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 accuratelyContinue reading “my 5 year old does laundry better than…”

a reflection: alone with autism

Happy New Year! I was happy to celebrate at my Noon Years Eve party this year to bring in the 2017 year. Looking back over the holidays  and years I’m happy to be in this place.  I didn’t know how I would make it many days; even after the third day of winter break thisContinue reading “a reflection: alone with autism”

does the teacher complain about ..?

Does the teacher complain about your special needs child’s behavior? Stories and advice on what to do when problems arise at school. We have had our share of terrible stories about school and sadly everyone has a story or knows someone with a story.  My son was pretty much non-verbal in preschool.  This seemed toContinue reading “does the teacher complain about ..?”

How schools fail special needs children

Part 1 of a never-ending story!     Some of the ways that schools fail special needs children: communication, training, allowing good teachers to teach, involving parents, doing the right thing, honesty, paying professionals with  special education what they are worth, testing, lack of outside time, class size, providing resources to help parents at homeContinue reading “How schools fail special needs children”

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 countyContinue reading “FDLRS and Child Find: Finding Services through the public school system”

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