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Hello I am new to this site was was wondering if I could ask for some help?
My partner and I have a 5 year old boy, he has learning difficulties and is partially blind with sensory processing disorder.

He really struggles with new environments and we are in the process of moving to Switzerland with my partner new company. I am very concerned as I have built up some strong connection in the UK in regards to equipment I can get for him.
He visits a center that has a sensory room he can use and he also has a sensory room in our house that he loves, this has got to stay in the house in the UK so where would I purchase equipment for a sensory room in Switzerland? and do you have companies like we do in the UK that will design and fit the rooms for you?

My son loves his sensory room at home and he feels safe there, he does not like going out much because he cant see very well and with his learning difficulties as well he struggles with being in places he doesn't understand.
This is why its so important we can find this equipment

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Re: Children with Learning disabilities

Right, I am so sorry, but I will tell you straight. Switzerland is years behind when it comes to facilities for children with special needs. If it was me with a child with such difficulties, I'd stay in the UK. My honest opinion- although I do not know the situation in Zug. Again, I am sorry.
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Re: Children with Learning disabilities

Is it really that bad? I have no choice but to move

Is there nowhere that supplies this equipment ANYWHERE in Switzerland?

I am going crazy thinking about the move and what he is going to do and be like when he is over there
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Re: Children with Learning disabilities

Someboy will be along soon with more detail on the Zug area. Switzerland is a beautiful country, with lots and lots of advantages- but if I was disabled or had a child with severe special needs, I would go back to the UK. Again, I am sorry. You've asked, and I am giving my honest answer. I lived in the UK 40 years, as a teacher, but was educated in Switzerland and have been on the local school board for a few years.
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Re: Children with Learning disabilities

I'm with Odile on this one. Disabled/handicapped people here still very often live in their own communities away from the mainstream. They have their own community homes and workplaces though they do go out on organised trips, etc. I don't think you'll find anywhere in Switzerland to provide the equipment you want, maybe research companies in Germany who do this sort of thing. I've been here 16 years and I can't recall seeing a disabled child out and about. Occasional people out in their wheelchairs and some deaf people groups visiting around, but that's it.

The other problem you may have of course is language. Although many health care people here speak English there are more who don't so you really need to speak German to be able to communicate properly.

Is the move absolutely vital to your partner's career? Knowing the child's problems I would have researched more before agreeing to take up the post. Can you not stay in the UK with your son and he visits you when he can? Not ideal, but surely better than disrupting your child's environment where you know he's happy and you're both well supported.

The only thing I can suggest is contacting this group:

http://www.allspecialkids.org/wp/

They may be able to advise you if there's any company that could help you find what you're looking for. They're based in Geneva, but I believe they also have a group in Zurich.
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Re: Children with Learning disabilities

Another thing which you need to take into account is the health insurance for your son. I am no expert at this - only moved earlier this year from the UK, but having read the threads here, I remember that pre-existing conditions are hard (if not impossible) to arrange medical coverage for. Your basic insurance will cover treatment, but any supplementary or complementary insurance you wish to buy (to get better or more suitable treatment for example) may not be available to you.

Is there any way your husband's employer can arrange for the special equipment for your son? Or perhaps point you in the right direction, so you can see whether it is possible to have such equipment in your house?

My heart goes out to you - I hope you and your husband are able to find a solution which works best for your son for the short and long term.

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Re: Children with Learning disabilities

He has spoken to his work and they could not find anyone who sold the sort of equipment he already has in his room.
Its starting to put pressure on our marriage as he agreed to rent our house out to a family who also has a child with learning difficulties, so my son does not really have the option to stay in the UK with me.

I really am lost with this and myself and my husband seem to be at each other because of the situation, but its because I am scared for our son.

I really dont know what to do.
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Re: Children with Learning disabilities

Clumsy maman, basic health insurance has to accept all, pre-existing conditions and all- so there is no need to worry about this at all.
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Clumsy maman, basic health insurance has to accept all, pre-existing conditions and all- so there is no need to worry about this at all.
Thanks for clarifying. I meant that any complementary insurance may not be available for pre-existing conditions. And I was under the impression (perhaps mistakenly) that the quality of care may vary greatly between those offered by the basic insurance and the complementary.
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Re: Children with Learning disabilities

I do not know what a sensory room is but my Google search came up with the term 'snoezelen'. Might this be what you are looking for?

If so, then this company in Switzerland seems to sell equipment for a 'snoezelen room'.
http://www.sport-thieme.ch/cat/Thera...108153_6963918

I am also a mom of three so I feel for you. I am a native speaker of German and would be happy to help you research your options. PM me if you think there is anything I can do.

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I really dont know what to do.
Stay in the UK. You're putting yourself at risk of a whole heap of hassles otherwise. For instance, it sounds like your child will not be able to attend mainstream school. Thats one problem. And he will be needing special therapies, which usually get covered by the governments IV benefit. But because your son was not born in Switzerland, you will not be eligible, so will have to pay your own way.

Really, stay where you are. Such a move can destabilise a 'regular' child, let alone one with special needs.
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Re: Children with Learning disabilities

Also, there is a school for children with sight loss in Zug
http://www.sonnenberg-baar.ch

The website is only in German, unfortunately. Again, I would be happy to help translate.
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Re: Children with Learning disabilities

Maybe what clumsy mama wanted to say was with respect to special therapies under AI. For the OP, I think finding or importing the special equipment is one of the lesser of your worries. As the mother of a child with special needs, there are larger concerns like therapies offered, schooling, and language issues related to these two. Have you investigated these? Many therapies here are not covered by health insurance and may not be offered by the state unless your child is disabled under AI, which a foreign child may not qualify. Special education, if offered by the state may not meet his needs and certainly will be in German. Just wondering if you've thought these things through before making the decision to come here?
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Re: Children with Learning disabilities

Thank you so much for your help Carlasmom

I have tried Google for the Snoozlen equipment you found and could not find anything, can you tell me how you came across this and is there any more?

Thank you for the school information as well, but I am trying to tackle one thing at a time, I am so overwhelmed by all this.

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Re: Children with Learning disabilities

I just took a closer look at the the school Sonnenberg's website.

They have a section called 'Sehen Plus' (sight plus) which caters to children with sight loss plus special needs. They seem to adress sensory issues.

Maybe the situation in Zug is not that bad after all. I do hope so.
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Re: Children with Learning disabilities

Sorry, I forgot to add the link earlier. You have to mind the Dutch spelling for your Google search.
"Snoezelen"
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Re: Children with Learning disabilities

So do I

Is there anymore sensory room / Snoozlen equipment providers, I am still haveing no luck
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So do I

Is there anymore sensory room / Snoozlen equipment providers, I am still having no luck
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Doesn't the link work for you?
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Re: Children with Learning disabilities

It has worked thank you, but there is still some equipment I need that they dont sell, so I was hoping to have a good hunt round for things

Sorry if I have come across ungrateful , I don't mean to sound that way, I just need to know I have options.

I really do appreciate your help.
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