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Old 11-28-2011, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Mason, OH
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Thanks so much for the replies. I am looking into all of the suggestions.

Quick question:

-Would the Blue Ash area to North Bend (Ronald Reagan Hwy) have less traffic than I-275 from Mason to North Bend. I know that there are more hwys and roads to consider, but the bulk of the commute would be on either of these hwys. Are they about the same amount of traffic?


Thanks for all the help!
The Ronald Reagan highway should be a shorter commute, as you are already starting inside the I-275 beltway. Mason is 8-10 miles outside of the I-275 beltway, so there is a time differential there. In my opinion I-275 has more traffic then Ronald Reagan. If you can find what meets your needs in the Sycamore schoold district (Blue Ash, Montgomery, Symmes Township) then definitely consider it.
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Old 11-28-2011, 02:10 PM
 
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Having two threads on the same topic is kind of confusing. Why does this thread even exist?

Are we responding here or there?

The commute is the husband's commute, God bless him. spending an hour in traffic each direction is a sacrifice only a saint should be asked to make. Why plan it? Is the predicate that Mason is so perfect no other community will do? It sure would have to be for me before I undertook a two hour drive every day.

Again, good luck to the OP.

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Old 11-28-2011, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Cincinnati near
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I may not have all the information, but I just don't feel that there is any school district out there that will do more for a child than two hours of family time a day with their father.
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Old 11-28-2011, 03:05 PM
 
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I may not have all the information, but I just don't feel that there is any school district out there that will do more for a child than two hours of family time a day with their father.
My initial reaction, exactly. But I believe the OP has already commented that she's looking strictly for information and specifically NOT for this type of opinion. I just want you to know how correct I think you are. Kind of goes beyond just the time, also, to the issue of how much energy can any human being have left for parenting after putting in that 3-hour commute on top of a full day's work. But honestly, I guess it's not my business.
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Old 11-28-2011, 03:10 PM
 
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chemistry_guy, I really agree with what you are saying, and we are very focused on family time as well. We just endured 5 years of a horrible school district when our children were a little younger and it really did make an impact on them/us. However, this could have also been due in large part to the fact it was in a rural area.

Long story short, the school district/school isn't everything, however it really is a major factor to consider when you have a child with special needs.

With the poster that referred to Mason being the only perfect place, I don't think that at all---It was just the first area that stood out to me in the initial stages of gathering information about the area. Again, my opening question was, would this commute be manageable, and obviously most people here think no.

I appreciate all the feedback.
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Old 11-28-2011, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Mason, OH
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Make some inquiries into the Oak Hills school district near where you husband will be working. Go directly to the source to determine whether they can provide the type of services your 3-year old needs. If they can or provide information on where you can get what is needed in the immediate area, go with that. The general concensus seems to be, reduce the commute and maximize the family time. With 5 kids that is probably good advice. If necessary, let the hubby have a reasonable commute and you be the one who dogs it around town to provide for the needs of your one child. Between the two of you a balance needs to be struct. God bless you all and may your needs be met.
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Old 11-28-2011, 04:10 PM
 
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My initial reaction, exactly. But I believe the OP has already commented that she's looking strictly for information and specifically NOT for this type of opinion. I just want you to know how correct I think you are. Kind of goes beyond just the time, also, to the issue of how much energy can any human being have left for parenting after putting in that 3-hour commute on top of a full day's work. But honestly, I guess it's not my business.

I posted my last response before seeing this comment. This is one reason that I don't like to even ask questions on forums like this because somehow it always gets personal and people have their judgements. While I can appreciate your opinion, I would like you to see it from a slightly different perspective.

We had a healthy, robust, typically developing child, he was up to date on his vaccines and he still contracted a rare form of bacterial meningitis at the age of 18 months. As a result, he completely lost his hearing in both ears. Then a few months later, he started displaying signs of autism spectrum. This has been a heart wrenching last two years for us. When you are placed with these circumstances, you have tough choices to make. If we could just love the issues out of him, he would be healed by now, if quality play time would make things all better, he would've been all better months and months ago.
As much as I would love to be an audiologist, auditory/verbal therapist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, behavior specialist and the list goes on, I'm not. We do our absolute best, but there is a real need for qualified specialists to be a part of a little one's life that has special needs.
So, the tough choice came in my husband commuting 90 minutes each way to work or me continuing to drive 90 minutes each way to mulitiple (3-4x a week) dr. appts., therapy, etc. That was a huge disruption to family life as well.
I am asking for advice/feedback on our future relocation decisions, not judgement on our current work/home/commute situation.
I am confident that there are most likely more areas than Mason that would be a good fit for us, but again that was my starting point as there are so many positive reviews of their schools and their Early Childhood Center. The Loveland Early Childhood Center has mixed reviews and so far that is all I am seeing for the Sycamore District. However, there may be more options that I am not aware of.
I apologize that this is so long and I know it sounds defensive, but the mama bear came out a little.
Again, I appreciate the feedback on school district/early intervention issues.
Thanks!
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Old 11-28-2011, 05:07 PM
 
