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Special Needs Organisations in NL

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Special Needs Therapists and Activities

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HSV - Haagsche Schoolvereeniging – International Department
Lighthouse is an official partner of the HSV. This foundation is responsible for different schools offering International and Dutch primary education.
www.hsvdenhaag.nl go to the website

Three Little Ships
In September 2006, Lighthouse started Three Little Ships, an international playgroup of normally developing children and special needs children from 3 to 5 years.
www.threelittleships.nl go to the website

IVIO - Instituut Voor Individueel Onderwijs (Institute for Individual Educational)
Lighthouse is formally the International Department of the IVIO - Instituut Voor Individueel Onderwijs, a Dutch school for Primary Special Education, which is governed by the Board of the Haagsche Schoolvereeniging.
www.iviodenhaag.nl go to the website

SIO - Stichting Internationaal Onderwijs (Foundation for International Education in The Netherlands)
This site offers information for parents and pupils looking for the best international education possibilities in The Netherlands, teachers looking for career opportunities or contact with colleagues, School Leaders wanting to network.
www.sio.nl go to the website

AngloINFO - Special Needs Education in the Netherlands
Information in English about the Special Education System in the Netherlands
southholland.angloinfo.com go to the website

European Agency for Development of Special Needs Education
The European Agency for Development in Special Needs Education is an independent and self-governing organisation, established by member countries to act as their platform for collaboration in the field of special needs education.
www.european-agency.org go to the website

LEARNING ACTIVITIES (Smart Board websites)

General Knowledge and Language:

BBC Schools
Focuses on Primary subjects of Art, Citizenship, Geography, History, Languages, Literacy, Music, Mathematics, Science and other subjects.
www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ go to website

A free public service to teach children to read with phonics, for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, special education, homeschool, and English language development .
www.starfall.com go to website

Dance Mat Typing
An introduction to typing for children.
www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing/ go to website

Interactive games
A site where you and your child can design and create your own educational games.
http://resources.oswego.org/games/ go to website

Primary Resources
A site with free lesson plans, activity ideas and resources for primary teachers and parents at home. It covers a whole range of subjects including behavioural problems, Special Education Needs, Computer Technology and the core curriculum subjects.
www.primaryresources.co.uk go to website

Top Marks Education
A site that allows you to quickly find the best teaching resources, homework help and educational websites for use in the classroom in addition to Topics specific to the time of year (such as Easter in the month of March and April), Learning Games, Whiteboard Resources and Parents' Articles.
www.topmarks.co.uk/Interactive.aspx?cat=8 go to website

And more:

Math Development:

Maths Zone
This site aims to bring together and order a range of free resources discovered on the Internet, which can be used for teaching Math in Primary Schools in UK.
www.mathszone.co.uk go to website


Creating Music
It is a children's online creative music environment for children of all ages. It's a place for kids to compose music, play with musical performance, music games and music puzzles.
www.creatingmusic.com go to website


PECS for All
Free visual supports you can make for your child.
www.pecsforall.com go to website

SPARK stands for Speech Practice for Autistic and other Remarkable Kids. SPARK is a practical tool, built using PowerPoint®, that works with the strengths common in many people who have autism: visualisation, strong memory and an affinity for computers. The PowerPoint® shows images with questions and answers linked to them and provides a generalised, visual pool of language with which to practice. Free to download.
www.sparkcommunity.net go to website

ZAC Browser
Zac Browser is a totally free software package. It is the first Internet browser developed specifically for children living with variants of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), Asperger syndrome, Rett syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, PDD not otherwise specified and PDD-NOS.
www.zacbrowser.com go to website


Disclaimer: please note that we are not recommending the services, but rather only providing the information that you might find useful.

Governative organisation, with specialists who can help answer questions on matters related to education, upbringing, housing, employment, social facilities, income, transport and leisure-time activities. MEE is for anyone with a handicap, functional disability or chronic illness.
www.mee.nl (in Dutch)

CIZ - Centrum Indicatiestelling Zorg
This organization helps people to find if they are entitled to get cares under the AWBZ (National Act on Exceptional Medical Expenses).
www.ciz.nl go to the website (in Dutch)

Per Saldo
Netherlands association of people with a PGB. A PGB - Persoonsgebonden Budget (Personal Budget) enables individuals to buy the care and services that their child needs and decide themselves how, when and by whom, the care is provided.
www.pgb.nl go to the website(in Dutch and English)

NVA - Nederlandse Vereniging voor Autisme (Dutch Association for Autism)
Netherlands assocation for people with autism conditions, and their parents and helpers.
www.autisme.nl (in Dutch)

LNA - Landelijk Netwerk Autisme (National Autism Network)
Dutch support organisation, based in The Hague, which promotes special education and guidance for students with autism.
www.landelijknetwerkautisme.nl (in Dutch)

Netherlands-wide support organisation for parents of children with conditions such as ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, etc. 
www.balansdigitaal.nl go to the website (in Dutch)

Public organisation that aims at supporting children, youngsters, and adults who are hard of hearing, deaf, deaf-and-blind, visually impaired, those who are developmentally delayed in the field of speech and language, as well as those who are autistic or mentally disabled and in addition have difficulties with speech or language. Anyone confronted with barriers to communication is entitled to support from Kentalis in the form of diagnostics, care and education.
www.kentalis.nl go to the website (in Dutch and English)


Disclaimer: please note that we are not recommending the services, but rather only providing the information that you might find useful.

