Hug, Kiss and High-Five

Affection and Autism Social/Emotional deficits are one of the three common domains that children on the spectrum or diagnosed with autism often struggle to understand.  Emotions can be difficult to read or display.  Some criticize people on the spectrum for their lack of personal and physical relationships.  Other family and friends worry about relationships, emotions…

Collaboration with private therapy and public education

Children with autism in my school district are often placed in ASD units within a self contained classroom or on the other end they have their services taken from them sometimes their entire IEP and parents have to fight for a 504 plan.  There seems to be very little in between in the public school….

Medicaid and CMS…you want to read this!

is it income based?!  I think I figured it out!!! Our family had a big win last month with notification that our son with autism was eligible for Florida’s Children’s Medical Services (CMS).  My mouth fell open, I jumped up and cheered.  It felt like hitting the lottery!  For years, our family has scrambled to…

WHY is getting Medicaid so…

unfortunately difficult?! BIG NEWS!  My son is now in the Medicaid Children’s Medical Services program of Florida Kid Care.  (I’m not even sure if this is the correct way to describe it).  This process was very confusing and lengthy.  There seem to be so many different parts or subgroups within the Medicaid program itself.  Just…

holy behavior plan, batman

Yesterday, I amended my son’s IEP and behavior plan.  It was another 2 hour meeting.  My last meeting was 2.5 hours and was to determine eligibility (the longest IEP…) At our last meeting, the behavior plan was so terrible that we had to agree to meet again to change it. A draft copy of the…

my 5 year old does laundry better than…

many adults! My 5 year old has ASD and has a great ability to do chores or activities that many can’t do at the same level.  He has an ability to observe an action or set of actions then repeat them.  He is able to create a system to complete the chore correctly and accurately…

It will get harder before it gets easier…

Tips for parents who struggle with behaviors and children who have limited language skills. Follow up to our January 1st meltdown over not being able to do the wash (laundry) at his time with his routine.  Max messed up his entire room in protest of not being able to put the soap in the machine….

I read a book! I need cliff notes for next time…

So, I read my first book dealing with autism from cover to cover!  I’m not going to lie, about 1/3rd of the way through when it started getting all technical I started to think…where are the cliff notes on this book?! So, this book is very helpful in the understanding of the type of applied…

FDLRS and Child Find: Finding Services through the public school system

Early Steps transitions to FDLRS or Child Find.   FDLRS stands for Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resources System.  FDLRS is a state-wide agency that provides various resources for children with developmental delays or special needs under the Federal law Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA).  If you visit the home site you can find the county…

life as a mother to a son with autism

Dear life, I didn’t see this one coming!  But, I laugh and smile.  You see life, you have a way of making things come full circle.  Back in the good `ole days, before kids and husbands; I would spend A LOT of time with some very cool women that are great friends.  They would have…