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 topicContinue reading “Tips to Transition Back to School”

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”

Learning Through The Mistakes

Pretty sure that I have made a big and costly mistake!  Can you help me fix it?! So, this McKay Scholarship is all tricky and complex!  There are all these rules and processes and no real human to walk you thru the system.  It’s one thing to just file intent and fill out some privateContinue reading “Learning Through The Mistakes”

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 504Continue reading “504 and High School”

Enjoy the Journey

I’ve been working on a big project for Ruthfulness and I was reviewing my summer from 2015!  It was definitely a summer full of sun and fun.  It was also a summer that had some very memorable experiences to add to my journey.  Great decisions, good decisions and bad decisions all packaged up into oneContinue reading “Enjoy the Journey”

Summer Problems for Special Needs Children

SUMMER IS HERE! School ends this week, Thursday for those of us in Florida (Pinellas County).  Thursday is an early release day.  Why does the school district do this to us?!  Why are you even taking them?  8:30-11:30 that is not helping us working parents, now you have added more scheduling, after school transportation andContinue reading “Summer Problems for Special Needs Children”

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 haveContinue 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 ifContinue reading “Transitioning to Kindergarten? Quick Tips to make your Transition a Success.”

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.  OurContinue reading “Why do you get help…”