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Old Feb 26th 2008, 7:21 am
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Hi everyone,

We are looking very seriously at coming to NZ either Auckland or Wellington, husband in IT, problem is, our son is in a special needs school here in the UK because he has learning difficulties following a car crash when he was a baby. Otherwise he is fine. We have heard that the NZ special needs is more for the Autistic children and other needs are catered for within the normal classes. Can anyone shed any light on this and what we should be looking out for? Any help very much appreciated
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Old Feb 26th 2008, 10:24 am
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Hi everyone,

We are looking very seriously at coming to NZ either Auckland or Wellington, husband in IT, problem is, our son is in a special needs school here in the UK because he has learning difficulties following a car crash when he was a baby. Otherwise he is fine. We have heard that the NZ special needs is more for the Autistic children and other needs are catered for within the normal classes. Can anyone shed any light on this and what we should be looking out for? Any help very much appreciated
a search for Motuora or on the ministry of education (MoE) GSE website will assist:
http://www.minedu.govt.nz/index.cfm?...xparentid=7956
our local school has this unit:
http://www.redbeach.school.nz/facilities_special.php
mainly for kids that used to be called MLD to SLD in the UK.
MrsL works for MoE in GSE in their school-based teams dealing with kids in mainstream schools - ASD kids are often in the classroom but these units and special schools do cater for other kids with some quite severe difficulties.
Good luck.
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Hey thanks for the info, really useful. Its always a worry when you have these added complications in a move so any help is very much appreciated. Thanks again.
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Now got the official line from MrsL - not so good if you are not an avid fan of integration - apparently that Motuora unit I mentioned is the only one in Rodney District, it is full and there are lots of other kids with some severe problems spread out over the schools here. Service is patchy and there are no special schools as such in Rodney, seems from the MoE website that there are only 28 or so in the whole of NZ. If you have any specifics then PM me.
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Thanks for your continued help, tried to PM but admin says I dont have enough posts, must have three before I can PM! This should be Number 3!
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Hi there

We have a 5 year old son with special needs who is integrated into the main stream schooling here in Wellington. They adapt the lesson for him and he does have a teacher aid with him for part of the day.

If you want to discuss certain matters please feel free to pm me
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