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When Should I Move To A Different State (Massachusetts)?

When Should I Move To A Different State (Massachusetts)?

We're planning to move to Massachusetts with 2 yrs old. He is currently on EI and we live in Indiana. Soon we'll get a diagnosis (and our OT says it's likely to be ASD). Since we def. want a smooth transition (for therapy-wise) for our son, we should decide whether this summer (he's still 2) or next January (he'll turn 3) would be better for his therapy plans. What happens if we move in the middle of EI? Does this mean another waiting for a new evaluation by a MA Early Intervention team? Or… read more

A MyAutismTeam Member said:

Summer... start calling today and find out how to register what you need to do. They test here months before school starts if you want to get him in the ECFE/ECSE program.

posted about 8 years ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

i would do it durring the summer that way you can get in the early education program you want and not have to be put on a waiting list. yes as a disabled child your son would get preferential teatment but as its not legally mandated that children must attend a preschool you cannot be guarenteed a slot.

also the sudden unexpected change in weather and scedualing and everything else it may not be the best timing.

posted about 8 years ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

We just past our 1 year mark in a new state (from Florida to California). Our son was in an Early intervention program in florida, in school and receiving some therapy, although we didn't have an official diagnosis (they were still testing) we just knew he was developmentally delayed.

That being said....We arrived March 1. My son was in school by Mid May. I went to the closest school, and knowing he needed special ed, asked for the director of the program. They pointed me to the school board. It took almost 2 months of back and forth calls, pestering every live person I could get, but I finally got the right person who could place him in school. They had home visits to see where to place him and to put him on an IEP (Individual Ed. Plan). He receives therapy through the school.

As far as therapy outside of school; I made an appt. with the new dr. the earliest I could, and they had to do all new testing. Even though it was the same tests that were already performed in florida, they had to do them again because they personally didn't perform them. And same thing, we went through months of testing and visits and clinics, but we finally got a diagnosis. Once we got the diagnosis, we were referred to a bunch of different resources, and they are providing therapy services .

So it's very likely you may have to start all over. My suggestion: Make several copies of all the paperwork you already have. (immunizations, school records, past dr phone and address, all surgery and testing..I have a "resume" style of all his records I hand out at these things and have a 3 ring binder at home with originals and receipts and such.) Have it ready, with pertinent points highlighted. Bring it with you to every appt. You'll be asked the same things over and over, it's good to have it already handy. Make notes of the questions they ask, so you can have answers ready when they ask the same questions next time.

You move when you can, and the timing is right for your family. More than likely there will be a small amount of time when you will have to continue therapy/learning on your own until you have the new therapy/school in place. No two states handle things the same. If you can, maybe start calling the new school districts and drs. now, maybe you can avoid the overlap if you know what you'll need or where to go to begin when you arrive in your new home.

Good luck!!

posted about 8 years ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

Well here where I live they don't start early intervention till they are 3 so I think it might be good to do all of that when u move so u don't have to change every thing again this way u do it all once cause I will say its a lot of paper work and doctors

posted about 8 years ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

Thank you all for your answers. I really appreciated each and every post here. Hopefully we can get things squared away soon. Best wishes.

posted about 8 years ago
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