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To summarise, what are our rights re our son being in a school for 4 years and teachers faillng to acknowledge that he may need further investigation assessment as severe literacy issues, on changing schools, he was diagnosed within 6 months with DCD/Dyspraxia and has made enormous progress, ie., advanced more in 2 years in this school than he had in 4 in previous but I have had to go live in another country with him to achieve this whilst his father has to stay in UK for work. Ongoing confidence problems from him being placed at coloured table indicating his lack of academic prowess in first school.
Financial and Personal & Emotional Loss, main one being complete disruption of our family life, my child has been separated from his father since August 2010 to date and I have no day to day support with family life from my husband who is having to stay to work in UK to support us as no work here in Ireland, it is having a detrimental effect on the child's emotional and phychological well-being, the burden of paying for travel costs between here and UK, flights. I have been ill this year and hospitalised with stress related anaemia from trying to cope with everything on my own. We have had to pay for private assessments here as public system cut due to recession, pay for private occupational therapy for same reason, find new accommodation in Ireland when we have a perfectly good house and life, otherwise, in England as it was our plan to stay in permanently as we had lived in UK since 1989 until "forced" to leave for this reason in August 2010 so child could start school in Ireland September 2010. Our child was made to feel to "different" in a small, Essex rural village, his red hair pointed out, the constant references to our ethnic origin as a "reason" for his slowness at school, the dismissive approach and complete denial that there was something "deeper" going on as a reason for his literacy problems, the coloured table system thrashed his self-esteem and it has not recovered and the effects of it are becoming more prevalent now as he is gettiing older, now 11. Teachers here are noticing that whilst he has come on very well with his literacy, he seems down and depressed, this is due to the embedded damage done to his self-esteem in his formative years and having to suffer the ongoing separation from his father which we simply cannot do anything about, there is a big mortgage on house in UK to fund finding new housing for us here in Ireland and my husband has to keep working 7 days a week in UK to service our debts. The financial and emotional costs are huge.
Thank you, just to clarify, it was not his peers that referred to his physical appearance, it was his Class 3 Teacher.