Free ebooks by Microsoft Press

Recently, I chanced upon a ebooks by Microsoft Press from this site and hope that this will benefit anybody who is keen to pick up some IT skills :

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What are involved in the daily needs training for special needs child ?

Recently, we added another happy customer to our list.  Her request was for a special needs tutor to go to her house to train her autistic son on daily needs and motor skills.

So, what entails daily needs training?

Our special needs tutor has kindly shared with us the type of activities he will be doing in the daily needs training. Here is the list:

OT Activities

Long term Goal – patient able to engage, respond and participate in activities within 6 months

Short term goals –

Able to trace alphabet and 0 to 10 with index finger within 1 month

Able to hold pencil and draw straight lines 5 cm long

Able to do matching of alphabets and numbers using cards

Sensory stimulation

Tactile warm and cold objects

Soft and hard

Rough and smooth surfaces

Prickly ball and plasticine


Bells and music





Art and craft

Cut and paste

Using fingers and hands with water colour



Visual discrimination ( mainly on worksheets using pointing of fingers and pencils if possible )

Aim is to encourage use cognitive functions and engagement and use of vision to gain information

Figure ground

Scanning and point

Spot the differences

Memory and matching

Knowing parts of the body

Half shapes and matching


Social skills


Eye contact when spoken to

Saying “please and thank”

Taking orders

Saying uncle and aunty to elders

Activities of daily living

Packing bag

Putting on shoes

Washing plates

Putting on clothes

Tidying room

Brushing teeth and combing

Fine motor and vestibular (overall body balance)

Grasping and pinching with marbles and other small objects

Moulding and shaping with Theraputty /Plasticine

Clothes pegs and clips to strengthen fingers and hands

Weight training for wrist and arm strength

Squatting and standing for overall balance

Threading of strings with beads

Ball throwing and catch for overall balance

Theraband ( large rubber band ) for shoulder and elbow strength


Why Is There a Difference in Rates For a Tutor’s Teaching Services?

Sometimes, I have customers, especially the expatriates, come and tell me that I am jacking up the prices.

I hope this explanation will erase such negative thinking.

First of all, if this were true, I am sure none of the parents would ever come back to us again.

Secondly, the parents are bound to find out the current market rates sooner or later.

Thirdly, the commission that we collect as an agency is not a lot even if our rates differ by $5 to $10, so there is really no point for us to do so from a commercial point of view.

So, why there are some tutors that are asking for higher fees than in the market?

The obvious reason is that these tutors are able to guarantee that any child will do well under their coaching.  These tutors usually have a very good track record each whereby they have helped many children score well in their examinations.

Another good reason is that these tutors have very good qualifications, for instance they have won several awards and/or competitions, and thus deserve the slightly higher pay rates.

Take another example, in the context of Singapore, an NIE-trained (i.e. the National Institute of Education) teacher would command a higher pay rate than an undergraduate who did not receive such training would. Of course, it does not mean that the undergraduate tutor is less qualified to teach than an NIE-trained teacher; it all boils down to one’s preferences and the ability of the tutor to teach a child well.

Hence, to engage a current school teacher/lecturer, a full-time tutor or an ex-teacher as your child’s tutor will definitely cost you more. Some parents are willing to pay more simply because they want the reassurance that the tutor they engaged really knows the curriculum well.

Another type of tutor who is also be able to command higher pay rates are the specialists.  These are the tutors that deal with only one particular subject year in, year out, and thus, they know the different types of examination questions and solutions at their finger tips.

The rule of thumb is that the pay rates increase generally with the qualifications of the tutors and the level of subjects they are tutoring. Tuition for A-level subjects start at a minimum of $40 per hour as compared to primary school subjects which may start as low as $18 per hour depending on the type of tutors engaged.


Which tutor will you choose? recruitment drive

Hi5tutors Jobstreet Recruitment Drive May 2014As part of our effort to recruit more talents to meet the demand of the community, once again used to cast the net wider to get more talents out there. Appeared on Suria and Ditik

Hi5tutors on Suria has the privilege of appearing on Suria news and Ditik – the Malay current affairs show.
This opportunity was made possible by one of our grateful customers – Mdm Eva who engaged a tutor from us.  As Mdm Eva was formerly in the entertainment line, she learnt from her friend who is a producer, that she would be doing a show on the increase in the number of children having tuition in the Malay community in Singapore, and so, Mdm Eve connected us with her.  In the process, we shared with the producer the Malay tuition scene in Singapore based on our experience.  Though we did not get the chance to have our tutors appear on the show owing to privacy reasons, we were nevertheless grateful to Suria for listing our website on their news.

All in all, we are really happy to be able to help many Malay families here in Singapore with their tuition needs and will continue to do so to raise the education profile of the younger ones.

How to know if your children have special needs?

There are a number of times when parents come to us, full of angst and anxiety because their children are performing below – par.  Later, we would normally learn that their children were diagnosed with special needs.  This article serves to create the awareness of special needs in children.

Below are the more commonly found special needs, symptom and characteristic :

Austism Spectrum Disorder(ASD) or autism.

A development disorder that affect individuals typically in the way they communicate, form relationships and interact with others.  Austism may also affect the individual’s learning and information processing style.

In Singapore, the government has grants for parents who wish to learn how to take care of autistic child.  Please approach the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) for the grants.

The good news is that a autistic child can possess extra-ordinary talent in certain area – it can be music, arts or even Maths and others.


It is characterized by difficulty with learning to read fluently and with accurate comprehension.

Some common symptoms are the child is having mirror writing, inversion in the words they write and simply illegible handwriting.

Your child has difficulty in reading, despite receiving the most conventional remediation.

ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Attention Deficit(AD)

The most obvious symptom is lack of concentration.

– Be easily distracted, miss details, forget things and frequently switches from one activity to another.

– Having difficulty maintaining focus on one task

– Become bored with the task after only a few minute.

– Having difficulty processing information as quickly and accurately as others.

Hyperactivity Disorder(HD)

– Talk non-stop

– Dash around, touching or playing anythng

– Having trouble sitting still

– Constantly in motion.

– Fidget and squirm n their seats.


This disease has a wide spectrum of disorders as not all people have the same symptoms; they vary enormously from person to person.

Some common signs and symptoms are:

1. Obsessive interests.

2. Speech is flat, monotonous, or unusually slow or fast.

3. They are upset if there’s disruption to their routines.

4. Weak social skills.  Children with AS find it hard to interact with others ad they usage of gestures may appear lacking or inappropriate, and eye contact may be very limited.

5. Lack of motor skills.  e.g. tying shoe laces may require extra effort.

Start coding young and you may become the next Bill Gate.

Start coding young and you may become the next Bill Gate..

Start coding young and you may become the next Bill Gate.

Coding is a skill which I believe one should start young.  Better still, if you are picking up coding as a child, the world of possibilities is limitless.  The younger you are, the more time you have to master the art if you found that you have the hang of it.

However, in Singapore, most children are not exposed to coding.

Coding as a hobby or the fever of coding has not caught up in this part of the world.
The good news is that the founder of has started this phenomenon of learning how to code worldwide.

Starting Dec. 9, anybody can learn the basics — from Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Angry Birds, in over 20 languages.
Set aside an hour to learn yourself, too.

Improved from just passed to third in class

A few days ago, Mdm Eva sent us an image of her son getting a third place in class.

from passed to third

Once again, we want to thank our tutor for a job well done.

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