Living with Dyslexia in Malaysia

Schools with Dyslexia Programme

How do I enrol my child in this programme?

According to Tn. Syed Abdillah, Jabatan Pendidikan Khas (JPK), there are 2 ways to do this: school  takes the initiative, or parents take the initiative.

How do schools take the initiative?

  • Teacher notices that child still cannot read after completingTahun 1
  • Child is placed in a remedial class for a period of one month.
  • If there is no improvement, then teacher conducts ISD testingon child
  • If child is suspected to be dyslexic, teacher informs parents
  • Parents take ISD results and child to an appointed doctor forconfirmation
  • If dyslexia is confirmed, parents go to the nearest UnitPendidikan Khas office  and apply for child to be placedin a suitable school.

How do parents take the initiative?

  • Parents suspect child to be dyslexic
  • Parents approach child’s school for help to conduct ISD testing
  • If suspicion is confirmed, parents take ISD results and child to an appointed doctor for further confirmation
  • Parents apply for child to be placed in a suitable school.

SOURCE:  Berita Dyslexia, Issue 2, 2004


No. Name of School State PPD
1 SK Sultan Yusof, Batu Gajah Perak PPD Kinta
2 SK Laksamana, Kuching Sarawak PPD Bhg Kuching
3 SK Fakeh Abd. Samad, Kuantan Pahang PPD Kuantan
4 SK Tg. Mahmud 2, Besut Trengganu PPD Besut
5 SK Simpang Empat, Perlis Perlis
6 SK Sungai Dua Pulau Pinang PPD Seberang Perai Utara/Tengah
7 SK Semambu Kuantan Pahang PPD Kuantan
8 SK Sultan Ahmad Tajuddin Kedah PPD Kubang Pasu
9 SK Jln Datuk Kumbar Kedah PPD Kota Setar
10 SK Taman Maluri Kuala Lumpur
11 SK Seri Kapayang, Ipoh Perak PPD Ipoh
12 SK Pekan 1, W. Persekutuan Labuan
13 SK Bayan Baru Pulau Pinang PPD Pulau
14 SK Kibabaig, Kota Kinabalu Sabah PPD Pantai Barat
15 SK Kg.Bedal, Kuala Kerai Kelantan PPD Kuala Krai
16 SK Padang Besar Perlis
17 SK Bukit Cerakah Selangor PPD Shah Alam
18 SK Jalan Air Panas Kuala Lumpur
19 SK Bdr Tasik Puteri, Rawang Selangor PPD Petaling
20 SK Padang Temu Melaka PPD Melaka Tengah
21 SK Kolombong, Kota Kinabalu Sabah PPD Pantai Barat
22 SK Taman Tun Dr. Ismail 2 Kuala Lumpur PILOT SCHOOL
23 SK Bandaran Sibu 2, Sibu Sarawak PPD Bahagian Sibu
24 SK Dato’ Bdr Rasah, Seremban Negeri Sembilan PPD Seremban
25 SK Pdg Hiliran, K. Trengganu Trengganu PPD K. Trengganu
26 SK Parit Kasan, Muar Johor PPD Muar
27 SK Pasir Gudang 3, Johor Bahru Johor PPD Johor Bahru
28 SK Serkam Darat, Merlimau Melaka PPD Jasin
29 SK Tanah Merah 1 Kelantan PPD Tanah Merah/Jeli
30 SK Tunku Besar, Tampin Negeri Sembilan PPD Tampin

Telephone numbers of the Unit Pendidikan Khas (JPN)

