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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Walgreens trip today

Walgreens, we checked out 4 times.

Dulcolax $10 with $10RR
coupon used -$4 (sign up HERE)
paid with tax $6.96 & $10RR

Transaction #2:
(1) Binder $1.99 with in ad coupon
(1) 50 count page protectors $1.99 with in ad coupon
(3) index card packs 3/$ with in ad coupon
Walgreens womens daily vitamin $3 with $3RR
Walgreens paper plates $0.89
Dove Sampoo $4 With $4RR (I had a $2 printable coupon that is no longer avaialbe, but there is a $1.50 in this weeks paper)

-$10 RR from Transaction #1 and Dove $2 coupon

Total with tax $2.13 with 7RR

Transaction #3:
Walgreens paper plates $0.89
(1) 50 count page protectors $1.99 in ad coupon
(1) dulcolax $10 with $10RR

-$4 Dulcolax coupon & 7 RR from Transaction #2
Total with tax $3.14 with 10RR

Transaction #4:
(1) Binder $1.99 with in ad coupon
(1) Dove Shampoo $4 with $4RR
(4) Bumble Bee Tuna $0.69 each with in ad coupon (limit 4)
(3) Legal paper pads 3/$1 with in ad coupon
(1) Cottonelle Toliet paper 12 big rolls $5

-$.50 off cottenelle HERE
-$1.00 off Cottenelle Walgreens April coupon booklet
-$10RR form Transaction #3

Total with tax $2.55 with $4RR left!!

*** Grand total with tax: $14.78 with $4RR for next time!! Receipts say saving of $69.99!***

We needed the following for homeschool: binders, page protectors, index cards, paper pads, & paper plates (for craft projects), so I'm really excited I got them so cheap!!!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Today's Wal-Mart trip

I took the Target ad to Wal-mart and had them price match
Connect Four game $7(Wal-mart had it for $12)
Monopoly game $7 (Wal-mart had for $12)
I then used the coupons from the Newspaper this past Sunday, you can also print more HERE.
Monopoly $7 (Target ad Price match)-$5= $2!!
Connect Four $7 (Target ad price match)-$4= $3!!!
Rimmel eye shadow trio $4.14-$4.14= free! Used coupon From April All you magazine
(2) boxes of Success Rice $1.84 each -$1 from this past Sunday's paper= $2.68 and I'm turning it in on the Princess and the Frog/ Success Rebate for $5!
total $9.81 with tax and will receive $5 rebate back (total savings including rebate and tax est. $30.11)

Allergy free website... samples, coupons, recipes

Go HERE and sign up at Be Free For Me. It's a allergy free site that has coupons, recipes, samples, giveaways, and alot more. They send out newsletters and let's you know about deals and free stuff!

Recalls !!

Go HERE and find out more about the latest recalls.

Sale at Natural Learning concepts

Go HERE and check out the sale at Natural Learning Concepts. Autism teaching supplies.

This Sunday's coupon preview

Go HERE and check out the Sunday Newspaper coupon preview.

*alot of times it is a little different. We may not get all the ones listed and the coupon price may be more or less than what is posted*

Life Skills Education sale at Mayer-Johnson

Check out the Life Skills sale at Mayer-Johnson.

Sears Portrait coupons

Go HERE to print the coupons, they expire June 30, 2010! 20% off entire order, free character collage, and free 10x13 portrait!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Easter egg tips from Juicy Juice

Go HERE and get some tips on how to get crack free eggs and egg decorating tips for Easter. I always woundered how to stop the eggs from cracking :o)

Making money online: Opinion Outpost

I really like this survey site, I joined on 12/28/09. I've tested for 55 surveys and I qualified for only 13. You only get points for the surveys you qualify for and complete. You can cash out when you reach $5. That being said I cashed out last month for a check for $11.30 and I just cashed out today for a check for $19.80! That totals $31.10 for 13 surveys!! You can join HERE!

Strawberry Shortcake deal of the day at Toysrus!

Toysrus deal of the day! Buy 2 Strawberry Shortcake dolls or playsets get the 3rd FREE!

