Living with Dyslexia in Malaysia

Introduction of Effalex in liquid form by Biolife -24 Oct 2007

Biolife organized a small get-together for the media people (about 30 people) – from Parenting and health magazines held at EcoGreen Café from 3 -5pm on Wednesday 24 October 2007.Due to requests from parents for the liquid form (as the smaller children are not able to swallow the existing Effalex capsules), Biolife finally brought in this liquid form.

Biolife’s representative gave a brief talk about Effalex at 3.30pm.

After the talk, there were a couple of questions asked about Effalex – the price of the liquid form as compared to the capsules.

The sharing session started with me telling of my son’s experience on Effalex. I attended the Effalex Launch by Dr Jacqueline Stordy in 2002 at Armada Hotel. I even bought her book titled “The remarkable nutritional treatment for ADHD, Dyslexia and Dyspraxia”.

Having read her book and receiving testimonials from 2 friends whose children improved with Effalex, I decided to buy Effalex for my son. Of course, I asked my family GP about this Effalex and he told me that fish oils had no bad reviews and have been in the market for many years. Therefore, it is safe to take the recommended dosage of 4 capsules in the morning and 4 in the evenings for the first 3 months as per the instructions on the bottle.

After 2 months I noticed that my son did not rubbed his eyes anymore when he starts to do his schoolwork. He did not strain his eyes or feel tired as before. If he starts to rub his eyes often, it would have been that we forgot to take the Effalex for a few days.

Mdm Patricia Thava, who owned a kindergarten before but recently sold it off, continued with the sharing session by telling the audience that she noticed improvements in her students who took Effalex. She noted that by shaking hands with the kids, she instinctively knows who needs Effalex.

She recommends Effalex to many of her stuents.

After the sharing session, Mr Yap demonstrated the Jumping Jacks clay. This playdough is non-sticky, non toxic and is sweet smelling. We were all given some clay samples to play with.

Ms Yam, the Director of Biolife explained that they felt that playdough is very important in improving the children’s sensory skills hence they have teamed up with this ‘Jumping Jacks’ whereby their Effalex products come with the free playdough.

Ms Yam thanked Mdm Thava and myself for sharing our experience with everyone here and presented us with their sample Biolife products.

The session ended with a small hi-tea session of organic mee-hoon, curry -puffs and puddings.

Ms Hooi Bee, from Biolife said that they are offering up to 40% discount of their Effalex products if one purchases 6 bottles. One need not purchase all 6 at one go. For further information, you can call Ms Hooi Bee at 012-6368384.

Report by Cho Suet Sen

Note: Ms Hooi Bee emailed me on 30 June 2008 to say that last year’s offer as above has ended. Present offer valid till 18 July 2008 is RM 60 per bottle for Effalex liquid (150ml) and RM140 for capsules (300 caps).

For inqueries after 18 July, kindly contact Biolife’s office directly as Ms Hooi Bee will be leaving Biolife.

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March 17, 2008 Posted by | Persatuan Dyslexia | 1 Comment

Asian Brain Based Learning Conference 19 – 20 May 2006

(Conference on Learning Difficulties)  by Cho Suet SenTwo of our Committee members,  Coralie Leong and Dr Khoo Teik Beng were invited speakers for this Conference.  Coralie spoke on Dyslexia – the Hidden Disability:identification and Educational Issues. Dr Khoo spoke on “Screening for disabilities among pre-school children.

This conference was attended by more than 200 participants including yours truly- who was given a complimentary pass (Courtesy of Coralie). Otherwise the conference would have cost me RM240.

This Conference was organized by Wizkids Resources Sdn Bhd and Scientific Learning Corporation, USA.  Whizkids has its KidzGrow Centre for children with Learning Disabilities whereas Scientific Learning launched their Fast forWord Product in 1997 to help learning Disabled children.

The conference started off with the Organisers expounding their product. The keynote address was given by Dr Steven Miller from Scientific Learning entitled: Re-mapping the Brain: The Stanford University Study on children with Dyslexia.

This was followed by other Speakers who spoke on the following topics on the 1st day:-:

Sensory -Motor Develeopment  & Learning in Children- Cheryl Chia

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)- Dr. Gaia Scerif

Atypical functioning of the ‘Social brian” in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders- Dr Atsushi Senju

Genes, brains and development: New frontiers in the study of developmental disorders- Dr Mayada Eisabbagh

The 2nd day continued with Dr Miller’s keynote address entitled: Using neuroscience and Advanced Technologies to Accelerate Academic Success.

This was followed by other speakers on the following topics:-

Children learn by Doing – Ruth Liew

Intelligence is not enough for learning – Dr Atsushi Senju

The importance of learning skills – Cheryl Chia

Brain Based feeding – Usha Viswanathan

Living with ADHD – Dr Nicole Pitchford

The 2 day’s conference was an eye opener and information gathering as the latest brain development and research worldwide was presented by the respective experts.  Some topics were too ‘technical’ for a layperson like me to understand.  Luckily we have Dr Khoo around to explain all these technicalities.

On the whole, I found this conference very interesting and being a parent with a son who is dyslexic, I am always on the look-out for new technologies/therapies that can help my son.  Nothing ventured, nothing gained is my motto.  So I will be investigating this product to see whether it can help my son.

March 17, 2008 Posted by | Persatuan Dyslexia | Leave a comment