Monday, December 9, 2019

Looking at dyslexia with a jaundiced eye



To look at something with a jaundiced eye means to look upon something with prejudice, usually in a cynical or negative way. The word jaundice is an adjective that means showing distaste, envy or bitterness.

Any human being who thinks that what he does not know cannot exist is wearing the crown of ignorance.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Understanding Dyslexia - MindShift


    
         


The Western world is not interested in finding simple solutions to helping children who have shut down from learning to read in English. They want to make it as complicated as possible so that they can make money. Why kill the Golden goose!

Sunday, December 1, 2019

A talk to teachers and parents of a kindergarten

The President, Rotarian Stephen Siaw of the Rotary Club of Luyang made arrangements for me to give a talk to parents and teachers of kindergarten kids in a kindergarten in Menggatal, Sabah.

The talk was held on 22.11.2019. Here are a few of the many photographs taken by President Stephen Siaw.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Suicidal tendencies



Yesterday, a friend from the USA wrote a post on FB on suicidal tendencies.

The following is what I read from the internet after I had finished reading the post by my friend.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Wilful Blindness - A revisit



Yesterday, while surfing the internet I came across the word wilful blindness. 

Most of the ‘educated’ professors in UK as well as the USA and Australia, I have dealt with, simply cannot accept that a majority of children classified as dyslexic are actually shut down kids who shut down due to wrong teaching.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Rotary Community Corps & Shut Down Kids



A Rotary Community Corps is a group of non-Rotarians who share Rotary’s commitment to changing the world through service projects.

RCC members plan and carry out projects in their communities and support local Rotary club projects.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Free lessons for Shut Down Kids


I had prepared lessons for my students and had them posted in my blog in 2010. Unfortunately, the service provider, File Den, disappeared without any notice and I lost all my lessons on the internet.
Fortunately, I had printed and saved the hard copies.

With the help of a friend in Rotary Club Luyang we have now produced the book which is available free of charge.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Sounds of letters

The video clip below was sent to me by a teacher whom I spoke to about how sounds of letters of the alphabet are taught in schools. This is how most schools in Malaysia teach the sound of the letters.


https://youtu.be/f-lnIXt5i34



Friday, March 15, 2019

Spelling options for /k/




On 14.3.2019 I gave a presentation to 13 kindergarten teachers in a school in Kota Kinabalu. This is my 3rd presentation to schools and the first to a kindergarten.

The head teacher had collected questions from the other teachers and asked me many questions and the Q&A session went on for more than an hour.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Notes for parents and teachers (Part2)






I regret that the uploading of my book on the internet will be a little delayed as we are having a little problem with sound recording.

Meanwhile here is part two of 'Notes to parents and teachers' which will be part of the book.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Notes for parents and teachers (Part 1)



                                                                   

Is phonics still taught?
The short answer is no or at least in most instances phonics is not taught correctly. The main reason is that few teachers are trained or equipped to teach phonics. Most schools that teach phonics add extraneous sounds to consonants which leads to about 20 to 30 percent of children predisposed to shutting down to disengage from learning to read. 

Friday, February 15, 2019

Teach your child to read




Here is the preface to my book which I hope to upload onto the internet by next month at the latest.

A majority of children are wrongly classified as dyslexics when in fact they are instructional casualties. Many smart children who are predisposed to shutting down will disengage from learning to read when they have been taught wrong sounds of the alphabet.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Early input



Here are excerpts I collected from the internet on early learning.
Simply put, a child’s early years lay the foundation for all that is to come. In recent years, researchers have learned that the human brain develops the vast majority of its neurons, and is at its most receptive to learning, between birth and three years of age.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Sight words – My first student for 2019 (Part 2)



Yesterday was the 7th lesson for my first student,Emmanuel,  for 2019. He has now memorised 57 sight words and has been taught to read many words using phonics. Listen to the 2 YouTube videos below.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

My first student for 2019 - Psychological Assessment



On 5.1.2019, a father brought his primary 4 son to me for tuition. He has been diagnosed as a dyslexic by Dr. Fauziah of Gleneagles hospital in Kota Kinabalu. His psychological assessment report done in January this year says that he is ‘strongly at risk of having dyslexia’. 

The report further says that there are five signs of dyslexia, namely: - At Risk Quotient (ARQ) is 2.2 - Strongly at risk; - Spiky skills profile; - Weak literacy (mean 1.25 - in the lowest 5 percent). - Discrepancy of 2 points between fluid IQ and phonological skills - Weak phonological skill (mean 1 - in the lowest 5 percent).

I told the father that I can get the boy to read within 4 months of 3 one hour lesson per week. How do I dare say such a thing when he has been diagnosed as a dyslexic with weak phonological skill?

Read one of my articles on phonological skill at



Let us together observe his progress. Today – 27.1.2019 will be his 7th lesson with me. I shall record what he reads today and post it here for you to see. I will take one sentence each from his lessons learned to-date and see how he reads.

Meanwhile, please read the story of my two students last year (primary 3 and 5) who were diagnosed as dyslexic and requested by the dyslexia association to go for therapy in Kuala Lumpur for 3 months.