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i got a son in yr 1 who is going through all the steps of being tested for dyslexia and i am finding it hard to get any info on what nsw education does in regards to these types of situations and just general info from nsw as well.

i would like to know if anyone has kids the same age(6) with same situation how is everything being handled? what has been put in place etc etc.

thanks

i got a son in yr 1 who is going through all the steps of being tested for dyslexia and i am finding it hard to get any info on what nsw education does in regards to these types of situations and just general info from nsw as well.

i would like to know if anyone has kids the same age(6) with same situation how is everything being handled? what has been put in place etc etc.

thanks


Hi! I don't have any experience with dyslexia but was wondering if you could tell me what signs your DS displayed for them to think this is what he might have? I sometimes suspect my 6 year old DD may have it. Thanks!


i got a son in yr 1 who is going through all the steps of being tested for dyslexia and i am finding it hard to get any info on what nsw education does in regards to these types of situations and just general info from nsw as well.

i would like to know if anyone has kids the same age(6) with same situation how is everything being handled? what has been put in place etc etc.

thanks

Hi I grew up in Nsw with dyslexia there where 2 doctor that did a lot for me one is no longer with us but the other is the director of SPELD which has offices in NSW. hope this can help
Hi

What signs does he have?

My DH is dyslexic, he didn't get picked up unfortunately till he was in grade 5.

My DS1 is almost 7. He often still writes letters back to front (mainly J, B and D), however I've been told its very normal for 6 yr olds to still be writing letters backwards at times and that it is not necessarily a sign of dyslexia

My DS2 is 5 and has ADD with auditory processing issues. His paed thinks he WILL be diagnosed Auditory Dyslexic when he is older, but he is still too young to fully be able to tell.

As you can see from my husband and kids history I will be keeping an eye on this thread wink
hi
i have it and so does my son if you get the right diagonse then the school should provide your child with the right marterails for them to study with. for me and my son we have coloured glasses and with work we have blue paper this makes it easier to read. it stops the glare and some of the movement that goes along with dyslexia. i have done an assingment it is a power point presantion on it for my education support class if you would like more infomation [email="nhume79@optusnet.com.au"]Email me[/email] if you would like it.
that goes for any one
Can I ask how you guys are getting your kids assessed and what they are doing to test them?

I have contacted a private firm and got quoted $750 to comprehensively test for dyslexia !!!
I would be super cautious here. It is notoriously difficult to accurately diagnose dyslexia at such a young age. Children reverse, misread and misrepresent letters and numbers just as part of the learning/cognitive process. It is not until about 8 years old that some of this stuff cements for kids. People will take your money and sell you special glasses and programs. My advice is to be guided by your child's school, teacher, literacy teacher and guidance officers. Sometimes it just takes kids longer to 'get it'.

I would be super cautious here. It is notoriously difficult to accurately diagnose dyslexia at such a young age. Children reverse, misread and misrepresent letters and numbers just as part of the learning/cognitive process. It is not until about 8 years old that some of this stuff cements for kids. People will take your money and sell you special glasses and programs. My advice is to be guided by your child's school, teacher, literacy teacher and guidance officers. Sometimes it just takes kids longer to 'get it'.


Thankyou for your advice! I do think you are right.

The school has taken my concerns about him falling behind seriously which I am really happy about. They had their learning enhancement coordinator in his classroom the next day to assess him. They are thinking along your lines that he may just need more time but will watch him closely. They do however believe he needs some OT in the meantime to help with his fine-motor skills and handwriting so I am organising that. We are also getting him seen to by a behavioural optometrist to exclude eye issues. Thanks again for your opinion smile
your local community health center has a thing called spot check were you can take your child and they do fun activities with the kids that test for all these kids of things and its all for free. if there is a concern they will then talk to you and book you in to start getting the help your child may need. they often have things to do with the schools too.
my mum works at a community center in speech this is how i know about it, and as i have dyslexia i have found it a wonderful help with having my children checked or just to ask about things. they have alot of different areas too, my son got help with is writting skills

hope it helps
we are going throught the same thing atm with our 5yo. she is in prep.
although its not thought to be dyslexia. but she does need to see and OT and speech Pathologist wich is being organised atm. we had her hearing and eye sight tested as well just to rule those out.
we are in QLD. and the way i got things done was i mentioned it to the child health nurse we see every week with DS2 and she organised it from there. so its through the public system. the eyes were private but medicare covered that.
hope that helps some


we are going throught the same thing atm with our 5yo. she is in prep.
although its not thought to be dyslexia. but she does need to see and OT and speech Pathologist wich is being organised atm. we had her hearing and eye sight tested as well just to rule those out.
we are in QLD. and the way i got things done was i mentioned it to the child health nurse we see every week with DS2 and she organised it from there. so its through the public system. the eyes were private but medicare covered that.
hope that helps some


I am in Qld too. We spent a fair bit of time with DS2 going to our GP last year getting referrals. We did the hearing tests with him, as well as speech and language assessments, psych observational exams and screening questionnaires ... and to think he was barely 5 :S All these tests really did explain so much, and I am glad in retrospect we did it. The fact though that we did get DS2 looked at, diagnosed, attended to and he is now soaring at school at the moment with the assistance of therapies, is part of the reason I am like a dog with a bone with DS1 now.

It breaks my heart to see him struggling atm, and his self esteem and confidence plummeting with it. He was fine last year in prep but this year in grade 1 the workload has gone up and he can't keep up, despite being the oldest kid in his class

I spoke to his teacher today and I asked if she thought I was over-worrying. It was a relief that she said 'no' .. and that the learning enhancement co-ordinator also agreed. Shows that a mothers intuition really is there for a reason wink

Having said everything above, all these discussions I have with teachers, specialists etc I make sure neither of our DS' are aware of anything we speak of. I want them to stay carefree ... its our job as parents to make sure we provide our kids the tools and resources to make their education as easy as possible and for us to bear the 'worry', not them ..
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