Overview

Professional Development Training

In line with Singapore's vision of an inclusive society, DAS Academy provides professional development training for educators to increase their awareness and support of students with learning difficulties in the mainstream classrooms.

 

At the DAS Academy, we believe that if you get things right for learners with special needs, you will get things right for every learner in the class. Efforts taken to make instructions accessible to learners with special needs will inevitably increase the quality of teaching for all learners in the mainstream.

 

Recognising that the individual needs of each school are unique, our lecturers are able to discuss your training needs before advising on a professional training programme that takes into account the needs and profile of your school's staff and students.

 

Drop us an email at info@dasacademy.edu.sg or call us at 6336 2555 to learn more about the customised training options that we offer.

  • Empowering Teachers

    When we help you to get things right for learners with special needs, you will get things right for every learner in the class. Efforts taken to make instructions accessible to learners with special needs will inevitably increase the quality of teaching for all learners in the mainstream schools.

  • Lecturers with rich practical experience

    Our lecturers have a wealth of dyslexia teaching experiences under their belts. They are able to apply their accumulated knowledge and experience to your context, empowering you to resolve your day-to-day challenges in a school with learners with diverse needs.

  • Bespoke Training

    Your organisation's profile and needs will be carefully considered before any training proposal is drafted. Our training can range from a foundational awareness workshop to intermediate certificates in a specialised area, and can cover areas such as reading, spelling, or math difficulties. Call or email us and we will be happy to help.

Customised Programmes

Here are some examples of the customised training programmes DAS Academy offers. 

Diploma in Special Education (Dyslexia Studies)

Specialist Diploma in Educational Therapy

Workshop - Understanding Screening Tools for Dyslexia (DST)

Workshop - Understanding Screening Tools for Reading Fluency and Comprehension (YARC)

Workshop - Supporting Learners with Dyslexia

Workshop - Promoting Executive Function in the Classroom

Workshop - Understanding Phonics

Workshop - Supporting Dyslexic Learners in Chinese

Certificate in Supporting Learners with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)

Certificate in Dyscalculia and Numeracy Teaching 


 

Diploma in Special Education (Dyslexia Studies)

The Diploma in Special Education (Dyslexia Studies) is a bespoke 9-months training programme (part-time) that allows allied educators in the Singapore Ministry of Education (MOE) schools to gather theoretical knowledge on dyslexia (and co-occuring difficulties) as well as practical skills to support learners in this field. The specialist diploma aims to empower allied educators to exhibit professional responses and take practical steps to ensure that mainstream students with learning difficulties enjoy equal access to the broader curriculum, just like their typically developing peers. Allied educators undertaking this programme will have to complete three modules for the Diploma in Special Education (Dyslexia Studies) award.

 

*The Diploma in Special Education (Dyslexia Studies) is a customised professional development training for MOE's Allied Educators. Hence, it is not open for public requests.

 

 

Specialist Diploma in Educational Therapy

The Specialist Diploma in Educational Therapy is designed as a specialist qualification allowing staff of the Dyslexia Association of Singapore to gather theoretical knowledge on specific learning differences (focus on dyslexia) while also developing practical skills on how to provide support for learners in this field. The specialist diploma programme aims to equip DAS Educational Therapists the understanding of curriculum framework developed by the DAS and empower them to positively improve their learning and teaching practices.

 

 *The Specialist Diploma in Educational Therapy is a customised professional development training for DAS Educational Therapists. Hence, it is not open for public requests.

 

Workshop - Understanding Screening Tools for Dyslexia (DST)

The session aims to introduce participants to the Dyslexia Screening Test (DST Junior/Senior). Participants can use the DST - J/S to derive an indication of dyslexia in a pupil. Through the administration of a series of tests, users will be able to generate an 'at risk of dyslexia' index. The tool is ideal for educators in schools or tuition centres who are supporting pupils with suspected literacy difficulties who may wish to use the DST - J/S as a screen-er for dyslexia before referring them for formal assessments. Participants will learn to appreciate the indicators of dyslexia in both younger and older students, execute and score the sub-tests of the DST, and interpret the results of the DST.

 

*This workshop is available to public upon request.

 

 

Workshop - Understanding Screening Tools for Reading Fluency and Comprehension (YARC)

The session aims to introduce participants to the York Assessment of Reading for Comprehension (YARC Primary and Secondary) which is a tool for assessing the reading and comprehension skills of pupils aged 4 to 16. It is ideal for following up at an individual level and provides quality information regarding the pupil's pattern of decoding and reading comprehension difficulties. Participants will learn to appreciate the nature of reading difficulties in both younger and older students, execute the YARC assessment tool and interpret results through both manual and online scoring.

 

*This workshop is available to public upon request.

 

Workshop - Supporting Learners with Dyslexia

This workshop was designed for a Secondary School in the (South Zone) to help teachers appreciate the implications of learning difficulties on academic tasks. Teachers apply the principles of the Universal Design for Learning to their specific content area to derive inclusive practices for their students. The general student population will definitely benefit from teaching practices that have taken dyslexics into account. 

 

*This workshop is available to public upon request.

