Baker Act Brings all the Lawyers to the Yard

Image with text explaining: What is the Baker Act? A controversial Florida law instructing law enforcement officers to arrest and administer involuntary psych exams on mentally ill people who appear to pose a danger to themselves or others. It's not supposed to be used on the basis of a developmental, social, or intellectual disability. However,… Continue reading Baker Act Brings all the Lawyers to the Yard

The Incredibly Light Diploma

An owl flying, grasping a diploma and wearing a graduation cap There is an insidious goal sometimes lurking behind the diploma of a special needs student. At the time graduating is happening, you are giddy with relief, anticipatory for the future and unbearably relieved that "it's over". You picture your child walking the halls of… Continue reading The Incredibly Light Diploma

The Complex Conundrum of Comorbidity

Graphic depicting ADS and possible comorbid conditions So, I've spent the past few days in a huge boiling vat of stress with my two youngest at home. The teen has autism, ADHD, anxiety, depression, sensory processing disorder and a learning disability, to name most of the letters floating around in her alphabet soup. I truly… Continue reading The Complex Conundrum of Comorbidity

And Here we are….AGAIN

 This WAS Diego. Past tense. Diego is dead. This first article linked here shows this photo and a small bit of the video of when he was violently attacked, leading to his eventual death. Be forewarned if you want to view the link that it could be upsetting to you or others. This thirteen year-old… Continue reading And Here we are….AGAIN

Moving Forward: Snail Edition

In the past, I've often prattled on about my inability to get my anxiety, stress or ruminating over things under control. Having an anxiety disorder has an insidious way of doing that. Even if you take away all the extrinsic things going on around you and just deal with yourself, it's difficult to explain to… Continue reading Moving Forward: Snail Edition

Well That Was Stressful

This summer, I chose to go back to college. Wonderful right? Feeling great about myself, finally pursuing my degree. Yes, until I realized that I was taking FOUR three credit courses in a summer-timed schedule. That means that each class requires about 3-4 weeks of work in one week. So, yeah. Thankfully, two of them… Continue reading Well That Was Stressful

Autism is Just a Word

What a loaded term, so subjective and deceptive. There used to be a disorder called Asperger's Syndrome. While many still refer to it and utilize it, it has been removed from the DSM-V at its publication. What is the DSM-V? However, it is most commonly referred to as the highest functioning level of Autism. What… Continue reading Autism is Just a Word

When the School Does Nothing: Pulling your Bullied Child out of School

Forget the sobering fact that our first lady has done absolutely nothing to address her promise to make bullying her cause during her time in office. (I wrote her and wasn't even acknowledged; not surprised.) However, you can't ignore the hard to read headlines that come our way far too often about children who have… Continue reading When the School Does Nothing: Pulling your Bullied Child out of School

The Cost of a “Free” and Appropriate Education

Back in 1973, under section 504 of the Individuals with Disabilities Act, a new world was formed for students with all types of disabilities. It is specifically defined as, "Under Section 504, FAPE is defined as “the provision of regular or special education and related aids and services that are designed to meet individual needs… Continue reading The Cost of a “Free” and Appropriate Education

I Raised Objections with my Child’s School and SUCCEEDED!

So apparently, this circle thing works. I would rearrange the circle though. I would have the student talking to the parent, then the parent talking to the teacher; you get the idea. In my case, I had a VERY unhappy child, a failing grade and a incredibly miserable outlook about her next school year. Several… Continue reading I Raised Objections with my Child’s School and SUCCEEDED!