The ORTON-GILLINGHAM Approach for Dyslexic Children @ Altuz Academy

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 0 Comments A+ a-

Dyslexia is NOT seeing 'b' as 'd'.Dyslexia is a condition that impedes phonological awareness, which is strongly related to reading ability, especially in the phoneme-grapheme correspondence area. In addition to reading difculties, dyslexia also causes problems in other skills such as writing, spelling, and motor skills, as well as problems with memory and cognition.
The lack of expert instruction and proper intervention to rectify the reading problems of dyslexic children before they fall behind in traditional schooling can lead to irreparable harm, low self-esteem and a widening gap that becomes increasingly difficult to close. This has negative societal implications and it is a crucial responsibility of parents to ensure that their dyslexic children are able to read proficiently to ensure their quality of life. 

The Orton-Gillingham Approach – the highly structured evidence-based approach to teaching reading and recognized by the International Dyslexia Association (IDA), is now available in Malaysia with the opening of Altuz Academy, a premier education centre for dyslexia intervention. All Academic Language Therapists at the academy receive the vigorous training and supervised practicum accredited by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE) and IDA.
Founder of Altuz Academy, Dr Choy Su-Ling (Right)

“It is critically important that remedial specialists, educators and teachers working with dyslexic students be vetted, highly trained in an evidence-based approach with oversight and accountability. Literacy training should be comprehensive, accredited by an international organization and include a supervised practicum period. There should also be ongoing professional development for the sake of the children whom they work with,” said founder of Altuz Academy, Dr Choy Su-Ling. Dr Choy, together with centre manager Yap Jo Ling, created history in the international dyslexia community by being the first two AOGPE-trained academic language therapists from Malaysia. They will continue to be observed and audited by the AOGPE to meet and maintain the high standards of teaching. 

The Orton-Gillingham approach was developed in the 1920s by Dr Samuel Orton, a doctor who first discovered dyslexia, together with Anna Gillingham, a gifted teacher and psychologist. This approach has been further supported by over 100,000 scientific studies over 70 years that conclusively showed that a reading approach should include five important pillars: phonemic awareness, systematic phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.

The 7 tenets of the Orton-Gillingham approach.



In the hands of a skilled instructor, this is a powerful instructional approach that benefits students of all ages and abilities so that learning becomes a rewarding experience. The key features of this approach are multisensory, sequential, incremental, cumulative, individualized, based on phonograms, and explicit. 
This weekend marks the official opening of Altuz Academy, the first Orton-Gillingham dyslexia intervention centre with AOGPE-trained therapists in Malaysia



Altuz Academy is a premier education centre offering only evidence-based and internationally recognized intervention methods for specific learning difficulties. It is the first centre in Malaysia to offer Orton-Gillingham (OG) tutoring by some of the most experienced academic language therapists from Malaysia, US and Australia, that have undergone vigorous training and practicum, and are accredited by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE) and the International Dyslexia Association (IDA). Our centre is also guided by Fellows with over 25 years of experience.

Group photo together

It is a good sharing moment and getting to understand more about Dyslexic with many types of combination. A great approach to help Dyslexic child and make a real difference for
 literacy intervention.
Altuz Academy
Unit 9, Level 3, Block A, Jalan Solaris, Solaris Mt Kiara
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Contact :

Dr Choy +603-23892265
Email info@altuzacademy.com.

FB Link : https://www.facebook.com/altuzacademy/posts/359864464544167

Weekend Homestay @ Soho Scott Garden

Sunday, July 29, 2018 2 Comments A+ a-

We had a weekend shortbreak at Scott Garden Soho Unit by Living Space . The location is very convenient and just merely 4 minutes to Midvalley Shopping Mall. In total there are 24 floors and our unit is 775 sq.ft. at level 16. Homestay with all facilities included and nearby eatery place.
This apartment features an outdoor pool, a fitness centre and dry cleaning. Free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided. Additionally, laundry facilities, a corner/local shop and ATM/banking services are on-site. 

Let's check out this short video to guide you how to get into the parking lot and some of the facilities.


When we are about to reach, we need to call the concierge counter. They will wait us at the Block B pick up and drop off side for key collection. Then drive up to the Soho parking lot to find the allocated parking space. The apartment key is comes with the access card to access the lift and also the facilities floor such as swimming pool and gym at level 5.

Kids are excited to check in to this spacious Soho Unit. High ceiling with staircase, large living area space and separated kitchen area. Every Soho apartment is a duplex with tall windows and door grills for additional protection. LivingSpace at Scott Garden has the unique Soho unit that comes with different theme in every unit.
Each apartment features free WiFi and a TV
Sofa bed at the living hall

Homely feel and comfortable
The balcony from the room. Just be extra careful with the glass window opening.
Bedroom comes with queen size bed and 1 extra bed. 
Bathroom at upper floor

WC at Ground floor. We can do our own laundry too

A kitchenette with a fridge and a microwave. Additional amenities include an electric kettle, free bottled water and a ceiling fan. Limited housekeeping is available.

Splash time at the kids pool
Children Playground area


We had a sumptuous lunch @ Asean Thai Village located at Level 1. Here you can find good selection of Thai menu and chinese dish. We ordered the Thai Skewers Pork Belly and pots of Bak Kut Teh.
After that we went to Family Mart and Decathlon (Sports center) to shop around for a good bargain sports purchase. Besides that, there are restaurant, cafes, spas and bars at Ground floor and Level 1
Back to our Soho unit. All entrance need to be access by the access card and as well as the lift to your desired floor.
It was another great weekend we had together and a different experience of staycation in the city. Kids have a fun moment as always. 

