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”

need money for school?

Do you have a child that needs money for a specialized school? Many states have scholarships for children with special needs or families with low income.   I always thought my kids would all go to the same school and that that school would be our zoned public school.  My husband and I both attended publicContinue reading “need money for school?”

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?”

Teacher Truth, Mom Truth

There is a saying in education.  OH, are you one of those public school teachers that puts their kid in private school?! Truth is…. Absolutely, I would and I did.  I am a public school teacher that will put her children in any school or program that meets their needs. Yes, I have placed my sonContinue reading “Teacher Truth, Mom Truth”

It’s time for VPK!

In the beginning of the year, we apply for the August start of the new school year.  We are planning eight months out!  So, as a mom of two this is actually my first time going through this process because my oldest had an IEP.  Because we were already in the preschool system with anContinue reading “It’s time for VPK!”

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”

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”

The serious business about the 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 “The serious business about the McKay Scholarship”

10 reasons why health insurance sucks

SIGH you need it… health insurance   There are so many issues with insurance I’m still not sure where to start writing! 10 reasons why health insurance sucks   you don’t have coverage high deductibles high co pays small networks of doctors high premiums denied claims unpaid claims documenting spending account transactions a diagnosis communicationContinue reading “10 reasons why health insurance sucks”

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”