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Old 08-27-2010, 12:41 PM
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We have been in the Broward County area for over 10 years. In this time our severely autistic daughter has been in many programs in Broward and we are at wits end here. From an early intervention program to Nova for a full day speech and language program. She became too old for these we sent her to the public school system which was utterly a disaster. No 'real' therapies, no programs for severe autism, she falls in what they call the 'gray' area, not high functioning enough for one program, not low enough for the others.

We decided to keep her home and seek ABA therapy for 2 hours a day then speech, occupational, and physical therapies on our own for functional skills. This was working great until she melted down after 1 1/2 yrs of intensive therapy and it was suggested she get a break.

Now, we enter to the public school setting AGAIN and after only a week of school being in (she is 12 now and in 7th grade) they are afraid the high functioning classroom does not meet her needs (she is not potty trained or verbal) and are considering placement back into the low functioning classroom, which last time ended in disaster as she is much more high functioning and sits in a corner by herself as the low teacher /aide ratio can not tend to her learning when they are taking care of children in wheelchairs with feeding tubes and aspirators.

Does anyone know of a private setting for children with severe autism or PDD where there is some cognitive skills in the children, but not enough to expect to be independent? Need a school for 7th grade and up. We are unable to find one in the West Broward area (close to Weston/Plantation) and of course the public school will not mention any and I have run through the internet looking for placement, none found. Most schools that deal with autism or PDD and other disorders will not take her since she is not potty trained.

Any program someone knows of I would appreciate contact for. We really want her in school, but no one seems to provide for these 'gray' children

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Old 05-19-2014, 06:18 PM
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Lightbulb Have you considered moving to Collier County

I got in touch and they seem to have some nice things going on there. It's worth a call or email to them, they were very generous with the responses to me an I am out of state. If she's not potty trained, they ought to handle it ASAP and really not try to do higher things until she's got it. It's so important for her. Take data and go every 15 minutes. She can do it!
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