Special Needs Resources by Location

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Compiled by World Family Education

A major challenge for families living in another culture is finding quality services for their children with special needs. This directory includes services and professionals that work with international special-needs children — and do it well.

If you are looking for counseling or coaching services for your family, check out the World Family Education list of Family Counseling and Coaching resources for families living internationally.

A wonderful resource for families searching for an international school with services for special needs children or just for general resources is posted by the U.S. State Department for military families serving in other countries. The Comprehensive list of Overseas Schools Offering Support to Children with Special Needs is a pdf file that may be downloaded. For U.S. military families, more resources are at this link.

Global

SENIA — The Special Education Network and Inclusion Association connects teachers and professionals working with special-needs children in international schools. SENIA sponsors conferences and events in many locations.

Dyscalculia Services — Provides some therapies via videoconferencing.

SpecialEdTutoring.com — Offers one-on-one online instruction in a virtual classroom setting using all of the latest digital tools. All of its curriculum is tailored specifically to the needs of students with learning disabilities, and all of its tutors hold degrees in special education.

RNG International Educational Consulting — Comprehensive educational planning and solutions for international families facing a variety of issues, such as learning differences, struggling learners, transition to university, finding a boarding school, and more.  

Worldwide Speech — Online speech and language therapy, reading intervention, occupational therapy, other special education services. Initial consultation is free.

TLC Live — Online tutoring for British national curriculum by UK-based teachers. Support for special-needs students.

Remfrey Educational Consulting — Special education consulting for international families.

DotCom Therapy — Online services for speech therapy, occupational therapy, mental health, case management, and educational audiology. Based in the United States.

Carolyn Rizzo — Coaching for parents living internationally who either have a medical diagnosis of their own or a child with a life-altering health condition or injury. She also offers consultation on age-appropriate education and preparation for medical procedures (especially with kids who have special needs). Based in Italy.

Australia

MELBOURNE
Giant Steps — Supporting children and young adults with autism.

SYDNEY
Giant Steps — Supporting children and young adults with autism.

Bahamas

NASSAU

Caribbean Center for Child Development — An internationally recognized center that has been created to facilitate the journey for children, adolescents and adults who struggle.

Seahorse Institute — A place where children, teens, and adults with autism spectrum disorders and developmental delays are immersed in a nurturing, individualized, world of opportunity.

Bahrain

MANAMA

The Children’s Academy Bahrain — An independent school for children with moderate learning difficulties who possess the cognitive skills to benefit from an academic program based on the British National Curriculum.

Belgium

BRUSSELS

Community Help Service — A resource for the English-speaking expatriate population of Belgium. Offers a telephone helpline, Mental Health Centre, and Educational Testing Services to provide a wide range of help to families. Can help to diagnose specific learning disabilities.

Bermuda

HAMILTON

Bermuda Autism Support & Education — Provides autism-related information, referral, advocacy, training, and support to families, professionals, and community members.

Dr. Janet Kemp — Provides psychologist assessment and intervention for children, adults, and families. Expertise in school psychology and reading disabilities. International Center, Suite 411 26 Bermudiana Road, Hamilton, HM11 Telephone: (441) 293-1538 Email: [email protected]

Tomorrow’s Voices: Bermuda Autism Early Intervention Centre — Provides hands-on applied behavior analysis/verbal behavior services for children on the autism spectrum.

PAGET

Bermuda Hearing Services — Provides audiology services.

Function Junction — Provides occupational therapy to children in their clinic space, at home, or at school.

PEMBROKE

The Reading Clinic — Support and services for dyslexia.

China

HONG KONG

Aoi Pui School — The only primary autism school in Hong Kong, operated by the Autism Partnership Foundation (APF).

The Harbour — An international school with extensive resources for children with disabilities. About 40% of the student body receive additional educational services. The Harbour also partners with The Children’s Institute, which is more specialized for children with special educational needs.

SHANGHAI

Essential Learning Group (ELG) — Offers the only multidisciplinary, international daily program in China for children and adults with special needs.

France

PARIS

SPRINT (Sharing Professional Resources, Ideas, and New Techniques) — A nonprofit organization that works with children of all ages with special needs. Professional help includes English-speaking and bilingual psychologists, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, tutors, social workers, and art/music therapists.

Guatemala

GUATEMALA CITY

Cayala Learning Academy — Provides individualized, flexible education using U.S. homeschooling curriculum. The academy gives homeschooling assistance, tutoring, and specialized classes in small group or one-on-one settings. The teachers work with gifted students as well as students with disabilities or learning problems.

