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!”

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”