• School and Education
• Learning Activities
• Special Needs Organisations in NL
• Support Groups
• Special Needs Therapists and Activities
• Expats Life
SCHOOL AND EDUCATION
HSV - Haagsche Schoolvereeniging
Lighthouse is an official partner of the HSV.
This foundation is responsible for different schools
offering International and Dutch primary education.
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.
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
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.
AngloINFO - Special Needs
Education in the Netherlands
Information in English about the Special Education
System in the Netherlands
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.
LEARNING ACTIVITIES (Smart Board websites)
General Knowledge and Language:
Focuses on Primary subjects of Art, Citizenship, Geography, History, Languages, Literacy, Music, Mathematics, Science and other subjects.
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 .
Dance Mat Typing
An introduction to typing for children.
A site where you and your child can design and create your own educational games.
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.
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.
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.
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.
PECS for All
Free visual supports you can make for your child.
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.
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.
ORGANISATIONS IN THE NETHERLANDS
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 (in Dutch)
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 (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.
LNA - Landelijk Netwerk Autisme
(National Autism Network)
Dutch support organisation, based in The Hague,
which promotes special education and guidance
for students with autism.
Netherlands-wide support organisation for parents of children with conditions such as ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, etc.
www.balansdigitaal.nl (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 (in Dutch and English)
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:
- 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).
- 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:
- 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
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 (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.
Cerebral Palsy Guidance is an educational support website dedicated to providing parents with detailed information on a complex condition of cerebral palsy.
SPECIAL NEEDS THERAPISTS AND ACTIVITIES
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
Art Therapy Self Confidence Training
T: 06 215 549 47
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.
Music Therapy for Children with Autism, Down Syndrome
and other Special Needs
T: 06 459 306 72
Gemeente Den Haag
English version of the official website of The
Hague, with all the information for expats.
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.
Daily news and views for the international community in English.
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
070 300 09 92
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.