Saturday, February 14, 2015

Need to get back to ABA therapy

It is clear that Andy needs to be back in ABA therapy. They work one-on-one with him on his exact needs. I am learning from my county services offices that ABA therapists don't typically go into the schools. They advised that I contact the special needs director for my son's school district, to ask about having ABA put into his IEP. However, they are doubtful that this will happen. They said I would most likely have to split his day between school and private or home ABA therapy.

The problem is that the last center I had Andy in did not like that option. They wanted him full time at therapy, which we could not afford. Our insurance company would not pay his claims either. Now we have purchased a new insurance policy for him that will hopefully cover ABA. For now, I might just have to settle for Andy being in ABA therapy for the summer, and he would be lucky to get that.

The current school program that he is in is teaching things like writing letters, and days of the week. Andy isn't developmentally at the stage to learn these things. He doesn't communicate a whole lot to anyone, and is still immobile, unable to self-feed, and like a 6-8 month old.

His school provides structure to his day, and gets him out of the house, but I don't know what he is taking away from it. Many professionals have told me his only chance at advancing is through one-on-one ABA therapy. I think I believe it to be true now. I'm not seeing Andy progress anywhere as of now. Whereas before with ABA therapy, he progressed a small amount, which is better than nothing.

I am very stressed with all of this new red tape to deal with and going back into unknown territory. The super cold 0 degree weather is also very non-motivating and makes me so tired. I continue to try and set small goals for the week, so that I can feel like I am accomplishing something.

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