I would speak to your school ... I've just found out that ours has a full time Ed psychologist and 2 learning support specialists (only been here 4 years!), they might have someone in house or at least someone who is regularly on campus and knows the school, staff etc.
Hi pupsie I have a friend who works with some of the international schools here for children with SEN (I'm not sure whether this falls within her field of expertise). She may none the less know how to get help. I'll let you know.
Thanks Laptop. We think he may have a specific issue called dyscalculia which can exist alongside dyslexia or on its own. We don't think he has dyslexia but he does have this "number blindness" I think. I reckon he'd be going through the same in the UK as this September he'd have left his cosy tiny village school and gone to the academic focussed school his brother was at. It would explain his withdrawal and lack of self-esteem at school ("mummy I wish I could take my brain out and throw it away and get a new one"). Doesn't help that older brother is naturally very strong at maths. In his mind I guess it's all wrapped up in new school/new country etc (and for sure that has impacted his emotional state too) but I think he has an issue which would have come up in the UK. Difference being that he'd have had great, free support there. Yes, I found that website this morning too. Thank you - I appreciate you posting the link. So on top of school fees we've been paying for a tutor (only 3 sessions so far) and now will likely have to pay for assessment and support. Hey ho. Getting him the right sort of support and help is vital though. The method of repetition, repetition, repetition is not helping and is stressing everyone out.
His teacher had thought along the same lines as us (and I'd never thought about it before but it popped into my head whilst talking to her last week) but she wasn't sure so didn't want to say anything just yet, on account of the tough year he's had - was it just down to that?
She is in touch with the school counsellor. I will see what they come up with before contacting the das. Bless him. He's such an amazing kid in so many ways. It certainly makes sense that there is an issue such as this.
Just wondering if anyone has any experience of this re the diagnosis process etc? We're going down that route with school (at our suggestion and their support). I'd know what to do in the UK, and what help was available in the state schooling system but feel a bit lost about it here...