All parents but especially special needs and autism parents, need to be aware of this issue. If it passes this year in a format similar to years past, it will not be good for our kids.

getting involved in special education lobbying and advocacy~ESEA re-authorization in 2015?

What if I told you that there might be a bill in Congress this year…a bill that might increase a school’s options when it comes to using restraints and seclusion, and decreased their accountability in doing so? Good, now that I have your attention, keep reading. Most special needs parents know about IDEA, right? Of […]

Great resource for parents--whether it's your first meeting and you need some advice and tips, or whether you are a veteran at this looking for some new strategies or just reassurance that you are doing the right thing. All special needs parents should pin and bookmark this. Great printables!

IEP toolkit for parents~8 printables and advice to get your ready for your IEP meeting

This post goes sort of hand in hand with some of the big announcements that I have coming this year regarding this website. However, this past week or so, I have fielded so many questions from parents with upcoming IEP meetings, and I am emailing out so many links to things…that I just thought that […]

A Day in our Shoes, one of the best special needs parenting websites you can find. Now, it comes with a free special needs Android app. Get it now!

It’s official-download your free special needs Android app!

It is official, it’s a secret I’ve been sitting on for a while…there is now an A Day in our Shoes app for Android. And…it’s a free special needs app. Once you download it, you will see that it works very similarly to the website. For now, that is how I wanted it. I am […]

Want to get out of the cycle of being upset and crying at your child's IEP meetings? Then join us on this year long journey to take control of the situation, get our kids' needs served...and no more tears at IEP meetings!

No More Tears at IEP meetings~make this your best year ever!

Good Morning and Happy New Year! As I am writing this post, it’s actually still December. But it’s been on my mind for MONTHS. I hear from so many moms….when you send me emails or Facebook messages with your questions and concerns. And I’ve been thinking of a way to reach more moms, help more […]

It's time for the anti-vaccine movement and anti-vaxxers to come clean and be honest with themselves. When you lie, it insults both of us.

9 truths that the anti-vaxxers need to come clean about~time to get honest with yourselves

I wasn’t going to write about this. Then we had a minor scare with my friend Lindsay’s little boy last week, as we thought that maybe he had gotten the measles despite being vaccinated. It is crazy to me that this disease was all but eradicated 20 years ago, and now it’s back. For the […]

Here is a fun and easy St.Patrick's Day treat recipe for kids. It uses pretzels, Hershey's Kisses and M&Ms.

Clever Clover pretzel treats for St. Patrick’s Day-easy and fun recipe for kids

This Clever Clover pretzel treats recipe for St. Patrick’s Day is easy and fun for kids. The ingredients are easy to find and it’s not a messy activity to clean up afterwards. Always a plus! It uses pretzels, chocolate Hershey kisses and M&Ms. There is more to it than that, but if you didn’t have […]

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.

{TGIF} Fun Friday Blog Giveaway Linkup~January 23

Happy Friday everyone! How is the beginning of your year going? Mine is going great, crazy busy…but great. I hope your 2015 is starting out promising too. Click below to try to win an Amazon gift card.   Make sure you visit those blogs and you’ll find lots of interesting and fun stuff. Good luck! […]

  1. getting involved in special education lobbying and advocacy~ESEA re-authorization in 2015?
  2. IEP toolkit for parents~8 printables and advice to get your ready for your IEP meeting
  3. It’s official-download your free special needs Android app!
  4. No More Tears at IEP meetings~make this your best year ever!
  5. Money Saving Offers for January
  6. Call out to my PA families~it’s a new day, let’s get the momentum going
  7. {Ask an Advocate} concerns about special needs preschool

Special Education

{Ask an Advocate} concerns about special needs preschool

Your IEP and Special Education questions answered by a certified Special Education Advocate.

Today’s question: Hi! My special needs’ son will be turning three in a few weeks, and we just had his play-based assessment for preschool today. I was very anxious, because I’ve only read negative things about the IEP process. Today went well, but our meeting to discuss services is in two weeks, and I want […]

{Ask an Advocate} child spending most of day in wheelchair

Your IEP and Special Education questions answered by a certified Special Education Advocate.

Today’s Question: I have a pretty good understanding of special ed law, but no experience pushing for this specific, or even seeing it pushed for: my son is in all day pre-k, an inclusionary classroom. Most of the other special education students in that room have autism spectrum disorders. my son has moderate spastic quadraplegia. […]

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Fun & Recreation

{TGIF} Fun Friday Blog Giveaway Linkup~January 23

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! How is the beginning of your year going? Mine is going great, crazy busy…but great. I hope your 2015 is starting out promising too. Click below to try to win an Amazon gift card.   Make sure you visit those blogs and you’ll find lots of interesting and fun stuff. Good luck! […]

Money Saving Offers for January

A Day in our Shoes, one of the best special needs parenting websites you can find. Now, it comes with a free special needs Android app. Get it now!

On Monday I had a few rare hours to myself, so I went to the mall with a cousin. Lots of great deals to be found. I have a few events coming up and I don’t have the right clothes, so I’m still shopping. Here are some discount codes if you are looking for a […]

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Recipes

Clever Clover pretzel treats for St. Patrick’s Day-easy and fun recipe for kids

Here is a fun and easy St.Patrick's Day treat recipe for kids. It uses pretzels, Hershey's Kisses and M&Ms.

This Clever Clover pretzel treats recipe for St. Patrick’s Day is easy and fun for kids. The ingredients are easy to find and it’s not a messy activity to clean up afterwards. Always a plus! It uses pretzels, chocolate Hershey kisses and M&Ms. There is more to it than that, but if you didn’t have […]

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 […]

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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

Op-ed: A Move to Amend, Farm Subsidies and money rules the world

You don't have any money to contribute to politics, your citizen voice is all you have. So are you going to use it or not?

On Friday, I sent out the first unit of “How to become an active citizen lobbyist.” As part of the assignments for that, you were asked to evaluate your passions and also name some barriers to why some of those things couldn’t happen today. My bet is…for one of the barriers listed, 99% of you […]

9 truths that the anti-vaxxers need to come clean about~time to get honest with yourselves

It's time for the anti-vaccine movement and anti-vaxxers to come clean and be honest with themselves. When you lie, it insults both of us.

I wasn’t going to write about this. Then we had a minor scare with my friend Lindsay’s little boy last week, as we thought that maybe he had gotten the measles despite being vaccinated. It is crazy to me that this disease was all but eradicated 20 years ago, and now it’s back. For the […]

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En Espanol

Aplicación de estrategias de funcionamiento ejecutivo en el IEP

A Day in our Shoes, one of the best special needs parenting websites you can find. Now, it comes with a free special needs Android app. Get it now!

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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