ESENG - Expat Special Educational Needs Group
ESENG is the result of the collaboration among three Parent Support Groups for expat families, each one operating in the Netherlands for several years now:
www.eseng.nl go to website

  • AAOF - Autism Association for Overseas Families in The Netherlands
    Parents and professionals working together for children with autism and various special needs (medical, behavioural, educational).
    aaof.eseng.nl go to website
  • ADHD Support Group
    Everyone is welcome to come along to our group if you have a child with ADD/ADHD or think that your child may have ADD/ADHD or just want to find out more information. Please join our relaxed, friendly group of international parents.
    For more information contact Lisa Medved:
    E: stan.medved@gmail.com
    adhd.eseng.nl go to the website
  • Dyslexia Parent Support Group
    A friendly, internationally represented group for parent with dyslexic children. We meet monthly during term time either for an informal coffee morning or a chance to listen to a guest speaker with a specialist interest in dyslexia. A great way to meet other parents and to find out what services are available in your local area.
    For more information contact Debra Lambert:
    T: +31 (0)71 88 91 552
    E: dyslexia.expat.nl@gmail.com
    dyslexia.eseng.nl go to the website

Autismecafé is an initiative for parents and family members of children with autistic disorders.  In a relaxed atmosphere, you can meet others, receive information, ask questions and obtain assistance in finding help. At the moment Autismecafé organises parents evenings in Alphen aan den Rijn, Leiden and Den Haag.
www.autismecafe.nl go to the website (in Dutch)

Children with Special Needs
Can offer ideas to parents wondering where to place their special-needs child for schooling in the Dutch or international systems.
For more information contact Jim or Norma:
T: 071 36 25 835

Cerebral Palsy Guide
Organization dedicated to the education and support of those facing a cerebral palsy diagnosis. Cerebral Palsy Guide shares information about the causes of CP, treatment options, types of therapies, and support groups that can help children and families affected by this disorder.
www.cerebralpalsyguide.com go to the website

Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral Palsy Guidance is an educational support website dedicated to providing parents with detailed information on a complex condition of cerebral palsy.
www.cerebralpalsyguidance.com/cerebral-palsy/go to the website


Disclaimer: please note that we are not recommending the services, but rather only providing the information that you might find useful.

ABA Therapist
Leonidas Groneberg is a MSc psychologist with an additional training in ABA-therapy. ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) is a quite simple but effective method developed in order to enhance the learning capabilities and facilitate the everyday routine of children within the autistic spectrum. The sessions are provided in the Hague area and can be held in English, German or Greek language.
T: 06 281 707 80
E: leogronis@gmail.com

Art Therapy Self Confidence Training
Susanne Nielsen
T: 06 215 549 47
E: info@colourfulkids.nl

Educational practice that specializes in learning and everything that has to do with learning: help with homework, content counseling, coaching, help with how you learn, help with planning your schoolwork to very specialised counselling for children with more complex needs. To make this possible LearningPlus works with a supportive network of behavior experts.
www.learningplus.nl go to website

Music Therapy for Children with Autism, Down Syndrome
and other Special Needs

Jarek Licznerski
T: 06 459 306 72
E: jarek.licz@gmail.com


Disclaimer: please note that we are not recommending the services, but rather only providing the information that you might find useful.

Gemeente Den Haag
English version of the official website of The Hague, with all the information for expats.
www.denhaag.nl/en.htm visit the website

Established in 1986, ACCESS is a not-for-profit organization committed to supporting the International Expatriate Community in The Netherlands. It is a source of free information in the English language and of services, including publications, courses, counselling referrals and community events.
www.access-nl.org go to website

Daily news and views for the international community in English.
www.thehagueonline.com go to website

The Little Gym
English and Dutch speaking gym lessons. They will accept children with special needs up to age 12.
The Little Gym Den Haag
Koningin Julianalaan 343 2273 JJ Voorburg
T: 070 300 09 92
E: denhaag@thelittlegym.nl
www.thelittlegym.eu/denhaag go to website

Passionate Parenting
Passionate Parenting organises workshops and seminars in The Hague to benefit expat and local families with children of all ages. Passionate Parenting has brought onboard the most qualified educators in a wide variety of fields to provide a dynamic and ever changing series of seminars/workshops covering diverse areas of interest.
www.passionateparenting.nl go to website

Lightouse - Links

Lighthouse Special Education - address: Amalia van Solmsstraat 155, 2595 TA Den Haag - tel.: +31(0)703355698 - email: infolse@hsvdenhaag.nl
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