Author Archives: jenstate

Why Some Schools Avoid IEP Eligibility Testing

Many parents with struggling students assume it will be simple to ask their child’s school to evaluate him or her for IEP eligibility. An IEP is an Individualized Education Plan for children with disabilities and learning differences that prevent them or their peers from accessing the curriculum. Parents are often confused and bewildered when schools […]

How Do I Do it? Grace and Whiskey!

How do I do it? Grace and whiskey. Through the years, several friends have said to me, “I don’t know how you do it.”  I muster as much southern grace as I can to deal with life’s difficulties when they inevitably come my way. As the parent of a child with high functioning autism and […]

A Good Day

February 2012 It was a good day… one of the best we’ve had in a while. She was happy today, genuinely happy, with smiles and giggles and real conversation. It was such a lovely change from what we’ve been dealing with the last several months… repetitive behaviors, self-injuring, grunting to communicate her mood, and behaviors […]