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EAL child with Special Needs

Discussion in 'Senior Leadership Team' started by toniab, Nov 12, 2011.

  1. Hi,
    I'm after a bit of help/advice. I've got a boy in my class (year 1) who has EAL <u>but</u>
    has special needs to. The main issue is that is doesn't
    understand/speak his home language (Urdu) and he doesn't
    speak/understand much English either. Therefore he is making very little
    progress in any area. I've looked in various places for advice but none
    seems to help as all that comes back to me is that EAL children aren't
    special needs, which I know, but the difference is, that this boy does
    obviously have severe communcation problems. He's now school action
    plus, is on the list for the Ed pysch, and is receiving SALT, which
    isn't helping much! Does anyone have a child with similar problems and
    have any help they could offer? he can just about say some initial
    sounds, which he's been doing since reception and he can write his name.
    He can't follow classroom instructions and is very clumsy/ has poor
    gross/fine motor skills.
    Thanks in advance
  2. I have a child with the same problems at my school. She is now in year 2 and joined us at the beginning of year 1. All I can suggest is get as much evidence from assessments as possible. My little one is returning to Reception in the mornings to do single sounds and joins in with our Year 1 Blitz group. With a report from the EAL teacher who agrees that it is not a EAL issue and her assessments and we've finally got her to moderation and on the list to see the Ed. Psych.
    It sounds like he has other issues going on too.
    Good luck!

  3. Morninglover

    Morninglover Star commenter

    I know this will wind some people up, but both stories on this thread cry out for a return to special schools for those who can't cope with mainstream education...
  4. Has he had a proper hearing test recently? I'd make that a starting point

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