Swords & Stationery (S&S) is the brainchild of Shaun ‘Jim’ Low (that’s me!), an educational therapist by training who works with youths with and without Specific Learning Difficulties. Originally intended as a blog to promote the benefits of tabletop games, particularly with regard to the social and intellectual development of young people, S&S has since evolved into a brand name for the pedagogy that it represents.
Heavily inspired by overseas initiatives such as Wheelhouse Workshop, Swords & Stationery is unique for the reason that it combines gaming and learning. 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 of various age groups with differing academic inclinations, while being robust enough to cover most linguistics-based academic subjects.
Since 2014, over 40 students have learned and benefited from this methodology. Said students include those with Dyslexia, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and/or Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), as well as those with lower levels of motivation.
The Swords & Stationery educational therapy programme was designed with
SpLD and mainstream learners in mind. 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.
The curriculum focuses on linguistics-based subjects such as English (writing, comprehension, literacy and examination skills) and Social Studies.
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.
Swords & Stationery is currently based in the west region of Singapore. If you’d like to find out more about our educational therapy service, 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 may also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Swords & Stationery’s blog is updated on a fortnightly basis. The blog mainly discusses games and education, sometimes combining both. Posts are typically published on a Sunday or Monday.
For better organisation, the posts are sorted by the following tags in their titles:
[⚔Swords⚔] – The post relates to games (tabletop or otherwise)
[✐Stationery✐] – The post relates to education
[☕MRE] – Mid-week Resources, where I put up resources for either gamers or educators
[👁RFI👁] – Roll For Insight, where I cover and share my thoughts on games (i.e. reviews and previews)
Moving forwards, we have many exciting things in the proverbial pipeline waiting to be announced. For one, we are working on a dedicated space for our students and the public to game at. Another feature lined up is that of scheduled events, similar to what other Friendly Local Gaming Stores have, but with a greater emphasis on Role-Playing Games.
If you’d like to stay up-to-date on these announcements, you can do so via Facebook, Twitter, RSS Feed or WordPress – the buttons are on the left (or at the bottom if you’re viewing it on your mobile device).