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 to … Continue reading McKay Matrix
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 no … Continue reading Moms, does it get any easier?
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 an … Continue reading It’s time for VPK!
original blog post: How Schools Fail Special Needs Children In my original post regarding how the school system fails special needs children my primary focus was around communication. Communication on multiple levels and capacities. I have refined my list for five ways our public schools are failing special needs children. Thinking one size fits all … Continue reading 5 Ways Public Schools Fail Special Needs Children
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 and … Continue reading Back to School: What to do when the Going Gets Tough
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 topic … Continue reading Tips to Transition Back to School
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 it … Continue reading Getting Approval… Medical Grant for Autism Services
The grass is greener on the other side... the perspective and belief that what others have is better than your situation. How often you have these thoughts? Confession. I do have these thoughts in relation to my life. It most certainly always relates to my special needs child and our family. I don't … Continue reading The Greener Grass
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 504 … Continue reading 504 and High School