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Altuz Academy, Solaris Mont Kiara

416  7584
9-3, Jalan Solaris,
Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur 50480
Malaysia
03-2389 2XXX
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ABOUT US


Altuz Academy is Malaysia’s premier Orton-Gillingham reading specialist centre. The Orton-Gillingham Approach is the global reference standard for reading and remedial reading instruction and we are very pleased to introduce this evidence-based and internationally recognized approach to make literacy more accessible to all Malaysians.

 

Our therapists are all OG-trained, a specialized and comprehensive dyslexia teacher training accredited by both 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.

 

We invest in only trained teachers because the OG approach relies on the skilled instruction of our therapists who will plan, prepare, adapt and customize lessons to help the child unlock their reading potential. For this reason, the IDA no longer accredit programs because, “...any curriculum will only be effective with deep teacher knowledge and training (IDA, 2016).”

 

Altuz is Latin for “high” or “elevated” and our academy is named as such because it is our greatest desire to avail to those with a learning difference, the joy of learning and discovering; and to grow confidently towards a higher level of excellence.

 

 

THE ORTON-GILLINGHAM APPROACH

Orton-Gillingham is an instructional approach intended primarily for use with individuals who have difficulty with reading, spelling, and writing of the sort associated with dyslexia. It is most properly understood and practiced as an approach, not a method, program, system or technique. In the hands of a well-trained and experienced instructor, it is a powerful tool of exceptional breadth, depth, and flexibility.

 

The essential curricular content and instructional practices that characterize the Orton-Gillingham Approach are derived from two sources: first from a body of time-tested knowledge and practice that has been validated over the past 70 years, and second from scientific evidence about how individuals learn to read and write; why a significant number have difficulty in doing so; how having dyslexia makes achieving literacy skills more difficult; and which instructional practices are best suited for teaching such individuals to read and write.

 

The Approach is so named because of the foundational and seminal contributions of Samuel T. Orton and Anna Gillingham. Samuel Torrey Orton (1879-1948) was a neuropsychiatrist and pathologist. He was a pioneer in focusing attention on reading failure and related language processing difficulties. He brought together neuroscientific information and principles of remediation. As early as 1925 he had identified the syndrome of dyslexia as an educational problem. Anna Gillingham (1878-1963) was a gifted educator and psychologist with a superb mastery of the language. Encouraged by Dr. Orton, she compiled and published instructional materials as early as the 1930s which provided the foundation for student instruction and teacher training in what became known as the Orton-Gillingham Approach.

 

The Orton-Gillingham Approach for English 

Students with learning difficulties need to master the same basic knowledge about language and its relationship to our writing system as any who seek to become competent readers and writers. However, because of their difficulty, they need more help than most people in sorting, recognizing, and organizing the raw materials of language for thinking and use. Language elements in the English language must be taught directly and systematically.

 

 

The Orton-Gillingham Approach for Bahasa Malaysia 

Dr Choy Su-Ling, PhD, has adapted the OG Approach to teach Bahasa Malaysia. The English and Malay languages share the same alphabetic system and students will be taught with the same approach to master the basic knowledge about our national language and its relationship to its writing system. They will also learn to sort, recognize, and organize raw materials of the language for thinking and use with explicit and systematic instruction.  Dr Choy is a trained writer and communicator (in BM) and she graduated with a double book prize award from the Media Studies Department, University Malaya, the faculty that upholds the tradition of producing some of Malaysia's most outstanding literary national award winners (Sasterawan Negara) such as A. Samad Said, Shahnon Ahmad, Othman Kelantan, Abdullah Tahir, and many more.

 

 

SERVICES


Assessment

The assessment comprise of a battery of eight tests to determine reading, spelling, writing, and handwriting ability, and the gaps to fill. The assessment takes one to three hours. An assessment report will be shared in a consultation session two weeks after the assessment. Following enrolment, an Individualized Tutoring Plan (ITP) will be developed for each student. Lessons reports will be shared after each session and a progress report will be shared monthly.

 

One-to-one tutoring

Orton-Gillingham one-to-one tutoring is available for students of any age or skill-level. OG lessons address all of the essential aspects of literacy, with the goal of fostering a fluent, enthusiastic, and independent reader and writer. The International Dyslexia Association recommends at a minimum, one-hour sessions should occur two times per week; optimally, four or even five sessions should be scheduled per week—for up to two hours.

 

Instruction should continue until the student is functioning at a level of independence that commensurate with age and cognitive ability. This could take two to three years or more.

 

Group tutoring

Orton-Gillingham group tutoring is available for students of any age or skill-level. A group comprise of a minimum of three students of similar level and a maximum of six. OG lessons address all of the essential aspects of literacy, with the goal of fostering a fluent, enthusiastic, and independent reader and writer.

 

The International Dyslexia Association recommends at a minimum, one-hour sessions should occur two times per week; optimally, four or even five sessions should be scheduled per week—for up to two hours. Instruction should continue until the student is functioning at a level of independence that commensurate with age and cognitive ability. This could take two to three years or more.

 

Intensive tutoring

Orton-Gillingham intensive one-to-one tutoring is available for students of any age or skill-level. OG lessons address all of the essential aspects of literacy, with the goal of fostering a fluent, enthusiastic, and independent reader and writer. The intensive tutoring schedules daily tutoring (five times a week), the optimal sessions recommended by the International Dyslexia Association (IDA).

 

Instruction should continue until the student is functioning at a level of independence that commensurate with age and cognitive ability. This could take two to three years or more.

 

Handwriting

The Orton-Gillingham one-to-one handwriting tutoring is available for students of any age or skill-level. While occupational therapy supports the physical and kinetic aspects of handwriting, the OG approach supports the child’s written expression with handwriting practice in print and cursive, and gives meaning and context to the words they write. Students with dysgraphia taking a long time to complete handwriting tasks (within the typical OG class) would find this session beneficial for improving their handwriting and encoding skills.

 

Day Program: Pre-Academic Preparation and Remedial Academic Program

Our day program runs from 9am to 12.30pm daily (Tuesday to Friday) and it combines all the above services back-to-back for children to fully immersed into our pre-academic preparation and remedial academic sessions. The day program is intensive and it combines group and individual tutoring for English, Bahasa Melayu, Mathematics and Handwriting.

 

 Level 1: 5 to 7 years old

Class Size:  3 to 6 students

Teaching Staff: 1 OG-trained teacher, 1 Assistant Teacher

 

Level 2: 8 - 10 years old

Class Size:  3 to 6 students

Teaching Staff: 1 OG-trained teacher, 1 Assistant Teacher

 

Level 3: 11 - 12 years old

Class Size:  6 to 8 students

Teaching Staff: 1 OG-trained teacher

 

Workshops


Parent workshops

From time to time, we will organize educational parent workshops conducted by experts. Please refer to Events to register for upcoming parent workshops.

 

Professional development for educators

From time to time, we will organize professional development workshops for educators conducted by experts. Please refer to Events to register for upcoming educators workshops.

 

 

 



Tuesday - Friday : 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday : 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Other Details

Age range : 5 and above

Programme / Teaching Methods: Orton-Gillingham, Reading Specialist

Language : English, Bahasa Malaysia