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I posted my last response before seeing this comment. This is one reason that I don't like to even ask questions on forums like this because somehow it always gets personal and people have their judgements. While I can appreciate your opinion, I would like you to see it from a slightly different perspective.

We had a healthy, robust, typically developing child, he was up to date on his vaccines and he still contracted a rare form of bacterial meningitis at the age of 18 months. As a result, he completely lost his hearing in both ears. Then a few months later, he started displaying signs of autism spectrum. This has been a heart wrenching last two years for us. When you are placed with these circumstances, you have tough choices to make. If we could just love the issues out of him, he would be healed by now, if quality play time would make things all better, he would've been all better months and months ago.
As much as I would love to be an audiologist, auditory/verbal therapist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, behavior specialist and the list goes on, I'm not. We do our absolute best, but there is a real need for qualified specialists to be a part of a little one's life that has special needs.
So, the tough choice came in my husband commuting 90 minutes each way to work or me continuing to drive 90 minutes each way to mulitiple (3-4x a week) dr. appts., therapy, etc. That was a huge disruption to family life as well.
I am asking for advice/feedback on our future relocation decisions, not judgement on our current work/home/commute situation.
I am confident that there are most likely more areas than Mason that would be a good fit for us, but again that was my starting point as there are so many positive reviews of their schools and their Early Childhood Center. The Loveland Early Childhood Center has mixed reviews and so far that is all I am seeing for the Sycamore District. However, there may be more options that I am not aware of.
I apologize that this is so long and I know it sounds defensive, but the mama bear came out a little.
Again, I appreciate the feedback on school district/early intervention issues.
Thanks!
No need to explain. We all get this. Every person posting so far has children, cares about them and would make any sacrifice to advance their well being. For my part, paying $15,000 a year for special school for my LD kid was not a choice, we just made it happen. We know you and your husband feel the same. Not to worry. A good home in a good school district will be found.
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Old 11-28-2011, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Oxford, Ohio
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I posted my last response before seeing this comment. This is one reason that I don't like to even ask questions on forums like this because somehow it always gets personal and people have their judgements. While I can appreciate your opinion, I would like you to see it from a slightly different perspective.

We had a healthy, robust, typically developing child, he was up to date on his vaccines and he still contracted a rare form of bacterial meningitis at the age of 18 months. As a result, he completely lost his hearing in both ears. Then a few months later, he started displaying signs of autism spectrum. This has been a heart wrenching last two years for us. When you are placed with these circumstances, you have tough choices to make. If we could just love the issues out of him, he would be healed by now, if quality play time would make things all better, he would've been all better months and months ago.
As much as I would love to be an audiologist, auditory/verbal therapist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, behavior specialist and the list goes on, I'm not. We do our absolute best, but there is a real need for qualified specialists to be a part of a little one's life that has special needs.
So, the tough choice came in my husband commuting 90 minutes each way to work or me continuing to drive 90 minutes each way to mulitiple (3-4x a week) dr. appts., therapy, etc. That was a huge disruption to family life as well.
I am asking for advice/feedback on our future relocation decisions, not judgement on our current work/home/commute situation.
I am confident that there are most likely more areas than Mason that would be a good fit for us, but again that was my starting point as there are so many positive reviews of their schools and their Early Childhood Center. The Loveland Early Childhood Center has mixed reviews and so far that is all I am seeing for the Sycamore District. However, there may be more options that I am not aware of.
I apologize that this is so long and I know it sounds defensive, but the mama bear came out a little.
Again, I appreciate the feedback on school district/early intervention issues.
Thanks!
I'm going to backup kjbrill on this one and recommend the Oak Hills School District if you really want to be closer to North Bend...

OR

....Lakota School District. Why Lakota? Because it is the highest rated school district close to the center in the link below, which I think might help you a lot:

Cincinnati Center For Autism - Home

Lakota is also somewhat centrally located with respect to medical facilities and specialists, as well as a branch of the highly rated and respected Cincinnati Children's Hospital.
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Old 11-28-2011, 05:38 PM
 
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I'm thinking Oak Hills too.
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