One of the things that I have been most nervous about the move, OK, more like THE ONE THING that has given me a good bit of anxiety is the program for The Boy in the state/county/school where we will be. You just never know what you are walking into, even with a diagnosis and an IEP in hand. You may remember that I had spoken with someone who worked in a county a good bit away from where we were who said they didn’t have a resource room to speak of, and didn’t have any aides in the rooms with the kids. Considering that The Boy spends a good amount in his resource room, I got a bit panicky about what I was going to be subjecting him to.
I had put out some feelers through some contacts with the state Autism Society, and hadn’t really been able to connect with anyone, until this weekend. I finally got in contact with some parents who run the local chapter, and was able to speak on the phone with one lady who was able to give me some insight, at least into her experience. She had also moved into the area a year and a half ago, and has a son that is very close in age to The Boy. She was able to allay my fears a bit, and let me know about how much their little chapter has been accomplishing. Not only was I relieved, but I also began to get a little excited. Here is a group that is actually making positive change in the community for kids on the spectrum, and providing opportunities, and even a summer day camp! YES! Exactly what I was hoping for.
Not to mention that this group is a way for us to meet people like us, which will be one of the most difficult parts of the transition for both The Boy and I, making new friends. I often complain about talking to people on the phone, but this time, I am sooo glad I did.