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

Why do you get help…

...and my more medically complicated child gets none?! Over the last week or so, the questions and concerns have been made regarding assistance for children with autism that have complex medical needs.  Why are some families qualifying and others not?  What is the missing piece? The information that started the discussion was about Medicaid.  Our … Continue reading Why do you get help…

Medicaid and CMS…you want to read this!

is it income based?!  I think I figured it out!!! Our family had a big win last month with notification that our son with autism was eligible for Florida's Children's Medical Services (CMS).  My mouth fell open, I jumped up and cheered.  It felt like hitting the lottery!  For years, our family has scrambled to … Continue reading Medicaid and CMS…you want to read this!

WHY is getting Medicaid so…

unfortunately difficult?! BIG NEWS!  My son is now in the Medicaid Children's Medical Services program of Florida Kid Care.  (I'm not even sure if this is the correct way to describe it).  This process was very confusing and lengthy.  There seem to be so many different parts or subgroups within the Medicaid program itself.  Just … Continue reading WHY is getting Medicaid so…

life as a mother to a son with autism

Dear life, I didn't see this one coming!  But, I laugh and smile.  You see life, you have a way of making things come full circle.  Back in the good `ole days, before kids and husbands; I would spend A LOT of time with some very cool women that are great friends.  They would have … Continue reading life as a mother to a son with autism