Special Needs There aren't enough schools catering to children with special needs - share your stories on what you did and where you went to seek help for your special needs (autistic, deaf, blind, dyslexic, etc) child.
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rhyswilliams - 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.

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bjr - 3/31/2010 6:08:17 PM
   
RE:Dyslexia and educational support The govt schools do not have the teachers or a proper system to deal with children who need more care and attention.

That's why most people end up putting their kids in special schools or outside classes.

Dyslexic children aren't really slow. They just have their own way of learning.

I'm not sure if the Education Ministry it prejudiced or they're just not educated (ironically). They need to do more reading and expose themselves to children with all sorts of learning needs.

Did you have to get the OKU card? I'm not sure if our Government classifies dyslexia as a "disability".

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public - 10/16/2010 1:25:49 PM
   
RE:Dyslexia and educational support many of us had misconceptions towards children with special needs. They are very unique and they are different from us in the sense that they need different materials and methods to learn, that's all. So, as a parent, don't give up ! Go and look for alternative to help you daughter excel in her studies. Surf the internet for resources. I'm from education line too and currently, I'm doing my won information research on all the children learning disabilities.

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Brain Gym Instructor - 2/14/2011 3:50:02 PM
   
RE:Dyslexia and educational support All dyslexic diagnosis may not be the same thing. If I am not mistaken, very often they are diagnosed by elimination. If it is not these several lists, then its dyslexia.

Two years ago a parent sent me a child in Primary 6, Singapore, to see if Brain Gym could help. This dyslexic boy was given extra time for exams and could not read the analog clock among other challenges. He had failed his math in Pr4 and Pr5 and expected to fail in Pr6 - the PSLE exam.

That was just 6 or 8 weeks before the exam and I had to tell the parent not to expect miracles. I gave the boy 4 sessions of Brain Gym intervention and then he could not come any more due to studies. The parent was most understanding and co-operative.

When the exam results came, the parent sent me a thank you letter. Her son had achieved a B grade in Maths and got into the school of their choice.

Its not without hope.


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rhyswilliams - 4/15/2011 6:04:02 PM
   
RE:Dyslexia and educational support Yes, brain gym helps. But I only know some of the exercises that were uploaded in the youtube. Otherwise, it is difficult to find a place or instructor in Kuala Lumpur.

Would appreciate anyone who could point me a place.

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keirakleiner - 5/10/2011 10:07:44 PM
   
RE:Dyslexia and educational support Finding a school with a positive approach to dyslexic children or teenagers is very hard. In general, the best approach is to try to contact the Dyslexia Association in your area, and see if they have any helpful feedback from their members about local schools.


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