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We are looking to move to Manila for work. Our son has ASD - Autism, middle of the road, needs learning support in the classroom. Can anyone advise on the situations and recommendations for schools / classes teaching kids with learning difficulties.

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We are looking to move to Manila for work. Our son has ASD - Autism, middle of the road, needs learning support in the classroom. Can anyone advise on the situations and recommendations for schools / classes teaching kids with learning difficulties.

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Hi JM and welcome,

There may be others in the group here that have ideas or other opinions. I'v lived here for 10 years and have never seen much in the way of special education in any form. There could possible be private schools that do in Manila though.
I'm going to assume you have not been here before or have spent a very small amount of time in the Philippines. The wisest thing you could do is for both of you to make an exploratory trip to see what can be found and be very sure this is where you want to live. I would strongly suggest not making any move unless or until you have checked things out in person first.



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Hi Gene

Thanks for the reply. I have been there a couple of times, my wife is from Rizal.

But, we have not looked at schools in the past as no need. I see that there are quite a few special schools in a ASD Pinoy website - but have no idea about their suitability. Have also found a website with schools that will handle kids with additional learning supports.

To us, it about having the right teacher and in class support aka aide / prompt /shadow to assist the learning process.

Outside the school, we would look for support services eg speechie etc.

So, from your knowledge, you are advising of some high caution?

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Hi Gene

Thanks for the reply. I have been there a couple of times, my wife is from Rizal.

But, we have not looked at schools in the past as no need. I see that there are quite a few special schools in a ASD Pinoy website - but have no idea about their suitability. Have also found a website with schools that will handle kids with additional learning supports.

To us, it about having the right teacher and in class support aka aide / prompt /shadow to assist the learning process.

Outside the school, we would look for support services eg speechie etc.

So, from your knowledge, you are advising of some high caution?

Cheers

JM
Hi JM,

Not high caution; rather extreme caution really. First because you can get taken advantage of in schooling if you do not personally inspect the school/teachers etc yourself. Plus and even more important, having a foreign child in school. Especially a special needs child, it can possibly open up dangers such as kidnapping for ransom etc. Your wife will know more about these things than I could possible explain. At any rate, it's a good idea to really check and double check everything in person.


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Thanks Gene. We will do as much research as we can and personally visit schools. Our boy will most probably have a support person with him (one-on-one) when he goes to school. There are a lot of things to consider and safety is definitely one of them.

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Where will you be living? "Manila" is a very large area. Do you have a budget in mind for schooling? The education system as a whole in this country is extremely poor so find a school that caters to a child with special needs is going to be rare and, if you do find what you're looking for, most likely extremely expensive.

How long do you plan on living here for? Is it a temporary visit? If so, you may want to consider homeschooling and hiring a private tutor who can work with your son from home. I just fear you aren't going to find the classroom environment your son needs and I really worry that you run the risk of being "taken to the cleaners".

It's common practice to start a private school here as a business venture with the sole purpose being to make money, not educate children. You may find someone claiming to give your child the care they need when it simply is just an excuse to take more money from you.

If you are in the Taguig area you could try inquiring at the international schools but these will be $10,000 investments which might not fit your budget.
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The area will most likely be the Fort area for residential.

My wife would be looking at the schools and even be there in the class if needs be - she used to teach there a long long time ago.

I was thinking of going to the Dept of Ed (seeking advice on school accreditation/ranking) and also see if there is a peak Autism body / organisation that offers advice/services. But it seems from the comments, that this is wishful thinking.

I am thinking of the international or Montessori schools - was not aware of the fees.

Do you know anyone home schooling there? People do it in Aust, but given the education packs for the curriculum.

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International School Manila has a good learning support program. The child is basically included in the mainstream classroom. The child gets an educational assistant (shadow teacher) who is with the child the whole day in regular classes and provides extra support to the child. The child also gets pulled out for individualised sessions per day with a learning support teacher to target goals for the child, may it be reading, behavioural etc.
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The area will most likely be the Fort area for residential.

My wife would be looking at the schools and even be there in the class if needs be - she used to teach there a long long time ago.

I was thinking of going to the Dept of Ed (seeking advice on school accreditation/ranking) and also see if there is a peak Autism body / organisation that offers advice/services. But it seems from the comments, that this is wishful thinking.

I am thinking of the international or Montessori schools - was not aware of the fees.

Do you know anyone home schooling there? People do it in Aust, but given the education packs for the curriculum.

Cheers

JM
I would check with your Aussie school system. You may be able to home school from their system remotely over the internet. Then all you would have to find is a good tutor which shouldn't be as hard.

A former coworker of mine did this with his teen daughter from the US (school was based in her home state of Florida).

I agree with the others that it is going to be a tall order to find a special needs curriculum irregardless of the price.

Best of luck!

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