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Maurice6007

Remedial classes and occupational therapy

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Maurice6007

Hi All

Does the public school system cater for children who require additional assistance in terms of occupational therapy and remedial schooling? I'm NOT referring to tutors and the like. 

In South Africa there are many experts that can assist a young child with posture, reading difficulty, speech therapy etc. However these professionals cost an exorbitant amount of money. Can anyone tell me what the cost of such additional care would be in Canada and if the public schools cater for kids who require additional help?   

How does the public school system in Canada (specifically BC) go about identifying and treating children with "learning disabilities"?

Thanks in advance

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AnelleR2008

I'm going to preface this with 2 things:
1.  My children are not actually in school (we homeschool) BUT we have a son who has dyslexia (double deficit severe), dysgraphia, and dyscalculia, and ADHD thrown in for good measure.   I have built up a support network both online and in person so I do have some idea of how the schools handle things.   
2.  I have never lived in BC, only Ontario and NS. 

There is a very big focus on preparing children to use assistive technology in conjunction with helping them with improving some of the issues.     

In Nova Scotia our son can get OT for his dysgraphia, which reminds me that I need to schedule it.  It is a self-referral and is covered under MSI.    I haven't booked it, yet, because his dysgraphia is NOT due to low fine motor development, but no harm in checking in with them.


My neighbour is the specialist who deals with Individual Education Plans for children of grades for our school board.   Children who have learning differences get a plan that will go with them throughout school, it will outline how their education is tailored in order for them to continue learning the best they can and giving them the tools to succeed.      Like I mentioned, assistive technology is HUGE, and they are taught how to use it to assist them in all walks in life. 

Karen on the FB group will be able to help you more as she is a special eds teacher. 

I know this isn't of much use but I wanted to at least give you a little bit of info. 
 

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Maurice6007

Hi Anelle

 

Thanks for this. I am assuming that MSI is the State Medical Insurance and is thus free to PR's?

 

Warm regards

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AnelleR2008

MSI is the provincial health for Nova Scotia, it is also free to those on work permits :) 

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