Look out for this video for more info :-

Scott Garden
289 Jalan Klang Lama Kuala Lumpur 58100

Contact :
hello@livingspace.com.my  
  +60 19 770 6097097

**Video and photo credit to Living Space website


KidZania KidZ Survey Reveals 8 in 10 Kids Save Money for Future.

Friday, July 20, 2018 0 Comments A+ a-

mALAYSIAN KIDS DISCUSS MONEY, WORK AND FAMILY LIFE
IN FIRST KIDZANIA BI-ANNUAL KIDZ SURVEY

Results Show Kids are Financially-aware, Career-conscious and Family-oriented

·         Almost 8 out of 10 kids save money for the future or to buy something special
·         They love learning how to do different jobs; 82% reported that they could see a future career for themselves in their favourite role-play experience

·         Over a third said they value family time over material goods
 The KidZania Bi-Annual KidZ Survey, commissioned by KidZania Cities in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore in partnership with Agility Research, saw over 500 kids interviewed across both Cities in 2017. Participants ranged from 7-15 years old, who talked about financial literacy, career aspirations, and preferences.

“KidZania Kuala Lumpur revolves around children - we want to know what they are thinking, what they find relevant and interesting. Through this survey and other initiatives such as the KidZania CongreZZ, we give them a voice and a role in making the experience better for all children,” said Shahrul Nizar Ahmad, Mayor of KidZania Kuala Lumpur.

The results revealed that modern kids are well-versed in basic money management, aspirational in their career choices and appreciative of their families. Key findings include:

Malaysian Kids Know How to Save… and Spend
Most children receive a regular allowance and more than three quarters save money for the future or to buy something special, with almost a third saving up to buy a new mobile phone, tablet or laptop.

Over a third of the survey respondents said their experience at KidZania taught them about savings and expenditure, and 70% choose to deposit their earnings at the KidZania central bank, instilling an appreciation for the value of money and teaching money management skills.


Family Bonding and Relationships
While kids value family time over material goods, almost 50% reported having less than 2 hours of family time each day. With strong family relationships being a critical factor for growing children, KidZania Kuala Lumpur aims to include more parent-child activities and role-playing establishments to encourage more quality family time.

Hopes & Dreams for the Future   
Kids cited personal interest and their parents as role models being the two main factors that influence their future career choice. The majority indicated they desired to be a teacher or doctor, careers which are familiar through regular exposure; however, they also expressed that their favourite experience at KidZania involves learning how to do different jobs, broadening their horizons for the future. Over 80% reported that they could see a career for themselves in their favourite role-play experience which, in KidZania Kuala Lumpur, are fire fighter and pilot.

Almost half the respondents also expressed their top learning experience included skills such as teamwork (46%) and independence (47%), reaffirming KidZania’s ‘Learn Life Today’ philosophy and the importance of role-playing as a means to develop strengths and discover new interests.

For more information about activities and events at KidZania Kuala Lumpur, visit www.kidzania.com.my or www.facebook.com/KidZaniaKualaLumpur, or call the KidZania Careline 1300 88 KIDZ (5439) from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm, Monday to Sunday.

Rasa Utara @ Berjaya Times Square Kuala Lumpur

Thursday, July 19, 2018 0 Comments A+ a-


I love the food @ Rasa Utara, serving Northern Malaysian Cuisine complemented with authentic, heart-warming food. Spices and spicy dish is my temptations especially Malay cuisines.

Rasa Utara is located at Ground Floor just right beside Starbucks. Menu selection is variety; you can come for a morning breakfast, valuable set lunch or choosing their delectable ala carte dish for dinner. If you wish to book for private event, there is a cozy place at Level 1. 
Dancing Fish
The signature dish in Rasa Utara and highly recommended to try. I was impressed by the food presentation. Fresh Tilapia marinated with spices and herbs and crispily deep-fried. Served with their signature blend of caramilised  sweet soy sauce and sambal nuclear (hot sambal) for a full and flavour taste. Best if you can enjoy the dancing fish with your hands and you can even eat the bones coz it's really crispy and yummy.

Chef Mohamad mentioned that they using Tilapia fish Minimum of 800 gram and ensure only fresh fish will be served.



Udang Sambal Petai
Wok fried Tiger prawn with homemade chili paste serve with petai. This is one of my favourite dish among all. The sambal paste taste so good and it took almost 5 hours to cook this perfect texture.

Addictive taste!

Ayam Kari Kapitan
A classic recipe of chicken boiled with a blend of spices including coriander, turmeric, ginger and shallot, all infused with coconut milk.
Aromatic and thicker version of curry chicken.

Taufu Goreng Sos Thai
Crispy baked tofu is coated in Thai Sweet Chili Sauce. A flavorful dish with sweet and spicy taste.

Set Ayam Kari Kapitan



The restaurant, which is celebrating its 34th year of business, and currently the outlet operating in Berjaya Times Square aims to serve the best of Northern inspired cuisine.

Diners can also opt for Ayam Nyonya Pinang, Ayam Goreng Cili Lagenda, Daging Rendang Utara, Kari Ikan, Sotong Sumbat,Udang Asam Goreng  and many more. There are mee selection menu also available such as  Mee Kari Udang, Laksa Penang, Kedah Laksa, Mee Soto, Mee Rebus, Mee Bandung and etc. All are fairly priced and definitely a place to visit if you wish to have the authentic taste of Northern Malaysian cuisine.

Location:
Berjaya Times Square
Lot G-12 & G-13 , Ground Floor,
No. 1, Jalan Imbi, 55100
Kuala Lumpur


Telephone number : 03 – 2110 0884
Operation hours : 7.30am – 11.00pm


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Website : http://www.rasautara.com.my/menu/
 

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