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The aim of education is to help students to attain whole-person development, cultivate positive attitude and develop life-long learning capacities. However there is a group of students suffering from a number of specific learning disabilities (SLD). They cannot enjoy school life, and often are misunderstood by their teachers and parents. According to research, about 10% of the Hong Kong school population suffer from specific learning difficulties of which dyslexia is the most common, accounting for more than 80% of the cases. The students with dyslexia have fluctuating academic performance. They are weak in reading and spelling, despite having made considerable efforts to learn. As a result, they would use much more time and efforts to read and write. Sometimes they get frustrated in the learning process and lose confidence in doing everything. Furthermore, as the knowledge on dyslexia of many parents and teachers is limited, the students cannot gain sufficient instruction and support. Both the students and parents are constantly under pressure. Their emotion is much affected. So the problem of dyslexia is not only affecting the performance of students in school, but also the parent-child relationship. In Hong Kong, there has been growing public awareness of dyslexia in children. However, due to the limited resources, students with dyslexia cannot receive a comprehensive training outside regular classroom sessions. When our social workers discussed with some teachers in schools, they shared that even if they wanted to help these student, they didn’t have much time to do that. Based on the principle of early identification and intervention, our agency planned to deliver service to the children and parents who need help.

 

With funding support from the Fu Tak Iam Foundation Limited, “Brightening Children’s Days” Supportive Project for the Students with Dyslexia has started in April 2008. The name of the project has a specific meaning which gives hope to the students to have the ability to create a brightening future. The aims of the project are to implement a comprehensive training program for the students with dyslexia, to educate the parents in guidance of their children, to enhance public awareness and understanding of dyslexia. A working group is established for this project. To equip team members with the knowledge and skills in rendering the service, staff training has been provided. In addition, our team has visited some related agencies, so as to have a more understanding on the issue of dyslexia in Hong Kong.

 

Students play a active role in participating the group

The project has three components. The first part is a parallel training group for the lower form primary students and their parents. From September 2008 to May 2009, there will be about 35 groups held in schools. More than 500 students and parents are expected to be served. The positive response from schools has reflected the need for service. The contents of training the students include different areas: attention skills, multi-sensory learning, writing and reading skills, etc. Through various kind of activities, games, role-play exercise, group discussion, homework, participants can develop multiple skills apply them to daily life. In the parents’ group, our social workers have shared the methods and skills in guidance and teaching their children at home. On the other hand, parents usually have emotional disturbance when tackling their children’s problems. Thus mutual support from the group can also be a crucial element in helping the parents. With the support from parents, the vision of home-school cooperation can be realized. Although the groups are still processing now, the response from the beneficiaries is positive. From observation, both students and parents are eager to participate in the activities. The students are making progress in the groups. Besides, parents reflect that they can have more understanding on their children.

 

Parents and Students are learning together

As this project may not serve all the students in need, a learning kit will be developed. It is an effective strategy to provide a teaching material to other professionals. Thus they can acquire a better understanding of students with dyslexia and use a ready-made tool in helping them. The kit will be delivered at the end of the project. Finally, a seminar will be organized in June 2009. It is used to arouse the public concern and understanding of dyslexia, also to conclude the process and result of the training program. The target will be teachers, social workers, helping professional, parents, etc.

 

To conclude, the progress of this Project is satisfactory. It is hoped that the concerted efforts would undoubtedly be of benefit to the students and parents in general. We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Fu Tak Iam Foundation Limited in supporting our project.

 

 

Learning kit material

 

The aim of education is to help students to attain whole-person development, cultivate positive attitude and develop life-long learning capacities. However there is a group of students suffering from a number of specific learning disabilities (SLD). They cannot enjoy school life, and often are misunderstood by their teachers and parents. According to research, about 10% of the Hong Kong school population suffer from specific learning difficulties of which dyslexia is the most common, accounting for more than 80% of the cases. The students with dyslexia have fluctuating academic performance. They are weak in reading and spelling, despite having made considerable efforts to learn. As a result, they would use much more time and efforts to read and write. Sometimes they get frustrated in the learning process and lose confidence in doing everything. Furthermore, as the knowledge on dyslexia of many parents and teachers is limited, the students cannot gain sufficient instruction and support. Both the students and parents are constantly under pressure. Their emotion is much affected. So the problem of dyslexia is not only affecting the performance of students in school, but also the parent-child relationship. In Hong Kong, there has been growing public awareness of dyslexia in children. However, due to the limited resources, students with dyslexia cannot receive a comprehensive training outside regular classroom sessions. When our social workers discussed with some teachers in schools, they shared that even if they wanted to help these student, they didn’t have much time to do that. Based on the principle of early identification and intervention, our agency planned to deliver service to the children and parents who need help.

 

With funding support from the Fu Tak Iam Foundation Limited, “Brightening Children’s Days” Supportive Project for the Students with Dyslexia has started in April 2008. The name of the project has a specific meaning which gives hope to the students to have the ability to create a brightening future. The aims of the project are to implement a comprehensive training program for the students with dyslexia, to educate the parents in guidance of their children, to enhance public awareness and understanding of dyslexia. A working group is established for this project. To equip team members with the knowledge and skills in rendering the service, staff training has been provided. In addition, our team has visited some related agencies, so as to have a more understanding on the issue of dyslexia in Hong Kong.

 

The project has three components. The first part is a parallel training group for the lower form primary students and their parents. From September 2008 to May 2009, there will be about 35 groups held in schools. More than 500 students and parents are expected to be served. The positive response from schools has reflected the need for service. The contents of training the students include different areas: attention skills, multi-sensory learning, writing and reading skills, etc. Through various kind of activities, games, role-play exercise, group discussion, homework, participants can develop multiple skills apply them to daily life. In the parents’ group, our social workers have shared the methods and skills in guidance and teaching their children at home. On the other hand, parents usually have emotional disturbance when tackling their children’s problems. Thus mutual support from the group can also be a crucial element in helping the parents. With the support from parents, the vision of home-school cooperation can be realized. Although the groups are still processing now, the response from the beneficiaries is positive. From observation, both students and parents are eager to participate in the activities. The students are making progress in the groups. Besides, parents reflect that they can have more understanding on their children.

 

As this project may not serve all the students in need, a learning kit will be developed. It is an effective strategy to provide a teaching material to other professionals. Thus they can acquire a better understanding of students with dyslexia and use a ready-made tool in helping them. The kit will be delivered at the end of the project. Finally, a seminar will be organized in June 2009. It is used to arouse the public concern and understanding of dyslexia, also to conclude the process and result of the training program. The target will be teachers, social workers, helping professional, parents, etc.

 

To conclude, the progress of this Project is satisfactory. It is hoped that the concerted efforts would undoubtedly be of benefit to the students and parents in general. We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Fu Tak Iam Foundation Limited in supporting our project.

 

Students play a active role in participating the group

 

Parents and Students are learning together

 

Learning kit material