Ireland

DUBLIN

Independent Speech-Language Therapists of Ireland — An association of experienced speech and language therapists practicing independently in Ireland.

Speech Matters — Provides speech and language therapy.

The Children’s OT — Children’s occupational therapy assessment and intervention services.

The Red Door — Provides a child-centered, evidence-based education for students on the autism spectrum.

Japan

TOKYO

Tokyo International Progressive School — An alternative English-language international school catering to students with diverse learning needs and abilities. A majority of students at ISS get additional educational or emotional support.

Jordan

AMMAN

Al-Masar Child Development Services — A center that assists children with developmental disorders, neurological dysfunctions, and learning difficulties.

I Learn — Diagnoses and supports students with learning difficulties. I Learn is affiliated with Al-Masar Child Development Services.

Kenya

NAIROBI

Kenya Community Center for Learning — A school that offers alternative education for learners of ages 6-21 with diverse learning challenges. KCCL provides programs designed to handle conditions such as dyslexia, dysphagia, autism spectrum, communication disorders, attention deficit disorders/attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, delayed developmental milestones, among others.

Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR

Early Autism Project — The pioneer of the Applied Behavioral Approach (ABA) treatment in Malaysia.

Hils Learning Centre — Provides play therapy, educational testing, dyslexia services, reading programs, dyscalculia services, autism spectrum services, and counseling.

Schools for Special Needs Children in Malaysia — Article about several schools in the Kuala Lumpur area.

PENANG

Pacific Speech Therapy and Learning Centre — Provides speech, physical, and occupational therapies.

Dr. Chew, pediatrician at Hope Children Hospital, Jalan Gottlieb (Wednesdays and Sundays), +604-2286-557

Loh Guan Lye Child Development and Assessment Center — Hospital center with multiple professionals, audiology assessment center.

Mexico

MEXICO CITY

Monarch Therapy Center and School —A psycho-educational center empowering children to raise their own expectations, achieve greater independence, and integrate harmoniously with their environment. Specializing in autism, attention deficit disorder, learning disabilities, epilepsy, and emotional disorders. Therapy and instruction in English, Spanish, or bilingual.

The Netherlands

THE HAGUE

Lighthouse Special Education — The only international special needs primary school in The Netherlands offering education in English.

The Three Little Ships International Pre-school — A school for 2–5 year olds, affiliated with Lighthouse and offers early intervention for special needs children.

New Zealand

SPELD (Specific Learning Disabilities Association NZ Inc.) — Support for children and adults with dyslexia and other specific learning disabilities.

Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand — Deaf Aotearoa works closely with deaf communities, government agencies and other organizations to increase awareness, promote New Zealand Sign Language, and strengthen the rights of deaf people.

Autism New Zealand — Provides support, information, and education on autism spectrum disorders for individuals, their family, caregivers, and professionals who engage with them.

New Zealand Down Syndrome Association — Family-driven organization supporting individuals with Down Syndrome.

ADHD Support and Information Network — Helps those with attention deficit disorder by providing practical information, tips, and support.

Parent to Parent — A parent support network for families raising a child with a disability in New Zealand.

Peru

LIMA

TangramA bilingual educational and learning center that provides personalized support to students with special needs and different learning styles. They offer psychological and learning assessments, support programs, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy.

Philippines

MANILA

One World School — An inclusive school that provides learning opportunities for children of all abilities. Within the school’s Therapeutic Interventions Program, children receive services from a diagnostic team including a developmental psychologist, developmental-behavioral pediatrician, speech and language pathologist, occupational therapist, and physical therapist.

Singapore

Early intervention preschools in Singapore for children with extra needs, learning challenges and autism — Article describing several preschools in Singapore with therapies for special-needs children.

Genesis School of Special Education — A child-centered, family-oriented program providing full-time and resource educational services to students with special needs, including language delay, language disorder, autism, Asperger syndrome, attention deficit disorder, and developmental delay.

Julia Gabriel Centre — A speech and drama learning center for children. Includes services in speech and language therapy and educational therapy. Multiple campuses around Singapore.

Kaleidoscope — A therapy center for children with services in occupational therapy, speech therapy, psychomotor therapy, counseling, early intervention, and educational psychology.

Learning difficulties, special needs or behavioral issues in Singapore: how to get your child assessed — Helpful article detailing the basics of special needs and specialists that provide assessments.

The Winstedt School — An inclusive school for students who learn differently, with a specialized community of teachers, therapists, and counsellors who understand students’ needs for intuitive, imaginative, and engaging learning.

