Ruthfulness released on Amazon

My published story about how we navigated the early intervention system, suffered hardships, accepted autism and overcame so many struggles. We have become a family that stands for education, access and advocacy. I want you to know that you are not alone on your journey as a parent with a child on the spectrum. Amazon … Continue reading Ruthfulness released on Amazon

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?

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 in … Continue reading Marriage and Autism

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 my … Continue reading Stressful September

A Sensory Friendly Guide to Sea World

Sea World (Orlando) has been awesome for our family!  Sea World gives out teacher passes to all state educators and we take advantage of going at least once a year.  The other great deal is that from year to year Busch Gardens and Sea World offer a preschool pass, the pass gives children five and … Continue reading A Sensory Friendly Guide to Sea World

Getting Approval… Medical Grant for Autism Services

  I wanted to come back to this post about our Medical Grant from United Healthcare Children's Foundation.  I started the grant search process almost a year ago.  We applied and were approved in September of 2016 and had a year to spend the $2,000. We didn't need long to spend the money but it … Continue reading Getting Approval… Medical Grant for Autism Services

Sensory Friendly Movies

Saturday, I took the kids to see their first movie! We went to a sensory friendly movie at a Cobb Luxury Theater.  It was full of experience for sure.  I called to confirm about the sensory friendly environment after finding out from my ABA therapist.  It was advertised to have lower volume, more light and … Continue reading Sensory Friendly Movies

Hug, Kiss and High-Five

Affection and Autism Social/Emotional deficits are one of the three common domains that children on the spectrum or diagnosed with autism often struggle to understand.  Emotions can be difficult to read or display.  Some criticize people on the spectrum for their lack of personal and physical relationships.  Other family and friends worry about relationships, emotions … Continue reading Hug, Kiss and High-Five

Having High Expectations for your Special Needs Child

Over the last few weeks, our family has continued to try the "reality check" for our growth and our child's growth.  Personally, over the spring break week, I put in some time with my husband making plans, create ideas and making a list of goals to accomplish by September. Our family is making a commitment … Continue reading Having High Expectations for your Special Needs Child