Singapore Brain Development Centre

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Opening the gateway to thinking and learning

What is Literacy and Why is it important?

Literacy encompasses the valuable skills of reading and writing, enabling children to engage meaningfully with the world around them. 

Reading opens doors to a vast realm of knowledge and information, fostering discovery and continuous learning. It nurtures imagination and stimulates mental development. Writing, on the other hand, empowers children to express their thoughts, emotions, and knowledge, enabling effective communication and sharing of ideas. By nurturing literacy skills, we empower children to unlock their full potential and actively participate in the world.

Receptive language is the “input” of language, the ability to understand and comprehend spoken language that you listen to or read. If your child struggles with receptive language skills, they will struggle with reading comprehension, following directions, taking notes in class, etc.

Expressive language, in contrast, is the “output” of language, the ability to express your wants and needs through speaking or writing. If your child struggles with expressive language skills, he/she will struggle with sharing his/her thoughts, ideas and feelings.

Language, encompassing both receptive and expressive abilities, lays the foundation for literacy development.


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The Seeing Stars® program focuses on building the component parts of a functional and fluent reader, including phonemic awareness, word attack skills, and symbol imagery which enhances word recognition and reading fluency. Instruction begins by building the processing skills needed to learn naturally and progresses applying these skills to the reading process. (Source:


Master the Code ®  is a reading and spelling program that develops phonemic awareness, visual awareness of words, and an understanding of the phonetic code of the language. MTC starts with blending, segmenting, and sound analysis. Practice is provided in segmenting words into isolated phonemes and also blending isolated sounds into words. Encoding (spelling), decoding (reading), and writing exercises are used so that the reversibility of the code is made clear. (Source:

Learning Ears ® is a program that uses an Auditory-Language stimulation method with specific ear-voice training to develop listening, language, communication, memory and basic literacy and learning skills. It is a tool used to improve a person’s ability to receive, understand, and retain incoming information. (Source:

The Talkies® program—the primer to the Visualizing and Verbalizing® (V/V®) program—is designed for students who need simpler, smaller instruction steps to establish the imagery-language connection. Talkies aims to develop the dual coding of imagery and language as a base for language comprehension and expression. Talkies is especially helpful for students with a limited oral vocabulary and/or limited ability to verbalize. (Source:

The Visualizing and Verbalizing® (V/V®) program develops concept imagery – the ability to create an imagined gestalt from language – as a basis for comprehension and higher-order thinking. The development of concept imagery improves reading and listening comprehension, memory, oral vocabulary, critical thinking, and writing. (Source:

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Key Highlights of our Literacy Program

Language plays a crucial role in children’s cognitive and educational development. In our Literacy program, we aim to equip children with the necessary language skills to effectively communicate with others and express themselves in various everyday situations. Moreover, we focus on developing their ability to comprehend and convey meaning through print, fostering their literacy skills. By achieving these learning goals, children gain the tools to engage in meaningful interactions, understand written information, and effectively express their thoughts and ideas.

We create environments that foster active participation and verbal interaction, ultimately nurturing your child’s interest in learning. Through a variety of activities such as storytelling cards, charades, language development games, picture sequencing, and Kahoot quizzes, we make literacy a fun and interactive experience. These activities not only enhance language skills but also promote creativity and critical thinking.

Our evidence-based programs are rooted in the cognitive science of learning, addressing the core issue that struggling readers often face – a lack of effortless sensory connection to reading and comprehension. Our approach begins by providing educators with a deep understanding of why their students struggle. Through comprehensive training, they learn to identify and address the underlying causes of reading difficulties. 

Our instructional approach focuses on harnessing your child’s personal interests to facilitate the acquisition of knowledge and skills. By allowing them to explore subjects they are passionate about, we create a motivating learning environment that leads to deeper and more meaningful educational experiences. This approach not only promotes active engagement but also nurtures essential skills such as critical thinking and creativity.

Our comprehensive literacy program goes beyond traditional teaching methods by incorporating our expertise in cognitive development and training. We recognise that weak underlying cognitive abilities can contribute to language and literacy difficulties. Therefore, our program focuses on enhancing critical skills such as auditory and visual processing, as well as improving focus and attention abilities.

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