Full of questions today!
We have been given the opportunity to move interstate (a regional town) where husband will have employment.
I've done a bit of research and the area where husband proposes we move to does have good resources for children with autism.
Thing is, everyone around is advising us against a move saying it will severely hamper our three year old in that it will destabilise him and make him feel insecure and that this will affect his overall progress and probably set him back.
Yes, he does love the centre he’s at now but he’s not doing anything educational. He’s been left to run around and play on his own. Staff are not confident and they are not trained which they admit. However, I was being led to believe that my child was engaging with the other children and making friends but have learned via an on-site assessment recently that this is not so and we as parents want to be proactive with this early intervention and get somewhere with this.
They also point out that South Australia has the NDIS (which we are on) which is renewed every year whereas Qld has Helping Children with Autism plan which is less than half of what we’re getting now and it’s capped meaning that once you spend the money you are allocated (around $6K) that’s it.
The regional town husband wants to move to has an ABA therapy based centre, schools that cater for ASD, speech and occupational therapists we could directly go to without waiting. We’ve also been advised that if we are going to move that the best time is now before compulsory schooling kicks in.
Has anyone here been in a similar situation? Not sure whether to just cop it sweet and dig in or start planning for a move.