What is Literacy and Why is it important?

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Literacy generally refers to the ability to read and write in a meaningful manner.  

With an endless wealth of information and knowledge contained in books and other forms of writing, being able to read allows your child to discover and learn new things.  It expands the imagination and develops the mind. Reading also nurtures creativity and is key in developing a good self-image – poor readers usually have a lower self-esteem and self-confidence.

The ability to write allows your child to explore and communicate what he/she thinks, feels and know. Being able to write well enables your child to materialise his/her ideas and thoughts. It empowers your child to be understood and to gain recognition and respect.

Key Highlights of Our Literacy Program

Comprehensive Developmental Milestone Assessment

We have a wide array of tests/assessments that we can use to assess your child’s language and literacy skills from a developmental perspective – this means that we focus not on your child’s biological age, but the age at which they function linguistically.

We assess your child’s developmental literacy skills in five core aspects:

  • Cognitive
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Numeracy – the ability to understand and work with numbers
  • Language

The tests provide you and us a deeper understanding of your child’s specific strengths and weaknesses and shed light into any underlying issues your child might be facing.

Individualised and Targeted Approach

Based on your child’s test results, we will develop a personalised program plan that targets your child’s language and literacy weaknesses. Our developmental milestones approach ensures that the training program is specifically catered to your child’s learning abilities and needs. More information about how we do this with our reading program can be found in our blog article here.

Focus on underlying Cognitive Abilities

Integrating our expertise in cognitive development and training, our language and literacy program also works on weak underlying cognitive abilities that might be the root cause of your child’s language and literacy difficulties. These include:

  • Auditory processing skills — the ability to discern sound codes, critical for listening or comprehension
  • Visual processing skills — the ability to picture, manipulate, organise, comprehend and think with visual information
  • Attention skills — the ability to sustain, divide and select information

Parent & Children Testimonials

My daughter went from C’s & D’s on her spelling tests to A’s & B’s on almost every single test. Also, she reads much quicker and understands more of what she reads. Angela’s confidence level has gone up a lot. All my daughter’s grades have gone up. Also, it does not take her as long to do her homework. I would recommend this program to anyone whose child is struggling.

Ms Diana Lee

Ever since Rianne started the training sessions, I see marked improvement in her reading skills. From barely managing a-few-word sentences half a year ago, she can now read story books of 20-30 pages at one go. In addition to her improved reading skills, she is now much more confident and more assertive. Therefore, the result is that she is more vocal now and willing to voice out her opinion. I am glad that I made the decision to join SBDC.

Ms Liew Yih Huey

Empower your child to achieve more through Literacy!

Find out how our Literacy Program can impact your child’s learning and cognitive development today! The first step is to get in touch with us, to schedule an appointment so that we can get to know you, and help you understand your child better.