Life in France for children with learning difficulties

Mum Tracey Graham with her daughter Stephanie and son Will

Children with learning difficulties can have a bright future in France – if you’re determined

Moving to France with a child who has learning difficulties adds challenges to the already complicated issues of sending a son or daughter to a school in a foreign country.

Stephanie Miles-Graham, now 26, was born with a rare chromosome deletion which means she has health problems and learning difficulties.

She moved to the Dordogne with her family in 2004, when she was 11.

Her mother Tracey tells her family’s story in the hope that it might help others in a similar situation.

She said: “When Stephanie was born, doctors thought she might never leave hospital, but she is a fighter. She had astigmatism and a hole in the heart, and needed operations when she was young.

“She walked late because she had lazy muscles, which still cause pain if she walks or stands for long periods.

“When she was 13, she was diagnosed with double scoliosis, so had to wear a back brace for two years.

“She has an amazing memory and was able to pick up French and is ...

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