Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all those mom’s who advocate for their children! Keep going, keep fighting and be proud of the mom you have become.  We need you and your family needs you to keep working for a better life for your child and all the children and families that will come after you.  TheContinue reading “Happy Mother’s Day”

Special Thanks

  April is National Autism Awareness month and is most often jammed with events and fundraisers.  I went to several great events this month and wish I could have made it too more.  I also wish that we had months of autism awareness.  I wish the opportunities presented to my family in April were availableContinue reading “Special Thanks”

Step Up For Students Scholarship

This website, Step Up for Students,  provides two options for parents: low-income or special needs.  These two options should be considered when you are looking for alternative education plans for your special needs child.  The first choice most often is for the use of Mackay Scholarship.  Mackay is based on the student having an IEPContinue reading “Step Up For Students Scholarship”

WAIT! do not file intent with Mckay

Calm down!  Do not make this mistake. Do not file for intent to use the Mckay scholarship until you have completed your IEP re-evaluation and or end of year review where you can make sure all the lists of services and accommodations are on the IEP. McKay Scholarship is provided by the Florida Department ofContinue reading “WAIT! do not file intent with Mckay”

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”

HOPE

  Dear Parents with Children with Autism, I am writing you to reassure all parents out there that anything is possible for our children. It will be easy for doubt and uncertainty to run and rule your thoughts but stay strong.  Parents must keep fighting for their child(ren) and for the proper care necessary.  PleaseContinue reading “HOPE”

It’s time for VPK!

In the beginning of the year, we apply for the August start of the new school year.  We are planning eight months out!  So, as a mom of two this is actually my first time going through this process because my oldest had an IEP.  Because we were already in the preschool system with anContinue reading “It’s time for VPK!”

Grant Money Opportunities

Happy New Year!  Now, that 2018 has begun now is a great time to start researching and applying for grants for your child with autism or other diagnosis.   We want more money, more services and better care for our children with autism in 2018! I have researched the following grants and foundations.  Some I didContinue reading “Grant Money Opportunities”

Reviewing and Writing IEP Goals

We are half way through the school year. How is your child’s progress toward their goals on their IEP?  Do you have recent feedback and progress reports about how your student is progressing for the year?  Have you had a conference recently? If you are happy with your child’s progress; you should schedule an IEPContinue reading “Reviewing and Writing IEP Goals”

Sensitive Santa for the win!

We had a great experience at Sensitive Santa at Westshore Mall last weekend.  We’ve not always had the best experience and outcome with visiting Santa but were very happy with this years opportunity.  Last year we tried three different times all paid opportunities to get a family picture and picture with Santa.  All three times,Continue reading “Sensitive Santa for the win!”