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 private … Continue 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 504 … Continue reading 504 and High School

Sensory Friendly Movies

Saturday, I took the kids to see their first movie! We went to a sensory friendly movie at a Cobb Luxury Theater.  It was full of experience for sure.  I called to confirm about the sensory friendly environment after finding out from my ABA therapist.  It was advertised to have lower volume, more light and … Continue reading Sensory Friendly Movies

The Investment in Autism Treatment

I have read articles from other autism parents that describe the cost of care for their child.  Some parents even joke that their child with autism is their million dollar child.  That got me thinking about my own finances and my own child.  I have for years maxed out our health insurance on doctors appointments … Continue reading The Investment in Autism Treatment

Ultimate Guide to Advocating

At my last IEP meeting I received a compliment from the compliance specialist in the district.   She has been in every IEP meeting this school year!  We had four meetings this year and she told me,   "I just want to thank you for being so thorough, detail oriented and prepared for each and … Continue reading Ultimate Guide to Advocating

Hug, Kiss and High-Five

Affection and Autism Social/Emotional deficits are one of the three common domains that children on the spectrum or diagnosed with autism often struggle to understand.  Emotions can be difficult to read or display.  Some criticize people on the spectrum for their lack of personal and physical relationships.  Other family and friends worry about relationships, emotions … Continue reading Hug, Kiss and High-Five