At six years of age it is when they are getting right into reading and maths, it's a big focus for them at school. If they are not supported in areas of difficulty now it will be a lot worse when they are older.
If it is a public school they should have a learning support program, with the ability to put a child on an ICP (individual curriculum program), tailoring it to their needs after they've done an assessment to see where they are for a particular subject. The more evidence you can provide them (eg speech and language assessment) the easier it will be to get the support.
I would be making an appointment to see the Principal based on the feedback you received from the teacher.
SSecret Squirrel (08-07-2016)
Yeah, wait til he gets a teacher he hates.
OP my DD is in year 6 and has learning difficulties stemming from having a very low birth weight and being born prematurely.
I would suggest that as a starting point you talk to the teacher and find out what level of support the school can offer. I would be asking about a WISC (mainly because it would be around the $1000 mark if you were to pay an educational psychologist).
Not sure what state you are in, but I took my DD to an OT who told me that Catholic schools in Qld have a different criteria for learning support over state schools. In a Qld state school for top level support, a child must be autistic, or more two standard deviations below average in speech or intellectual impairment. Apparently Catholic schools have a fourth criteria of social difficulities (I think that was what it was called anyway). This may work in your favour. Definitely check with the school.
FWIW I chose my DD's school (public) specifically because it has a special ed unit. Unfortunately she doesn't qualify for help from the unit - criteria in qld is very specific. She has had literacy and maths support from the school over the years, but I have found it to be woefully inadequate.
I've had to employ private speech pathologists to assist with literacy, an OT for years (DD has low muscle tone and finds writing difficult) and now she sees a special needs tutor through SPELD.
Unfortunately in my DD's case no amount of support will "cure" her so my view on the school's help may be tainted.
ETA just reread the OP. DD's school offers the following (may be more, this is what I am aware of):
Special Ed unit for children with a diagnosed disability that meets Qld Dept Education criteria.
Reading program called "Multi Lit". Means the kids are given extra readers and time with a teachers aide. (personally I found it useless as the readers DD was given were way too easy and did not lift her reading levels).
Maths program called "Quick Smart". Flash cards with sums the kids need to rote learn and get 100% correct in a time limit. When they complete one level, they move up to the next.
Part time teachers aids in all Prep classrooms
Finger Gym - for developing fine motor skills
Now DD is in year 6 she is getting one on one tutoring from a teacher once a week.
Last edited by SSecret Squirrel; 08-07-2016 at 19:31.
My son is in yr2 at a qld state school & is on an ICP. His school has taken so long to help him and his teacher still 'isn't sure' if she is allowed to show me his ICP do I can give a copy to our speechie :\
He is taken out of class 3 times a week with a teacher aide for group learning time (6-7 kids) for literacy x2 and maths X1. The teacher aide is cranky and my son doesn't like going out with her.
We started having my son assessed and found he has low working memory and possibly auditory processing disorder. He is on an ICP for literacy and maths so he is working at a year 1 level for those subjects, while he is still in year 2. Just got his report card for last term and he got a C for yr1 English and a B for year 1 maths, so he is behind but the school doesn't really take it that seriously
OP you're doing the right thing. It doesn't sound like you are getting far with the teacher so speaking to the principal about remedial programs seems like the next step. You mentioned your DDs teacher gave you some things to use is she in the same school? If so she might be useful for finding about the support programs available at that school. If you don't feel that they can meet your DSs learning needs long term would a school move be on the cards?
I'd also be speaking to the Head of SEP re concerns about learning support teachers aide as they come under the SEP umbrella.
I know you said started but if not completed I'd also highly recommend you book your DS in for a CAPD assessment with Australian Hearing (or similar) to confirm if he does have APD as they will be able to identify the areas of concerns, in addition to recommendations to assist him with these difficulties. My son (12) has an FM system, which is a very small blue tooth ear piece connected to a pen like microphone object the teacher wears around his neck so that it blocks background noise and he can hear instructions directly / clearly.
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