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Old 08-21-2011, 09:02 PM
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We are moving to Cincy with our 7 yr old, who has autism.
We are now in IL . He is in the first grade this year and has been receiving services from school and also privately. He also has full time aide at school.

We are moving by fall and there are lots of questions in front of us but a few important ones being

1)Which is the best school district area around, which cater to special needs?(I came across a lot of good reviews abt mason and milford...but nothing on special needs)

2)How prepared should I be and what should I forsee?

3)Any support groups around?

I am trying to reach the regional centre for almost a week now and the mail boxes are the farthest I could reach.Are there any private organisations which provides ABA, Speech and OT?

Any related information will be really helpful.
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Old 08-22-2011, 08:13 AM
Location: Cincinnati
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We have a friend with a child with severe special needs. They have told us the best schools for special needs are Sycamore Community Schools (Blue Ash, Montgomery and parts of Symmes Twp feed Sycamore schools). I've heard from a few others second hand that Sycamore is the place to go for special needs as well, so I would definitely move them towards the top of your list.

For PT/OT I know tons of people who use Children's hospital, but you would need a Drs referral to get an appt with their services. I would get into a Peditrician asap around here and get referrals/recommendations for your child.
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Old 08-22-2011, 09:59 AM
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I concur with the advice to get professional help ASAP, although my experience with pediatricians is quite mixed. Some are great, some know nothing about autism and less about education.

This is a very complex problem. under Ohio law, your public school system is required to provide public education to every eligible child living within the district. They can set standards for when special education is to be provided and actually provide it if they have the resources to do so. if not, the local school district is required to pay for the child's special education and transportation.

Most children whose parents describe them as autistic are severely enough effected that the school district will recognize their needs immediately. But this is not an assumption you should make. Many school districts force a child to languish in an inappropriate setting until they test more than 24 or 36 months behind their chronological age group averages.

Then some districts, even some of those with great schools do not provide great special education.

Some small school districts that cannot provide special education to autistic students, even those with very poor schools, send their special education students out to the very best special education facilities.

You can see that getting in the right school district can be a pretty complicated process.

Start with autism resources and work toward the schools. There may be a special ed consultant around. I'll ask my contacts and post up again if I find one.

Good luck!
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Old 08-22-2011, 10:47 AM
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@Wilson : My son already has a IEP in place. Also he a diagnosis from a neurologist and a developmental peadiatrician. Do you think, he still has to go thro another round of evaluation before he starts school ?
Also, he definitely needs a one on one aide. He is a big runner. Will his current IEP hold no good.?

@Jen..thank you. We have shortlisted the said school districts and will be soon calling them one by one to get more info. I heard Blue ash is also a good residential area.
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Old 08-22-2011, 11:00 AM
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Interesting. I guess you could proffer the IEP to the prospective school and see if its good enough for them and then understand what their facilities are like.
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Old 08-22-2011, 12:14 PM
Location: Deer Park, OH
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SION1771, I have a 10-year-old son with high-functioning autism. If you'd like, feel free to DM me to discuss our experiences with local schools and resources.
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Old 08-30-2011, 08:40 AM
Location: Mason, OH
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I think those of who with direct experience have given some great advice. I believe one of the greatest sources of good information would be a local support group where you can ask parents with the same needs about their personal experiences and recommendations. Could one of you with personal involvement identify such a local support group?
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Old 09-04-2011, 08:11 PM
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I moved from Ohio a few years ago, so my info might be out of date. However, at the time there was a fund called something like the Ohio Autism Scholarship. It provided up to $10,000 per year for treatments, including specialized school placements. Providers have to be registered with the state, but it can be a great resource for parents.

Quick google search turned up this: ODE - Autism Scholarship Program. The same department might also be able to give you some good advice. Hope it helps!
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