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 have … Continue 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 if … Continue reading Transitioning to Kindergarten? Quick Tips to make your Transition a Success.

Surviving Stress and Exhaustion

Today, I needed a clone!  I needed another person to meet all the responsibilities on my list.  Yesterday, I knew that I needed to step back, breathe, and set my priorities.  I also realized that I needed to get some things or some people into the "box".   Yesterday, I started getting a migraine at … Continue reading Surviving Stress and Exhaustion

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.  Our … Continue reading Why do you get help…

Collaboration with private therapy and public education

Children with autism in my school district are often placed in ASD units within a self contained classroom or on the other end they have their services taken from them sometimes their entire IEP and parents have to fight for a 504 plan.  There seems to be very little in between in the public school. … Continue reading Collaboration with private therapy and public education

Having High Expectations for your Special Needs Child

Over the last few weeks, our family has continued to try the "reality check" for our growth and our child's growth.  Personally, over the spring break week, I put in some time with my husband making plans, create ideas and making a list of goals to accomplish by September. Our family is making a commitment … Continue reading Having High Expectations for your Special Needs Child

How to mentally prepare for an IEP meeting.

Having a child with special needs is a very emotional experience.  Having a child that is delayed or under performing at their age group is common and parents have to develop a plan for their child's success in life.  That brings in the school.  Schools are legally responsible for providing a free appropriate public education … Continue reading How to mentally prepare for an IEP meeting.