EASTER 2003

neu - nouveau - new

WILLKOMMEN - BIENVENUE - WELCOME

33 Avenue Victor Hugo

L-1750 Luxembourg

OUVERT

Lun - Ven 8.30 - 12 , Mar + Jeu 13 - 16.30 , Sam 11 - 14

dyspel.org

 

 


 

In order to join DYSPEL, please complete this form and return it to the Membership Secretary:

DYSPEL asbl - Diana Dalrymple

33, avenue Victor Hugo

L-1750 Luxembourg

(Tel: 2647 8505 - Email: )

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NEWS FROM THE CHAIR…

  

We at Dyspel are proud to announce that your Drop-in Centre is up and running! Come to 33, avenue Victor Hugo in Limpertsberg and 'drop-in' for a cup of coffee/tea, for a chat, to borrow books or videos and… bring your children along - we have toys and puzzles to play with and books for them to read.

We worked very hard to achieve this and thanks to committee members and volunteers, we are open every weekday morning from 8.30 until 12 and on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1 until 4.30; on Saturday from 11 AM until 2 PM. Contact us by phone (2647 8505) or e-mail .

Thanks to our good contacts with the Ministère de la Famille, de la Jeunesse et de la Solidarité Sociale we also have half-time secretarial support, provided by the Ministère and free of charge for Dyspel.

2003 is the European Year of People with Disabilities. Dyspel took part in the official opening in February (Halle Victor Hugo) and afterwards I had the honour to talk to our Patron, HRH the Grand Duchess Maria-Térésa. HRH is well aware of all the work we are doing and promised to inaugurate officially our Drop-in Centre, sometime in May. As soon as we know the exact date, we will also invite Madame Brasseur (Ministre de l'Education Nationale), Madame Jacobs (Ministère de la Famille) and representatives from SREA and other organisations and, of course, our sponsors. We will also arrange for an 'Open-Day' of the Drop-in Centre for our members, please check our web site regularly to find out when!

On a very cold but sunny Saturday morning in January, Dr. Elke Schneider came to talk to us - in German - about "Kindern mit Lese-Rechtschreibschwächen" and in April we have two more talks at the EC's Jean Monnet Building - more info in this newsletter and on Dyspel's website dyspel.org.

BTW, talking about e-mail, more and more members are receiving the newsletter by e-mail to help us save on postal expenses. If you also want to receive information in this way, and connect online to all the links, please send us your e-mail address.

In February, Dyspel was invited to a donation-ceremony at the house of the BLC Chairwoman Kate O'Byrne. The British Ladies Club in Luxembourg is very pleased to help us and we are very pleased with the help we got. It was an interesting event and we made good contacts. Articles about Dyspel will be published in the BLC's newsletters in April and May. Thank you, British Ladies!

Dyspel will participate in the BLC's Car-Boot-Sale at Glacis on May 17th. If you want to donate something for Dyspel to sell there, please call the Drop-in Centre or one of the committee members.

Furthermore, all the participants on our Teacher Training Course are doing very well. We are convinced that this will make a difference in their classrooms and we do hope that more and more teachers will get involved. For next school year, we will try to run another course, maybe concentrated on the Luxembourgish 'Educateurs', those people that work with special needs children. To allow us to do so we need a lot of money and one of our sponsors proposed to talk about this at the end of this month. Keep your fingers crossed! Given the high standards of our post-graduate course, the International School in Brussels would like us to run the TTC there as well, also next school year. They are pretty sure that they can find the budget needed and if so, we will go for it. All children in Europe should be able to get appropriate help.

As Dyspel is constantly growing, we need all the help we can get and we are happy that Juliana Wahlgren, from Brazil, is our new Portuguese co-ordinator. Read more about Juliana in this newsletter.

The Committee now represents many nationalities and we can help you in seven different languages: English, French, German, Luxembourgish, Portuguese, Dutch and Swedish.

In spite of the Middle-East events, I do hope that you and your children can and will enjoy the much-deserved Easter holidays.

Raymond Claes

Dyspel Chairman

 

 


 

EDITORIAL

Welcome to the Easter edition of the Dyspel newsletter, which is designed to keep you informed as to what is going on in your organisation. I hope you enjoy reading it and find it informative and relevant to your situation.

