The Ministry of Education (MOE) has further expanded the School-based Dyslexia Remediation (SDR) Programme to 60 more primary schools in 2015, to now cover 121 primary schools, or two-thirds of all primary schools. Another 290 students are expected to benefit from the programme in the additional 60 schools. This is on top of the 1,510 students who have benefited from the SDR since 2012. The programme will be made available to all primary schools in 2016.
First piloted in 2012, the SDR programme is a two-year intervention programme for Primary 3 and 4 students. Students with weak language and literacy skills at Primary 1 will receive early intervention through the Learning Support Programme (LSP). For students whose literacy difficulties persist, they would be systematically referred for further assessment and diagnosis by the end of Primary 2. Students confirmed to have dyslexia would receive specialised remediation through the School-based Dyslexia Remediation (SDR) programme in Primary 3 and 4.
A unique feature of this remediation is the specially designed curriculum by MOE Reading Specialists catering to the dyslexic profile of students. The remediation programme adopts a systematic approach to teaching reading and spelling which is based on methods tested and proven internationally. The approach addresses key difficulties faced by children with dyslexia, such as phonological deficits, difficulty in making connections between letter sounds and letter names and weak memory. Students are taught letter names and letter sounds, as well as how to read and spell words, and read connected text explicitly with methods that involve multiple senses – of sight, sound, movement and touch. Repeated practice is built into each lesson to help students better internalise the knowledge and skills. The programme is conducted by Allied Educators (Learning and Behavioural Support) and English Language teachers who have received specialised training to conduct the programme.
Findings from the two-year pilot in 2012 showed that students who had participated in the remediation programme had improved in their reading and spelling skills. A majority of them made more than two and a half years gain in reading age. Their motivation and attitude towards learning had also improved.
Please refer to Annex A for the list of schools offering the SDR programme in 2015.