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How to Prepare for Your Child’s IEP Evaluation and Eligibility Meeting

I went into my son’s IEP evaluation and eligibility meeting more unprepared than I care to admit. We were just weeks off his autism diagnosis and my mind was overloaded with everything that was going on. I am one of countless parents who were treated unfairly and talked down to during these initial meetings.  I […]

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Surviving the First Month After Your Child Is Diagnosed with Autism

I remember the exact moment my world started spinning. It was February 17, 2017 at approximately 11:00 AM. “Let’s test James for autism.” We were at his three year visit when his doctor dropped this bomb on me. Truthfully, I had been questioning what was “wrong” with him for a year. But for a professional […]

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Halloween and Autism — What To Do When Costumes Aren’t An Option

Fall is my favorite season and dressing up for Halloween has always been something I enjoyed, even as an adult. I shamelessly admit that one of the things I most looked forward to after our son was born was costumes and Halloween-time. Baby in a lion costume, anyone? It doesn’t get any cuter. I had […]

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Developing A Vision Statement For Your Child’s IEP

IEP. Those three letters make most parents cringe. My short experience with developing my son’s IEP has been anything but enjoyable. An IEP, Individualized Education Plan, is a document for a public school child who requires special education. My son has autism and the public schools deemed him eligible for an IEP based on his […]

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