Ryan and I have recently started agonizing about what to do with Will. While he's made some improvements, he's still so far behind where he needs to be for a kiddo his age. We are sure that the 3 hours of instruction he's getting per day now is not intensive enough to really make a difference. Couple that with all the insurance hassles over his speech therapy and it's become a real source of stress.
We've been looking into putting him in private school that might better deal with his issues, but at a cost of anywhere between $15,000-40,000 per year, that's a lot to deal with, especially since our bank account is quickly decreasing and both Ryan and I are currently unemployed with no real job prospects on the horizon.
Well, I got a call yesterday from Will's teacher and she asked if I could come by Will's school. It's never good news is it when a teacher wants to speak with you in person? I just happened to be home and available yesterday because Ryan ended up getting sick with some sort of stomach bug (hence, no bar review which was about all the stress I could handle for one day). Will's teacher informed me that she thinks it would be a good idea for Will to transfer into Frisco ISD's TLC program, which is an intensive, full day (8a - 2pm) language-based program fro kiddos like Will. Without being able to call it such, it's the autism classroom. My heart sunk, because this is yet another confirmation for us that Will has got some serious issues (not that we're in denial - it just never helps to be reminded of them) and that he's not ready to be in a "normal" class.
The plan is to transition him into a new room before year's end - we'll see how quickly we can get that done. No doubt this will be an adjustment for us all, but we're excited about the possibilities this will provide for Will. I think he'll finally be receiving services similar to those he was receiving in Buffalo, and that makes us happy! Talking about answered prayers though - this alleviates the need to incur the expense of putting Will in private school, and will also affect the need to continue private speech therapy services once he's in the new program. So overall, good news!