Support Group for Parents of Children with Learning Differences – An an informal English-speaking support group of parents in the Tokyo area who have children with various learning differences or disabilities.  We meet about once a month during the school year to talk about our children and exchange information.  group here for families with children with special needs. If you are interested in attending, or know someone that you think might be interested, please email: ccamorikawa@yahoo.com

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Tokyo English Life Line (TELL)  Exceptional Parenting Program.  At the helm of the Program is Carla Ito who is looking forward to bringing you educational and inspiring presentations and workshops
during the 2010-11 school year.

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The TELL office is in the new Wesley Center. Please see the attached map for more information. Email: excep.parents@telljp.com

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Maximizing Potential in Japan” (MPIJ)  is a new school (Est. 2008) focusing on Special Education and/or students with learning differences from age 5 to 14.  MPIJ is currently targeting primary & secondary school scholars with Learning Differences, Motivation Passivity, and Attendance Challenges. Its goal is to directly address and partially fill the “Tokyo Void” of Certified, Credible, English Language/Bilingual Special Education and Custom Education services. The school provides instruction and Special Ed services to students in small groups (maximum of 5), as well as one-on-one customized sessions.   Principal and Head Teacher Bill Ward is certified in Special Education from Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA, so implementation  and/or creation of IEPs is possible.  Teaching is carried out using the three primary learning and retention modalities: 1) Auditory, 2) Visual, and 3) Kinesthetic.  Music and Movement is included in the curriculum, utilizing a full-size upright piano, percussion equipment, guitar, mandolin and assorted other instruments.  A balanced program including Art, Dance, Juggling, and Magic is offered to supplement the traditional academic areas of Mathematics, Language Arts, Social Studies and the Sciences.  Field Trips are scheduled on a regular basis, to provide students with the opportunity to learn from the world around them.  The two sun-lit classrooms are located within walking distance from Azabu Juban and Shirogane Takanawa Stations.  Parking is also available.
Website:  http://www.MPIJ.us
Address: Ai IS, 4F; 5-4-4 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo 152-0035
Phone: 090-9349-2058, Fax: 03-3224-0916 Email:  bward@MPIJ.us
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Down Syndrome Society –  2-2-8 Nishiwaseda Shinjyuku Tokyo 〒162-0051  Phone: 03-5287-6418 FAX: 03-5287-4735. E-Mail info@jdss.or.jp
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International Down Syndrome Clinic (source) at:
University of Tokyo
Department of Maternal and Child Health
7-3-1, Hongo, Bunkyo, Tokyo
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The Japanese Association for Parents of Children With Down Syndrome / 1-10-8-203 Kita Shinjuku, Shinjuku ward, 169-0074 Phone: 03-3369-3462 (- Japanese language only though).
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Behavioral & Educational Consulting (BEC). BEC is in Kobe and offers a free first consultation, but they have a representative in Tokyo.
THE CEE BEE CENTER has moved from Fukuoka to the Kansai area and is now based and located in Takarazuka (Hyogo Pref.). from July 2014. with a view to HELPING families with SPECIAL EDUCATION NEEDS CHILDREN in the KANSAI AREA..

THE CEE BEE CENTER (Communication, Exercise, Emotions, Behaviour and Effective Education), is a SPECIAL EDUCATION SUPPORT CENTER FOR CHILDREN WITH DEVELOPMENT DISORDERS AND LEARNING DIFFICULTIES WHO HAVE SPECIAL EDUCATION NEEDS.. We provide BILINGUAL services primarily in ENGLISH and also JAPANESE if and when necessary which include Consulting, Counselling, Assessments, IEP’s, and various kinds of Education and Therapy.

We also have started a Kansai Special Education Support Group which is a discussion forum that will meet and discuss relevant Special Education topics in order to help and address the problems that children and parents face on a regular and daily basis at home, school and elsewhere with their child, This group will meet up at least once a month starting from October 2014. Please check the link below for details of this SPED Meet Up group.

We also provide full day education (and therapy) classes and after school support classes for children with Special Education Needs at our Cee Bee Center School. Please check our Blogs and contact us directly for more details.
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Cecil Burton
The CEE BEE Center
1-16 Mikasa-cho,Takarazuka-shi
Hyogo Prefecture 665-0863
Tel: 090-2859-7075
Blog http://ameblo.jp/ceebee (日本語)
Blog http://ameblo.jp/theceebeecenter (English)
SPED Meet up group
http://www.meetup.com/Kansai-Special-Education-Support-Group/
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Dyslexia:

Japan – The International Dyslexia Association
Japan Dyslexia Research Association
Junko Kato, M.D. President
c/o Kato Clinic
Kowa Bldg, 3F Nakasaiwaicho
3-32-7 Saiwai-ku
Kawasaki-city 212-0012
JAPAN
Telephone: 0-(118) 144-5220-011
Fax: 0-(118) 114-5985-7525
Email: jkato@mb.infoweb.ne.jp

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The Special Kids Japan (SKJ) list Join this forum whose members might be able to help with all sorts of issues including finding schools.
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Harvey & Maclaurin’s will either take Down Syndrome students or help with placement for one.
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For a foreigner arriving fresh in Japan looking for schools for children, it is recommended that, upon moving into a particular neighborhood, the first move would always be to go to the ward/city office- kuyakusho or shiyakusho for a list of educational institutions – it’s really their place to handle these things.
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Schools in Fukuoka with Special needs class – See the Fukuoka Education Board’s policy on special education and an official listing of schools accepting special needs children at: