Know anyone who are dyslexic and have difficulties in reading and writing and been looking for some sort of intervention to fix this issue? Well, it is well known that we don’t really have much awareness of dyslexia in Malaysia but it’s been taking things by the storm and now people are getting more and more inclusive when it comes to this kind of thing.
The newly opened Altuz Academy is doing just that; focusing in helping those with dyslexia to achieve better quality of life by assisting them to master reading and writing. It is no longer a shameful thing for dyslexics or people who have learning disabilities to seek intervension.
Among one of the popular kind of intervention approach is the The Orton-Gillingham approach, which was developed in the 1920s by Dr Samuel Orton, a doctor who first discovered dyslexia, together with Anna Gillingham, a gifted teacher and psychologist. This approach has been further supported by over 100,000 scientific studies over 70 years that conclusively showed that a reading approach should include five important pillars: phonemic awareness, systematic phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.
The lack of expert instruction and proper intervention to rectify the reading problems of dyslexic children before they fall behind in traditional schooling can lead to irreparable harm, low self-esteem and a widening gap that becomes increasingly difficult to close.
This has negative societal implications and it is a crucial responsibility of parents to ensure that their dyslexic children are able to read proficiently to ensure their quality of life.
The Orton-Gillingham Approach – the highly structured evidence-based approach to teaching reading and recognized by the International Dyslexia Association (IDA), is now available in
Malaysia with the opening of Altuz Academy, a premier education centre for dyslexia intervention.
All Academic Language Therapists at the academy receive the vigorous training and supervised practicum accredited by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE) and IDA.
“It is critically important that remedial specialists, educators and teachers working with dyslexic students be vetted, highly trained in an evidence-based approach with oversight and accountability. Literacy training should be comprehensive, accredited by an international organization and include a
supervised practicum period. There should also be ongoing professional development for the sake of the children whom they work with,” said founder of Altuz Academy, Dr Choy Su-Ling.
Dr Choy, together with centre manager Yap Jo Ling, created history in the international dyslexia community by being the first two AOGPE-trained academic language therapists from Malaysia. They will continue to be observed and audited by the AOGPE to meet and maintain the high standards of teaching.
In the hands of a skilled instructor, this is a powerful instructional approach that benefits students of
all ages and abilities so that learning becomes a rewarding experience. The key features of this approach are multisensory, sequential, incremental, cumulative, individualized, based on
phonograms, and explicit.
For more information on Altuz Academy, and how you can help children or people with Dyslexia, hop over HERE