South Africa

Special Kids — Online site with support, information, and resources for South African professionals and parents of special needs children. Includes school directory and resources.

DURBAN

Star Academy — An affiliate of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders in the United States, Star offers full-day, half-day, and home-based schooling and support using ABA treatment for those with autistic spectrum disorder.

JOHANNESBURG

CARE School (Center for Autism Research and Education) — A school and learning center specializing in early intervention, an adapted preschool curriculum, and functional skills. The school caters to learners affected by autism spectrum disorder between the ages of 18 months to 12 years old.

Cedarwood School — An inclusive school that provides learning opportunities for children of all abilities. Services for children who have mild to moderate support needs that prevent them from coping adequately in a mainstream school environment.

Footprints — Preparatory school for children ages 6 to 18 with special needs.

OWL Day Care (Occupational, Wellness and Learning) — A privately owned daycare for special needs children. Offers speech, physical, and occupational therapy.

Star Academy — An affiliate of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders in the United States, Star offers full-day, half-day, and home-based schooling and support using ABA treatment for those with autistic spectrum disorder.

PRETORIA

Baby Therapy Centre — Provides therapy for children with special needs from birth to the age of three years old.

Chrysalis Preschool — A preschool for children with special needs, affiliated with the Baby Therapy Centre.

Crossroads Remedial School — Educates children who have a learning challenge and have experienced adversity and struggled to keep up with their mainstream pupils or as a young child have benefited from the additional input of occupational, speech, or play therapy, and further intervention is required.

Faery Glen Therapy Center — A holistic special needs school with a team that comprises educators, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, counsellors and psychologist.

Flutterbys — A special education school and therapy center. Therapies in speech, occupational, music, play, and physiotherapy.

Little Leaps School for Autism — A specialized preschool catering to the individual needs of learners diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder and pervasive developmental disorders.

New Hope School — School for children with disabilities, such as cerebral palsy, physical disability, traumatic head injury, or specific learning disability.

Pretoria Preparatory School — Meets the needs of learners who are underachieving in mainstream schools due to specific or generalized learning difficulties. The goal is to prepare students for entrance back into mainstream schools. Services include occupational, physical, and speech/language therapy.  

Star Academy — An affiliate of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders in the United States, Star offers full-day, half-day, and home-based schooling and support using ABA treatment for those with autistic spectrum disorder.

Unica School for Autism — Provides affordable, specialized education to learners with autism spectrum disorder between the ages of 3 and 18.

Spain

MADRID

Judy Sharp International School — Offers specialized teaching in small groups of 3–5 students per class and an individualized program which gives students a chance to achieve academic success. Designed for English-speaking students ages 9–19 (American system grades 4–12).

Sinews — Therapy center with services in psychology, counseling, coaching, educational assessment, and speech therapy. Services available in English, Hebrew, German, Spanish, and Polish.

Switzerland

GENEVA

All Special Kids — A one-stop resource for parents, schools, and specialists, helping to support children and young adults with learning differences and special educational needs in Switzerland. Includes community, programs, and assessments for children.

FEDEA School — A private international school for autistic learners. FEDEA School offers personal academic programs for students at a normal school level, adapted academic programs for students with more limited academic aptitude, and autism-specific educational programs for students with heavier developmental difficulties.

Oak Hill School — Provides half-day remediation in English for students who are experiencing difficulties and have been diagnosed with dyslexia and/or attention deficit disorder. Students attend Oak Hill while enrolled at another school, with the goal of attending there full time.

Thailand

BANGKOK

The Village International Education Centre — A special-needs school, with assessments provided for preschool services, dyslexia, speech and language, and occupational therapy.

PATAYA

The Village International Education Centre — A special-needs school, with assessments provided for preschool services, dyslexia, speech and language, and occupational therapy.

Scotland

CALL Scotland (Communication, Access, Literacy and Learning) — Organization supporting young people’s access to educational supports and overcoming barriers to learning. Assessments, resources, free e-books, advocacy, training. Free information related to autism, dyslexia, communication disorders, physical support needs, visual impairment, and severe and complex support needs.

WORLD FAMILY EDUCATION NEEDS YOUR HELP to list these resources. If you live outside your passport culture, please let us know if your child has successfully received help from any of the following professionals in your location:

  • Pediatricians
  • Speech and language therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physical therapists
  • Child psychologists
  • Audiologists
  • Learning or therapeutic centers for special needs children
  • Schools for special needs children
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