Every household, special needs or not, will find this great list useful. It has teacher gift ideas, a FREE printable shopping organizer, travel tips, easy crafts for special needs, autism apps....everything you need for your holiday season!

Don’t just survive, THRIVE this holiday season…special needs style!

Do you remember your first special needs Christmas season? I do, and I must say that the reasons I remember it are not all positive. That’s one thing I love about progress….I love looking back almost a decade and seeing how far we have come as a family. Now I can honestly say I eagerly […]

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{TGIF} Fun Friday Blog Giveaway Linkup~December 19

Happy Friday everyone! With shorter days and the holidays coming, boy the weeks are going by fast. My giveaways this week: Win a $25 gift card to McDonald’s, ends tomorrow. Win a $250 Amazon Gift Card! also ends tomorrow. Last day for this one! Win a free year of Netflix!   Make sure you visit […]

DId you know you can do this? You can actually make dulce de leche caramel from a can of sweetened condensed milk! All it takes is this recipe and the crock pot or slow cooker.

how to make dulce de leche caramel from condensed milk in slow cooker/crock pot

This is just one of those things that evolved out of something silly. It was an online conversation and one mom said she never uses condensed milk for anything, then another one gasped in disbelief and started a Pinterest board just for Eagle brand condensed milk. From there, it was mentioned that you can actually […]

Yes, I indulge at the holidays. And here's why.

tired of people trying to make me feel guilty for Christmas gifts

I don’t know if this has happened on your Pinterest or Facebook feed lately…but it has on mine. This whole “why we’re not giving gifts this holiday season” or “why I am taking my kids’ toys away” and “why we DON’T DO Santa” and so on. Shrug and sigh. Really? I mean, if little kids […]

  1. Don’t just survive, THRIVE this holiday season…special needs style!
  2. family and special needs tips for visiting PA Farm Show
  3. 6 pretty cool things about being a special needs parent at the holidays
  4. Finally! ABLE Act Passed Senate~on to President Obama for signing

Special Education

{Ask an Advocate} questions about moving to a different state with an IEP

As if moving isn't hard enough, if you have to find a new school and engage a whole new IEP team....here are a few tips.

Today’s question: My son is currently on an IEP and Behavior Plan under the Autism category for social/behavior accommodations. We are planning on moving to KY, however, it will not be until the end of this current school year. I understand that his IEP in transferable initially if it is in the “current” academic year, […]

common IEP and special education questions

The IEP process can be confusing and overwhelming. Here are 30 common IEP questions plus a form to submit yours to get them answered, for free! by special education advocates.

Got IEP questions? Well hopefully we have some answers. One of the most popular features on this blog is the “Ask an Advocate“ feature where YOU get to ask me any IEP questions. And I get some hard ones! When I do, I just consult my network of advocates in the area and we try […]

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Fun & Recreation

places to celebrate New Year’s Eve earlier than midnight~for kids and families

Here is a list of family friendly New Year's Eve events in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. If you and your kids want to do an earlier celebration, here are some options.

In recent years, family friendly New Year’s Eve events have become more common. I find that most do either a countdown at noon on New Year’s Eve or 6:00 PM. I like those options! I don’t think that I have stayed up until midnight on New Year’s Eve since it was turning 2000, and even […]

{TGIF} Fun Friday Blog Giveaway Linkup~December 19

Come visit the best blog giveaway linkup on the web! If you're a reader, come enter some and WIN. If you're a blogger, come link up your giveaways.

Happy Friday everyone! With shorter days and the holidays coming, boy the weeks are going by fast. My giveaways this week: Win a $25 gift card to McDonald’s, ends tomorrow. Win a $250 Amazon Gift Card! also ends tomorrow. Last day for this one! Win a free year of Netflix!   Make sure you visit […]

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Recipes

how to make dulce de leche caramel from condensed milk in slow cooker/crock pot

DId you know you can do this? You can actually make dulce de leche caramel from a can of sweetened condensed milk! All it takes is this recipe and the crock pot or slow cooker.

This is just one of those things that evolved out of something silly. It was an online conversation and one mom said she never uses condensed milk for anything, then another one gasped in disbelief and started a Pinterest board just for Eagle brand condensed milk. From there, it was mentioned that you can actually […]

5 days~5 ways: make 5 meals from 2 oven roaster chickens in 1 day

This idea adapted from Rachael Ray is perfect for busy moms. Spend 1 day in the kitchen with 2 whole chickens...and you can prep a whole week's worth of meals!

This is an idea I first saw over 8 years ago when I was on maternity leave with my first son. It was on the Rachael Ray show and I thought it was a great idea. Since then I’ve had to modify the idea because her recipes are no longer online. But the idea is […]

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Travel

family and special needs tips for visiting PA Farm Show

Visiting the Pennsylvania Farm Show is a tradition for my family. Traveling with little kids or special needs will be easier if you read these tips before you go.

While we are in the throes of the holiday season, I also have my eye on one other thing……..the PA Farm Show! It’s usually the first full week in January, but this year it is the second. I guess the first week was too soon after the holiday break. The 2015 PA Farm Show is […]

how to have the best Halloween, Christmas, Summer, Halloween and Christmas

sesame place season pass discount

Right now is an AWESOME time to buy season passes for Sesame Place. Want to give your kids the best Christmas gift ever, and make some memories along the way? Right now when you buy them…you get the rest of 2014 AND you get all of 2015. So your year ends something like this: Halloween/October: […]

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Inspiration

tired of people trying to make me feel guilty for Christmas gifts

Yes, I indulge at the holidays. And here's why.

I don’t know if this has happened on your Pinterest or Facebook feed lately…but it has on mine. This whole “why we’re not giving gifts this holiday season” or “why I am taking my kids’ toys away” and “why we DON’T DO Santa” and so on. Shrug and sigh. Really? I mean, if little kids […]

6 pretty cool things about being a special needs parent at the holidays

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Here are 6 things I love about being a special needs parent this time of year.

Being a special needs parent certainly has its ups and downs. I try to maintain a positive outlook and “glass half full” mentality about the whole thing, and I think that has paid off. After all, one of my mantras is “focus on what you can control” and frankly, many of the aspects of my […]

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En Espanol

Aplicación de estrategias de funcionamiento ejecutivo en el IEP

a day in our shoes

Funcionamiento Ejecutivo parece ser uno de los problemas más comunes que enfrentan los estudiantes con discapacidades y una dificultad común, incluso con los adultos en la sociedad actual. Sin embargo, parece que hay muy poca comprensión de la función ejecutiva entre los maestros o cómo proporcionar estrategias funcionales en el aula. Esto es lo que […]

Sesame Street lanza iniciativa “Ver la asombrosa en todos los niños”

Mi hijo y Abby en la ciudad de Nueva York.

Se trata de un proyecto muy divertido y emocionante de la gente más en Sesame Workshop. En el Día Mundial del Autismo, la semana pasada, se anunció que están empezando una nueva iniciativa llamada “Ver la increíble en todos los niños“, y se centrarán en los niños que tienen autismo. Si usted ha estado viendo […]

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