April 11, 2014
Children with learning difficulties could slip through the cracks due to a shortage of specialists assessing and assisting them.
The demand for help for Kiwi children struggling with learning disabilities is increasing, with service providers reporting long waiting lists of children that need to be seen.
The New Zealand Dyslexia Foundation estimates one in 10 New Zealanders experience a learning difficulty, with more than 70,000 schoolchildren affected.
The small number of specialists who assess and diagnose learning difficulties have reported a growing workload, which education psychologists say is a concern.
Learning Disabilities Association of New Zealand has two registered assessors in Palmerston North with waiting lists three months long.
President Bill Glassey, who is based in the city, said he would assess one or two children a week – many of them referred by schools – for learning difficulties, such as ADHD, dyslexia or apraxia.
Read the full article here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/news/9930188/Long-waits-for-extra-tutoring
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April 29, 2014
A mother who has three children with special educational needs has recorded an audio diary of her typical morning.
Debs Aspland’s nine-year-old son has hydrocephalus and autism, her eight-year-old son is visually impaired, and her daughter has language, speech and communication needs.
Ms Aspland said her typical day was around 21 hours long and “on a good day” she could expect just under five hours sleep.
Read the full article here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-27204151
Croydon Advertiser: Dad of dyslexic schoolgirl calls on Michael Gove to rule Croydon’s special needs policy ‘illegal’
April 25, 2014
The father of a severely dyslexic schoolgirl has called on Education Secretary Michael Gove to compel the council to change its “unlawful” policy towards children with special educational needs.
For a child to receive specialist support, parents must show they require “significant assistance” in at least five of eight areas – only one of which is education.
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I created this blog to try to bring together as many blogs on specific learning difficulties as possible in the hope to raise awareness and also to inspire! I started blogging about my experiences with dyslexia and scotopic sensitivity syndrome two months ago and found it quite difficult to promote amongst the hundreds of fashion, make-up and lifestyle blogs across Twitter and Bloglovin. I noticed on a friends blog on her experiences with Fibromyalgia and IC that there was a network of bloggers on the Fibro Bloggers Directory and thought that it would be great if there was something similar for dyslexia! Read the rest of this entry