and classmates that thought that he was not working hard and that he was lying when he mentioned that he could not absorb and remember Chinese Characters no matter how much he has tried and spent time on them. And with that revelation, we have sent him to see a private psychiatrist and she has assessed him and she agreed that he has serious issues in learning his language because he has dyslexia and not all children have dyslexia can learn 2 languages and he has done exceptionally well to master English considering that he could not even read or write when he was 1 month short of going to Primary 1 and being a very determined boy, he has come a long way.

Please help if you know of any clinical psychologist who can conduct the Chinese Dyslexia Assessment. Thank You.

From
A very desperate mum.

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Re: All About Dyslexia

Post by MissRachelTan » Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:48 am

Dear RayMum,

As far as I am aware, you can use the psychological report to push for Chinese exemption from MOE due to the severity of the case. You can engage the support of the teachers also to push through for the exemption.

There is no Chinese dyslexia assessment tool available on the market based on my understanding though I hear there are plans to develop one.

However, MOE recognises a valid psychological report, so that would do. You can perhaps further substantiate it with comments from his teachers and include your observations on his difficultiess too.

If your son is still in primary school, you can consider enrolling him into the DAS Chinese Programme where teach Chinese in a fun and non-threatening way, using methods developed in-house catered specifically to dyslexic children. Most of my students who have enrolled there report a positive learning experience when they go there for classes.

Hope that is helpful. And all the best.

Regards,
Rachel Tan
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RayMum wrote:Dear Parents,

I need help to find a clinical educational psychologist who is recognised by MOE and can conduct Chinese Dyslexia Diagnosis Assessment and give me a psychological report on my boy's condition. He was diagnosed with mild dyslexia when he was in K2 but all along we noticed that he has speech impairment and no matter how attentive he is in class, his Mother Tongue teachers have been feedbacking to us that he is not absorbing but he is not those disruptive type. He would sit in his seat quietly and paying attention and we were told to do more Mother Tongue with him at home. In fact, he spent more time revising and working on learning Mother Tongue compared to his other subjects. He attended DAS which helped him alot in his English and we work daily with him at home.

We have submitted the Psychological Diagnosed Report as well as NUH Doctors' letter to asked for exemption for Mother Tongue. He has tried very hard to the extend that it is hurting his well-being that he has nightmares, sleeptalks and sit up in the middle of the night screaming. And he broke down once at home when we told him to go to bed as it was already 10p.m. and he insisted he still needed to revise for his Mother Tongue and cried that it is better to be dead than to be so stupid that he could not do his own Mother Tongue.

We have fought for the right for him to see a psychologist in NUH. And further revelation from the NUH psychologist was really shocking to us as he is really at the verge of a breakdown where he had already plan out how he could take his life to prove to those adults and classmates that thought that he was not working hard and that he was lying when he mentioned that he could not absorb and remember Chinese Characters no matter how much he has tried and spent time on them. And with that revelation, we have sent him to see a private psychiatrist and she has assessed him and she agreed that he has serious issues in learning his language because he has dyslexia and not all children have dyslexia can learn 2 languages and he has done exceptionally well to master English considering that he could not even read or write when he was 1 month short of going to Primary 1 and being a very determined boy, he has come a long way.

Please help if you know of any clinical psychologist who can conduct the Chinese Dyslexia Assessment. Thank You.

From
A very desperate mum.

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Re: All About Dyslexia

Post by blurblueberry » Fri Dec 01, 2017 12:44 pm

Hi,
Besides a psychologist report which recommends for mother tongue exemption, do we need other supporting documents/reports? Is the report from the psychologist sufficient? TIA.


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Re: All About Dyslexia

Post by MissRachelTan » Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:38 am

Dear blurblueberry,

Usually a report from the psychologist that recommends mother tongue exemption is sufficient.

However, just to let you know, MOE has been quite strict on giving mother tongue exemptions these days and will now usually recommend a downgrade to Foundation Chinese instead.

Hope that helps.

Regards,
Rachel Tan
https://thealternative.education/
blurblueberry wrote:Hi,
Besides a psychologist report which recommends for mother tongue exemption, do we need other supporting documents/reports? Is the report from the psychologist sufficient? TIA.

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Re: All About Dyslexia

Post by Chris Tan » Fri Dec 29, 2017 12:22 am

I am deeply humbled by the opportunity to be able to spread awareness about dyslexia through sharing my journey on 88.3 Jia FM (https://www.facebook.com/EEva.Show/vide ... 661742042/). The idea of setting up a parent support group was born as I was browsing the forum page in this very platform.

It took me this long, notwithstanding that my daughter’s dyslexia had been corrected long ago, because I felt that to be in a position to provide guidance and support to other parents, I need to have gone through the experience, successfully remediated the problem and is sufficiently well versed with the subject matter.

For parents who need help and support, and would like to be part of our support group, do reach out to us on our FB page (www.facebook.com/dyslexiasupportsg).

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Re: All About Dyslexia

Post by Monicasara » Mon Jan 29, 2018 6:48 pm

ctcc wrote:Title: Dyslexia!!! Can anyone adv/share?

Hi, parents,

My 7yr old nephew access by the sch & confirm that he is a dyslexia (high risk) kid.

Anyone parents there can adv / share?
hey , I have some friends whose are 20years and more and have dyslexia. I have to say they live as a normal people and everything is just fine :)

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Re: All About Dyslexia

Post by ammonite » Tue Jan 30, 2018 7:22 am

Monicasara,
It really depends on the severity of the condition and the support they get. Not everyone is ‘just fine’. Some can go through six years of primary school education and still be barely able to read. These days MOE is more supportive (kudos) and the severe cases with proper documentation and reports can get someone to read the papers out to them. Some can read but cannot write. Without proper documentation and reports, they fall through the cracks and get streamed out. You most likely never get to meet them.

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Re: All About Dyslexia

Post by zac's mum » Tue Jan 30, 2018 7:58 am

https://singaporemotherhood.com/article ... -dyslexia/

Good article about coping with dyslexia in Singapore schools. There is a very famous LEE who has dyslexia and is successful in her career. But that doesn’t mean that there’s no struggle or difficulty for young learners. They need lots of encouragement to keep trying.

Somebody invented a special font type which is easier for dyslexics to read. Any of you tried it (eg on printouts/worksheets) and have good feedback?

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