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”

You’re not alone

My message to you for 2019. As 2019 brings several huge events and major achievements, I want to focus on what I want others to know and learn from Ruthfulness this year.  This year, my story and journey of early intervention and autism will be published.  I’ve had to reread and relive the pain ofContinue reading “You’re not alone”

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?”

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!”

5 Ways Public Schools Fail Special Needs Children

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 allContinue reading “5 Ways Public Schools Fail Special Needs Children”

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”

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”

The Greener Grass

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’tContinue reading “The Greener Grass”

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”