Swords & Stationery (S&S) is a Singapore-based specialist tutoring / educational therapy programme for children and youths with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)—or what is commonly called ‘special needs’—including dyslexia, dysgraphia, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD). It also works with mainstream learners, as well as those from a background where English is spoken as a second or foreign language (ESL). The most suitable age range of students for the Swords & Stationery programme is 10 to 17 years, though we do accept learners outside of this range on a case-by-case basis.
Our curriculum focuses on the following English-based subjects:
- Primary and Secondary level English Language (narrative writing, expository writing, reading comprehension, literacy, and examination skills in areas like editing, synthesis & transformation, and cloze passages)
- English Literature (prose and poetry)
- History and Social Studies (source-based questions and structured-response questions)
Our curriculum also includes the following unique traits:
- Morphological awareness training. This is essential to helping our learners ace their English. Its effectiveness has been empirically and anecdotally proven.
- Tailor-made worksheets and resources. To suit every child’s needs, every single worksheet is created in-house and vetted thoroughly by NIE/OG-trained educators.
- Modular and adaptable concepts, techniques and frameworks. These can be scaled to any level, age and degree of competency, and are taught through various classroom practices such as the Joint Construction Method and Process-Genre Approach.
- Hand-crafted digital presentations. Before the start of each lesson, we will create a digital, animated presentation (unique to every class) using PowerPoint, Prezi, and other similar tools. Along with the teacher’s guidance, classes become far more interactive and lively, difficult concepts crystal clear to understand. We rarely, if ever, lose our students’ attention. And yes, we are so good that we only need 30 minutes to create a unique digital presentation from ground-up.
- Game-based learning. To consistently maintain our students’ focus, we use games as proxies or analogues to facilitate learning. Reading and spelling components, for example, can be conducted entirely within the simulation of a tabletop game (that is not available anywhere else).
To further support learners with special needs like dyslexia, dysgraphia, ASD and ADHD, we may seamlessly incorporate the following into lessons:
- Phonics (based off the Orton-Gillingham programme)
- Handwriting mastery
- Social skills
Our pedagogy makes learning fun and highly effective through the use of resources and materials that are visual, tactile and auditory. These include the aforementioned games, hands-on activities, digital presentations, and in-house-designed worksheets (see above).
Prior to the first lesson, we will provide a free assessment service that can highlight 80%-90% of the learner’s cognitive and academic strengths and weaknesses. Through this diagnostic assessment, we will be able to tailor lessons to suit the learner’s needs.
Class sizes are kept small to ensure an optimal learning environment. Each class may have up to 4 students. We also offer individualised 1-to-1 therapy sessions. The duration of a group therapy session is 2 hours long, while that of 1-to-1 therapy is 1.5 hours long. Fees are charged at $50 per hour for group therapy sessions, and $75 per hour for 1-to-1 therapy sessions.
Our therapy services are currently conducted at The Gifted Lab, with the address as follows:
271, Bukit Timah Road
Heavily inspired by overseas initiatives such as Game to Grow/Wheelhouse Workshop, Swords & Stationery is unique for the reason that it combines gaming and learning into one academically effective package. It is the brainchild of Shaun Low, an educational therapist by training with over four years of experience and a track record of producing successful, highly motivated learners. The methodology operates on the Orton-Gillingham principles and works fantastically with learners of ages 10 and above. The curriculum is versatile enough to accommodate learners with differing academic inclinations, while being robust enough to cover most English-based academic subjects such as Social Studies, History, and, of course, English Language.
Since 2014, over 50 students have learned and benefited from this methodology; many have gone on to junior colleges, top polytechnic courses (e.g. aerospace engineering) and renowned secondary schools like Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ School, St. Margaret’s Secondary School, Anglo-Chinese School and St. Joseph’s Institution. Said students include those with dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADHD, ASD, and ODD, as well as those with lower levels of motivation.
Besides our main educational therapy service, we have also partnered up with Mr Titus Lim of Trinity Consultancy & Practice to provide occupational therapy services for pre-schoolers, school-age students, and adolescents. Mr Titus Lim, an Allied Health Profession Council Registered Consultant Occupational Therapist, has more than 20 years of clinical experience. He has worked with clients of all ages with various learning challenges and disabilities.
Some of the clients may include those with the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), global developmental delay (GDD), sensory processing disorder (SPD), dyslexia, visual disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), attention deficit disorder (ADD), cerebral palsy, Down’s Syndrome, and other chromosomal genetic disorders.
The occupational therapy services that are offered include occupational therapy assessment, vision assessment, individualised intervention, in-class support, and OT reports writing. Occupational therapy interventions may include occupational-based intervention, handwriting remediation, vision therapy, sensory-based intervention, and home programmes.
Swords & Stationery is currently based in the west/central region of Singapore. If you’d like to find out more about our educational and occupational therapy services, or if you’re interested in enrolling your child with us, kindly drop us a message and we’ll get back to you within three working days. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter, if you’d like to stay up-to-date on these announcements — the buttons are on the left (or at the bottom if you’re viewing it on your mobile device).