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My boy is a fighter
Lower Secondary School
Students with learning difficulties
Aleksis is now 7 years old. While he was in the pre-kindergarten, a doctor told us that he has lack of focus. While he was in the kindergarten, he started to do some extra workshops. We were very glad that his teacher helped him a lot.
At the end of kindergarten, I asked school to invite a school counselor in order to check if Aleksis is ok to move to the primary school, or he should stay one more year in the kindergarten. I have seen kids that work hard and they can not follow their classes. I did not want my son to be one of them.

Both the kindergarten teacher and the counselor aggred that Aleksis could move on to primary school.

In the A grade, his teacher was not aware of the way to handle people with learning difficulties. This was a very unpleasant surprise for me and my family. During my first conversation with her we had the following discussion:

Teacher-Aleksis tries hard, doesn’t he?
Me-Yes…He has a lack of focus. I know that. So I would like you to help him
Teacher- Why didn’t you let him stay at kindergarten?
Me-Why? Do you think that he is not able to follow the rest of the class?
Teacher- Well, he is slowing me!

I was really angry with her and stopped any communication with her. So we had a very difficult school year. School started at the 15th of September. In the beginning of October one of his homework had to do with the spelling of 18 words. We spent 3,5 hours during the weekend to be able to learn them.

On Monday, Aleksis was out of school crying. When I asked him why, he showed me his notebook. He was wrong in 3 words in spelling and the teacher has given him an A with 8 question marks next to it. I kissed him and I said that I was proud for him. And I really was!

This was the situation till Christmas. I asked the school to move Aleksis into a special class that exist in almost every school. For 2 hours per week, students are going to a separate class, where a qualified teacher works with them. After 15 days, Aleksis could read and write. So easy for her…so difficult for his other teacher.

Aleksis is not a stupid kid. He is not so good in school, but he is very good in swimming. He is too social and a very nice person. The teacher helped him to be part of the class. I do not expect him to be Einstein. But now he is a fighter that keeps on working and improving!
An incredible story where it really shows the way that proper care is needed for people with learning disabilities. Not every teacher is able to handle every child. But with the proper care, a child with learning difficulties can grow normally and evolve in the classroom.
The story is a success story, since the mother although was too close to her son, she did not act so quickly. But when she did it, it was a successful action.
The professional help is really valuable for this kind of problems.

20 December 2014

Final Partners’ meeting

The fourth partners’ meeting took place in Florence (IT) on 15 December 2014. The meeting had the objective to check the activities carried out since the third meeting of the project and share and assess the in progress results. A special focus has been dedicated to the presentation of the strategies to solve the case scenarios.