The BIG issue is that there are no services for Jupiter, my non verbal 11 year old with autism. There are the potential for services but no staff and I was just told that it is historically difficult to get staff up here and for icing on the cake, the lead staff is moving. So unless someone with lots of ABA experience and a BA wants to come take over, Aptitude Habilitation is looking for a lead staff in this area!
So, the hunt begins for a new place to call home. We are thinking the Bremerton/ Silverdale area which is about an hour south east of us. We are not in a huge hurry but Jupiter needs more than just school. The town is surrounded by water and the mountains will still be in view.
We will be able to ride a ferry to Seattle that only takes about an hour and Sam, the oldest spawn, will be able to go and explore, which I am so excited about! It could open up job opportunities as well.
The services that I hope to get for Jupiter would be through Easter Seals. We had a fabulous experience with Easter Seals in Iowa. In Silverdale they have an autism center, respite, camp, and ABA. Fingers and toes crossed that they take his insurance and don't have a long wait list. I should find out tomorrow. If not, the search will continue in the Seattle, Tacoma and Olympia areas.
I am staying open minded and flexible. We will find something better, I have no doubt and as long as we have each other, we are golden!
As an aside, I watched The Secret Life of Walter Mitty last night and it was fantastic. A little predictable but a feel good movie with an excellent soundtrack. My oldest spawn just ordered a longboard and I can't wait to practice on it!
Change, embrace it and have a good soundtrack!!
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