Swords & Stationery (S&S) is a Singapore-based educational therapy programme for children and youths with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD), or what is commonly called ‘special needs’. It is the brainchild of Shaun ‘Jim’ Low (that’s me!), an educational therapist by training with over four years of experience and a track record of producing successful, highly motivated learners.
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 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 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 learners in mind, particularly those with Dyslexia, ADHD, ASD and ODD. However, 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.
The curriculum focuses on the following English-based subjects:
- English Language (narrative writing, expository writing, reading comprehension, literacy, and examination skills)
- English Literature (prose and poetry)
- History and Social Studies (source-based questions and structured-response questions)
Our pedagogy makes learning fun and highly effective through the use of resources and materials that are visual, tactile and auditory. These include games, hands-on activities, digital presentations, and customised worksheets that are designed in-house to cater to the needs of the learner (see samples 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.
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).