Going to Gardiner

I just found out that we are eligibile for the Gardiner Scholarship. This is something I have thought about but never been in the right place educationally to apply and follow through with changing from the McKay to the Gardiner. My primary reason for switching is money. Unfortunely for many people with children with specialContinue reading “Going to Gardiner”

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”

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 itContinue reading “Getting Approval… Medical Grant for Autism Services”

File Intent for the McKay Scholarship

The deadline to file for intent to use the McKay Scholarship is July 3, 2017 for the 2017-2018 100% award amount.  Parents have to file for intent by July but the paperwork for admission and enrollment at their private school by August 2nd. Just because you file intent does not mean that you have toContinue reading “File Intent for the McKay Scholarship”

FDLRS and Child Find: Finding Services through the public school system

Early Steps transitions to FDLRS or Child Find.   FDLRS stands for Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resources System.  FDLRS is a state-wide agency that provides various resources for children with developmental delays or special needs under the Federal law Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA).  If you visit the home site you can find the countyContinue reading “FDLRS and Child Find: Finding Services through the public school system”

When I noticed my son was different

At around the age of 2, I noticed my son  wasn’t doing the same things as my friends sons were doing.  He didn’t have the language, play skills or eye contact that the other children had.  He seemed to be in his own world, he  just wanted to watch and play with himself.  He wasContinue reading “When I noticed my son was different”

mommy stress keeping you up?

WOW! Do you ever have those feelings where you are actually looking forward to going to work in the morning.  And if only it was time to be up and get ready for the day. That’s how I feel today at 2am.  I cannot sleep, I am having real mommy stress.  I had no ideaContinue reading “mommy stress keeping you up?”

Doing what’s best for your child….the teacher or the mom?

Update to a post first written 2 years ago! So, I gave some damn good advice there!  And I even followed my own advice!  In two years, we have completed the diagnosis process as well as the early intervention process to enter into an IEP and public schools.  Now, we are fine tuning therapy andContinue reading “Doing what’s best for your child….the teacher or the mom?”