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?”

Step Up For Students Scholarship

This website, Step Up for Students,  provides two options for parents: low-income or special needs.  These two options should be considered when you are looking for alternative education plans for your special needs child.  The first choice most often is for the use of Mackay Scholarship.  Mackay is based on the student having an IEPContinue reading “Step Up For Students Scholarship”

WAIT! do not file intent with Mckay

Calm down!  Do not make this mistake. Do not file for intent to use the Mckay scholarship until you have completed your IEP re-evaluation and or end of year review where you can make sure all the lists of services and accommodations are on the IEP. McKay Scholarship is provided by the Florida Department ofContinue reading “WAIT! do not file intent with Mckay”

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!”

The Frustration in Dealing with Autism

The frustration of being a parent to a child with autism is real.  It’s a whole new level of frustration at so many things.  Let me count the things and people I’m frustrated with in just the last few days… the school for not communicating what’s really happening regarding my son’s behavior myself; for notContinue reading “The Frustration in Dealing with Autism”

Access to Early Education

In a recent Sunday paper from the Tampa Bay Times, I came across an article titled “By age 3, rich kids attend school; poor kids stay with grandparent”.  I only saw the article because I was looking at the picture of the dinosaur bones on that page because my daughter was so excited about DinosaurContinue reading “Access to Early Education”

Stressful September

Well, I am so very excited that September is on it’s last day! I rarely write on Ruthfulness about topics that don’t relate directly to education, access and advocating for autism and early intervention.  But, we are one year in!  Happy Anniversary to Ruthfulness.  It has been a year since I started publicly sharing myContinue reading “Stressful September”

Stop Classroom Behavior Charts

I already dislike behavior charts that rank or rate children based on a color wheel and was planning to write this post all week.  Then Friday evening I hear my (typical) daughter playing with her toys in the bathtub.   She is playing and then I hear her say, “You have to be nice orContinue reading “Stop Classroom Behavior Charts”

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 andContinue reading “Back to School: What to do when the Going Gets Tough”