Resources for Parents of Children With Special Needs
Ongoing amendments by Cornelia
[started on 18 June 2001 by Linda, last updated 9 Mar 2012]
Dear Families in Japan,
I am so happy that Linda had the idea to research this page with the help of SKJ members! Her enthusiasm was much appreciated. Thank you Linda for starting this page.
Most Sincerely, Cornelia June 2001
There are 6 sections to this page:
Parent Support Groups:
Parent Support Groups
Evaluation/Testing and Therapy
Tutoring and Special Education for Children with Learning Differences
Other Related Links
Special Kids Japan E-List
To subscribe, send a blank e-mail to SKJ-subscribe[at]topica.com, OR go to the list directory at:
Any way is fine. Once you join, just tell us a little bit about yourself, your family in general, and your special child.
Tokyo Support Group for Parents of Children with Special Needs
- meets monthly near the American School in Japan (ASIJ) in Chofu
- open to all interested parents
- Contact Tokyo International Learning Community (TILC) at 0422-31-9611 or
tilc[at]gol.com for current contact information.
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 further information please send email to excep.parents [at] telljp.com (Current leader is Carla Ito).
Support Group for Parents of Children with Learning Differences (Tokyo):
This is a unique support program, started in 2005 (Greta Averbach), which provides encouragement
and guidance to English-speaking parents of all nationalities with children who have
special learning or behavioral needs. Informal meetings are held about once a month in
Tokyo to exchange information and support each other. For more information, contact Carolyn
Morikawa at ccamorikawa [at] yahoo.com.
The AMDA International Medical Information Center
For phone consultation in English, Monday-Friday 9 - 5, call:
Tel: 03-5285-8088 (Tokyo, Kanto region) or 06-4395-0555 (Osaka, Kansai Region)
For more detailed information about telephone hours in other languages as well as other services, see:
Website: http://amda-imic.com/ (in 8 languages)
- provides telephone and other services to foreign residents in Japan in several languages
- introduces medical facilities with staff who speak the patient's language and explains the
health care system
- information is provided ONLY through a telephone call. Do not contact by mail, email or fax.
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: mtsujii[at]sass.chukyo-u.ac.jp (Professor Masatsugu Tsujii)
"Aspe-LD" Parent Associations (throughout the Tokai Region) for Asperger's, High Functioning Autism, and LD - in Japanese only
(English web pages are in the planning stages.)
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
Tel: 03-3232-6478, Fax: 03-5273-8438
Email: Use mail form on top page of web site.
Dyslexia Society of Japan (NPO EDGE)
Tel: 03-5413-3356, Fax: 03-5413-3358
Website: http://www.npo-edge.jp (click on English)
- 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.
Japanese Association for Parents of Children With Down Syndrome (reorganized several times since 1963)
1-10-7-203 Kita Shinjuku, Shinjuku-Ku, Tokyo 169-0074
Tel: 03-3369-3462, Fax: 03-3369-8182 (Japanese only)
Email: jds97[at]po.jah.ne.jp (Japanese only)
Website: None, but here is a description: http://www.hiyokonokai.net/about-jdss.html
- Monday to Friday 10:00 to 15:00
- membership fee
The Japan Down Syndrome Network - in English (begun by Dr Eiichi Momotani)
1-36-14 Kannondai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0856
Website: http://jdsn.ac.affrc.go.jp/dowj1-e.html not updated
http://jdsn.ac.affrc.go.jp/dowj1.html in Japanese (more recent info)
Email: momotani[a t]affrc.go.jp or office[a t]dsij.jp (Englsh sometimes OK)
Walking with Hearing Impaired
National Foundation for Handicapped Children Welfare, 2-2-8-5F Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-Ku, Tokyo 162-0051
tel: 03-3203-9938, Fax: 03-3203-9938 (Japanese only)
Email: aq2t-ueym[a t]asahi-net.or.jp
Website: http://www.asahi-net.or.jp/~aq2t-ueym/about/devoir.html (last updated 2003?)
