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How Thomson Kids’ Learning Programme Helps Children With Dyslexia
Many children with dyslexia require specialised learning programmes to overcome their reading and writing challenges. But finding the right programme for your loved one is a challenge, especially as most mainstream Singaporean schools don’t provide curriculums that are tailored for dyslexia intervention.
At Thomson Kids, we offer early intervention programmes for Singaporean children with dyslexia. As a key part of Thomson Medical, we’re able to leverage 40 years of experience in children’s developmental research to build our curriculums. Here, we highlight exactly why our programmes are so effective. Let’s start by unpacking how we teach children with dyslexia.
What Is the Thomson Kids Approach to Dyslexia Intervention?
Along with dyslexia assessments, we offer tailored Chinese and English programmes based on the Ministry of Education (MOE) syllabus. Our teaching methods are evidence-based and we’re always looking to update our curriculum based on the latest academic research. Based on the science — and our years of working with children with dyslexia — our teaching approach is informed by the following principles:
- Individualised learning — Effective teaching first requires understanding each child’s unique learning challenges. This is why our first step begins with a psychological assessment. After assessing the child’s needs, we adapt our teaching methods and materials to help them meet their learning goals.
- Scaffolded and bite-sized learning — Compared to traditional teaching methods, scaffolding breaks learning into chunks to make skills easier for children with dyslexia to master. This helps learners to maintain focus and results in faster learning, especially as students progress through lessons without feeling overwhelmed.
- Structured literacy and multisensory teaching — This systematic teaching method provides students with a solid foundation of the core linguistic skills needed to identify and decode words. To improve lesson retention, we make use of proven techniques like multisensory teaching which combines hearing, sight, movement and touch with classroom instruction.
- Improving student wellness and their relationship to learning — Many children with dyslexia develop anxiety around studying. By challenging but not overwhelming students, we aim to instil confidence and a passion for learning.
Who Teaches Thomson Kids’ Dyslexia Intervention Programme?
Our dyslexia learning programme is developed and taught by a team of curriculum writers, child psychologists and special needs teachers. On average, our specialists have 10 years of experience teaching children with learning difficulties.
The Thomson Kids team is led by Ms Frances Yeo, a highly experienced child psychologist. Under her guidance, the team works closely together to create teaching materials and to adapt our dyslexia intervention programmes for each student. This allows our teachers to tailor lessons to your child’s needs and to create educational material that feels relevant to their interests.
Is Thomson Kids Right for You?
At Thomson Kids, our early dyslexia intervention programme has helped many children with dyslexia overcome their learning conditions. In another one of our articles, we share a success story of how one of our therapists helped one such student thrive in mainstream school. The article also unpacks how dyslexia affected this student’s learning ability, and we provide specifics on the strategies that enabled his academic success.
Wondering if Thomson Kids is right for you? Read our success story to find out.
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