1. Jabatan Pendidikan Perlis                              Tel: 04-97611772.

2. Jabatan Pendidikan Kedah                            Tel: 04-7331311

3. Jabatan Pendidikan Pulau Pinang                   Tel: 04-2645191

4. Jabatan Pendidikan Perak                             Tel: 05-5202186

5. Jabatan Pendidikan Selangor             Tel: 03-55186517/6

6. Jabatan Pendidikan W. Persekutuan              Tel: 03- 26978100/ 26978304

7. Jabatan Pendidikan Negeri Sembilan Tel: 06-7623100 / 7653216

8. Jabatan Pendidikan Melaka                          Tel: 06-2323776/9

9. Jabatan Pendidikan Johor                             Tel: 07-2361633-145 / 2361787

10. Jabatan Pendidikan Pahang             Tel: 09-5675911

11. Jabatan Pendidikan Trengganu                    Tel: 09-6253121/2 / 6244500

12. Jabatan Pendidikan Kelantan                      Tel: 09-7418000

13. Jabatan Pendidikan Sarawak                      Tel: 082-243201 / 243253

14. Jabatan Pendidikan Sabah                          Tel: 088-257075

15. Jabatan Pendidikan JPWP Labuan  Tel: 087-468351 / 992



  1. Hi, I am sooooo glad that I found this site. Very, very helpfull and usefull for my research. I am curently working on speech recognition technology that could help improve reading in Bahasa Malaysia among the children. Wish me luck!

    Comment by Mrs. Suhair | September 6, 2007 | Reply

  2. I am highly concerned about my daughter’s learning disability. I suspected she’s a dyslexis. Hoever she is attending an international school in Ampang. Is there any international school in Malaysia that have such programme.
    Please advise.

    Comment by Irene Kho | January 4, 2008 | Reply

  3. I have a 8 year old son who is dyslexic. Please let me know the name of international schools with facilities for these children. We are from Mumbai, India and my husband is posted in Kuala lumpur.

    Comment by MITA BISWAS | February 29, 2008 | Reply

  4. I am grateful for this informative website. Is there any way for me to find out the latest conference, symposium, workshop on dyslexia that I can attend in Petaling Jaya or KL? Thank you

    Comment by ezlin faizura farid | April 12, 2008 | Reply

  5. well, this is cool! I was thinking of taking PPC-Pendidikan Khas for KPLSPM to become guru pendidikan khas. And i feel that teaching those special pupils makes me special to.. Hopefully i can get the scholarship.. ought to undergo tests and interview in order to get it!

    Anyone who is interested should apply too!


    Comment by Dennis | April 14, 2008 | Reply

  6. I am very grateful to find this website after reading about Music Programme conducted in Dyslexia Association Malaysia from The Star. I suspected that my 18-year-old brother is a dyslexic. Just looking for more useful information here. Is there any remedial program for dyslexic adolescent?

    Comment by Kai Shuen | April 18, 2008 | Reply

  7. Suet, I would appreciate it if you could just email me. My son is currently in std 2 in a private school. I don’t want him to be removed from a private school but is there a way to keep him in the school but let him go through a dyslexia test and programme? Thanks in advance.

    Not confirmed yet and don’t know where to go to find the right answers or the right people. Thanks

    Comment by marsha | April 25, 2008 | Reply

  8. Hi Suet,
    You have been very business, well done, keep up the good work.

    Best regards,

    Comment by Fitri | April 28, 2008 | Reply

  9. Hi Suet,
    I meant to say “busy”, not “business”.
    Fitri 🙂

    Comment by Fitri | April 28, 2008 | Reply

  10. Suet, my eldest son who is 9 yrs being diagnosed as ADHD with mild autism. He didnt do well in all subject except science which he can get mark more than 70. I dont have support from his school and the specialist from HUKM advised me to transfer him to other school. He was not accepted for sekolah khas because his IQ was normal. He has a major problem with communication and no body want to be his friend. My second son (7 yrs old)started to show a problem with learning disabilities and I also have hyperactive twins boys (4yrs old). My husband tried to get info from kementerian but nobody can help us. All the privete programs that available out there are very costly to us. Please help me to find any govt. school that have facilities for my kids. He a bright boy, he really good in science and computer. Went he at school he feel neglected and nobody likes him. I just started to have internet line and I been searching and asking people about a good school for him before it to late.

    Comment by Siti Zaura | April 29, 2008 | Reply

    • hi there and how are you coping? I am a mom of a 9 yrs old boy, he was diagnosed with ADHD and is a slow learner, struggling at school as he does not have friends and prefers adults. The school, which is a private school is also facing challenges as they claim that they lack in the ability to manage his needs as he learns better one to one. i have never stopped looking for a suitable school or a education centre that will be able to take him and teach patiently. i am also considering homeschool centres. Please help.