Committee member Marc Welter has written about his family’s experiences of obtaining a diagnosis and subsequent appropriate help for one of his children. I would like to recommend this article for two reasons – firstly, it’s in French and we are trying to encourage contributions to the newsletter in languages other than English – and secondly, it describes one member’s personal experience. In my opinion, it is really important to share experiences with one another, because we can all learn more in that way.

Although Dyspel is a pressure group, it is also a support group and we should not lose sight of that. I hope other members will feel motivated to share their personal experiences as Marc has done. By the way, if anyone would like a translation, please contact me.

I was thinking recently about the name Dyspel. According to Carol, the idea for the name came at the same time that the group was formed in 1994. I think it’s a very clever name The sub-title for Dyspel is Dyslexia and Special Needs in Luxembourg and the name Dyspel is a combination of parts of the words dyslexia and special. In addition, the meaning of the English word dispel is ‘to scatter and drive away’ or ‘to disperse’. This is what we are trying to do in Dyspel - to dispel myths about children with dyslexia and other special educational needs and to dispel unhelpful aspects of their education. It’s very exciting to be part of Dyspel at this time, as there are so many projects on the go. As always though we could do with more committee members or volunteers to do specific tasks, for example putting up posters or manning the Dyspel stall at events. Please contact any committee member if you think you might be able to offer something, however small.

I would particularly welcome contributions to the newsletter, as at present, it’s mainly committee members who send things in. I would also like to improve the newsletter and therefore would value any constructive criticism which you can give. Please phone me on 31 37 17 or write to me at 7 Grand-Rue, L-8391 Nospelt or e-mail me on or Please make it clear whether your comments are for publication or not. Thanks!

Alison Wilson, Editor

 


PERSONAL EXPERIENCES

Notre fille Hélène a des troubles d’attention avec des symtômes de dyslexie.

Le début de la 2me année primaire a été catastrophique. La maîtresse avait l’air complètement dépassée par les difficultés d’Hélène. Nous venions de changer de maison et Hélène ne connaissait personne dans la nouvelle commune/école.

Nous avons consulté une série de spécialistes dans des domaines divers t.q. logopédie, ophtalmologie (pour des troubles de la vue), ORL (pour des troubles de l’oreille), psychologie, neurologie, SREA etc… Certaines visites ont été positives mais globalement les problèmes d’Hélène s’empiraient avec la difficulté croissante du programme scolaire ainsi que dû au système scolaire luxembourgeois totalement inadapté à son type de problème.

Au cours du 2me trimestre un professeur du lycée ALIMA nous a recommandé la thérapeute Saida Greiner de Aix-la-Chapelle (Aachen) en Allemagne Cette spécialiste multibranches est enseignante en secondaire, spécialiste en méthodes d’apprentissage accéléré, thérapeute d’apprentissage, thérapeute de comportement avec approche psychologique, intégration sensorielle accélérée, thérapie structurelle et énergétique, approche holistique (globale), travail émotif, émotionnel et familial. Ses méthodes sont efficaces, rapides et apparemment dans beaucoup de cas définitives, c.à.d. qu’elle part du principe que la plupart des troubles peuvent être guéris, éliminés !

Elle a la visite de nombreux parents d’enfants dyslexiques, hyperactifs etc ces dernières années et elle a aussi donné une conférence au ALIMA au cours de l’année 2002. Nous avons rendu visite à Mme Greiner 1 x par semaine pendant 2-3heures et au bout de qqs séances, il y avait déjà des résultats spectaculaires dans le comportement, la motivation et la compréhension de la matière. Pendant le 3me trimestre, Hélène a fait des progrès incroyables. Elle n’a plus réussi à rattraper le reste de la classe mais elle était hyper-motivée et avait des facilités inexistantes avant le début de la thérapie.

Saida Greiner habite malheureusement à Aachen ce qui représente plus de 4 heures de trajet a/r plus 2 à 3 heures de thérapie accélérée (normalement les cours durent 1 heure) ce qui est très difficile quand on a 3 enfants et qu’on veut faire faire à ses enfants d’autres activités en dehors de l’école (conservatoire, scouts, équitation, crèche 2 après-midi semaine pour le petit, etc)

Avec le programme global de cette année, il ne nous est plus possible de retourner toutes les semaines chez cette dame miracle mais nous pensons y aller irrégulièrement à partir de janvier à nouveau.

