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Old 12-13-2016, 04:21 PM
 
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I am going to try to be brief.
My sweet child turned into a "bad boy" since starting this new private preK.
something clearly bothers him and I don't know what the triggers are.
Director suggested O.T. to rule out sensory issues BUT she claims the OT offered by the state is not "comprehensive" and suggested us to go private (she actually hinted to go with a specific one she knows who charges $900 for an evaluation rather than the usual $300).
Called my child's pediatrician who was shocked to hear about all this (she doesn't believe my son needs OT) and she said that if she suggests private OT, the school (remember its a private school) should pay for it.
Is that correct info?
Does anybody know? I don't know who to ask. Where to get more info /proof to bring on.

P.s. today I called the State just to inquire about the public OT options and the woman was like:"go on Google, type pediatric OT and find yourself one" .... I was shocked and hung up.
am I dealing with a bunch of unicorn lovers or this is the real life of NY? What's wrong with people?
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Old 12-13-2016, 04:36 PM
 
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why don't you take him out of this private k and try another? Test your theory about someone or something that is rubbing him the wrong way at this private K.
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Old 12-13-2016, 04:42 PM
 
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Can't move him for various reasons but thought about it. Unfortunately not doable.
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Old 12-13-2016, 09:13 PM
 
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Plus private schools don't accept new students mid year. Tried.
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Old 12-13-2016, 10:43 PM
 
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I believe most private health insurance should cover this free of charge. Our son was diagnosed to be on the "spectrum", and everything was paid for, no charge or co pay to us. This is something you should speak with the pediatrician about, OT as in Occupational Therapy is a medical issue. I would only listen to what the pediatrician has to say about it.
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Old 12-14-2016, 05:54 AM
 
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Health first doesn't have any in network pediatric OT in our area (Manhattan, crazy, uh?) so I am trying to get approved for an out of network one but it's taking a lifetime.

As mentioned the pediatrician was shocked and DOESN'T believe my child needs OT. She thinks the school director is crazy and lazy.
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Old 12-14-2016, 06:39 AM
 
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Have you had an IEP evaluation for him? In any case, your pediatrician is most likely right.
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Old 12-14-2016, 07:04 AM
 
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Unfortunately I believe that these days schools easily label kids if they don't fall within the restricted behavior they require. Kids are kids. They don't want to put an effort in it and label a kid as "problematic". Kids are not robot, they come in different size, shapes and ... personalities.
I won't allow crazy people to put names on my son.
but this is beyond the point.
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