Been fighting with school for the last couple of years just to get adequate support for my son. Even with the support I don’t think the quality is good. Thinking about moving to another state. Can any parent share positive experiences with public school? Thanks.
Illinois School District 54 (elementary) and District 211 (high school). Please remember, school districts that have good services for special needs students have very high taxes (property, sales and other). For my family, it was worth it since my son is diagnosed with severe autism, is nonverbal and also has anxiety disorder.
I don't know i any state in the nation actually has a perfect special education system! There are holes in all of them, for sure. That said, California is not bad- at least in big cities. We're in San Jose, can have found a pretty good public school support system. Max gets ABA therapy at home, as well as speech; and in school he has a self contained classroom (though this year I am NOT happy with the teacher- that's a different story, though!), speech and OT pullouts, and a lot of ABA..... I believe at one point last year it was two hours a day. Almost too much. So there is support here! It requires a lot of monotoring and attention to make it all work, in my opinion.... but I guess it might be better than other places =) Good luck!! I hope you find a good spot for your kiddo.....
Believe it or not, Clark County (Las Vegas) Nevada, thanks to the courage and persistence of a tiger mom, Jan Crandy, who chairs the Nevada Autism Commission. Still, you will want to talk to other parents through FEAT (featsonv.org, Families for Effective Autism Treatment) to find the best teachers. Nevada (because of Jan) requires a separate teaching endorsement for autism, which means ABA. Many schools are welcoming and including environments, but you still have to ask.
I'm in New York and there is alot of great services for ASD, New Jersey is also supposed to be amazing for for getting services for ASD
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