Nous recommandons vivement une entrevue avec cette thérapeute à tous les parents d’enfants à problèmes ou à besoins spéciaux.

Les parents de Sophie, Hélène et Maxime - Dominique et Marc Welter (membre Dyspel)

+49 241 99 71 321 tél / 319 fax.

 


 

RESOURCES

I Am Dyslexic.com

Felicity Patterson sent in a recommendation for this web site. It is written by Barnaby Blackburn, a thirteen year old boy with dyslexia. The site is geared towards children and would be of particular help to children learning to read and write in English, although it is very interesting for parents and teachers as well.

Barnaby has also written some software to help children learn and this is available by mail order from a page on his web site. This is a copy of part of this page:

SIMPLE SUMS

This is my lastest software title and I think that this is the best so far. You can make it as easy or as difficult as you like. You can also print out what you do so you, your teacher or your parent can keep a record of your progress. Price £10.00 incl. P & P. £15.00 for personalised. Click to find out more

 

Other pages include ‘School’, ‘Success Stories’ and ‘Message Board’. I took a look at the ‘Tips’ page, in which there are tips under various headings, for example, spelling. The following is a few of the many examples of spelling tips visitors to the site have sent in. The actual list is very long!

Accommodation - two Cats, two Mice and a dog = (2 Cs and 2 Ms and a D)
By Jennifer Anderson

Acid - A Chemical Is Dangerous
By Jean Craig age 49

Adidas - All Day I Dream About Sweets
By Christopher Surtees

After - All Fat Teachers Eat Rolos
By Joe Nichol, age 9

Any - Any Nice Yoghurts?

I would agree with Felicity – definitely worth a visit!! See http://www.iamdyslexic.com

 

Editor’s note: Can anyone recommend useful web sites, especially in other languages?

 


 

RESOURCES

 

www.letterboxlibrary

This is not a place where you can borrow books! It is a mail order web site for children's books, concentrating on books with some kind of educational and/or ethical aspect such as literacy, disability, family break-up, bereavement, fostering and adoption, race, human rights etc. This year it is focussing on Disability –

‘We have spent many months searching for good books. In most children's books, disabled people are either invisible or are portrayed in a stereotyped way i.e. evil, laughable or incapable. We have found some excellent titles that reflect positive images of disability. Our wheelchair users zoom around having adventures – ‘Mama Zooms’, ‘Boogie in the Jungle’, ‘Animal Boogie' or get on with family life – ‘Are We There Yet?' and ‘Boots for a bridesmaid'. Whether people have hearing problems – ‘Dad and Me in the Morning', autism – ‘Ian's Walk' or asthma, they are portrayed as active and vibrant doers. These are only a few of the many books available, so browse the Disability & Illness section for more titles.’ (quotation from the web site).

http://www.letterboxlibrary.com

LD Support for Teachers Worldwide

The Educational Support Committee of the Federation of American Women’s Clubs Overseas (FAWCO) has produced a study resulting from a two-year project in support of mainstream classroom teachers. A one-page guide is available, giving 20 strategies that teachers can employ to offer more effective support to the estimated 15% of students in every class who learn via techniques not usually employed in most mainstream classrooms (it is suggested that teachers keep the strategy sheet together with their class register for easy reference). These strategies will be of benefit to all students, not just those with learning differences/difficulties. They will eventually be translated into several languages and displayed on the FAWCO web site.

For further information please see http://www.fawco.org or e-mail Susan van Alsenoy at

 

 


 

PROFILES

As Raymond wrote, we welcome a new committee member. Here is what she has written about herself, in her mother tongue of Portuguese, followed by an English translation:

Olá! Meu nome é Juliana Wahlgren, sou brasileira, tenho 25 anos, sou advogada, me mudei para Luxemburgo há um mês e meio em virtude do trabalho do meu marido, que é funcionário da Comissão Européia. Tive a sorte de conhecer Dyspel através da Catharina, esposa do Raymond, que trabalha junto com meu marido, Jan-Olof, no departamento sueco. Fiquei interessada pelo belo trabalho desenvolvido e pela preocupação da associação em integrar as crianças disléxicas na sociedade multicultural de Luxemburgo. Gostaria de agradecer a Raymond e a Dyspel pela oportunidade de poder aprender e entender a dislexia, pela chance de poder estar sendo útil ao vosso trabalho e pela possibilidade de poder conhecer fantásticas pessoas com belas experiências e belas histórias de vida para contar.

