Teaching of dyslexic kids gets boost

The teaching of children with dyslexia in mainstream schools has been given a boost after 22 young teachers were invited to join a network linking them with experienced learning therapists.

These teachers work as allied educators, and help their colleagues in giving specialised attention to those with dyslexia and other learning disabilities.

After graduating with diplomas in dyslexia studies on Wednesday, they were invited to enrol in the Register of Educational Therapists Asia (Reta), with most saying they will be joining. Reta, launched by the Dyslexia Association of Singapore last year, will connect these teachers who have less special-needs experience to those with decades of experience in the field.

"Sometimes, I look up techniques for teaching dyslexic kids online, but I never seem to get the right tools," said 27-year-old teacher Muhd 'Ashri Zainal.

"Here we get connected to professionals who can tell us about tried-and-tested techniques backed by research. At least we don't feel alone when we face new problems."

Senior educational therapist Pang Kong Eng, who is in his 40s, is one of Reta's 40 members.

"The network provides me with emotional support when I hear colleagues talk about their success stories. It is also a good source for referrals if we need to deal with special needs outside our speciality."