      Comment by thila | July 5, 2012 | Reply

  11. hi , i have a 4yr old whom I fear have some form of dyslexia as she has nto progress well into her reading , writing ,phonics despite that she’s good with numbers, extensive vacabulory , imaginative and creative. She’s now under pressure in her kindie since she cant progress to new books and sad of teacher not rewarding her the “star” . I am now getting her assessed . I am thinking of taking her out from this conventional method kindie , anyone has ideas /comments?

    Comment by irma | June 13, 2008 | Reply

  12. Today I’m reading the Berita Harian about sikap ‘pelik’anak tanda bermasalah.I’m surprised my son having this dyslexia.
    I just started find the info how to help out my son.Pls support each other to hep ourself.

    Comment by Sarifah Samsury | June 26, 2008 | Reply

  13. Hi, I’m Mdm Amy. My background is a principal & teacher to an early childhood center in Klang Valley. I’m happy to share with all parents about a learning aid that i believe can enhance the reading ability to the any student with learning difficulties. It can help them to pronounce and enhance their vocabulary in english and also give them the understanding of the whole learning process. In a long run it is not a worry for you to keep them at home as they can handle themselves in learning and at their own pace. Please do not hesitate to ask for more detail from me by email or sms me at 012-3160480. Thank you.

    Comment by amy | July 20, 2008 | Reply

  14. Hi Suet,
    I believe my son who is 8 yr old is dyslexia.He is in a normal school, but is being placed in a ‘pemulihan class’, and it has been 2 years, and he still cant read, coming home with all his homework not completed, books all missing, couldnt write properly and more. Is there any one I can get him to see for a diagnostic? I m living nearby to Tmn Tun and saw from your list one of TTDI school has these programs for kids like him. Thanks!

    Comment by Joyce | August 20, 2008 | Reply

  15. does anyone out there who knows where or how I can acquire the Orton-Gillingham materials/approach in Malaysia and where I can be trained on how to use? I am currently pursuing a course in Learning Disorders Management. Thks. 🙂

    Comment by khim | November 7, 2008 | Reply

  16. Hi,

    Nilai University College (Nilai UC) together with the Faculty of Allied Health Sciences UKM is organising a seminar featuring updates on high functioning autism and asperger’s syndrome.

    The seminar brings together a panel of local and international speakers who are renowned practitioners in this area. Together they will cover topics on the assessment and identification of the disorders, available professional treatment and the empowerment of parents and caregivers in a specially crafted half day seminar.

    Title : Making sense of another piece of the puzzle: Updates on High Functioning Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome
    Date : 20th DECEMBER 2008 (Saturday)
    Time : 8.30am-1pm
    Venue : UKM KL Branch, Jalan Raja Muda Abdul Aziz
    Fees : RM30nett per person (fee includes tea break)


    ASSESSMENT, Diagnosis and associated difficulties
    Clinical Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zasmani Shafiee
    Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist,
    Gleneagles Medical Centre Penang

    Cognitive Behaviour THERAPY
    Ms. Winnie Lau
    Clinical Psychologist, Minds and Hearts,
    Brisbane, Australia

    Dr. Alvin Ng Lai Oon
    Clinical Psychologist,
    Faculty of Allied Health Sciences,
    Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

    To register, please call Shoba at 06-8502338 or email

    Regards, Aileen Anthony (Manager, Corp Communications, Nilai UC)

    Comment by Aileen | November 21, 2008 | Reply

  17. my youngest sister,who has just finish her kindergaten session shows some symptoms of dyslexic..but i dont know where to start..if anybody has information about dyslexia programmes please help me..

    Comment by sofea | November 29, 2008 | Reply

  18. I’m a retired special education teacher with more then 20 years of teaching children with specific learning difficulties.

    Would like to keep in touch with parents or pupils of this catagory. Hopefully I can share with you some of my hands-on experiences.

    Comment by Tan Bee | December 2, 2008 | Reply

    • Hi there, glad to know you. My name is Angie Ng and have a daughter who is a slow learner. Currently she is studying at SMK BU2 (Form 1). I want to know any secondary school in PJ that conduct Lawrance Kohlberg studies or secondary school which have special edu teachers who can teach this students. I can be contacted at the above email or my mobile at 012-3831790. Thanks.

