Category Archives: Students with Special Needs

When getting sick helps our professional practices…

These last weeks I have had a few health problems and because of bad luck (poor medical care from incompetent doctors), it was hard to control and I had quite a lot of side effects from drugs. As a consequence, it affected my ear as well as my voice and my respiratory capacity.  Now my health condition is much better, but while reflecting on my professional practices, I have been surprised to see to what extent I changed some of my teaching strategies to cope and to compensate for my weaknesses. Even if it was quite a demanding situation, I am quite happy with the new tools that I used and I thought that I could share this experience with you if by chance it should happen to you as well. Here are some tips:

When being sick is more than only that....

1/ I slowed down my speech. It helped the students to think more before responding to my answers

2/ I gave instructions and information thanks to an online prompter:

The funny fact is that many students who used to be reluctant in reading, were happy to develop this skill and were keen to increase the speed of their reading.

3/ I also gave them some information thanks to online readings in the target language. This tool is interesting for students with dyslexia. It is available in English, French, Italian, Spanish and Arabic Languages

The fact that men and women’s voices can be chosen freely lead students to be accustomed to different speech rhythms, accents, tones and intonations.  

In conclusion, being sick can lead to great professional experiences and new discoveries….

Supporting Students With Autism Disorsders

Last year, before beginning to teach PYP, I received an email from a teacher telling me that I will have a Grade 2 students in my class with special needs. This student had autism disorders. Honestly, I was quite astonished and puzzled. It was the first time ever I would teach one student having this kind of special needs. I read quite a lot to be more aware and to be able to give my utmost to my lovely student, Rosie.

After reading a great article on SPELTAC: “Ways to support ells with special needs” (, I wanted to share to resources in English and merely in French language that I found on the Internet and thanks to the librarian at the Montpellier hospital.
But, before, I wanted to let you know one fact that shocked me: in Cambodian language, there is not even 1 word for autism. Read this article to understand how the autistic persons are viewed by the local population because of a lack of awareness:
In Phnom Penh, there are only 2 schools that support kids having these disorders:

  1. Free training online in French language:–vie-sensorielle-et-vie-pratique.html :

2. Some handy and meaningful resources in French langue :

  • Organising the time and the environment:
  • Modeling and differentiating the learners paths:

3. PD in NZ and in Australia:

To my point of view, Australia and New Zealand are wellhead than France/Belgium/Switzerland (besides their training for ABA approach) So, if you are interested in this topic and you can apply for a PD, here is some of their programs: