SPECIAL NEEDS

Educational Programmes
Counseling & Therapy
Self-Help & Support Groups
Online Resources

Educational Programmes

CAN-DO (Christian Access to Neuro-Developmental Organization) is an organization that provides individualized home programs for families with brain-impaired or brain-injured children with ongoing mail support.

HARVEY & MACLAURIN’S
3-19-23-1003 Takanawa Minato-ku, Tokyo (7 mins from Shinagawa JR Stn) Phone: 03-3473-6896
The school’s mission is to provide special education and therapy in order to support children with special needs such as developmental disabilities (ADHD, PDD, LD), Autism, CP and so on. Services include motor-skill training, coordination with eye and motor-skills, speech therapy (revised ABA), movement exercises, art activities, social skill training and communication skill training. The school operates a full-time day school programme is called self-acquired applied behavioral learning/advanced applied behavioral approach, with an individual program according to original IEP plan. Individual counseling and program design will be done by Professional Occupational therapists and psychologists. Family counseling will be included in the session. The school is also well-known for its tutoring program and/or after-school program according to individual’s needs in which arts and fundamental learning activity based on Waldorf-Steiner and Montessori is also included. Free consultation initially. The school can assist in applying for Japanese government aid and finding places in special schools provided by the government for certain types of handicaps such as Down’s syndrome, autism, blindness, etc. Curriculum is in English only but there are Japanese speaking staff.

Note: Some other Montessori and Steiner schools are sometimes able to accommodate children with special needs or at least mild forms of autism. Check out schools at our  Waldorf or Steiner schools directory and Montessori schools in Japan (international and Japanese) listing

 

INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL SUPPORT SERVICES (TOKYOIS)
3-18-16 Meguro Honcho, Meguro-ku Phone: 03-3710-1331 Fax: 03-3710-1193 Email
Special education classes, tutoring for any subject, and consultation services for students with learning difficulties or who need preparation in English for entering international schools. Also assistance in finding a suitable school or remedial class. Junior and high school correspondence courses available.

INTERNATIONAL SECONDARY SCHOOL
4-17-26 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0073 Phone: 03-5730-1331 Fax: 3710-1193 Email
International Secondary School founders recognized the need to provide flexible learning options for students with a variety of learning needs. The school prides itself on having created a positive and stimulating learning environment for international students in Tokyo. International Secondary School is a private 6-12 co-educational scool providing an American Style accredited international education for secondary school students. International Secondary School is underpinned by the ‘small school’ philosophy and instills in students communication skills, achievement, respect and empowerment. For many students, small class sizes, quality instructional practices and a supportive and ‘success’ oriented environment prepares them for a lifetime of learning. small classes and personal attention for middle and high school students from a variety of backgrounds, including students with special needs. Special Needs Services provide for the education needs of individuals with exceptional needs. Support offered by the school is designed to accommodate the learning styles and abilities of students who have Individual Education Programs. Accreditation is achieved through distance learning courses.

JAPAN PORTAGE ASSOCIATION (page is in Japanese)
Dai 10 Tanaka Bldg. 3F Rm. 2 3-54-4 Wada, Suginami-ku, Tokyo 166-0012 Phone: 03-3313-4822 Fax: 03-3313-2575
The Portage Guide for Early Education (PGEE) is a support method for young children and infants who have disabilities, and their families.

PACIFIC LEARNING CENTER
2-13-8 Moto-Azabu, Minato-ku.(near Summerhill Intl School) Phone: 03-5440-7441.
The center offers intensive ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis) programs for children and adolescents awith autism spectrum disorder and other related disorders. The aim is to improve the areas of deficits (language or motor skills) and decrease the areas that are excesses (like tantrums, excessive rituals, etc.) to make it possible for the child to move toward being in a typical classroom. 80% of the programs are in English but they are capable of implementing them fully in Japanese. Interested parents should go in to meet with them. The first step is to set up an initial workshop of one and a half days of working with the child developing an individualized program and educating the parents. Then a team of therapists will be brought in to start implementing the program. See this page

PARENT’S AUTISM SERIES
Offers online courses free to parents of children with autism to help them assess their own children, better understand autism and to inform parents on the educating methods for children diagnosed with autism.