- Enhanced education information and publications for deaf children and their parents.
Japan Portage Association
Dai 10 Tanaka Bldg. 3F Rm.2, 3-54-5 Wada, Suginami-ku, Tokyo 166-0012
Tel: 03-3313-4822, Fax: 03-3313-2575
Email: jpa[a t]a-net.email.ne.jp
- The Portage Guide for Early Education (PGEE) is a support method for young
children and infants who have disabilities, and their families.
The Learning Disabilities Association of Tokyo, Japan -- Keyaki
Website (English page): http://www.ne.jp/asahi/hp/keyaki/HTML/ENG/E_00.html
National Parents' Association of Learning Disabilities in Japan -- Zenkoku LD Oya no Kai
Evaluation/Testing and Therapy:
c/o Tokyo Volunteer Center #27, 1-1 Kaguragashi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-0823
Email: CZT02757[a t]nifty.ne.jp -- Osamu Yamaoka
Website: http://www.normanet.ne.jp/~zenkokld/ replaced by
ALSO please check with the schools and tutoring services listed below, since they also do evaluations.
Association of Foreign Speech Pathologists
Email: rosenbrg[a t]gol.com
- Speech/Language Therapy referrals
- Association members provide therapy in English for children and adults in
the Kanto area.
Autism Family Network (started in 2006)
Contact Person: Michiko Wakai
Location: Tokyo and surroundings
Languages: Japanese, English
Shoko Sasaki, bilingual psychologist
Sasaki Educational Consulting
Yoyogi Terrace 312, 1-32-27 Tomigaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-0063
Ron Shumsky, PhD, clinical psychologist, and child neuropsychologist
Bluff Clinic, 82 Yamate-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama
Becky Talbert, Neuropsychologist (Sorry, has relocated to New York)
658 Tenth St, Brooklyn, NY 11215 USA
Tel: 718 788-1899
Email: rebecca.talbert[a t]verizon.net
- "have connected with Tokyo expat families traveling this direction during the summer and other vacations"
Yokohama Psycho-Development Clinic
Lestate Kouhoku 2F, 7-7 Chigasaki-Chuo, Tsuzuki-ku, Yokohama 224-0032
Tel: 045-942-1077, Fax: 045-942-1099
Email: info[a t]ypdc.net
Dr. Tokio Uchiyama, Director, translated Tony Atwood's book on Asperger's into Japanese. You may write to him in English.
Website (in Japanese only): http://www.ypdc.net/
- specialize in autism spectrum and other developmental disorders, also ADD, ADHD and LD
- we can offer clinical practice only in Japanease, and we can not give you gerenal information on LD because staff is limited.
Behavioral & Educational Consulting [BEC]
Hiroaki Wemura, Founder, Executive Director
Behavior Specialist, J.P.A. Certified Psychologist (#7108)
1-1-5-201 Isobe-dori, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo 651-0084
Mobile: 090-2046-5052 (from Japan) / +81-90-2046-5052 (from outside of Japan)
Mobile Email: hblakew[at]ezweb.ne.
- providing 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.
- Certified Psychiatric Social Worker
- Cetified Autism Spectrum Specialist (STANDARD)
- Certified Toys & Child-Care Adviser
- Osaka City Children's Guidance Center Counselor
Tutoring and Special Education for Children with Learning Differences
Harvey and MacLaurin's School
3-19-20-102 Takanawa, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Mrs. Toku Nagashima
Email: meg9maclaurin[a t]gmail.com
- a small school specialized in students ages 3-20 with needs not met by other schools and/or disabilities
- international enrollment is about 15-20 including 3 or so home-schooled, total enrollment includes Japanese students as well as international students in languages other then English
- can assist in applying for Japanese government aid (financial or/and educational depending) available to children and adults with certain types of disabilities such as seeing and hearing handicaps
- will help find and apply for participation in special schools provided by the government for certain types of handicaps such as Down's syndrome, autism, blindness and so on.
