HomeThe Asia-Pacific Education Researchervol. 21 no. 2 (2012)

Lessons Learned From Piloting a Treatment Decoding Program with a Young Malay Student with Dyslexia

Lay Wah Lee | Meng Chee Yeap | Hui Min Low

Discipline: Education, Social Science



Dyslexia remediation in Malay is still in its infancy stage of development. In this case study, a pilot treatment decoding program in Malay was developed and trialed with a child with dyslexia. The treatment program made use of the widely researched English reading remedial principles as a starting point for a remediation. The results indicated that even though the student showed progress in phonological awareness skills and letter-sound knowledge in isolation, these skills did not generalize into word decoding. The major lesson learned is that phonological processing skills need to be taught within a real word context and that the word structure of a language should be considered when designing decoding instruction. Another lesson learned is the need for metacognitive procedures to prompt students to analyze words accurately.