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

MUSASHINO-HIGASHI SCHOOL IN TOKYO (MUSASHINO HIGASHI GAKUEN)
3-25-3 Nishikubo Musashino-city Tokyo 180-0013 Phone: 0422-54-8611
A K-High School that offers schooling in English for both regular and autistic children with some joint needs provided and which, from its beginnings, has included children with autism in classes with more typically developing peers to the fullest extent possible, for the benefit of both. The Tokyo campus, the first, inspired and spawned several other branches worldwide.

TOKYO INTERNATIONAL LEARNING COMMUNITY 2-51-7 Tama-cho, Fuchu, Tokyo 183-002 Phone: 042-401-0585 Fax: 042-401-0588 TILC is an international school for children with special needs. It offers early childhood program including pre-school classroom, speech and language services as well as occupational therapy (psychological and physical therapy as well). Learning disabilities group meets on Saturday mornings. Using a multidisciplinary approach secpail education teachers and therapists work with other families to develop individually tailored education program, including emphasis on academic and life skills for independence. Bus service is available. Hometraining program or a tutor may be arranged.

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HARVEY & MACLAURIN’S SCHOOL 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 their official listing of schools accepting special needs children
YAMATO INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (preschool~grade 8) provides a special needs program, including physical therapy for children who need it.
2-1-18 Minami Azabu Minato-ku Tokyo
Phone: 03-5488-7888 Email: info@yamato-is.jp


Counseling & Therapy

AMI COUNSELING, Dr. Ana Maloyan-Kishida
5F Manaka Building, 3-17-5 Shiroganedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo Phone/Fax: 03-3448-1272
Offers a range of services designed for the foreign community in Japan, including crisis intervention, cross-cultural issues, couples, families and groups.

ASSOCIATION OF FOREIGN SPEECH PATHOLOGISTS
Phone: 03-3783-0113 Email
Therapy in English for children and adults in the Kanto area and will give Speech/Language Therapy referrals.

*BECJ  is in Kobe and offers a free first consultation, but they have a representative in Tokyo.
BEHAVIORAL & EDUCATIONAL CONSULTING, JAPAN (BECJ) Hiroaki Wemura, Founder, Executive Director, Behavior Specialist, J.P.A. Certified Psychologist
Located in Kobe (Hyogo Prefecture) Mobile: 080-6540-5623 (from Japan) / 080-6540-5623 (from outside of Japan) Email
Provides comprehensive behavioral services to individuals with (including but not limited to) Pervasive Developmental Disorders (Autism, Rett’s Disorder, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder and Asperger’s Disorder) Mental Retardation, Downs Syndrome, Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD), Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD) and Schizophrenia.
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/


COUNSELING AND SUPPORT IN JAPAN
(in English)
A ‘bilingual’ (English/Japanese) site by clinical psychologist Andrew Grimes which aims to give information on counseling, psychotherapy, online support, self-help groups and mental health care available in Japan and also to provide a forum where anyone experiencing emotional difficulties relating to a wide range of issues can communicate their feelings and get support.
The Tokyo Child and Adolescent Counseling Services provides professional and confidential counseling for children and adolescents in both English and Japanese in the Shibuya-Ebisu area in central Tokyo – 4 minute walk from the Yutenji station on the Hibiya and Tokyo Lines.

DR ALLEN L. ROBINSON, PhD Psychologist, psychotherapist
Star Plaza Aoyama 1001 1-10-3 Shibuya-ku, Tokyo Phone: 03-3407-5696 Email
HOZUMI CLINIC
26-4, Minami Ikebukuro 1-chome,Toshima-ku, Tokyo Phone: 03-989-4953

INSTITUTE OF PSYCHOANALYTIC-SYSTEMS AND PSYCHOTHERAPY
Highland Building 3F, 3-5-19 Higashiyama, Meguro-ku, Tokyo Phone: 03-3760-3631

Services in English on Wednesdays (2-6 pm)

IKEBUKURO COUNSELING CENTER
25-4, Minami Ikebukuro 1-chome,Toshima-ku, Tokyo 03-3980-8718
The center has afforded professional English speaking counselling and psychotherapy for both the international community, as well as psychotherapy in Japanese for the local Japanese community since 1992.The Center handles individual counseling, marriage and couples counseling; particularly Japanese-Western couples, family counseling, and group psychotherapy in English, Japanese, Spanish, and Chinese.

