Angharad is a mum from Cardiff. Her 10 year-old-son has just been diagnosed with dyslexia and dyspraxia. She’s finding it difficult to cope, and has reached out for help and support. She’s asked A Problem Shared… for advice.
My son has recently been diagnosed with dyslexia and dyspraxia.
This is hard to come to terms with, and at first I blamed myself. However, I want him to have the best education possible but I am finding that the teachers at his school are not hearing my concerns.
The worst part of his dyspraxia is his speech, which often makes him go quiet in class. I want him to be able to feel like he can socialise with the other students and not have to be so afraid of how his words come out.
He is a smart boy, he just struggles sometimes, but other kids must do too. I’m too scared to ask the other parents what they might think of it all.
He’s in year 6 now, but what happens when he tries to get into a decent high school or college or university? Will he need extra help? Is extra help affordable? I don’t know much about it at all.
Please let me know if you have any ideas.
Our FamilyPoint advice to Angharad
Thank you for contacting Family Point Cymru. It sounds like you are going through a bit of a hard time at the moment, you should not be blaming yourself for this as it is not your fault. We can see that you are looking for ways to make things clearer and more straight forward for your son whilst dealing with this situation.
There are a couple of agencies that you might find helpful:
SNAP Cymru helpline – (from landline 0845 1203730 from mobiles 0345 1203730)
SNAP Cymru supports parents of children with additional needs. They may be able to help you be heard at the school and they can give the school support in what measures they should put in place to help your son.
You may also want to contact Cardiff Education Department. Here are the numbers of some of the teams you may wish to speak to regarding your son and the support he requires. They can talk through any questions or concerns you may have, and let you know what support he may be entitled to.
– Speech, Language, Communications Difficulties Team – 02922 330 785
– Learning Intervention Team – 02922 330 690
– SEN Case Work Team – 02922 330 711
If you feel you would like to talk it through with someone who understands and can provide you with some support too, you may want to contact the British Dyslexia Association on their free and confidential helpline 0333 405 4567
We are open Monday – Thursday 6pm – 10pm and Friday & Saturday 10am – 2pm.
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