Dumping Kids with IEPs into General Education Classrooms is not Inclusion

I left last year’s conference feeling confident that my child would be okay. That she would flourish there.

But Kindergarten conferences went differently.

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You can’t just volunteer for a class party and expect a good day when you are an autism mom

I helped kids make little ghosts with glue and cotton balls and they all followed directions and listened, even Ally. Several kids wanted me to know that Ally isn’t nice to them or her teacher and asked me why doesn’t she like anyone?

“Why is so mean?” a little girl wanted to know.

My Hardest Truth as a Working Autism Mom

If you are a working parent to typical children, please try to understand what this is like before you complain about our kids or judge us. Imagine that your child’s after school program was shut down as of tomorrow and your school district won’t bus them anywhere else other than your home. Imagine you have one day to figure this out and no family to help you. What do you do? How do you feel?

That is what it feels like to be an autism working mom. Like a revolving door that just keeps swinging and you can’t keep up.

An Open Letter to the Parents in my Child’s Class

I’m not sure what you are going to hear about my child but I am sure you will hear something.
I hope they remember to tell you about the good stuff.
Like how she made your child laugh when they were crying.
Or how she colored a portrait just for them.

But they might only remember to tell you that she cried or screamed today.
That she did something out of the ordinary.