Need money for services or products…the new Gardiner Scholarship

Gardiner Scholarship offers $10,000 for special needs children education. Even if you homeschool! Find out more, how to apply and what you need to know.

Need Money for School…Mckay Scholarship

Does your child have an IEP or 504 in the state of Florida? Florida was the first state to implement a scholarship like McKay.  McKay allows for parents of special needs children to use funds allocated to the public school for private school tuition.  (you can use McKay to transfer to another public school asContinue reading “Need Money for School…Mckay Scholarship”

McKay Matrix

Using the McKay scholarship is one of the best ways to access private education for children with special needs.  The McKay is a great option because it is based on a students IEP created by the school and is not reliant on a medical diagnosis.  As parents getting enough money from McKay is key toContinue reading “McKay Matrix”

Scholarships for School

When deciding on a school for a typical child parents have a multitude of options.  Many parents use public schools but also use magnet and charter programs with in the public system.  Still traditional parents use private schools and home school options.  When trying to make decisions for my special needs child regarding school andContinue reading “Scholarships for School”

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!”

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”

Moms, does it get any easier?

Does it get any easier raising and fighting for a child that has special needs? From my veteran fighting moms….please tell me it does! In my recent experience this school year, shifting from public to private, I would say that it is not easier; it is different. Ways it changed: no more IEP meetings noContinue reading “Moms, does it get any easier?”

IEP, PBIB, ABA, OT, SLP… What does all this mean?

When you first realize that your child is struggling to develop at the same level as other children  their age,  you begin the early intervention process.  Little did you know that you would have to learn a new language: acronyms. Below is a list of acronyms that I have learned over the years working throughContinue reading “IEP, PBIB, ABA, OT, SLP… What does all this mean?”

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”

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”