INTERNATIONAL MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS JAPAN
IMHPJ can give you a list of therapists located Japan wide


THE JAPAN HELPLINE

6-19-65, Azabudai 1-chome,Minato-ku, Tokyo Phone: 0120-461997

OHNOGO PSYCHOTHERAPY AND COUNSELING CLINIC
Azabudai Flats 302, 3-3-27 Azabudai, Minato-ku Tokyo (10min from Roppongi or Roppongi Itchome Stn Phone: 03-3560-6641 Fax: 03-3560-6642)
PACIFIC LEARNING CENTER
2-13-8 Moto-Azabu, Minato-ku.(near Summerhill Intl School) Phone: 03-5440-7441.
The center offers intensive ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis) programs for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder and other related disorders. The aim is to improve the areas of deficits (language or motor skills) and decrease the areas that are excesses (like tantrums, excessive rituals, etc.) to make it possible for the child to move toward being in a typical classroom. 80% of the programs are in English but they are capable of implementing them fully in Japanese. Interested parents should go in to meet with them. The first step is to set up an initial workshop of one and a half days of working with the child developing an individualized program and educating the parents. Then a team of therapists will be brought in to start implementing the program.

MEGURO COUNSELING CENTER
Douglas Berger, MD, PhD is a board-certified psychiatrist
27-2, Yutenji 1-chome, Meguro-ku, Tokyo  Phone: 03-3716-6624 Phone: 03-3716-6624

SPEECH AND LANGUAGE DISORDER REFERRALS
Phone: 03-3780-0030 Email
Therapists who are members of the Association of Foreign Speech Pathologists can provide therapy in English for adults and children in the Kanto area.

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

 

The SPECIAL KIDS JAPAN (SKJ) list Join this forum whose members might be able to help with all sorts of issues including finding schools.

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. The TELL office is in the new Wesley Center. Please see the attached map for more information. Email: excep.parents@telljp.com*TOKYO ENGLISH LIFE LINE (TELL) and TELL COMMUNITY COUNSELING SERVICES (TCCS)
4-22, Minami Aoyama 5-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo Phone: 03-5774-0992
Professional therapists offer face to face individual, couples and family counselling. Sliding fee scale. Phone: (English) 03-3498-0231 / (Japanese) 03-3498-0232 TELL operates a freeanonymous SOS lifeline: 03-5774-09922

TOKYO CHILD & ADOLESCENT THERAPY SERVICE IN TOKYO Doug Berger, M.D., PhD. Director
The Tokyo Child and Adolescent Counseling Services provides professional and confidential counselling for children and adolescents in both English and Japanese in the Shibuya-Ebisu area of central Tokyo, 4 minutes walk from Yutenji station on the Hibiya and Toyoko Lines. The therapists, counselors, and psychologist at the Tokyo Child and Adolescent Counseling Services are fluent in English, Japanese, and Spanish, and are experienced in treating children and adolescents from a number of cultural backrounds, and in particular mixed Western-Japanese children. Problems within the clinic’s experience include behavioral disorders of childhood and adolescence (Communication Disorders, eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD), Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Separation Anxiety Disorders), learning disorders (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD)), self-confidence problems, relationship/family problems, depression, anxiety/panic, , phobias, substance and alcohol abuse, history of traumatic experiences (PTSD)/child abuse, Pervasive Developmental Disorders (Autism, Asberger’s Disorder, and other related Autistic disorders), Tourette’s and Tic Disorders, etc. Phone: 03-3716-6624

TOKYO THERAPY
Pair City Takanawa, 4-14-1-608 Takanawa, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan, 108-0074 Phone: 03-3449-2526 Fax: 03-3449-5909
Call the Australian female Clinical Psychologist for face to face or phone counselling.

VOLUNTARY COUNSELLING ADVISORY SERVICE AND ASSISTANCE FOR STUDENTS FROM ABROAD (CASA)
Provides advice for foreign students on housing problems, Japanese visas, and general difficulties of daily life in Japan. Among the services offered is a publication called “A Guide to Housing for Foreign Students”. They also have information on scholarships and publish a monthly newsletter “Koryu Network” Phone: 03-3465-7550

Self-Help & Support Groups

THE ASPERGER SOCIETY OF JAPAN
There is a local group for children with Asperger’s syndrome living in the Tokai region (Nagoya area) with an English homepage. Email Professor Masatsugu Tsujii.

