red flag warning signs of autism

What do I do if I suspect my young child has autism?

For the purposes of this essay, we’re going to be talking about young children, age 5 and under. Perhaps your child isn’t talking yet, or lost some speech, or is just a bit quirky and you’re wondering what to do. I have been asked this several times by friends and via email. First, here is [...]

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Arming Teachers is Not the Answer

A couple of weeks ago, I attended a Senate Education Committee hearing in Harrisburg. This is not something I do on a regular basis, in fact, this was the first time I had ever attended anything like this. But last week, the Senate Education Committee was discussing a bill that would allow teachers in Pennsylvania [...]

iep process parent mistakes

Common parent mistakes during the IEP process

Going through the IEP process is emotional, it can be frustrating and it can be confusing. But read the following tips to help center yourself and take some of the stress out of the process. This is a list of common mistakes parents make, don’t make the same mistake twice! Not understanding that if you [...]

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Special Education

What do I do if I suspect my young child has autism?

red flag warning signs of autism

For the purposes of this essay, we’re going to be talking about young children, age 5 and under. Perhaps your child isn’t talking yet, or lost some speech, or is just a bit quirky and you’re wondering what to do. I have been asked this several times by friends and via email. First, here is [...]

Common parent mistakes during the IEP process

iep process parent mistakes

Going through the IEP process is emotional, it can be frustrating and it can be confusing. But read the following tips to help center yourself and take some of the stress out of the process. This is a list of common mistakes parents make, don’t make the same mistake twice! Not understanding that if you [...]

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Fun & Recreation

the best Philadelphia area attractions for families with special needs

best attractions for special needs kids

Several years ago, I had an epiphany. It was after a celebration that I had attended for the anniversary of ADA. ADA was obviously landmark legislation and has completely changed the way we view many things in our society. But we’re still not there. I approached then editor of MetroKids about this idea. I remember [...]

Weekly listing of free or frugal fun family activities~weekend of September 26

free frugal family fun

Every week I publish a list of free or low-cost activities for your family. At the very least, every activity has a discount code or coupon available. Keeping the kids busy and entertained is hard, doing it on a budget is even harder. So here you go, here is this week’s list. I usually start [...]

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Recipes

{Friday Food} 21 vegetarian or meatless entree recipes~eat healthier and cheaper!

meatless vegetarian entree recipes

Hi there and Happy Friday! Welcome to another Friday Food post. This week….we’re talking about meatless or vegetarian entrees!  I have rounded up some great recipes from some of my blogger friends to bring you 21 recipes for a main dish that does not have meat. People who eat vegetarian or meatless entrees are usually [...]

{Friday Food} potato and corn chowder recipe for the slow cooker~with bacon of course!

slow cooker corn potato chowder

Like most of my recipes, this recipe for potato and corn chowder in the slow cooker is modified. Mind you, I’m no culinary genius. What usually happens is this–I go to make a recipe, and I don’t have all the ingredients. So I modify it. Sometimes it’s fantastic. Sometimes…notsomuch. I don’t write those up though. [...]

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Travel

the best Philadelphia area attractions for families with special needs

best attractions for special needs kids

Several years ago, I had an epiphany. It was after a celebration that I had attended for the anniversary of ADA. ADA was obviously landmark legislation and has completely changed the way we view many things in our society. But we’re still not there. I approached then editor of MetroKids about this idea. I remember [...]

The Count’s Spooktacular at Sesame Place~put it on your family’s fall bucket list!

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I can’t believe it is only the second full day of fall…and we have already been to Sesame Place TWICE for the Count’s Spooktacular. We went on Saturday for the Grand Opening of the event and again yesterday morning to help promote the event on Good Day Philadelphia. Sesame Place has added a few new [...]

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Inspiration

Arming Teachers is Not the Answer

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A couple of weeks ago, I attended a Senate Education Committee hearing in Harrisburg. This is not something I do on a regular basis, in fact, this was the first time I had ever attended anything like this. But last week, the Senate Education Committee was discussing a bill that would allow teachers in Pennsylvania [...]

a reminder that this is a marathon, not a sprint

marathon not a sprint

I don’t write too many negative posts on this blog or share too many of our bad days. I certainly don’t photograph them or make videos of them or if I catch a bad moment on film I’m pretty quick to delete it. If you took some of this blog at face value, you might [...]

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En Espanol

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 [...]

cómo obtener la asistencia médica para su hijo

Cuando me mudé desde Canadá hasta la zona de Filadelfia , que estaba un poco confundido en cuanto a cuáles son los servicios que pudiera recibir por mis hijos . Había muy pocos recursos que hay previstas para mi familia con respecto a mis discapacidades de los niños y el apoyo que se ofrecía era [...]

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