my son is going to be tested by the school after chasing the teachers about my son’s learning ability. after picking up some warnings I decided to face the teachers to find out what was happening. not much was said except for lack of concentration. I got a tutor booked in last thurs and she only sat down with him for an 1 just to get to know my son and see where he’s at. turned out he’s few years behind in spelling. I already knew he was behind in maths and literacy but not so far behind in lit. I got very disappointed of how the teachers took no actions, so instead I’m taking actions at home. ive spoken to my mother and she has dyslexia, slight chances my son may have too. while I’m waiting for my son to be tested as hes on the list, I want to start taking action now at home but I have no idea where to start. my son loves his ipad-minecraft crap!!!!, when hes not on his ipad, hes on his wii u, which shows hes strongly involves technologies. I started schoolbo app with him, the literacy is pulling him back refusing to do it. every thurs he will have a tutor for an hour. his writing is not the best (left handed) and he prefers me to write up his homework quicker so he can finish his homework faster. that’s not happening. he has never liked homework since prep. hes in grade 4. he has moved to a smaller school last year from a big school. I like the community of the school but not happy about the learning side. I want my son to be prepared comfortably before he goes to high school. he has lower self esteem and confidence level is not so good either. he has no interest in sports but he is doing swimming lessons and every now and then plays golf with my husband. he doesn’t know how to entertain himself which has been a big thing since he was a toddler. I’m at lost here really where I should be starting at. can I have some guidance please.
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  • Consider seeing an Occupational Therapist – they may be able to offer some advice about improving his writing, which sounds like it would help with other issues too.

  • Hope you find some answers. Some schools are so focussed on the whole student body, sometimes the individual gets lost in the cracks. Happened to my son. Good that things seem to be heading in a positive direction for you, albeit slowly

  • My son is dyslexic we found out at the end of year 2 he is in year 3. I suspected since pre primary but found that GPs and many teachers dont seem to know much about dyslexia. But the school cannot ignore you speak to the teacher, learning support and principal with your concerns and ask about testing. After several meetings my son got a full educational assessment from the school psychologist, this indicated dyslexia so I then paid another 400 dollars for further testing on liteacy from Dyslexia Speld, i would recommend you contact them for advice. Assessment is expensive but well worth it because now he officially has the diagnosis the school is quite helpful. I find OT from someone specialising in literacy is helping a lot with handwriting and he has tutoring through dyslexia speld once a week going through structured phonics which is steadily improvi g his reading and spelling. Even so progress takes time and he still finds school difficult so it is a matter of keeping him encouraged and focusing on things outside of school he is good at. He also loves computer and playstation too and not as interested in sport but tae kwon do has been the great for his confidence and he loves sport when it involves his friends. Good luck hope you get the right help, let me know if you need any more advice

  • See the GP. Sometimes schools can be ‘biased’ and their assessments not pick up problems (perhaps because they are overloaded with even worse issues with other children). A pediatrician can give immediate advice (many bulk billed) and may recommend a psychologists that should be able to offer an educational assessment of learning. If you are prepared to wait there are bulk billing psychological services available, or you can pay for the independent assessment and then go to the school armed with the assessment and make them take notice of what your son needs.

  • Take some deep breathes for yourself. Looks like you are on track to make sure your son gets support. When my children were smaller I tried creative ways to increase their learning, such as helping reading and measuring recipes, taking a calculator shopping and getting my son to put in the prices, reading labels during shopping, measuring things at home. My middle child took extra time to learn and needed extra support. Trust your instincts about what is right for him and be firm with asking for things to be explored. Hope you have some good family/friend support. The mummy community here is here to help support you too.

  • Speak to your GP to see if you can get a specialist referral. His teachers should have been a little more proactive in helping him.

  • Speak to your gp about getting a referral or support

  • My first suggestion would be…..have you tried Google for some information? It’s a great place to start

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