“ASPE-LD” PARENT ASSOCIATIONS (throughout the Tokai Region) for Asperger’s, High Functioning Autism, and LD – in Japanese only

AUTISM SOCIETY OF JAPAN (Nihon Jiheisho Kyokai) – in Japanese only
There are also a number of prefectures that have branches of their own.
2-2-8 Nishi Waseda, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-0051 Phone: 03-3232-6478 Email

DYSLEXIA SOCIETY OF JAPAN (NPO EDGE)
Phone: 03-5413-3356, Fax: 03-5413-3358 Email
EDGE (Extraordinary, Dyslexic, Gifted and Eclectic) was founded to promote awareness of developmental dyslexia and to provide support to dyslexic children, parents and teachers. Support includes tools such as assessment and solutions to difficulties dyslexic people face through computers, talking books, assisting volunteers, consulting, etc.

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

EXCEPTIONAL PARENTS PROGRAM (Tokyo)
Tokyo English Life Line Community Counseling Service Exceptional Parents Program invites you to join a wonderful group of parents to learn about topics relevant to special needs. The Exceptional Parents program strives to provide an educational forum for families who are meeting the challenges of raising children with disabilities. Speakers from various fields related to disabilities, introduce and facilitate discussion on topics of interest. Meetings are held throughout October to May at the TELL Community Counseling Service campus in Minami-Aoyama. For more info email them.

JAPANESE ASSOCIATION FOR AUTISM(Nihon Jiheisho Kyokai)
2-2-8 Nishi-Waseda, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Phone: 03-3232-6478

JAPANESE ASSOCIATION OF HEARING-IMPAIRED CHILDREN, JAPAN(Nanchoji o Motsu Oya no Kai)
3-15-4-118 Higashi-Nogawa, Komae-shi, Tokyo Phone: 03-3488-0414

JAPAN LEARNING DISABILITIES ASSOCIATION
Zenkoku Gakushu Shogai Ji Renrakukai 39-1 Nishi-Shinchi, Chita-shi, Aichi-ken Phone: 045-333-3232 (contact Mr Yamada in English or Japanese)
Comprises 48 regional parents’ support groups that encourage an exchange of information and strive for governmental legislation

THE LEARNING DISABILITIES ASSOCIATION OF TOKYO
Contact them via email

NATIONAL PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION OF LEARNING DISABILITIES IN JAPAN (Zenkoku LD Oya no Kai)
c/o Tokyo Volunteer Center #27, 1-1 Kaguragashi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-0823 Email Osamu Yamaoka

SUPPORT GROUP FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH LEARNING DIFFERENCES (Tokyo)
This is a unique support program, started in 2005, which provides encouragement and guidance to parents with children who have special learning or behavioral needs. Meetings are held every 2nd and 4th Thursday from 11:00 to 12:30 near Hiroo station in Tokyo. For more information, contact Greta Averbach at gretaver@aol.com.

SPECIAL KIDS JAPAN E-LIST
To subscribe, send a blank e-mail to SKJ-subscribe@topica.com OR go to the list directory.

TOKYO SUPPORT GROUP FOR PARENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
The group, open to all interested, meets monthly near the American School in Japan (ASIJ) in Chofu, Contact Tokyo International Learning Community (TILC) at 0422-31-9611 or email TILC for current contact information.

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).

 

Others

AMDA INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL INFORMATION CENTER provides telephone and other services to foreign residents in Japan in several languages and introduces medical facilities with staff who speak the patient’s language and explains the health care system.
505 pia NPO 2-8-24 Chikko, Minato-ku, Osaka 552-0021 Phone: 06-4395-0555 (Kansai) Fax: 06-4395-0554 / Phone: 03-5285-8088 (Tokyo)

Online Resources for Special Needs 

Special Needs – Genki English

Resources for Parents of Children With Special Needs

Children With Special Needs | Japan

Special Needs Education in Japan

MEXT : Special Needs Education

Education for Children with Special Needs | Kumon Group

Policy Trends of Special Needs Education in Japan