Spectrummy Mummy

Asperger's, Allergies, and Adventures Abroad

Wordless Wednesday 24 Dec 2014

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Written by Spectrummy Mummy

December 24, 2014 at 2:01 pm

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  1. Hello Spectrummy Mummy,

    You have such a beautiful family. I sailed in from here:
    http://www.expatarrivals.com/article/living-abroad-with-a-special-needs-child
    It seems you are now living in Argentina? How is that going for you? I actually have family there. How is the Educational System there?

    I completely agree with you where you said that the “nomadic” lifestyle seems to help with flexibility of ASD kids! My husband loved traveling before we were parents and we always dreamed to continue doing just that with our children.

    We have two children on the Autism Spectrum. Due to many years of therapy (in their younger years) that traveling with family never took place, not wanting to disrupt the progress we were seeing in their therapies!

    My husbands work can technically take us all over the world to fulfill that desire we have for travel and even relocation…but on several occasions we have had job offers abroad and have come up against such challenges for our children’s education! Either the local public school had a waiting list and our children could not even get on the list because they were not citizens…or the international schools were not sure they had “the resources for your children”. We have had to refuse lucrative and exciting job offers to relocate, right at the start to to the education challenges!

    Can you say in your travels if it is better to enroll your children in the local schools (even if there is a language gap) or in the International Schools?

    I guess I should consider myself lucky we did not pick up the whole kit and caboodle, only to be forced to come back. A friend of mine with a child with Autism relocated to Italy only to be refused admission into the International Schools upon arrival!

    I am hoping with a Diplomat husband you have had to encounter less friction than we had. Enjoy! 🙂

    Tess

    Tess

    July 26, 2015 at 8:04 am

    • Hi, I’m sorry I missed your email. Thank you for your lovely comments! I’m not blogging as much as I used to, and part of that is that the educational challenges have been keeping me pretty busy! We tend to stick to international schools, partly because of the language gap, and partly because my kids have much more in common with other international students. International schools are used to our kids coming and going, and most kids have been the new kid who feels different. I think it makes them a little more understanding and accepting of differences. That said, private international schools are under no obligation (and frequently have no interest) to support children with learning disabilities. Sometimes it is exhausting to reinvent the wheel, other days I feel that what we are doing is ultimately worthwhile. I suppose in 10 years time I’ll be able to answer that question with 20/20 hindsight. Until then, we try to figure out what is best for our family one move at a time. Thank you so much for popping over!

      Spectrummy Mummy

      September 30, 2015 at 8:24 pm


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