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2022 Online Learning Festival
The Learning Festival aims to provide a platform for practitioners and caregivers supporting learners with Specific Learning Differences (SpLD) to build up knowledge and pick up new skills in practice.
Through the Learning Festival, DAS Academy hopes to increase practitioners’ and caregivers’ awareness of the barriers to learning for learners with SpLD and with that, be able to better apply practical instructional strategies to support these learners.
Dyslexia is often seen as a barrier to writing. We often hear “Children with dyslexia should never be a writer or have anything to do with writing”. There are reasons for believing so. Children with dyslexia can: Lack fine motor skills needed for writing Find spelling challenging Have weaknesses in the abstract grammar and punctuation rules Have limited vocabulary Lack confidence and be reluctant to practise Have difficulties multi-tasking: generating and structuring ideas, spelling and writing accurately At the DAS Academy, we like to believe that as long as one has the tricks and technologies to make the act of writing easier, writing does not have to be a chore for those with dyslexia! Join us on this webinar to learn the tricks for helping struggling writers!
It is not uncommon for children with dyslexia to also have difficulties with Mathematics. When a child lacks the appropriate foundational skills, they might not be able to effectively grasp specific Mathematical concepts or facts. Parents and educators need to be aware of such effects that dyslexia can have on mathematics performance in general and how they can then support the learning of Maths in a more structured and multi-sensory manner.
Dyslexia seems to run in entrepreneurs. Other than possessing entrepreneurial skills, you may also have heard about dyslexia being associated with creativity, superior visuospatial abilities and big-picture thinking. Do you think these dyslexic strengths are natural abilities or have they been developed? If you think dyslexia and these strengths come in a package, then you probably have a fixed mindset of dyslexia. If you think these strengths have been developed, then you have a growth mindset of dyslexia.
Watch this Webinar Wednesdays to learn why a growth mindset of dyslexia is so important. Together, we will examine how parents and educators can encourage the growth mindset of dyslexia in students, the mindset that allows them to gain the dyslexic advantage.
Have you ever wondered why your child struggles to perform a simple routine task such as packing their school bag or even getting ready on time? Planning and organisational skills are two common essential skills that students struggle with, which affect not only their academic performance but their day-to-day routine. Though seemingly simple, planning and organisation refer to more than just tracking information. It also describes the process of organising tasks and thoughts. This session, therefore, focuses on these skills and we will be sharing strategies to develop them as it is imperative for practitioners and parents who work with these children to learn how to better support them in this area.
Learning to read is a complex process. Children who learn to read successfully can be due to many different reasons. Research has found that bilingual children have cognitive advantages in learning to read. Did you know that the core cognitive skills for learning to read are the same across all languages?
Join this webinar to find out what these core cognitive skills are (which we call the Fabulous Four) that develop the reading ability and take away some tips on how to build these four core skills to improve reading for our children.