      Comment by angie ng | February 14, 2011 | Reply

  19. I would like to know how i can help my son who is 20 yrs.Now that he wants to study and i don’t know where and how i can get help.I Know about it since he was 15 yrs of age and tried private tutuor nothing helped.He’s good with history and reads alot only to write and spell he finds it hard

    Hoping for help and answers.I am not giving up hope on him.

    Thanking you


    Comment by catherine | February 20, 2009 | Reply

  20. Dear Suet,

    We manage a home for underpriviledged girls in subang jaya-
    USJ and one of the girls has dyslexia condition and would you plse let me know a pre school for this special children.

    tks and god bless u.


    Comment by shagadavan | March 23, 2009 | Reply

  21. hi Suet

    may i know where can i sign up for the diploma for learning disorders management ? thanks

    Comment by Sherene | March 26, 2009 | Reply

  22. Dear Zura
    You should try Nasom Intervention Program where autistic child is able learn in mainstream school with the help of Nasom’s teacher’s aid. The program really helped my 2 autistic sons

    for further info call NASOM at 40223744 or 40236698

    good luck

    Comment by Mama Hazim | May 13, 2009 | Reply

  23. ive a 5 years old who is Adhd and is looking for the right school for him. At this moment he is in Qdees pra-school but his progress is very slow compare to normal kids. He talks a few words only and writing ability is very slow. next year he’ll be six and thats makes me worries more about him.

    Comment by has | June 27, 2009 | Reply

    • Hi, I just took my 5 year old son to see a speech therapist this afternoon and after sitting for the ISD test, my son is confirmed to be dyslexic. He is talkactive and hyperactive but has serious problems in recognising alphabets and numbers. Looking for a home tutor trained in dyslexic in JB area. Have any idea?

      Comment by Michelle | July 3, 2009 | Reply

  24. Suet, good day to u. I would appreciate it if you could just email me. My little Eric is currently in std 3 ( 9 years old ) in a Chinese Primary school. Speaking Chinese and English at home.He good in sing, and memorizing all the words, but he can read the questions on the paper. Just dont know what to do. BTW I don’t want him to be removed from a school but is there a way to keep him in the school but let him go through till senior school. Thanks. Best regards, Raymond

    Comment by Raymond | July 1, 2009 | Reply

  25. My son is 9 year old. He is studying in a Chinese government school. He has very poor memory. He cant concentrate in studies. He is a slow learner. Whatever you taught him, within few minutes/hours/days, he might forget. He cant explain / write / spell most of the words that you asked him. When you asked him to do reading, he cant read fluently.
    During his exam, he never think / put effort to answer the questions, sometimes he even started to answer before he understand the whole question. He slept in the exam. His essay is always very short and words given were not using by him (may be he cant understand the words that given to make sentences). The most he can score for the comprehensive (for Chinese , B Malaysia & English subject) is only 1 to 2 questions (normally there are 5 questions need to be answered).

    What can I do in order he may make improvement? Please advice.

    Comment by Cecelia | July 31, 2009 | Reply

  26. My son is 9 yrs old and confirmed dyslexia. He will attend a 3 mths course at dyslexia centre. Moving forward, I was advised to register him to school with dyslexia program. I understand Tmn Maluri has a school with this program. Can anybody tell me more about this school?

    Comment by Mrs. Tan | August 24, 2009 | Reply

  27. Dear Suet, I’m glad i found your website. I’ve been reading for about 5 years now, and have tried to find a place to test my son for dyslexia ( so far all the test provide online are too expensive for me)- could you recommend a local tester. I suspect he is dyslexic as he has problem concentrating on his homework especially maths. He did ok in tahap 1 ( only in tahun 3) and started to have problems again in Tahun 4, and now he is in Tahun 5, and he is failing in almost all of his subjects.

    You mentioned that your son is currently taking the Dyslexia programme. Can you tell me more about it? I don’t know what else to do, my son is having frequent temper tantrums and will start crying everytime I tell him to do his homework especially maths. Please email me.

    Comment by Ana | September 2, 2009 | Reply

  28. I am keen to learn how to draw. How do i go about it???
    I am also keen to teach children who are slow learners to read, write and speak

    Comment by Deborah Tan | February 4, 2010 | Reply

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