- initial counseling available for free, don't hesitate to call or make time for a conference
"Japanese facilities have many very conscientious staff members who are pleased to work with non-Japanese and who speak languages other than Japanese. I will do what I can to help a child's parents find these opportunities."
International Secondary School (ISS)
4-17-26 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0073
Tel: 03-5730-1331, Fax: 03-5730-1332
Shawn Hutchinson, Principal
Email: iss[a t]isstokyo.com
- 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
- accreditation is achieved through distance learning courses
- since 2000
Maximizing Potential in Japan (MPIJ) founded December 2008
Ai International School, 5-4-4-4F Mita Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0073
Contact person: Bill Ward
Tel: 090-9349-2058, Fax: 03-3224-0916
- Who is it for? Children in need of learning support
- For a longer description read more here
- A 12 minute stroll from Azabu Juban Station, Exit 2
Musashino Higashi Gakuen
3-25-3 Nishikubo, Musashino-city, Tokyo 180-0013
Email: kenkyujo[a t]musashino-higashi.org (Michiko Okubo of their research institute also
taught at the Boston school and is fluent in English.)
Website (in English): http://www.musashino-higashi.org/english.htm
- kindergarten through high school
- private school 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, is one of several throughout the world (see
also "Boston Higashi School":
- the language of instruction in Tokyo is Japanese
Tokyo International Learning Community
2-51-7 Tama-cho, Fuchu-shi, Tokyo, 183-0002
Tel: 042-401-0585, Fax: 042-401-0588
Dennis McKibben, School Head
Email: tilc[a t]gol.com
CAN-DO, Christian Access to Neuro-Developmental Organization
- individualized home programs with ongoing email support
Linda Kane is highly recommended by one Special Kids Japan e-list member.
Parent's Autism Series
- offers online courses free to parents of children with autism
- the first two courses will help parents better understand autism and possibly help them assess their own children if diagnosis has not yet been achieved
- the second two courses deal with educating methods for children with an autism diagnosis from a North American perspective
The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential
- provides programs for both brain-injured and well children
- parents may design their own program after reading a book or attending a course
- programs may also be individually designed by the staff of the institute
for each child
Doman Kenkyusho, Tokyo Office
5-3-10-302 Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062
E-mail: norikoym[at]zb3.so-net.ne.jp (Noriko Yamada - English OK!)
Registrar: Mrs. Mitsue Noguchi
- We are an organization within Japan that support, promote and enhance the activities of the Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential (IAHP) in Philadelphia, U.S.A.
- The name, Doman Kenkyusho, meaning Doman Institutes, comes from the name of the founder of IHAP, Glenn Doman.
- Our parent organization offers programs for both brain-injured and well children. We now have started similar programs in Japan not just in Tokyo but in other locations as well. Please contact for further information.
Doman Kenkyusho, Kobe Office
7-1-10-203 Dainichi-dori, Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo 651-0064
Registrar: Mrs. Futami Kitagawa (Japanese only)
Other related links:
Japan With Kids - Forums: Education in Japan - http://www.tokyowithkids.com/discussions/messages/151/151.html
Which includes, for example, the subtopic discussion: Elementary Aged Foreign Students in Japanese Public Schools - http://www.tokyowithkids.com/discussions/messages/151/41.html
Japan With Kids - Forums: Playgroups - http://www.tokyowithkids.com/discussions/messages/54/54.html
Japan With Kids - Forums: Classifieds: Tutoring/playmates: wanted/available - http://www.tokyowithkids.com/discussions/messages/3/152.html
Homeschooling / Afterschooling in Japan The web site started by Kat and Aileen! Try http://www.asahi-net.or.jp/~ja8i-brtl/index.htm if crossover link doesn't work.
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