Hi! My name is Juliana Wahlgren and I'm from Brazil. I'm 25 years old and I'm a lawyer. Last month I moved to Luxemburg because of the job of my husband, Jan-Olof, who works at the European Commission. I got the chance to know Dyspel thanks to Catharina, Raymond’s wife, who works with my husband at the Swedish division. I find Dyspel's work very important and I'm touched by its concern to integrate the dyslexic children into the multicultural Luxembourgish society. I would like to thank Raymond and Dyspel for the opportunity to learn more about dyslexia, for the chance to be useful to Dyspel and for the possibility to meet fantastic people with great experiences and beautiful histories of life to tell us.

Juliana Wahlgren

 


SCHOOL UP-DATES

International School of Luxembourg School Up-date

The International School of Luxembourg (ISL) offers Learning Support Services to students who have learning needs requiring individual or small group instruction. Student services vary depending on age, grade and individual needs. Support services are provided within the regular classroom or on a more individual basis, scheduled within a child’s school day. Services may include skill development, the development and utilization of various study strategies to aid in better learning and/or providing students with assistance in their academic subjects.

At ISL teachers are provided with opportunities to keep up to date with strategies to assist students with learning difficulties. Through professional development, teachers participate in various courses that are offered locally or via distant learning. Parents also have participated in various Study Skills workshops offered on strategies and techniques to use at home to help their children with their studies.

In addition, ISL was fortunate to recruit Dr. Valerie Muter in November to present a workshop for teachers and staff. Dr. Muter was in Luxembourg at the time to present at the postgraduate certificate course offered by Dyspel. She provided our teachers and staff with an overview of various learning difficulties, strategies to use, along with appropriate accommodations and modifications to utilize.

Leila El-Chehabi

Learning Support Specialist

International School of Luxembourg

 

St George's International School

Seven members of the teaching staff attended the European Council of International School's Early Years Conference at the beginning of March. There were workshops on Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Sensory integration, all of which the staff found informative and stimulating. These new ideas and approaches will help the integration of those with learning difficulties into the mainstream classroom. The school newsletter has taken a quote from the Conference "self-esteem is strengthened by overcoming difficulties" and hopefully with continued training the staff at St George's will be well equipped to support children so that self esteem can grow.

 

Editor’s Note: Thanks very much to Leila who has kindly offered to provide up-dates on special needs’ provision at the International School. If any readers think they could do the same for other schools, I would be interested to hear from you.

 


 

Michael Thomson

Supporting the Dyslexic Student at

Home and School

Wednedsday 2nd April at 7.30 PM

Jean Monnet Building - Kirchberg

Call DYSPEL at 2647 8505

or E-mail

 

Julie Myre

"L’intégration scolaire des enfants dyslexiques"

Mardi 29 avril à 19h30

Bâtiment Jean Monnet - Kirchberg

 


About Dyspel

Dyspel is a support group for families and professionals in Luxembourg who are concerned about dyslexia and special educational needs. The objectives of the group are to raise awareness of the plight of children who require a different style of teaching, regardless of nationality or school they attend, to share information and to support parents as they try to find the best educational solution for their child.

Our activities include organising support meetings and providing a listening ear based on personal experience. In addition we have meetings with visiting speakers and have organised parents’ and teachers’ courses to provide more information and resources here in Luxembourg. Dyspel produces a regular newsletter and also has a library of books, cassettes and videos which members can borrow and. Dyspel is also involved in liasing with local schools in a general way to raise awareness, as well as supporting parents to attain what their child specifically requires. As we have increasing numbers of requests from different nationalities we are continually trying to translate more of our information and material in a variety of different languages, in order to make Dyspel a truly multinational Luxembourg based association, accessible to all residents of the Grand Duchy.

Dyspel became a non-profit-making association (A.S.B.L.) in January 1999 and in 2000 Her Royal Highness the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg became its patron.

In January 2002 Dyspel produced a trilingual book Dyslexia: Strategies for Success in School, in French, German and English about dyslexia and how to help children in the classroom learn more effectively.

