Originally Posted by Fran222
I see these posts are old but I can't help asking. Did you send your dyslexic child to the waldorf school and, if so, how did that work out? I am in the same boat you were, ie my child is dyslexic, we found out early, and we are paying for tutoring. He is in first grade in a waldorf school now, and I am fretting over whether he should stay there. I do not buy into the whole movement/brain gym thing that is big in waldorf for "curing" dyslexia but they are not bothering me about it and allowing me to pull my son out for reading work. I, like you, think that his emotional health is better served at a waldorf school and that we should stay there because he is receiving tutoring for his dyslexia so no harm, no foul so to speak. Just wondering how it turned out for you.
Yep, we sent DS to the Waldorf school and he's been there for over a year now. He's now on Christmas break but will start the second half of 3rd grade next week. He loves it and is *so* happy. He's really blossomed socially. He's never going to be the most popular kid in the class, but he has made some good friends, has playdates after school, and generally feels like he fits in and is accepted, which he never felt at his other school. Plus, he loves all the "hands-on" learning and was so proud that he was the first in his class to finish knitting a cap (their knitting project for the Fall) We're very happy we made the switch.
As for the dyslexia . . . we're working with the school and he'll most likely get an "official" diagnosis by the end of this school year. This is mainly important because once we have the diagnosis, our insurance will pay for some of the tutoring plus he'll have longer on the nationally-mandated standardized tests (we live in Europe. This may be different in other countries). The school did put DS in some of what I'll just flat out and somewhat dismissively call woo therapies. Maybe they help some kids, but not DS -- moving around while singing, etc. (a bit different from eurythmy but the same sort of concept) as well as some other things which we just refused. We have our own tutor and she comes in once a week and helps DS during school. She does use some of the concepts advocated by the so-called Davis Method . . . . working with clay, operating from the idea that most dyslexics are "picture thinkers", etc. but she also incorporates traditional methods to help his reading and spelling, as well. The school does have their own remedial teacher but, for various reasons, we chose to work with our own.
At any rate, I think the coordinator for "special needs" at the school was a bit put out that we didn't stick with the Waldorfy type "therapies" for DS and that we brought in our own tutor. However, we were nice, polite, and firm about it and they've accepted our decision as to how to approach it. As I mentioned, they are working with us to get the official dyslexia diagnosis and things are fine. So, basically, it sounds like we're approaching it in the same way you are, Fran, and it's working well so far.
Obviously, I don't know your DS' school or his situation, but, based on our experiences with DS, I'd rather have a child be in a healthy emotional/social situation and fill in the rest as needed rather than the other way around. If your DS is otherwise happy and thriving, and you all can supplement with the tutoring, then I'd say leave him where he is.
PM me if you want more information and good luck with it all/