Without giving too much private information about where my son attends school over the internet, I wanted to rave about an amazing pre-school.
My son has been attending an amazing school. The waiting list to get into this particular school is 2-3 years!
It is a private school (not funded by the state) and cost $20,000 per school year. Lucky I get a little bit of a discount so I don't have to pay for 100% of the cost.
So why is this school so amazing?
The whole school only has 36 children. Class sizes are about 12 kids and there is a one-to-two or a one-to-three ratio of adult to children. One Autism Specialist, two Autism Aides and three Autism Assistants work in each treatment-room. There is, also, a case manager, a full-time social worker, and a psychiatrist available.
Children are provided with speech therapy, occupational therapy, and/or adaptive physical education. They also have one of the best potty training programs in the country. The treatment methods used include discrete trial, TEACH, relationship interventions, KinderMusik and Greenspan's Floor-time, along with pre-school activities.
Kal'el has made awesome progress so far. He can spell his name, almost type it on the keyboard (the apostrophe keeps throwing him off) count to 20 and then say random numbers all the way up to 100. He knows his alphabet and is using the potty regularly.
I called this morning to make sure he was still on the waiting list for next school year.
Sensei Nate (Kal'el's karate teacher) has been working with Kal'el's preschool to help them with fundraising events and will be going into the classrooms to help out with lessons. Nate is a member of the Autism Council of Utah and has special OT training to work with children and adults with Autism, Down Syndrome, and other disorders as well as physical limitations, such as asthma and chronic pain.
We still have a long way to go with helping Kal'el "outgrow" Autism, but this amazing preschool along with karate lessons, musical instrumental lessons, and what I do at home to teach life skills has really helped.