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Old 12.11.2018, 20:23
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Autism therapy and Invalidenversicherung for cross-border worker.

Hi everyone ,

Our son was diagnosed with Frühkindlicher Autismus last week. As many would imagine we are still in shock, in Z363;rich, we were recommended to get him 20 hours therapy per week. Since we live in the border with Germany in a very small place, there's no such therapies for our son, we have asked in some of the institutions in Basel , Aesch etc. And they said they don't take People who doesn't live in Switzerland since the therapies are payed by the Invalidenversicherung. My husband works since 13 years ago in Switzerland even we live in Germany, he has been paying Invalidenversicherung in Switzerland because is obligatory for cross-border workers too, so we are wondering if my son has the right to get the therapies in Switzerland with the IV his father has been paying.

I know that I would probably need to talk to a lawyer but anyways, just wanted to know if someone has experience with this or can make some recommendations.

Thank you

Dari.
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Re: Autism therapy and Invalidenversicherung for cross-border worker.

I’m so sorry that you’re struggling to sort this. I don’t have any advice on what your child is or isn’t entitled to, but happy to be a resource if you determine that you are eligible for services in CH. It is so incredibly overwhelming in the beginning, but I promise things get easier. We have been absolutely blown away by the level and amount of services that our son has received here. It’s been such a positive experience. BUT... the fight to get services was infuriating and nearly heart breaking. Persevere! You can do it!
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we are wondering if my son has the right to get the therapies in Switzerland with the IV his father has been paying
Unless your son was born in Switzerland, the answer is simply no. And even then, you must be resident in Switzerland.

What your husband pays is for your husband only, not the family.

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Re: Autism therapy and Invalidenversicherung for cross-border worker.

Dear Dar

I hope that you are doing better now in terms of understanding and finding strengths/ resources. I do not have an answer to your question, just wanted to tell you that, if you are searching for a therapist, you can contact me.

Best thoughts and kind regards to you and your family!

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Hi everyone ,

Our son was diagnosed with Frühkindlicher Autismus last week. As many would imagine we are still in shock, in Z363;rich, we were recommended to get him 20 hours therapy per week. Since we live in the border with Germany in a very small place, there's no such therapies for our son, we have asked in some of the institutions in Basel , Aesch etc. And they said they don't take People who doesn't live in Switzerland since the therapies are payed by the Invalidenversicherung. My husband works since 13 years ago in Switzerland even we live in Germany, he has been paying Invalidenversicherung in Switzerland because is obligatory for cross-border workers too, so we are wondering if my son has the right to get the therapies in Switzerland with the IV his father has been paying.

I know that I would probably need to talk to a lawyer but anyways, just wanted to know if someone has experience with this or can make some recommendations.

Thank you

Dari.
I can't help you on your Germany/Switzerland therapies issue, but what I can tell you for sure: don't panic, no reason to be in shock.

I have a family member who was diagnosed with some sort of autism that later demonstrated to be no problem whatsoever. Just a tiny number of people from the family knows about it and nobody can realize it. Some very minor signs are when the kid can alter from being very shy to extrovert to the point the kid strikes conversations with strangers. In fact it seems that this kid's autism is benign: super smart at school, knows all the capitals of the world and the capitals of the US states by heart, speaks almost fluent Spanish (mother tongue English), speaks basic Mandarin and just recently decided to study the Cyrillic alphabet out of nowhere to help deciding which eastern European language to study next. Also have razor-sharp mental math skills for the age and just last month was the champion of the school's "spelling bee" tournament and will go to the regional finals!

In other words, regardless of the level of autism of your son, be sure that with love he will be an awesome kid! Good Luck!
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Re: Autism therapy and Invalidenversicherung for cross-border worker.

Since you live in Germany, I would assume that you will need to figure out what therapies are available there. IV will only pay if the child is a resident of Switzerland.
A quick google brought up this: https://www.autismus-loerrach.de
Maybe they can help.
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IV will only pay if the child is a resident of Switzerland.
and even then only if either a Swiss citizen or born in Switzerland.

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Re: Autism therapy and Invalidenversicherung for cross-border worker.

foundations for learning have opened a Basel office. The new website is launched mid January. Here is the current website:

https://www.foundationsforlearning.ch/
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Re: Autism therapy and Invalidenversicherung for cross-border worker.

There is also the Melody Learning Center who provides ABA- this intensive form of therapy which is also applied in Zurich. Here is their site:

http://www.melodycenter.ch/

Even if the site name ends with ch, they are in Germany, but they also work with families in Basel. Hope it helps.
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