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dyslexia in oz schools

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Hi new to pominoz hope to be moveing to qld or wa early 2012

does any body have information how oz schools deal and cater for dyslexic children as our son who is 8yrs old is dyslexic :unsure:

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Generally not very well at all. AFAIK no states include it in their disability criteria and unless a child has a diagnosed intellectual disability (or other diagnosed disability) they wont be getting any additional support beyond that which a school may provide through its remedial programs. Some schools are still putting a lot of energy into reading recovery for year 1 kids and then maybe some remedial groups for older kids.

 

You may be able to get him some accommodation in test situations - extra time, use of a computer or possibly even use of a scribe - but you will have to have a battery of assessments to prove your point.

 

You may choose to get private tuition to help him through

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Hi AndyJackie - how has the support in the UK been? We have been down that route in the UK, and whilst the schools were very supportive, we had to really make an effort to get them to do anything.

 

We went down the private tuition route in the end. It is expensive, £100 a week for both our boys. We have a retired specialist special needs co ordinator - and her work is amazing. We are still not sure whether our boys are dyslexic or not. It is very hard to get a diagnosis. But they have moved from failing to exceeding in just over a year.

 

Now that they have caught up, they seem to be coping well. We will keep the extra tuition for another year just to make sure.


Nearly there! Don't drop the ball now guys! Vaccines are weeks away. Stay safe!

 

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Although Dyslexia does come under the DDA in Oz, you will struggle to get any support or funding. Funding is extremely difficult to come by and the criteria is extremely strict (as the UK). Australia has a Dyslexia working party who wrote a report similar to The Rose Report in the UK, it was sent to government in January 2010 with a mass of recommendations, but as yet no reply.

However, most teachers are happy to help and learn more, so if you do have a report it would be worth taking it into school to discuss with the teacher. Some teachers are more than happy to carry out the recommendations that are within their means.

There are several organisations that you may like to look at, some have tutor referral services and offer advice and support. Check out SPELD in the state that you plan to move to e.g. SPELD WA, I don't think they are in every state yet but cover most. Australia Dyslexia Association and obviously my website! Sorry cheeky plug!


Becky

Dyslexia NSW www.dyslexia-nsw.com.au

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Find we have to be the ones who have push and fight for any help. It feels like a long long journey!!

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Find we have to be the ones who have push and fight for any help. It feels like a long long journey!!

 

We found that two. The infants school was hopeless and did nothing. They wouldn't acknowledge that our kids have a problem. The junior school is better.

 

Another thing we do, which I'm still not sure about myself I have to admit, is that we pay our kids to read. When they read a book that is at their level, we get them to answer a couple of questions about it, and then we give them a couple of pounds. It has made a huge difference. We found that after a year they pretty much stopped asking for money and just read for the fun of it.


Nearly there! Don't drop the ball now guys! Vaccines are weeks away. Stay safe!

 

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