5 Ways Public Schools Fail Special Needs Children

original blog post: How Schools Fail Special Needs Children In my original post regarding how the school system fails special needs children my primary focus was around communication.  Communication on multiple levels and capacities.  I have refined my list for five ways our public schools are failing special needs children. Thinking one size fits all … Continue reading 5 Ways Public Schools Fail Special Needs Children

Back to School: What to do when the Going Gets Tough

We are going on week two for school, really only day three come Monday and teachers have to hit the ground running teaching students how to follow rules, procedures and schedules then add the curriculum content and all the mandatory pre-testing, benchmark testing and assessing required.  I teach high school and am completely outnumbered and … Continue reading Back to School: What to do when the Going Gets Tough

Tips to Transition Back to School

Heading back to school this month?!  Florida schools are. When school starts, I feel that there is a lot of stress surrounding the event.  When you are starting a new school or even moving up a grade to a new teacher kids can be nervous, excited, scared or disinterested.  I started thinking about this topic … Continue reading Tips to Transition Back to School

504 and High School

This post is different from most because it relates to high school.  Ruthfulness has a primary focus on early intervention for parents and students but as a high school teacher, I get to see how teens and their parents handle or fail to handle their/(child's) special needs. Teachers, students, parents, and the community: A 504 … Continue reading 504 and High School

Ultimate Guide to Advocating

At my last IEP meeting I received a compliment from the compliance specialist in the district.   She has been in every IEP meeting this school year!  We had four meetings this year and she told me,   "I just want to thank you for being so thorough, detail oriented and prepared for each and … Continue reading Ultimate Guide to Advocating

Keeping an IEP after the Developmentally Delayed (DD) label is dropped when children turn 6.

When your child goes to Kindergarten they will age out of the Developmentally Delayed (DD) criteria of the IEP.  My son was classified DD and LI (language impaired) until this school year.  I knew what to expect within the process so I started in August and finished in January so that I could only have … Continue reading Keeping an IEP after the Developmentally Delayed (DD) label is dropped when children turn 6.

Transitioning to Kindergarten? Quick Tips to make your Transition a Success.

  Is your child graduating from Pre-K?!  It all happens so fast, you don't really think about it at the beginning of the year because it's still preschool then all of a sudden May comes and you get a graduation announcement!  My little guy is graduating from preschool and moving onto kindergarten.  No matter if … Continue reading Transitioning to Kindergarten? Quick Tips to make your Transition a Success.

Collaboration with private therapy and public education

Children with autism in my school district are often placed in ASD units within a self contained classroom or on the other end they have their services taken from them sometimes their entire IEP and parents have to fight for a 504 plan.  There seems to be very little in between in the public school. … Continue reading Collaboration with private therapy and public education

How to mentally prepare for an IEP meeting.

Having a child with special needs is a very emotional experience.  Having a child that is delayed or under performing at their age group is common and parents have to develop a plan for their child's success in life.  That brings in the school.  Schools are legally responsible for providing a free appropriate public education … Continue reading How to mentally prepare for an IEP meeting.