A letter to Jace’s mom

Dear Jace’s mom (or dad), Hi, I’m Max’s mom, I wanted to write to you to introduce myself and thank you for your son’s friendship. I know that we don’t know each other and our paths don’t cross but for the first time in my son’s life he is talking about a friend at home.YouContinue reading “A letter to Jace’s mom”

McKay Matrix

Using the McKay scholarship is one of the best ways to access private education for children with special needs.  The McKay is a great option because it is based on a students IEP created by the school and is not reliant on a medical diagnosis.  As parents getting enough money from McKay is key toContinue reading “McKay Matrix”

Autism Awareness or Celebrate Autism?

April 2nd is autism awareness day all over the world. Just this week I read an amazing article written in 2017 and published on Huffpost about how we should bring awareness by honoring our own spectrum children instead of celebrating just the success cases. huffpost: Let’s start honoring people with autism by stopping the celebrationContinue reading “Autism Awareness or Celebrate Autism?”

Apply for scholarships

Its scholarship season! Are you looking at sending a preschool student to kindergarten next year or unhappy at your current school? Now is the time to apply for scholarships for next school year. The two largest scholarships for special needs students are McKay and Gardiner. Two income based scholarships are Florida Tax Credit scholarship throughContinue reading “Apply for scholarships”

She’s here!

Those of you that follow our family journey, we are happy to announce that our family grew by one very beautiful baby girl! Vanessa Faye was born Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 1:43 pm and weighted 7 lbs and 12 oz. Photo credit:  Pierce Brunson Photography   We’ve never been one for family names butContinue reading “She’s here!”

Scholarships for School

When deciding on a school for a typical child parents have a multitude of options.  Many parents use public schools but also use magnet and charter programs with in the public system.  Still traditional parents use private schools and home school options.  When trying to make decisions for my special needs child regarding school andContinue reading “Scholarships for School”

You’re not alone

My message to you for 2019. As 2019 brings several huge events and major achievements, I want to focus on what I want others to know and learn from Ruthfulness this year.  This year, my story and journey of early intervention and autism will be published.  I’ve had to reread and relive the pain ofContinue reading “You’re not alone”

My best wishes for all autism families in 2019!

Happy New Year! Sending positive thoughts to each of you for 2019. As January has arrived it is time to renew or apply for very important paperwork. In Florida, Florida kid care or healthy kids insurance needs to be renewed. If you so not have any government insurance for your child with autism I wouldContinue reading “My best wishes for all autism families in 2019!”

Did you move your elf on the shelf?

only a few more nights! for me….   I never moved the elf in the house!  I never had an elf in the house! Why I don’t elf on the shelf….  I have enough commitments–  this time of year is one of my favorites because of how it is traditionally centered around family and kids. Continue reading “Did you move your elf on the shelf?”

I have a child with autism, if I have another baby…

will my baby have autism? If you have more than one child, do you have more than one child with autism? What’s the likelihood that I will have a second child with autism, if my first child has autism? How likely is it to have a second child with autism? Is it selfish to notContinue reading “I have a child with autism, if I have another baby…”