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Old 05-04-2014, 03:05 PM
 
Location: White Mountains
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Hello!

I will be relocating to Austin in mid-August for my partner's job and am trying to figure out what to do for schools for our son. He will be 5 when we move and was just formally diagnosed as autistic. We were looking at the Capitol School (until now all of his special ed services have been focused on speech), but now that he has the diagnosis and formal recommendations for services beyond speech we are not sure if the Capitol School will be a good fit. Unfortunately we do not have time to visit and do a campus visit prior to moving so I feel like we are sort of moving there blind with regard to schools.

I like what I have seen about the Brentwood and Crestview neighborhoods, but my first priority is finding the best school fit for my son. I have searched through these boards for the past few months, but feel like most of the special ed discussion focused around Round Rock and Leander ISDs. Does anyone have any experience with Austin ISD and special ed? Any experience with Brentwood or Gullett elementary schools?

We have the IEP meeting for next year this month, but the current recommendations are mainstream kindergarten with a behavioral aide, pull outs for speech, physical therapy and occupational therapy. Special ed pullouts 3x a week for language arts and math and daily work with a reading specialist. Additionally, regular consultations with a BCBA and involvement in a structured social skills group. I know that the IEP will be re-evaluated once we move to Texas, but those are the recommendations we are working with.

If you had to choose anywhere in the Austin area to live and send a special ed child to school, where would you look? We will have a budget of around $2,000/month and are looking for either a two or three bedroom.

Thank you in advance to anyone who can help!
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Old 05-04-2014, 03:13 PM
 
Location: central Austin
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Depending on age/need, your child could be zoned to one school (by residency) yet asked to attend another nearby school because that is where the needed services are. So a few calls or email to the district-wide Special Ed team could be very worthwhile.

The only advice I have is to steer clear of Doss! Although Doss is in an affluent neighborhood, I have heard story after story about poor experiences with special ed at Doss. Strikingly, I heard this from parents whose kids had widely different needs -- autistic, dyslexic, sensory issues, and medical conditions. The problem seems to lie with the principal.

good luck
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Old 05-04-2014, 03:15 PM
 
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We have had a GREAT experience with our son at Lee Elementary.
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