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(3/24/2010 10:53:48 AM)
Dyslexia and educational support
I have a wonderful 7 year old daughter, though dyslexic is creative in so many ways. Understanding how language works is her only problem.
I was told by her kindergarten teacher that she has a very low IQ. Then, early this year when I went to WP Education Department to obtain approval for her to attend a 3 month special programme for dyslexic children, I was told by the Department Head that our school teachers do not have time for a slow learner like my child! And these coming from people who are supposed to attend to our children education needs! How disappointing.
These are only examples of so many challenges that I have to go through. Not to mention the difficulties to get appointment with a doctor recognised by the Education Ministry. To get an appointment I was in the waiting list for 9 months! By the time the doctor came out with the assessment we have lost so much time which could be utilised in attending the child's issues.
On top of that, to get a place in dyslexic programme is not easy. The waiting list is long but they only take in 5 students per entry because of the needs of giving full attention to the children during lessons.
I was lucky to get a place. But I met other parents who are still in the waiting list. Some enrolled their children into schools that have special class(es) for children with learning disabilities. Apparently I was informed that the system is not working as it should be. Again, the bureaucracy issues.
We, the parents, do not know where to turn to. If the Education Ministry is already prejudiced because of their misconceptions and not willing to hear what parents say on this then ours is already a lost cause. We lost before the battle.