She’s here!

Those of you that follow our family journey, we are happy to announce that our family grew by one very beautiful baby girl! Vanessa Faye was born Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 1:43 pm and weighted 7 lbs and 12 oz. Photo credit:  Pierce Brunson Photography   We’ve never been one for family names butContinue reading “She’s here!”

You’re not alone

My message to you for 2019. As 2019 brings several huge events and major achievements, I want to focus on what I want others to know and learn from Ruthfulness this year.  This year, my story and journey of early intervention and autism will be published.  I’ve had to reread and relive the pain ofContinue reading “You’re not alone”

My best wishes for all autism families in 2019!

Happy New Year! Sending positive thoughts to each of you for 2019. As January has arrived it is time to renew or apply for very important paperwork. In Florida, Florida kid care or healthy kids insurance needs to be renewed. If you so not have any government insurance for your child with autism I wouldContinue reading “My best wishes for all autism families in 2019!”

Did you move your elf on the shelf?

only a few more nights! for me….   I never moved the elf in the house!  I never had an elf in the house! Why I don’t elf on the shelf….  I have enough commitments–  this time of year is one of my favorites because of how it is traditionally centered around family and kids. Continue reading “Did you move your elf on the shelf?”

I have a child with autism, if I have another baby…

will my baby have autism? If you have more than one child, do you have more than one child with autism? What’s the likelihood that I will have a second child with autism, if my first child has autism? How likely is it to have a second child with autism? Is it selfish to notContinue reading “I have a child with autism, if I have another baby…”

October is the month my son became verbal

Happy Anniversary to language! A year ago, my 5 year old (soon to turn 6) became verbal!  It’s been a year since we’ve seen a huge jump in language and speech.  I remember the days of one sound/syllable and so much quiet time from him.  I remember the blank looks on his face and theContinue reading “October is the month my son became verbal”

Back to School: establish an effective team for your special needs child

As we prepare for back to school in August.  We need to start thinking about how we want this school year to go in comparison to the previous or the multiple years prior.  Each year, whether in public or private school, students have a new teacher and often an entire new team of teachers.   TheContinue reading “Back to School: establish an effective team for your special needs child”

Growing Up Fast

I’ve been pretty quiet this summer because I’m been much more reflective of the level of growth from my son.  Although, we have our moments of struggle where we really see autism; we have seen so much growth.   I’ve had moments in the past when I thought that my son may not every talk toContinue reading “Growing Up Fast”

Summer Swim Safety

In May, one year ago, my son could not swim.  He loved the water but if he jumped in, he would sink to the bottom like a heavy rock! With summer approaching and a holiday weekend, many families have picnics and fun gatherings.  One of the most common concerns with children with autism is wandering. Continue reading “Summer Swim Safety”

Summer Camps

What a nightmare!  Finding a summer camp for a typical child can be difficult; then add a child under 5 that has a developmental delay or a diagnosed condition.  I dream about the day that early intervention is really supported and funded so that children under 5 that are placed in the public school programsContinue reading “Summer Camps”