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ds2 y3 dyslexia. no support

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mimbles Thu 12-Sep-13 19:36:58

Hope all you good mamas & pappas out there are well tonight smile
Ds2 diagnosed with severe dyslexia last year. He's just gone into year 3, juniors. No longer any ta's in class with teacher to help with literacy difficulties. How can I find out what help he should have? Slight additional problem in that I work there too so in a difficult position.

neolara Fri 13-Sep-13 14:44:56

Have you spoken to the SENCO about what support is available? They may not have TA support in the class, but that does not mean TA support is not available at all. You say your ds was diagnosed last year. Were there any suggestions about what strategies should be implemented?

PolterGoose Fri 13-Sep-13 14:59:51

Was he assessed through school? The report should have recommendations, have school got a copy? I'm sure it is tricky working at the school but it is crucial for your ds that you don't let this stop you being assertive and ensuring that school meet his needs.

mimbles Fri 13-Sep-13 19:33:22

Report highlights his dyslexic profile-strengths, areas he will likely struggle with. "Substantial amounts of tutorial input and practise will be needed on a regular basis to improve childs skills to the level where he can read and write independently". Also some recommendations re working memory and following 'best practice'. Suggests allowing ds other means of recording work. Private assessment after recognised signs from ds1's diagnosis. Didnt want to wait for school to get its finger out! Have to say that I'm regretting it now. Maybe school would take more notice of ed. Psych report.sad

Handywoman Fri 13-Sep-13 21:51:46

Oh mimbles I've been there and it's pretty blimmin' rubbish. Sounds like your diagnostic report was not very specific in its recommendations to school. I posted what worked for me here (although I'm afraid it was more by luck than by judgement).

mimbles Fri 13-Sep-13 22:22:48

I'm so confused-also worn out...awaiting decision by panel on ds1 re aspergers too.
Handywoman, What would you suggest as a first step with ds2? Feel like he's severely disadvantaged because I cant work out what to do. He was seeing a private tutor (which I struggled to afford)but she's not able to tutor him anymore.

Handywoman Fri 13-Sep-13 23:03:52

Oh mimbles waiting for a dx of Aspergers for dd2 also. Very hard to deal with. I think your first step is to step outside of your othe role and have a proper meeting wih this SENCO. Tease out any specifics from the report and fight for some additional help. Are there any issues with visual processing? My dd2 wears tinted lenses bifocals with reading prescription. A behavioural optometrist can assess or you can buy coloured overlays. Any problems with maths or just literacy?

mimbles Fri 13-Sep-13 23:24:18

Just literacy. Ds1(10) also dyslexic. His self esteem has taken a real battering over the years. Not wanting to see his younger brother have to face the same.
I know our school has a lot of children with sen. There's
only so much money to go around. Will take your advice though and see what she says. Thanks for your messages. Its good to not feel alone.

BigBird69 Sat 14-Sep-13 18:49:29

Hiya, you say he's "severe" dyslexia, who diagnosed? Was it independent ed psychologist? Have the school done anything? School action or school action plus? Has he any IEP or anything like that? X

mimbles Sat 14-Sep-13 20:07:19

Private spld tutor diagnosed using 'GL assessment' tool? School have done SAIL with him in years 1 & 2. Shared a ta with other kids on his table. Had last IEP in november 2012. Some suggestion that he'll be in 'Stars' this year? He had all sorts of spellings this week, list of 15, lots of digraphs/blends. Last year only gave him 6 based on his iep. Y3 teacher says he's not happy him having less than his peers as he thinks it will make him stand out? Like him only scoring 2 or 3 will make him feel any better?!?
He's on School action. He's aged 7yr 9 month, scored 5 years 9 months on NFER in July.

BigBird69 Wed 18-Sep-13 07:08:14

My son has a statement for severe literacy and numeracy problems. It has meant a change of school post statement. By severe I mean still pre-school/reception level even though age is y4. His cognitive ability is average for his age.

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