Autism and the Tooth Fairy

I think he could care less…. the tooth fairy and autism; does my child really get it? After a long dental surgery to remove five teeth and do other repair work to my 8 year olds teeth, I thought he was finally ready for the tooth fiary. Well, it seems like it is not importantContinue reading “Autism and the Tooth Fairy”

Going to Gardiner

I just found out that we are eligibile for the Gardiner Scholarship. This is something I have thought about but never been in the right place educationally to apply and follow through with changing from the McKay to the Gardiner. My primary reason for switching is money. Unfortunely for many people with children with specialContinue reading “Going to Gardiner”

When you give in or fall off your child’s special diet

I gave in or fell off the special diet….not for myself(this time) but for my son. There is no good excuse. I just let it happen. In fact, I bought the box (well, 2 boxes now!) of cereal. Ask the mom of this child, a year ago or longer if she would have allowed thisContinue reading “When you give in or fall off your child’s special diet”

Back to School: establish an effective team for your special needs child

As we prepare for back to school in August.  We need to start thinking about how we want this school year to go in comparison to the previous or the multiple years prior.  Each year, whether in public or private school, students have a new teacher and often an entire new team of teachers.   TheContinue reading “Back to School: establish an effective team for your special needs child”

All Day VPK

Parents in Pinellas! Please read, call with questions, and apply immediately if interested in the all day VPK opportunity from the Early Learning Coalition.  When I saw the VPK all day option a few days ago, I was so excited to see a real community need being addressed.   The VPK voucher is for about threeContinue reading “All Day VPK”

Teacher Truth, Mom Truth

There is a saying in education.  OH, are you one of those public school teachers that puts their kid in private school?! Truth is…. Absolutely, I would and I did.  I am a public school teacher that will put her children in any school or program that meets their needs. Yes, I have placed my sonContinue reading “Teacher Truth, Mom Truth”

Keeping an IEP after the Developmentally Delayed (DD) label is dropped when children turn 6.

When your child goes to Kindergarten they will age out of the Developmentally Delayed (DD) criteria of the IEP.  My son was classified DD and LI (language impaired) until this school year.  I knew what to expect within the process so I started in August and finished in January so that I could only haveContinue reading “Keeping an IEP after the Developmentally Delayed (DD) label is dropped when children turn 6.”

The importance of a medical diagnosis…

As parents we often have a large fear about diagnosing our children.  We don’t want to harm our children in any way or make the outside world treat them differently.  We think that a label with define him or her indefinitely in life. So, why is the medical diagnosis so important insurance developing an IEP/504Continue reading “The importance of a medical diagnosis…”

the longest IEP meeting of my life!

IEP re-evaluation and eligibility determination   my meeting was from 2:30 to 5pm! This time of year is key for parents of pre-k students or students getting ready for kindergarten.  When a student is first eligible for services with the school they are most often labelled DD for developmentally delayed.  This label drops by ageContinue reading “the longest IEP meeting of my life!”