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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2009 8:31 pm    Post subject: Medical system in Canada Reply with quote

How is the medical system in Canada. It is free but is
it any good? How are the special schools ? Do the therapists come to
home to provide therapies at home or one has to go to hospitals?(In
Norway, the therapists come to provide therapies at home free of
charge) Is the health system overloaded? Is it difficult to get
appointments for therapies?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2009 11:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a saying, grass always looks greener on the other side of the fence. In my opinion, there is no autism perfect place yet. While the biggest and most significant difference has come from direct one on one intervention, home based play and work setup is essential. Any place that has a better support system for you, friends and family who want to learn or be a part of the program is an asset. There is definetly lots to learn, but can be done with books, workshops and mostly from the individuality of your own child. So the more time you spend with him / her, the more you will be able to individualize the needs. The recognition of childs strenghts and weaknesses helps in this process too.

Everywhere, there is a level of struggle when it comes to school integration. While there definitely are more educational oppurtunities for the school boards and staff, in the developed countries, my and other parents experience regarding this is that main acceptance comes from the teachers ability to emphathize and work along the parents as a team than the availability of the trainings and workshops. Sometimes there are real willingness on the staff side and if the parents are not ready to carry out some work habbits, system can still fall apart.

When considering a move for child's benefit, try to analyse the pros and cons.....your educational upgrades, finances for the meantime, availability of job, starting career from the scratch sometimes, loss of the existing support system, reevaluation of your childs diagnosis and needs by the doctors, psychologist, integration into the society, affects on the siblings etc. Some develped countries have medical and educational need coverage for the citizens / immigrants, some don't. Again there is a time period after which the services become affective and you have to be able to manage privately untill than.

There is more avalibility of technology help, general awareness, support groups but difference in cultural, religion and ethinic background has its influences too. A lot of humane / charitable events and help is thru churches and therefore is an issue to consider for non christians.

I am giving just my opinion and it might be different from others. My advice is to think where you can be more strong financially and emotionally, so you can handle the challanges together and move on to build an educated social circle for yourself and your child. That circle could just be the parents and a couple of workers or ideally a wonderful supportive extended family


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2009 11:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear Members,
lately some members are asking my opinion about migrating and I thought its going to be useful to dig this ols discussion and add some more to it to help families make smart choices.

I am in canada as most parents and members would know and I am struggling here as a new immigrant.There are some of my experiences which I would like to share here.I am working as a case manager with Dr saima and I do get to meet families and I know exactly what shazia meant by RED tape which she frequently referred to. Here the health is covered by government and we dont have access to therapists and specialists. for a speech language program for todlers the waiting period is around 10 to 12 months as there are hudreds of families waiting in the list to get that service for their child .for a developmental assessment of a child to assess him completely there is again a wait for around 8 months.You cannot go to any specialist straight away as the family doctors need to refer to these special many cases the family physicians dont even do the referrals.i know someone needing physiotherapy for her shoulder and everytime she goes to the doctor she is given some painkillers and not referred to a physiotherapist. so that is a regular trend here.We all know that how much early intervention is important and what we see here is a wait of years even before the child starts an intervention and you can imagine what a big loss that can be for a child ,ofcourse he will develop his own mecahnism for survival right or wrong .This is only one aspect of things here in canada.privately the services cost something like from 100 to 300 dollars per hour which is highly unaffordable. I have also heard some strange stories about therapists showing their knowledge is also not one of the best you expect.

This is only one aspect of things here,ofcourse,there is funding available for services but for that you need to get into a lot of legislations and legal battles. Apart from the services available for your child there are lot of other issues here.the divorce rate here is about 70% .reason being unemployment is very high people who have had stable jobs back home end up working at petrol pumps or other labour work because living is very expensive here and you need funds to pay bills.that does add lot of pressure to family life and the sort of comfort level we have in pakistan is no longer there.

And a very important factor is the lack of support pakistan there is family grand parents sisters friends and ofcourse servants so lot of things they take care of and you can focus more on the kids and their development and not worry about laundry grocery or cooking or can even take breaks and time off and leave he kids with other family members which is a big treat.

in pakistan if you can afford you can take your kids to any specialist as many times you want and you can train yourself and some may be high school or university students and can easily have a home based program without being answerable to anyone.there are no laws to ofcourse there are lot of plussed of being in can always get a a foreign consultant ,let him make a plan for you and then follow it at home.that is much more easier and comfortable for everyone. and very practical too.

but if anyone is getting an opportunity to migrate i will not really stop them because i know the conditions in pakistan are so bad atleast right now that i know everyone is looking for an opportunity to leave.I am just telling you some ground realities here and also in UK know its as bad as its here in canada the health department has lot of delays and and shortage of specialists.

You mak e your choice and make a smart one not only for your child but for everyone in the family.finances are a very big issue an dmake sure they are taken care of so that you dont have that big pressure on you.ofcourse here there is stability and law and order and lot of security which is a big problem in pakistan.electricity does not get off regularly but weather is a big problem.

hope it helps
saira salman
organizer autism meetup pakistan
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2009 11:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi I have posted some specific messages, but here are the links where others discussed and shared more on the same topics.
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