Surely this is a common issue! What the heck do you do? There are no public education preschools in my area, private only. DS1 receives services from the school district so they will pays portion of his preschool fees since he is supposed to go to school in order to receive services. only in order to go to preschool, he has to be potty trained. Facilities that are daycare oriented are the only ones that take non potty trained children. School starts in a month and there is no way it will happen by then, it hasn't happened in the past year. I am not even sure the preschool will want him now with his PPD-NOS dx, very small town, they will know and every other school has wait lists to the point where he wouldn't get in before K age anyway, he is 3 now. He is rapidly getting more quirkier by the day and more and more difficult to handle. This school is willing to take SN children if they can accomadate with minimal disruptions to other students because it is so small, they do not have the staff other wise.
In some ways I am sad about the actual label of PPD-NOS rather then classic autism because it limits our services. He was missing one social piece in the social category, more then enough to qualify in every other section. He does very well in one on one therapy/eval settings, real life is another story. He did ok at a Speech play group last spring that was like a preschool but he has certainly changed for the worse since, he barely functions in our own family these days.
There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way.