Altuz Academy: Unlocking Minds in Malaysia - Sebrinah Yeo


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Saturday 28 July 2018

Altuz Academy: Unlocking Minds in Malaysia

Was glad to be able to be at the open day for Altuz Academy in Solaris Mont Kiara. As a parent of 2, everyday is a learning experience and today was one of it.

I have heard of Dyslexia, ADHD and Autism before. I am sure many of you have also heard of these conditions before atleast once. However, do you really know what type of condition is this and when or how to actually manage it properly?

Many, like me have the perception, that Dyslexia, is a person seeing the words upside down or words floating, actually it's not. Someone diagnosed with Dyslexia actually has a different way of reading. Dyslexia is more of the input.

Here's a simpler explanation :

When a person with Dyslexia reads a word, that word goes on a marathon race through their right brains first before heading to the back of their left brain whereas a person without Dyslexia reads a word and that word travels straight to the back of their left brain immediately to know what word it is.

Dysgraphia is a new thing I've heard about today. It's about the output, basically it's a deficiency in the ability to write especially handwriting. However at some level some may be able to write but may experience difficulties with other fine motor skills, such as tying shoes etc.

Here at Altuz Academy, Dr Choy Su-Ling deep dived into understanding more on the Orton-Gillingham reading specialist technique. Because having first hand experience herself on her kids, she had difficulty finding the right and proper support for those with Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, ADHD and Autism in Malaysia. This was also the reason why, after going into details and learning about this OG reading specialist technique, she noticed that it was helpful and beneficial for her kids as she sees improvements through this method.

Hence, the grand opening today at Solaris Mont Kiara, where anyone can send their loved ones with these conditions to get an assessment and also OG tutoring; where they will access the condition of the child or individual then provide a schedule plan. Because the lack of expert instruction and proper intervention, to rectify the reading problems of Dyslexic children, can lead to irreparable harm, low self-esteem and widening gap that becomes increasingly difficult to close.

Further delays in early intervention, can also cause them to fall behind in traditional schooling. This will have a negative societal impact and it is our (the parents & the adults) responsibility to ensure that, their Dyslexic children are able to read proficiently to ensure their quality of life.

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. It is where 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 International Dyslexia Association (IDA).

The Orton-Gillingham Approach, is a highly structured evidence-based approach to teaching, reading and recognized by the International Dyslexia Association (IDA). This approach was developed in the 1920s by Dr Samuel Orton. A doctor who first discovered dyslexia, together with Anna Gillingham, who is a gifted teacher and a psychologist.
Lesson reports will be provided to the parents and also Monthly Report to show progress of the students in Altuz Academy
The OG approach is also supported by over 100,000 scientific studies over 70 years that conclusively showed that a reading approach should include five important pillars such as phonemic awareness, systematic phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.

It is a powerful instructional approach that benefits students of all ages and abilities so that learning becomes a rewarding experience to them. Some of the key features to this approach are the multisensory, sequential, incremental, cumulative, individualized, based on phonograms and explicit!

So it's basically a condition with an early intervention, where reading, writing, spelling and handwriting, can be normalized so it doesn't grow with the child until adulthood. Because the longer you delay, the extra effort is needed to resolve this condition will take extra hardwork.

For more info please visit :
Altuz Academy
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