Thanks to a grant from Citigroup, Dyspel is currently running a teacher training course to provide trained expertise within the classroom to help dyslexic children. It is being taught in Luxembourg as an outcentre course of Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. There are 17 participants, 7 Luxembourgers, 3 Irish, 2 Americans, 2 English 1 Canadian, 1 Italian and 1 Dutch.

2003 has seen two further developments. Firstly, the Dyspel WebSite is now up and running at dyspel.org and secondly, the long-term objective of having a drop-in centre has been achieved. It is being manned by volunteers for part of everyday except Sunday and additionally will enable the administration to be carried out in one central place. It will also provide members and the public with a central helpline (Phone 2647.8505 or E-mail ).

Dyspel is run entirely by hard working volunteers, many of who have children with dyslexia or other special needs. Over the last nine years we have achieved much but there is still more to do. At the beginning of the new millennium, it should be possible in western Europe to provide an appropriate education which enables all children to reach their full potential; an education which builds up children’s confidence and motivates them to succeed, not one that diminishes their self-esteem and makes them feel failures.

Dyspel is working hard to achieve this.

March 2003.


 

 

FUTURE EVENTS

DATE & TIME

PLACE

DESCRIPTION

OF EVENT

CONTACT DETAILS

Weds.

2 April

19h30

Bâtiment Jean Monnet

Rue Albert Wehrer

Kirchberg

 

In English, with interpretation into French & German.

Dyspel Talk - Michael Thomson

(School Principal & Lecturer in UK)

‘Supporting the dyslexic student at home and at school’

Cost 10€ (Dyspel member 8€)

Admission at event - 15€

Louise McDowell

40 00 51

Diana Dalrymple

31 78 10

Please register

by 28 March

Tuesday

8 April

19h30

Scotland House

6 Rond Point Schuman

B-1040 Brussels

EC~OC Speakers’ Corner

Frances Ryan

Psychomotor therapist in Paris

‘The importance of psychomotor therapy for children with learning difficulties’

 EC~OC office

+32 2 537 48 36

Charge of €10 unless member of EC~OC.

Le mardi

29 avril

19h30

Bâtiment Jean Monnet, Kirchberg

 

En français, avec traduction simultanée en anglais et allemand

Dyspel Presentation par

Julie Myre

(Chargée de cours dans la formation pédagogique)

‘L’intégration scolaire des enfants dyslexiques’

Entrée 10€ (membre de Dyspel - 8€)

Prix d’entrée la soirée 15€

Louise 40 00 51

ou Raymond

021 26 19 52

S’inscrire svp.avant le 23 avril

Do.

8. Mai

Musée Natur

Luxembourg

‘Die Wichtigkeit des Tastsinns –Entwicklungspsychologische und therapeutische Aspekte’

 Muséé Natur

Tel 42 22 33-1

Weds.

11 June

19h30

Scotland House

6 Rond Point Schuman

B-1040 Brussels

EC~OC Speakers’ Corner

‘Montessori Therapy and Schools’

By Anja Harsch

Montessori therapist

EC~OC office

As above

Meeting will be preceded by its AGM

Friday

27 June

(evening)

To be announced

Watch out at dyspel.org

Dyspel Talk – Steve Chin

(Maths expert)

 

Dyspel Drop-In Centre

Tel 26 47 85 05

2 – 4 Oct

2003

Budapest

Hungary

European Dyslexic Association

Biannual Conference

English

Deutsch

 

 


 

 

COMMITTEE

Raymond Claes

021-261952

Chairman

 

Yvonne Lever

33 92 05

Vice Chairwoman

Library

Diana Dalrymple

31 78 10

Secretary

Membership

Janet Gray

 

26 35 28 54

Treasurer

Dyspel Publications

Carol McCarthy

35 97 68

Teacher Training Course Liaison

Dyspel spokeswoman

Louise McDowell

40 00 51

Meetings

 

Caroline Mortelmans

00 32 63 60 28 89

Fundraising

 

Alison Wilson

31 37 17

Newsletter

Meetings

Marc Welter

26 62 05 73

Contact with other organisations

Juliana Wahlgren

091 802525

Portuguese contacts

Artur Lemos-Rodrigues

021 79 67 33

Portuguese contacts

Please feel free to contact any of the committee members, if you would like to discuss anything.