Is junior slow at reading and writing?

You can help your slow reader with these six tips from the Dyslexia Association of Singapore.


Generally, kids learn to recognise their letters and group them into words that they associate with the sounds from everyday chat by the time they hit preschool. Certainly, they need to be able to read and write a little by the time they are enrolled in Primary school.

          But what if your child is still struggling with it? How can you help them?

          Lois Lim, assistant director of admissions to the MOE-aided Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS) literacy programme, has been working at the association since 2005 as a psychologist.

          She says DAS advocates early intervention when a child is struggling to read. “Early help is crucial to prevent unnecessary failure or negative feelings about [reading and writing], especially for those who may need a little more explicit support in developing these skills but who may not be dyslexic.”

 “It’s crucial to prevent unnecessary failure or negative feelings about [reading and writing]...”

          She adds, “For those who are dyslexic, support in building good foundations at as young an age as possible is even more crucial as their underlying weaknesses prevent them from doing so at a typical pace.”

          A study published in the British Journal of Special Education in 2015 by DAS looked at the reading and spelling improvements of students after one year of DAS remedial classes. It suggested that these students show significant improvements in their literacy skills; also the earlier the children were enrolled in the programme, the more significant were their improvements.

          For parents who would like to send their child to the DAS mass screening events might be at risk for dyslexia, check the DAS site for news about dates and times, or contact DAS directly.

But can you do something at home, by yourself? Yes — click next to find out…