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 special … Continue 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 this … Continue 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.   The … Continue reading Back to School: establish an effective team for your special needs child

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 son … Continue 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 have … Continue 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/504 … Continue 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 age … Continue reading the longest IEP meeting of my life!