November 12, 2018Back to list
“Five years ago, my son Linus was referred to Epworth Community Services for their Literacy Intervention programme because he had considerable difficulties in literacy and was lagging behind his peers. He had to attend sessions twice a week. At the beginning, he resisted attending classes by crying and refusing to cooperate. However, the staff at the Centre was encouraging and never gave up on him. They would calm him down, and that could take half an hour.
As for me, I worked towards a partnership with just about anyone who could help bring out the best in him. I prayed and asked God to show me the way. It was not easy but on this journey, we were blessed that Linus has shown so much improvement. He is now able to spell and read through the Literacy Intervention programme, which uses the Orton-Gillingham approach. Linus has benefitted so much from attending classes at Epworth Literacy Centre; he has become more resilient in facing challenges and is now more open to sharing his problems with me.
Not only does Epworth Literacy Centre teach children literacy skills, but they also organise other activities such as excursions and workshops under Kids Club. They also conduct social-character building classes to teach children values and social skills. It is through this community of support that Linus gets to learn and grow with kids that face similar learning issues. I have also met other parents in Epworth Literacy Centre, and as we share about our struggles, we also encourage one another.
Linus and I have also benefitted from the screenings that take place once every six months, as it keeps us informed of how to help support Linus on his learning journey. When I face any difficulties or doubts, I can approach the staff at the Centre, and they always take the time to help me. Sometimes, if you look at children with learning needs, they do teach us more than we teach them. Why do I say so? It is only through my dear son that I have learnt to give unconditional love, let go of our worldly expectations, and look at the process and not just the end results.
Thank you, Epworth Community Services and the wonderful staff at Epworth Literacy Centre, for your unwavering support.”
Mrs Yong, Linus’ Mummy
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