going away from Switzerland

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niceyes
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going away from Switzerland

Postby niceyes » Tue Jul 14, 2015 11:47 am

Hello to all,

I was unlucky my son was born in Switzerland.

At the age of 3 y.o. he was finally diagnosed with autism. I knew he was sort of different from the early age, but the pediatrician insisted to check if my son has brain tumor or/ and hydrocephalus. He wanted so much to explain all the symptoms by finding smth organic rather than thinking about autism.

Obviously. Switzerland is in the middle age time regarding autism. They can not diagnose. they do not understand how to teach the kids with autism. The health care professionals say that ABA is for dogs.

The insurance is paying for OT and logopedist 1 hour per week. The waiting list for the ABA therapist is 2 years and ABA is not covered by the insurance.

We are considering an option to move away from CH somewhere else where my son will have a future.

He is 3,5. French by citisenship, iQ is 89, non verbal, Understands English, Russian and a little bit of French. Has significant playful skills.

Can you give me a thought how it will be in USA.
From the perspective of parents who have an autistic boy in Switzerland USA is a holy land.

I desperately dont want him to be locked somewhere in a swiss institute for the rest of his life,

Santosg
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Re: going away from Switzerland

Postby Santosg » Wed Jul 15, 2015 4:03 am

The short answer to your question: depend on how much money you've got. Organizing a move to the US is going to take a lot of time--even if you are able to do it in 6 months--that's a long time for him to be without ABA. In addition, I think that one of the biggest problems you'd face is the job market and insurance.

Here's the ideal solution: allocate 15 to 30 thousand dollars for an au pair (depending on the specific arrangements you make, the cost of living in your particular community, etc). Post jobs for people who are going to be graduating or have recently graduated with a masters in ABA. As long as you can provide room and board, you'll find TONS of American ABA therapists who would jump at the chance to spend a year in Switzerland.

You might also want to advertise this arrangement in shorter time increments of 3 months. 3 months for 6 thouand dollars (provided that flight and housing/food are taken care of) will still find plenty of willing candidates. Again, I think you'll find plenty of very qualified applicants. The best part of this solution is that the therapist would be living in the house and a significant part of the day would be dedicated to ABA.

That's the optimal solution to your situation. The resources for ABA differ dramatically across the US. You need to really research the area you'd potential move to before making any decisions. We were fortunate to get 15 hours a week for my son since January and it has helped enormously. Given how well your son is doing otherwise, based on description, I would also strongly recommend looking into hyperbaric oxygen. Best of luck to you.

niceyes
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Re: going away from Switzerland

Postby niceyes » Thu Jul 16, 2015 2:19 am

Thank you, Santosg. Sounds pretty interesting. Never thought that Switzerland could be so excited to ABA graduates :shock:

myc
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Re: going away from Switzerland

Postby myc » Tue Jul 21, 2015 11:44 am

Im from Germany originally and Im shocked to hear that from you about Switzerland. .. I have no clue how Germany or Austria are when it comes to Autism support.. but maybe look into those countries first cause they are round the corner and language wise should be also evtl. easier to adjust...

niceyes
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Re: going away from Switzerland

Postby niceyes » Wed Jul 22, 2015 11:32 am

myc wrote:Im from Germany originally and Im shocked to hear that from you about Switzerland. ..

I am not imagining things.
It is truly a very rural country in terms of dealing with autism.
there are no people nor money resources to help your son . This phrase was thrown at us in the Zurich diagnostician and treatment of autism department.
We are paying taxes, but when we need help from the state - they say F*** OFF.
That's how the things are going in a very rich country.

niceyes
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Re: going away from Switzerland

Postby niceyes » Wed Jul 22, 2015 11:57 am

myc wrote: I have no clue how Germany or Austria are when it comes to Autism support.. but maybe look into those countries first cause they are round the corner and language wise should be also evtl. easier to adjust...

Recently I've found out that swiss authorities forbid au pair from non EU countries.
So, I guess I should search for ABA graduates in France or Germany....
Thanks for your thoughts, myc. I greatly appreciate.
Unfortunately, there is some support in Germany, but you have to have a private insurance.
My husband is IT specialist and he would not be paid in Germany as much as being able to have a private insurance for our son.
Do not know anything about Austria, btw,
Oh yes, regarding the language you are right :D :D :D


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