Fatimah: We need doctors to help us discover dyslexia in young children

Monday October 22, 2012
http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/10/22/sarawak/12206481&sec=sarawak
By RINTOS MAIL
rintos@thestar.com.my

KUCHING: Welfare, Women and Family Development Minister Datuk Fatimah Abdullah is worried for the future of “some” children out there having dyslexia or dyslexia-related disorders, but are not identified yet.

She said Sarawak certainly needed doctors who could recognise dyslexia at an early age to reduce such instances.

According to her, it was an accepted fact that dyslexia was a challenging condition to diagnose, treat or even define.

She said while the state, through the Sarawak Dyslexia Association (SDA), had reached out to the teachers’ training colleges to train some teachers to recognise dyslexia and how to remediate dyslexia at an early age, there was still a need to obtain doctors’ services, especially in the rural areas.

“The challenge for us now is to work with the medical department to provide doctors who can detect children with dyslexia, not just in towns but also in small rural clinics.

“We need to prepare ourselves for the next step so that we can help more children with dyslexia to fulfil their life’s potential,” she said at the SDA charity dinner here Saturday.

Fatimah, who is SDA advisor, said without identification and proven intervention, all children with reading difficulties early on would still struggle with reading when they became adults.

The charity dinner was to raise funds for building a Dyslexia Learning and Resource Centre on a piece of land in Batu Kawa given by the state government.

The centre will have classrooms, a resource centre and hostel for children and their families from outside Kuching.

SDA has also appealed for a bigger piece of land to set up a vocational centre for young adults with learning disabilities.

Currently, there are about 130 children registered with SDA.

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