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May 3rd, 2012, 11:20 AM
Butterbear's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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For those mom's who have been through this-

What was it like for you when in-home visits stopped for your child, and the transition to school started? Was there a big drop in therapy when this happened (in the school)? How did you cope?

Jonesy will be turning 3 in October and I am hearing from some moms that have been through this that it is pretty intense.

Any thoughts / input / suggestions?
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May 3rd, 2012, 08:52 PM
AlexKatieAiden Mommy's Avatar Linda
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I don't have any experience (Alex didn't get birth to 3 at all, he just started school when he was 3.5 and didn't start in home therapy until he was almost 5) but wanted to say that I hope the transition is a smooth one. I know any transition can be hard on our kiddos.

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May 3rd, 2012, 10:40 PM
Adriana's Mommy's Avatar I <3 my kids
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My 2 1/2 year old transitioned to school about 5 months ago. He goes to a private developmental preschool and he has done wonderful there. The teachers are trained to work with children with special needs. He also gets therapy there as well. The teachers also do home visits to teach/show us what we need to do to avoid bad situations and to keep things the same as school, so it's easier on A.J.. Our goal is to keep therapy going 24/7.. Everyone needs to be on board..

My state is a bit different then yours.. My son will receive 22 hours of IBI therapy weekly(he'll have 2 therapists) and Speech therapy weekly up until he is 6 years old, same time every day.. Either at home or school. His schedule will stay the same, locations varies, depends on my work schedule. Since my son is an October baby, he gets and extra year before starting first grade, which means he'll be able to get IBI therapy until age 6.

As for how I cope.. I have the best support system.. I consult them when I have questions.

My advice is to check out all options. If you can do a private preschool, check them out.. See what they offer.. Do the same with the public school.. Good luck.. I hope when it's time for the big transition, it goes just as smooth as mine did..

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May 4th, 2012, 09:12 AM
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It was rough because of the change in personnel, routine, location, and presence of mommy. But life was good once he started taking the bus in the second week. That overrode all fears (pun not intended). He went from 15 hours of in-home loosely structured ABA with an hour each of OT and speech per week to 15 hours of a classroom setting minus the same amount of OT and speech (pulled out of class for those) plus 3 hours per week of a social skills class. He's made friends - especially the girls! - and has learned a ton of new language.

It meant more free time for me.

Best of luck

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May 4th, 2012, 10:37 AM
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Thank you! Jonesy will be going to an integrated public preschool in October. I'd been warned by some other moms that the level of therapy he will get will decrease quite a bit once he's there and the home visits stop. The program he will be in is from 9am-2pm which seems like a long day for a little guy. He's very social and has no problems with strangers so I think that won't be a problem for him. I'm worried about the drop in therapy and also losing my support system of EI / Building Blocks. Some mom's have suggested that I will need to continue therapy with him on my own more intensely to make up for the gap. I am considering quitting my job when he starts school (because I work nights- 4p-1a) and I feel like I should be with him when he gets home from school (plus otherwise I will never see him).
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