Trained practitioners needed for kids with learning abilities

Dr Noel Chia Kok Hwee suggested that parents be aware that regular private tuition centres may not be equipped to help students who need specialised intervention for learning disabilities such as dyslexia and autism ("'Normal' tuition harmful for kids with learning disabilities"; last Saturday).

The Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS) agrees that there may be significant differences in the training and experience of practitioners working with students with special learning needs. Parents can identify trained and qualified practitioners through initiatives such as the Register of Educational Therapists (Asia), which recognises professionals helping children with special learning needs and sets stringent standards for the trade in terms of the practitioners' qualifications and experience.

The DAS encourages greater awareness among parents of the importance of training and qualifications in this specialised field.

Lee Siang

Chief Operating Officer

Dyslexia Association of Singapore

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