Planning to move from washington state (puyallup) to los angles hoping for better autism services. The wait list here for therapies as well as appointment for developmental pedia is unbearable (only 2 dev pedia in pierce county atm). Just wondering if there are better services somewhere in burbank or glendale area. My son is 10 has a diagnosis, has iep, in special center class, gets 30mins of speech weekly in public school. No ABA yet.
We moved from Federal Way to Burbank in 2016. Glendale's school district is going through a rough patch, but we're really pleased with Burbank, despite a particular issue we're fighting with them at the moment. We had some great providers in Washington state, but we've found plenty of providers down here (though we still miss the neurobehavioralist we were seeing in Tacoma). Plus, the Regional Center adds a whole extra layer of coverage/support you don't have in Washington state. Our son is covered by MediCal in addition to our private insurance which gives us things like paying for specialized babysitters (his teacher from Elementary school and his 1:1 aide from Elementary school are the two who watch him) and access to things like money to pay for diapers since he's just about to the age where we have to special order them. People complain about the taxes in California, but they do so much more to help people who need extra help.
We're going through an issue this year where the teacher at middle school doesn't seem to be a good fit and our son knows it. He's behavior has been worse this year and they're trying to move our son to a private school in Pasadena. The school district would pay for the transportation, the tuition and the 1:1 aide, but we're not yet sure if that's a good idea or not. Our representative from the Regional Center came with us to the meeting with the school district. They might have steamrolled us if he hadn't been there to stare them down and make vague references to checking with his colleagues in the legal department and stuff. As a result, they're doing an assessment at his regular school to see if there's more they should be doing before they declare the private school to be the only option. Despite this, I'm still well-impressed with the school district and our daughter's education is light years ahead of what she was learning in Washington.
This is good info, i really appreciate it. Although most of my husbands' family live in glendale, i really prefer the burbank area.
This week i will attending the annual iep meeting and even though i see slow progress, they are not going to change it.
I live in the suburbs of L.A. County and I am not familiar with the schools around the area that you’re moving into.
Hmm.. that’s a tough one cuz each school district has their own contract to abide by.. There’s this other agency that help families with advocacy. The agency is called TASK.