After a couple of months of school it was obvious that Natalie was regressing. Many of her old behaviors were returning and things were becoming harder at home again. That is when I asked the school to evaluate her for ABA therapy. The first time around, it was determined by the school that she didn't need one, so I initiated an outside evaluation through our private insurance. Of course they found her eligible-- 40 hours a week eligible to be exact, so I pulled her out of school where she could receive those services in our home. However, I found it odd that the school found her ineligible when it was so obvious that she needs ABA and she was once again thriving. I decided to bring an advocate to another IEP meeting I called and asked that she be reevaluated. The school agreed, and after this second round of observations, the school found her eligible for a one on one aide trained in ABA therapy.
So now, Natalie is back at school with a one on one aide and then she receives about four hours of ABA therapy once she gets home and on Saturdays.