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PROUFOUND dyslexia - cognitively able

(12 Posts)
Meadowblend Sun 13-Mar-16 16:58:39

Anyone in the same situation? DS secondary transition age - statement etc. literacy levels of 5yo cognitively spikes to 89th centile. Where the hell do I send him to school???
Specialist independent wanting a fortune and tbh, I don't think they understand his needs anyway (they're more geared to asd) mainstream a big no no as can't access curriculum without 1:1 reader scribe and too cognitively able for special school. Do I home ed? I'm at a loss!

dunfightin Tue 15-Mar-16 20:39:05

There are a few specialist independent dyslexic schools. My DD is much the same and I've gone down that route as mainstream was a disaster.
Am hoping that due to small class size and they understand that it is perfectly possible to be able verbally but have a very low literacy level then she will flourish.
Her self-esteem is so much higher already

mary21 Sun 20-Mar-16 16:03:57

Check out the CREsTed schools list. Not sure where in the country you are but look at More House Frensham, Slindon. The most London. Fairley House. Bruern Abbey for 2 years?

zzzzz Sun 20-Mar-16 16:07:43

Why can't he have 1:1 in MS if that would work?confused
The cost of school doesn't have to be born by you if it is appropriate.
Does he have an EHCP?

WhoKnowsWhereTheTimeG0es Sun 20-Mar-16 17:04:02

He has a statement you say, is he in year 5? I agree with checking the CREsted website, also contact your local dyslexia associations. Who assessed him for dyslexia, might they be able to suggest anywhere? Have you been in to see the SENCOs of your local MS schools? Also some MS secondaries do have specialist dyslexia units.

Meadowblend Tue 22-Mar-16 10:18:32

Thanks so much for your replies. Hes year 6, 11 years old. His literacy and numeracy levels are roughly year 1. He attends one of the schools Mary has mentioned. It tends to deal more with social and communication. Despite being crested, there is very little dyslexia awareness. He is assumed to lack intelligence because he can't write things down. There is no access to assistive tech etc. I have contacted the likes of Moonhall, but he's too far behind as he hasn't had the support. He can't access curriculum at all without reader and scribe, yet he understands applications above his average age but can't articulate. I think it's the square peg and round hole scenario with lack of provision.

zzzzz Tue 22-Mar-16 10:22:17

That's TOTALLY crap Meadow poor you and poor ds. Mine is starting ms secondary with attatched dyslexia unit (academy) next year and when I went in they were keen for him to use tablet with voice recognition in class and talked about MANY aspects of support including scribes, readers, overlays/coloured papers, special question papers etc etc. I'm a bit shock at a ss being so rubbish!

Meadowblend Tue 22-Mar-16 10:47:57

I've been trying for over a year to get them to listen to me. I have nhs OT paperwork recommending dragon speak and clicker, I've supplied the school with a lower case keyboard and Nessy. I have an ed psyc report backing up too!! I'd love to find another school. Nothing locally, the HT was totally condescending to me and told me I'm lucky and should look at a special school...DS not on autistic spectrum and has high IQ!! He's just dyslexic ffs!!

zzzzz Tue 22-Mar-16 12:37:32

Did you go and look at the SS?
What has not being autistic got to do with it?

I'm a little confused.

greenbloom Tue 22-Mar-16 21:31:02

This is really frustrating for you. Are you sure that there is nowhere that would suit? Could he combine some home ed with specialist tutors and some mainstream? I have come across similar children and it is a really difficult situation.

GlitteryShoes Tue 22-Mar-16 21:36:59

My son had a very similar profile. We took him out of an Outstanding huge Secondary in Yr 8 as they were going to put him in bottom sets. We moved him to a small, not particularly academic comp, where they worked a curriculum round his needs - no languages but extra English etc. he really built confidence and ended up doing Zooology at a great Uni. I would recommend looking at all your local high schools- there might be one that would suit him. I knew as soon as I met the SENCO at ds's school it would work for him.

Legoladette Sun 03-Apr-16 16:34:12

Following this thread as 11 yr old dd is very severely dyslexic. We are having the same issues. Cognitively and socially able, above average in some areas, , but literacy and numeracy basic entry level. (Age 4) Has 1:1 at small primary but haven't a place for her for September yet. We are negotiating with LA for a personal budget to try and get part home ed (where I'd get specialist tutor) and maybe split placement with mainstream for arts, sports etc. it's a nightmare! The special schools take children with global delay and they say they can't meet her needs (they can't) I get zzzz's comments that autism shouldn't have anything to do with it, but it DOES if the school doesn't make adjustments according to the social profiles of the children, not just accademic ability. Even specialist schools aren't flexible if your child is NOT autistic, at least not where we live. Like autism, it would seem that the degree of the dyslexia can be so variable, and you're doomed if you don't fit in the box.

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