 

Workshop - Promoting Executive Function in the Classroom

This workshop was designed for a Primary School in the (South Zone) to raise awareness of executive function difficulties that many children with SpLD exhibit. Implications of learning difficulties are discussed, together with classroom practices that can enhance the development of the executive function skills. 

 

*This workshop is available to public upon request.

 

Workshop - Understanding Phonics

This workshop was delivered to a group of Preschool Teachers aiming to build knowledge and skills to carry out phonics instruction and phonological awareness training to preschool learners. Phonics instruction is a way of teaching reading that helps children to see how the letter-combinations in English words systematically represent the individual sounds of spoken English. 

 

*This workshop is available to public upon request.

 

Workshop - Supporting Dyslexic Learners in Chinese

This workshop was carried out in a Primary School in (North Zone) to help the teachers to understand the difficulties dyslexic children face when learning Chinese Language, especially in Singapore’s context where they learn at least two languages with different letter-sound mapping systems. The teachers learnt the strategies to help dyslexic children in tackling the nature and structure of Chinese characters for word recognition, and can actively engage children in building literacy skills such as orthographic and morphological awareness, stroke formation and patterns, oracy skills, comprehension and writing.

 

*This workshop is available to public upon request.

 

Certificate in Supporting Learners with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)

This certificate course was designed for a Secondary School in the (West Zone) aims to give an introduction to the issues that affect learners with dyslexia and co-occurring difficulties. The course has balanced the theoretical elements with practical aspects so as to allow participants to acquire and develop strategies to support struggling learners in their classroom.

 

*This certificate course is available to public upon request.

 

Certificate in Dyscalculia and Numeracy Teaching

This workshop was carried out in a Primary School in (West Zone) to help the teachers in understanding and supporting learners who have difficulties in learning Mathematics, including those with dyslexia. The teachers were introduced to the theoretical and practical implications of Mathematical, and understand how individual differences affect the learning of Mathematics. learning were introduced. 

 

*This certificate course is available to public upon request.

 

 

Drop us an email at info@dasacademy.edu.sg or call us at 6336 2555 to learn more about the customised training that we can offer.

Quiz: What are your needs?

Take a short and simple quiz to learn about how dyslexia-friendly your school or home is!

For Educators, click here.

For Parents, click here.

 

The dyslexia-friendly index for Educators

Take this quiz to find out how dyslexia-friendly your school is:

 

CHECKLIST YES NO 
Overall School Environment  
The stall vendors in my canteen ensure that the menus uses clear fonts and are accompanied by pictures.    
There are clear signages for the main venues in my school. E.g. canteen, toilets, school hall etc    
My school organises dyslexia awareness training for the staff.    
There is a committee in my school who is devoted to the cause of inclusion and is actively supporting children with special needs.    
Classroom Environment  
As far as possible, I supplement verbal instructions and explanations with pictures, diagrams or manipulatives.    
I leave important information on the board long enough for students to copy.    
I make a point to ensure that worksheets (especially reading comprehension tasks) are printed only on one side.    
I break down words in the weekly spelling into chunks and point out unique features in the words.    
I practice having a group read aloud to the class, instead of getting a lone student to read.    
I provide at least one laptop or computer (equipped with Word Processor or a Web Browser) in the classroom, solely for my students to use as a spell aide.     

 

Total up your scores and check how dyslexia-friendly your school is!

 

'Yes' Responses  General indication 
8 - 10 Learners with dyslexia in your school are well supported to maximise their potential. 
5 - 7  Learners with dyslexia in your school are generally supported, but will benefit from more support. Approach DAS Academy for staff training to enable your school to be more inclusive towards dyslexic learners, across subjects. 
0 - 4  Learners with dyslexia in your school may find school life challenging. Approach DAS Academy for staff training to enable your school to be more inclusive towards dyslexic learners, across subjects.  

 

 

 

The dyslexia-friendly index for Parents

Take this quiz to find out how dyslexia-friendly your home is:

 

CHECKLIST YES NO 
I talk to my child about dyslexia and about people who have dyslexia.    
I have attended at least one dyslexia talk/course for parents.    
I practice reading with my child at home.    
I help my child find ways to work around his or her weakness causes by dyslexia.    
As far as possible, I supplement verbal and written information with pictures, diagrams or manipulatives.    
I break down the school's weekly spelling list into bite-sized components, with revision spread across the week, instead of expecting the child to master the entire list in one day.    
I break down words in the weekly spelling list into chunks and point out unique features in the words.    
I help to ensure that worksheets (especially reading comprehension tasks) are printed only on one side.    
While I am sensitive to my child's weaknesses, I am also keenly aware of his or her strengths and I provide support to develop those strengths.    
I provide at least one laptop or computer (equipped with Word Processor or a Web Browser) at home, for my child to use as a spell aide.    
I communicate my child's needs to his or her form teacher and/or allied educator yearly.    

 

Total up your scores and check how dyslexia-friendly your home is!

 

'Yes' Responses  General indication 
9 - 11 Your child is well supported to maximise their potential. 
5 - 8 

Your child is generally supported, but will benefit from more support. Click here to find out how you can support your child.  

0 - 4  Your child may find dyslexia a challenge to cope with. Click here to find out how you can support your child.