thank you all so much. you've given me tremendous support and some great ideas for resources. misslily - i'm so hopeful after reading about how you got through the hearing loss.
mm (or others) - can i trouble you with some specific Qs re: ABA? i think we're on the right track to lining up ST and OT, but i'm really anxious about finding an ABA therapist to come to his school with him. we will be in the town of cohasset in the fall and he's enrolled in a private montessori. i'm going to research whether cohasset has a public preschool program that would get him the ABA services and IEP (thanks for the suggestion!) (though he doesn't turn 3 until Nov, so i don't think he's eligible this year - is that right?), but if public school isn't an option, i am on my own finding a therapist to go to Montessori with him. MGH gave us a list of agency providers, but warned us that there are long waitlists. did you go through this and are there other sources for therapists? i have calls into every agency and haven't heard back yet, but i'm panicking - b/c DS at a montessori without a therapist is going to be a disaster based on his issues (non-functional play, focus on parts of toys, spinning toys/objects in his hands rather than pretend play - seemingly getting worse every day, but probably just b/c i'm hyper-aware of it now). no matter where we send him, montessori or not, we need the ABA therapy - and this seems like the most important part of the "treatment".
THANK YOU ALL.