When we first moved up to Washington, Simon had already been in Early Intervention in San Diego for a couple of months (I’m actually still in touch with his speech therapist from back then). Within a week of arriving here, I was on the phone with a new Early Intervention provider and had Simon started with his first evaluations in September of 2014. He had just turned two and George was just eight months old.
Now, 27 months later, our Early Intervention journey is coming to an end. Simon, of course, aged out when he turned three last year. George will be turning three in early January, so we’re in the process of finalizing his transition from Early Intervention to the developmental preschool through the school district, where Simon is currently enrolled.
It’s all very bittersweet. Between the two boys, we’ve had three speech therapists, three OTs, and more Infant Educators than I can even remember (at least four, maybe five), plus George’s in-home ABA provider and assorted assistants and co-op teachers. Nearly every week except for holiday breaks, we’ve had at least one therapist coming to our house to work with our boys. And now those visits are going to be stopping. (Well, Simon still gets in-home OT, but it’s not through the Early Intervention company and I’m not real thrilled with it anyway, so…)
The thing is is that I would love to have them still be able to have in-home therapies, especially in-home ABA, but because of their insurance (Medicaid), the waitlists are astronomically long. Years long, and I am not exaggerating that at all.
I’m feeling very stressed about the boys’ futures right now in general. I am terrified about what is going to happen to their insurance and their education under the incoming presidential administration. I am scared that I am not going to be able to get them the help and the services that they need in these formative years. I’m just really scared.
As we prepare to move Georgie into preschool, I find I’m surprisingly emotional about leaving the Early Intervention nest once and for all. We are going to miss the therapists a great deal. George, especially, is going to take the loss of his ABA therapist particularly hard. Both boys did so great in EI and Simon is doing great in preschool, but I am worried about how George is going to do away from the EI safety net, because he is such a unique child and hard to categorize.
Anyway, just very worried and emotional right now. It’s a hard transition. George will handle it with all the exuberance and temper tantrums that we’ve come to expect from him. I, however, am not handling it as well.