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Mon, 09-29-2003 - 4:57am
Hi i'm genrally a lurker, i have a ds who is 3. He will be 4 in NOV. He was dx about a year and a half ago. We are in the proceess of moving to Oklahoma city. We are millitary and have been in Germany for 4 years. So i have no idea in what to expect with the school system in the states. DS gose to a pre-school for children with disabilities. Is that what is available in the states? I would hate the fact that my son is going to have to wait until he's 5 to go to school. I would think that he would regress a whole lot. Plus if any one from oklahoma city. To let me know what to expect I would apreciate it. Thanks

kirsten

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Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: dkdvrk
Tue, 09-30-2003 - 12:00am

Hmmm. I don't know Oklahoma City in particular (though I visited there this summer.

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Registered: 05-24-2003
In reply to: dkdvrk
Tue, 09-30-2003 - 9:27am
Kirsten--

My daughter is 3 1/2, will be four in April. We lived in Dallas up until she was two and her ENT refferred her to Early Intervention. That is a program provided by the states to assess your child and get them the intervention they need. We moved a month later to Utah, and they took over. She has been officially labeled as Developementally Delayed, although she shows signs of PDDNOS. She has been placed in a regular preschool class at a local elementary school, and she has aides and therapists that come in and work with her. She has a special ed file, etc.

My question to you is since you are in the military, who is it that is providing these benefits now? Since you will remain in the military once you are in OKC, i would assume if it is the military providing them, they will continue and that is who i would contact.

I think it was Bush who signed over the "No child left behind" act. So, your child should recieve benefits through your local school district if not through the military. I would make sure you get a copy of all his records, IEPs, etc before you leave and start following up as soon as you get here. The sooner you can make contacts, the better.

Helen

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Registered: 03-28-2003
In reply to: dkdvrk
Tue, 09-30-2003 - 12:49pm
Hi, I just wanted to pipe in and say I'm a product of DoDDS. I lived in Germany for 9 years total and graduated out of Wurzburg. Obviously, I'd been to schools everywhere, but DoDDS were always the best. The best teachers, the best behaved kids. I hope it's still the same. Anyway, I called up the school district and asked for early intervention. With her plan though, she only got one hour of speech a week. I had her in private preschool 3 days a week. Our school districts here in Oregon are impoverished and services are floundering to stay afloat. I don't know if it's like this everywhere. My advice is to be the squeaky wheel. I had to 'remind' them that my daughter needs OT...how they missed that, I don't know.
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Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: dkdvrk
Tue, 09-30-2003 - 1:22pm
Hi there. We are Navy, currently stationed in Upstate NY. My son is 7yo, PDDNOS, ADHD, partially deaf, and unofficially bipolar. The hearing loss was dx'd at age 3, the rest came just last summer right after he had turned 6yo. He is now in 2nd grade, mainstreamed, with speech therapy and a teacher of the hearing impaired (both of which he gets pulled from the class for).

Military insurance hasn't been that much of a help here for us. Hearing aides? We were told to apply thru the STATE first, then when/if we got denied, they would then consider it. A 4yo, who needs heairing aides, and we had to apply for state - even tho we had insurance?! (worst part was, we qualified for state assistance! lol) Tristan's therapies are covered by the school district with no cost to us.

When he was 3-5yrs old, he was in preschools (we moved from CT to NY during that time). They were absolutely fantastic, too. Geared towards special needs kids, but socially integrated to include both special needs and NT kids. Again, we applied for these, and they never cost us a cent (nor our insurance). The one in CT was run thru a school district and was at the elementary school near us. The one here in NY had a certain number of slots available for the special needs kids for "scholarships," and we received his schooling that way. (My daughter, who is NT, also attended a local pre-K at the local YMCA, which was partially run thru the school district, and that didn't cost, either. Look around once you get to OK City, as I am sure these types of programs are all over the country.)

One thing you could try to do is contact the Oklahoma State Board of Education, and find out their policies on this. Explain your situation (military, currently overseas) and ask all questions that you have. They should be able to answer them.

I hope the info helped a little! :)

~Carrie

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Registered: 06-26-2003
In reply to: dkdvrk
Thu, 10-02-2003 - 2:36am
ok this will be my third attemp in wrighting a response to all of you. My internet seems to be a little funky. Oh well.

The military covers all of DS needs now. But ony becuse we are over seas. Once we get to the states we will need to use what is localy avaliable to us. That was one of the reasons that we got Oklahoma city. Needless to say it isn't our choice. Plus there sending Dh to a job were he will be gone 6-months out of the year at any given time. We are realy upset about that. I degress. I plan on contacting the school distric as soon as we have "hard copies" of or orders. The last time i made plans they were taken away form us. I was wondering if there was a better district then others, and if they are helpfull of so i need to be that difficult parent. lol

kirsten

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Registered: 07-11-2003
In reply to: dkdvrk
Thu, 10-02-2003 - 7:58am

Kristen, good to see you!


I did some checking around and came up with a few links and phone numbers for you. Here's the links :


http://www.asofok.org/index.html

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Registered: 06-26-2003
In reply to: dkdvrk
Thu, 10-02-2003 - 10:39am
Here is my e-mail

kddvrk@msn.com

Thanks for the info. I will be calling them to get some information.