Discipline, Race, and the Spectrum… How we set expectations for our Black children with Autism and ADHD in today’s world

This country does not make it easy for Black kids.  It’s become a sad norm to see news stories and videos of Black kids being “mistaken” for criminals and beaten and/or killed on video.  This is the state of the world in which we live.  We are going backwards when it comes to issues on…… Continue reading Discipline, Race, and the Spectrum… How we set expectations for our Black children with Autism and ADHD in today’s world

Grades Don’t Matter!   How to Read and Interpret Report Cards for Your Child on a 504 Plan or IEP

  A few weeks ago, I met with my daughter’s teacher to discuss some ways to better help her with her math homework.  If you are raising kids in the public school system right now, you know that the way kids are learning their fundamental academic skills have changed dramatically.   Namely math. I was never…… Continue reading Grades Don’t Matter!   How to Read and Interpret Report Cards for Your Child on a 504 Plan or IEP

The Teacher Is Calling

I am fortunate to have a few mom friends who have been an incredible support and blessing to me.  Having a solid mom tribe, even one with its members dispersed about, is incredibly important for continual encouragement during our toughest trials as mothers, and essential for celebrating with us our and our children’s biggest achievements,…… Continue reading The Teacher Is Calling

Understanding Early Intervention

Most of us who have children diagnosed with a special need are familiar with early intervention, or at least we ought to be.  Starting at pretty much birth, medical providers begin asking parents questions regarding growth and development.  As that baby ages, the questions change to reflect the appropriate developmental stage.  And if there are…… Continue reading Understanding Early Intervention

Why Our Middle Has a 504 Plan, NOT an IEP

This past February, our middle was diagnosed with combined-type ADHD.  This simply means that she exhibits concerns with both impulsiveness and hyperactivity, and a struggle with focus and attention.  Having the diagnosis answered many questions I had had for years as to why she was struggling with unfavorable behaviors.  And although it wasn’t affecting her…… Continue reading Why Our Middle Has a 504 Plan, NOT an IEP

How to Kick A** At Your Child’s IEP Meeting

I’ve been a parent for a little over 8 years.  And I have spent 5 of those years attending IEP (Individualized Education Program) meetings.  Currently I have two children who are educated under the guidance of an IEP, my son for his speech and Autism diagnosis, and my daughter for her speech delay and articulation…… Continue reading How to Kick A** At Your Child’s IEP Meeting

24 Questions You Should Ask Your Child’s Teacher Before Back to School Night

                                                       Ready for 1st grade, 2016-2017 Teaching.  It’s a calling, they say.  It must be, for it warrants a crap ton of work for very little pay.  Most teachers…… Continue reading 24 Questions You Should Ask Your Child’s Teacher Before Back to School Night