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Moving to Brussels with special needs child

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Sanne2016 Tue 25-Oct-16 16:19:50

Hi, I'm new to this site but seeking some help and advice from you. My family and I are moving to Brussels (from Canada) next summer 2017 and we are in the process of finding an International school for our boys (twins 4 years old). My one son is autistic (high functioning, verbal (Eng only) but needs special learning support/therapy), and so far we know that ISB and BEPS and ACE of Brussels offer Special Learning Programs but does anyone know if they are any good? ISB has told us they currently don't have availability for my son next year, and would have to put him on a waiting list which is very disappointing, and I am still waiting to hear from the other schools. We are a bit lost and wonder if any of you have been in a similar situation? Are there any other schools, institutions or facilities in Brussels I should look into to find support for my autistic son? Or does anyone know a good English speaking ABA therapist, or Occupational Therapist? My son is currently in a preschool receiving ABA therapy (moderate version 7.5 hours a week). Thanks a lot smile

cannotseeanend Tue 25-Oct-16 18:13:19

ACE of Brussels does not offer any special programme at all and makes it clear on its website so it will be news to the school. Only ISB has a specific unit, for which it charges a high premium to cover the extra staff an resources.

If your child is high functioning, there is no reason why he cannot cope in a local school or a private international school other than ISB. The private and local schools would offer a place usually after assessment.

cannotseeanend Tue 25-Oct-16 18:39:14

I would start school search with saying where you will be working, as the choice of school will be made much easier if school is near work and home.

There are over 30 private schools in the greater Brussels area teaching in English, with fees from 10k up to 30k, your ability to pay might also determine which school you choose.

Mirsane Wed 29-Mar-17 03:40:32

I have the same issue. My son is high fonctioning and I am looking for ABA therapy , speech therapist in Bruxells. I will move in July 2017

cannotseeanend Mon 03-Apr-17 22:09:24

You will find private therapists, expect 50-100 per hour costs. If you use google, you'll find them.

Paulina93 Thu 24-Aug-17 14:08:36

Hi, I'm an ABA therapist moving to Brussels soon, I was working with children with autism, asperger and other developmental disorders. I have a question for two mums who wrote here: did you find a center or a school which offer ABA therapy, regular supervision etc? I'd like to continue working in aba approach in Brussels but I don't know if there are any specialists there in this area? Let me know! smile

Mirsane Thu 24-Aug-17 16:35:58

Hi Pauline,
Unfortunately we didn't get the chance to find a school with Aba therapist in the campus.
Also ISB refused to take him because of his behavior ( after they discussed with his daycare teacher if to put him at the waiting list for the next two years ).
I decided to stay in US for one more year with him. Can I please get your contact when you will go in Bruxelles so we would like to contact you for next year.

lifeisunjust Thu 24-Aug-17 22:52:28

know an aba therapist who works with children at st johns she s employed by parents not school. St johns isn't in Brussels though, it s 20km south in waterloo.

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