Demystifying and understanding dyslexia

by | Oct 30, 2023 | NATIONAL, NEWS | 0 comments

The Dyslexia Association of Malaysia stated that awareness of dyslexia is low in the country compared to other conditions but dyslexics are not slow learners or stupid but just having problems with their eyes.

This is why the association added that dyslexics need a lot of support and understanding so sufferers are not misunderstood as currently about 13,300 government school students with special needs have dyslexia.

In addition, the Health Ministry says that between 4 and 8 percent of school students or between 200,000 and 400,000 are dyslexic and face difficulties in reading, writing, spelling and comprehension.

Since dyslexia is incurable, children with this condition grow up to face unique challenges when they are adults and while early intervention helps it is important to understand and accommodate their needs.

The association has customised its module to assist dyslexics based on the education ministry’s input which they use as a guide and this is mixed with their multi sensory approach to provide guidance to dyslexics.

The association has four branches in Ampang, Subang Jaya, Bangi and Taman Tun Dr Ismail and conducts classes for dyslexic children from the age of six to nine and has an enrollment of 280 dyslexic children taught by 30 teachers.