1 in 10 children in Singapore are dyslexic, but not all of them receive the specialised help that they require, in order to read and write proficiently. Alvin Soh specialises in finding optimal learning pathways for dyslexic children. He has made breakthroughs with children with different forms of dyslexia. His secret? Embrace every child’s uniqueness. Nurture them with patience and understanding. Dyslexic learners find it challenging to read and hear syllables, words and language the same way most people do, which is why he helps them break down the sounds and letters in ways that they can understand and remember. When our children find a style of learning that they enjoy, they will reveal their unique talents and we adults might even learn a thing or two from them.
Dyslexic learners can achieve literacy and independence
Not many dyslexic learners achieve breakthroughs in reading and writing easily. The Dyslexic Association of Singapore currently has a long waiting list of dyslexic learners applying for Dyslexia-specialised tutors. If a lot of time goes by and a dyslexic child is still unable to find an optimal learning pathway, that child might feel frustrated and fall behind his or her syllabus.
Don’t let your child feel embarrassed or inept. No child is “stupid” — each child just needs to find a style of learning that he or she enjoys.
Alvin breaks down the languages structures into bites sizes of sounds and letters skills and applies his experience with the Orton Gillingham Approach to build up these skills for dyslexic learners over time. He encourages his students to enjoy learning using all their senses and their surroundings. Bearing in mind that no two dyslexics are alike, he personalises lessons to fit the needs of each unique student and prioritises helping his students feel understood. The English language is 85% predictable when one knows the rules and generalisations governing its use. When young learners start to grasp the rules of reading and writing, Alvin has seen them grow in confidence and enthusiasm.
If your child struggles with regular reading and writing lessons in school, consider signing him or her up for our specialised classes, which are customised to the needs of different learners and help them overcome their reading and writing difficulties.
Alvin first gets to know each child in order to carefully evaluate his or her current level of literacy.
Unlike group lessons, your child gets the undivided attention, pace by learner’s individual speed, relief off peer pressure, tailor made lesson plans .
Each learner has different life exposures and ways of learning. Lessons are conducted based on their interest and senses inclination.
Learning is one task and remembering is another. A spiral curriculum is in place so that as learners stack new material learnings, they continue to review old material to the level of automaticity.
Success is key to motivation, and the child must experience a high degree of success to boost his confidence in himself and his newly acquired skills. Alvin paves a positive and rewarding journey for his learners.
AUTOMATICITY FOR LIFE
What Alvin teaches during lessons will enable his students to become practitioners of the literacy skills that they will carry with them throughout life.
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When you realise that the child is not recognising alphabets as well as they should at the age, they don’t remember things very well, they pronounce words wrong repeatedly or simple motor skills such as holding a pencil or standing on one leg seem awkward, delay no more! Seek professional help on assessment and intervention.
Signs of learning difficulties start to emerge as early as preschool age between 4-6 years old. A common mistake is to ‘hope’ that they will catch up eventually and naturally. Unfortunately, this is rarely the case. A child’s brain development grows EXPONENTIALLY by the time they reach 12 years old. In other words, the gap gets wider the longer intervention is delayed!
It is better to be late than never! Contact us now for a non-obligatory discussion on getting started on the journey to Literacy Independence