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Dyspraxia and school/funding/therapy

My son has been having problems in kindergarten. We have just taken him to a doctor for a preliminary assessment who has mentioned that he thinks he has dyspraxia. Can anyone point me in the right direction to find information as to what comes next?

I'm a little confused as to what comes next. He can't get the help at school that he needs unless he has a diagnosis (teachers view)
Neurologist says it's not his recommendation that counts but he won't get any help unless the school psychologist permits it. He could see the doctors affiliated psychologist but it may be quicker to go direct to the school system. We are dubious about effectively signing over his medical records to the school authorities, but it seems the school could insist on this. It has also been suggested we see a psychologist where we live, but we weren't impressed with them, mainly because she insisted on talking to our son in his third language and then rated his abilities at 0! Paediatrician disagreed with her findings. Is it really a disadvantage to go through the doctors to see the psychologist rather than through the erziehungsberater? Would this make it easier/harder for them to refuse to school him in our local school? How does it influence the rest of his schooling if all his records are stored in the school system rather than the medical? My (swiss) husband seems to think this will be a huge disadvantage to him in the future. I've no idea how the system really works.

Where can I find info on procedure, funding for special help in school, therapy etc?
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Re: Dyspraxia and school/funding/therapy

What is his diet like?

I would try giving him some methylated B-12 (1000 units once per month is the adult dosage, find something appropriate to his body-weight , sublingual) as a start.

Dyxpraxia is like fibromylagia or Asperbergers: it's a lazy diagnosis of a set of symptoms without a pathology. I don't see how a psychologist would help. They aren't physicians and they can't really do anything useful aside from occupy an office and provide placebo treatment.
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Re: Dyspraxia and school/funding/therapy

Hi there,
Sounds like you have a new journey to undertake and a LOT of information to process etc. TAKE A DEEP BREATH! The good news is that your son has been spotted at an early age. Early intervention and therapy can go a LONG way in helping kids with dyspraxia. The bad news is that working your way through the maze of diagnosis and doctors can make you want to tear your hair out!
Although they have base offices set mostly in Zurich and Geneva if I were you I would reach out to this group: http://allspecialkids.org/ as they seem to have a good beat on dealing with special needs issues etc.
From experience I would say if you can find a children's occupational therapist who has handled dyspraxia cases before this would be helpful. Normally they can help address whatever issues are at hand through various exercises that to the kids seem a lot like playing silly and fun games but are VERY focused in working on certain skills or issues. A lot of the time the therapists end up working hand in hand with speech therapists and sometimes physical therapists if there are other skills that need to be acquired or worked on.
This website: https://www.dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk/about-dyspraxia/ also might be of help to give you some general info. Keep in mind, EVERY kid is different. Dyspraxia gives you an explanation for some things but how each kid is affected and tackles some of the obstacles varies greatly.
Remember lots of patience and lots of love goes a LONG way..
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My son has been having problems in kindergarten. We have just taken him to a doctor for a preliminary assessment who has mentioned that he thinks he has dyspraxia. Can anyone point me in the right direction to find information as to what comes next?

I'm a little confused as to what comes next. He can't get the help at school that he needs unless he has a diagnosis (teachers view)
Neurologist says it's not his recommendation that counts but he won't get any help unless the school psychologist permits it. He could see the doctors affiliated psychologist but it may be quicker to go direct to the school system. We are dubious about effectively signing over his medical records to the school authorities, but it seems the school could insist on this. It has also been suggested we see a psychologist where we live, but we weren't impressed with them, mainly because she insisted on talking to our son in his third language and then rated his abilities at 0! Paediatrician disagreed with her findings. Is it really a disadvantage to go through the doctors to see the psychologist rather than through the erziehungsberater? Would this make it easier/harder for them to refuse to school him in our local school? How does it influence the rest of his schooling if all his records are stored in the school system rather than the medical? My (swiss) husband seems to think this will be a huge disadvantage to him in the future. I've no idea how the system really works.

Where can I find info on procedure, funding for special help in school, therapy etc?
I have no experience whatsoever of dispraxia but in my experience of dealing with the school psychologist etc a copy of all their assessments and findings is also transmitted to your own paediatrician.
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