Sensory Friendly Review of the Georgia Aquarium

We traveled and visited family in Georgia for Thanksgiving.  We heard how amazing the Aquarium was and wanted to take our kids.  I just thought about how much my daughter would love the sharks and whales.  I didn’t think, stress or worry about my son with autism and how he may or may not enjoyContinue reading “Sensory Friendly Review of the Georgia Aquarium”

The Frustration in Dealing with Autism

The frustration of being a parent to a child with autism is real.  It’s a whole new level of frustration at so many things.  Let me count the things and people I’m frustrated with in just the last few days… the school for not communicating what’s really happening regarding my son’s behavior myself; for notContinue reading “The Frustration in Dealing with Autism”

Access to Early Education

In a recent Sunday paper from the Tampa Bay Times, I came across an article titled “By age 3, rich kids attend school; poor kids stay with grandparent”.  I only saw the article because I was looking at the picture of the dinosaur bones on that page because my daughter was so excited about DinosaurContinue reading “Access to Early Education”

Happy Birthday!

Dear Maximus, Happy Birthday!  You have changed my life forever.  Not only did you make me a mother but you made me the most determined mother to fight for you and create a vehicle to continue growing to advocate for others.  You are more than you know and will be greater than what others expect. Continue reading “Happy Birthday!”

Marriage and Autism

The topic of marriage is always a discussion that leads to statistic rates and normally includes a discussion of divorce.  I have written about divorce, autism and denial before and understand the reality that divorce is far too common among couples who have a child with autism or special needs child. I recently read inContinue reading “Marriage and Autism”

Trick or Treat

Tips and Tricks this Halloween  Trick or Treating with small children with autism Have a child under 5 that is developmentally delayed or have a child with diagnosed autism?  Here are my five tips and tricks for this Halloween when going trick or treating. Comfort and liking the costume First, the child must be comfortableContinue reading “Trick or Treat”

A Letter to Myself

Dear Ruth, It’s been a real tough journey over the last year and three years.  You have hung in there well but you cannot keep this pace.  Ruth, you are so strong and Max is so lucky to have you fight for him.  At times, I didn’t know if you or I would make it;Continue reading “A Letter to Myself”

Stressful September

Well, I am so very excited that September is on it’s last day! I rarely write on Ruthfulness about topics that don’t relate directly to education, access and advocating for autism and early intervention.  But, we are one year in!  Happy Anniversary to Ruthfulness.  It has been a year since I started publicly sharing myContinue reading “Stressful September”

Sensory Friendly Guide to Hurricanes

A little humor to go along with the stress and mess of Hurricane Irma! By the fifth and sixth of September, most Floridians were in serious Hurricane supply and stock up mode.  It went from a calm and fun Labor Day weekend to a straight havoc and mayhem!  Monday, no work and holiday.  Tuesday, everyoneContinue reading “Sensory Friendly Guide to Hurricanes”

5 Ways Public Schools Fail Special Needs Children

original blog post: How Schools Fail Special Needs Children In my original post regarding how the school system fails special needs children my primary focus was around communication.  Communication on multiple levels and capacities.  I have refined my list for five ways our public schools are failing special needs children. Thinking one size fits allContinue reading “5 Ways Public Schools Fail Special Needs Children”