Dyslexic Son.

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user1479116707 Mon 14-Nov-16 09:55:37

Ok firstly I'm a dad so not sure if it's cool for me to be on here but actually need real people to talk to about this.
Anyway my lovely son is about to turn 8 in January. This time last year he didn't have a care in the world at school except his poor handwriting. He was in decent groups in school etc. Anyway at the end of year 2 his class teacher mentioned she has seen signs he may be dyslexic. Ok again I wasn't too alarmed as I know my son and he is as bright a button. So he has now gone into year 3 and the school have played him in classes with all the disruptive kids etc due his handwriting being poor and his reading being a little slow. I'd still class him as a pretty good reader. He hasn't been diagnosed yet and the process has only just begun. I'm not totally convinced he has dyslexia. Anyway I work at the school part time which puts me in an awkward position when I need to challenge the schools actions. To cut a long story short I feel my son is being discriminated against by being put in the lower groups because he is dyslexic or simply because his handwriting is poor. Can anyone offer any advice please? I want to speak to the school about this but not sure where I stand. I'm not being over protective nor is it sour grapes that he has been placed in lower groups. I work with a lot of kids in his year and ok his writing is poor compared to a lot of theirs but his brain isn't. Why should he be placed with disruptive kids ....?

Didiplanthis Thu 17-Nov-16 21:14:36

My dd recently got a dyslexia diagnosis and one of the main points from ed psych is that she should be adequately supported to stay in the higher ability groups as she is very bright rather than being put in lower ability groups as part of helping her achieve her academic potential which is something all state schools are supposed to be doing - Is that something worth mentioning to them ?

Tissie Fri 18-Nov-16 20:54:10

Ask the school for an educational psych evaluation which should indicate areas of difficulty and strength including non verbal intelligence. Also so press them on how they are supporting your son as they suspect learning difficulties (they have a manadtory duty to support pupils with learning needs).
has anything been done in the past to support his handwriting? If there has and it's been unsuccessful then I would get him to learn to touch type. If the problem is one of coordination and he can't manage touch typing then use the 2 forefingers and a thumb approach. He will benefit from seeing his work in print.

Nonsadness Wed 08-Feb-17 16:49:47

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