Deal idea:
Buy (6) at $5.99 (2 will be free)= $23.96
use the $5 off $20 Strawberry Shortcake purchase HERE
total (before tax)= $18.96 (or $3.16 each)

Monday, March 22, 2010

Safety Tat: child saftey tattoos

Go HERE and check these out! These are great to use when you go places, you can have your information on the tattoo, just incase you get separated from your child. Especially handy if your child is nonverbal. They come in a variety of designs including special needs, which is a great way to let the people helping your child know why they may not be able to communicate their needs. They also have allergy versions so noone gives your child anything they are allergic to. They have 2 versions of tattoos, one is like a regular tattoo that needs water the other is a peel and stick that you write on. Find out more HERE.

Quick Stick Write-On
Requires no water to apply. Quick Stick Write-on! Child ID Tattoo is a peel-n-stick skin applique. Made of ultra-durable skin safe applique "tattoo" sticker is waterproof and will last an extra long time -- up to two weeks -- until you are ready to remove it. The Quick Stick Write-On! requires no water to apply. Simply peel and stick.These skin applique tattoos are shipped BLANK, so you can write your information on them with the included waterproof tattoo marking pen.18 pack just $19.99 Includes 18 SafetyTats and one tattoo marking pen.

Original SafetyTat Child ID Tattoos are much like traditional temporary tattoos and are applied with water and last from 1 to 5 days (I would reapply every day!)When applied to skin, Original SafetyTat's hue will vary with skin tone. (The website shows examples of this)
More info HERE!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Toy Story pre-order deal !!!! Monday is last day!!

I did this today at Toysrus and it worked!! Monday is the last day to pre-order the Toy Story movies because they are released Tuesday!

If you pre-order Toy Story 1 Blueray/DVD combo pack $16.99 & Toy Story 2 Blueray/DVD combo pack $16.99 you get $15 instantly on another movie. I got Princess and the Frog DVD ($19.99) it gave it to me for free!! For some reason it took another $4.99 off! I only paid $10.58. which is the $5 per movie pre-order deposit, that will come off the price of the movies when I pick them up on Tuesday. I also logged into disneymovierewards.com and typed the upc codes from our old vhs Toy Story 1 & 2 and was able to print an upgrade coupon of $10 off each movie (total of (2) $10 off coupons) When I go back on Tuesday the deal will look like this:
16.99 + 16.99 -10 pre-order deposit- $10 coupon Toy Story 1 upgrade - $10 coupon Toy Story 2 upgrade= $3.98 (+tax) !!! total of $13.98 + tax for the 3 movies.

There is (1) FREE movie ticket in each Toy Story combo pack, to Toy Story 3, so we'll have (2) FREE tickets!! I'm also going to turn in the Band-aid rebate on Princess and the Frog for $5 and maybe the Success rice rebate for $5. So you end up making money on this!!

Saturday, March 20, 2010


Go HERE and request a FREE DVD from Fisher Price. It's a cartoon of the Geo Tracks trains and airplanes. My boys love these DVDs!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Up coming Walgreens deals week of 3/28/10

Here are a couple deals that are coming up that you may want to print the coupons and have them ready. This is for the week of 3/28/10


Dulcolax $10 and get $10 Register Rewards back for your next purchase, it's like your getting it for FREE, but the deal get's better when you use this $4 coupon HERE (you have to register) it turns into a money maker!!!
$10 - $4 coupon = $6 + tax and you get $10 RR

Dove Hair care $4 and get $4 Register Rewards = free
use the -$2 coupon HERE
$4 - 2 coupon = $2 + tax and get $4

Walgreen's One A Day Vitamin $3 with $3 Register Reward = FREE (Tn and some other states make you pay tax even it's free)

Up coming CVS Huggies deal for the week of 3/28/2010

Huggies Diapers 2 for $17.98 and get $5 Extra Care Bucks to use on your next purchase
use (2) of the $3 off coupons HERE
$17.98 - 6 = $11.98 + tax and $5 ECB for your next purchase
It's like your paying $6.98 for 2! :o)

$2 Clean and Clear coupon

Go HERE for a $2 off Clean and Clear coupon. You can pair these coupons with a sale at CVS or Walgreens and get a great deal!! Make sure you click the back button and print another one!

This Sunday's newspaper coupons

Go HERE and see what coupons are coming in this Sunday's newspaper. * A little warning we sometimes get different coupons or coupon prices*

Toy Story 1 and 2 Dvd+Blueray combo coupons

Go HERE and print coupons for Toys Story 1 DVD Blueray combo pack $5 and Toy Story 2 DVD Blueray combo pack $5. I'll post when I find a great deal!

You can preorder them at Amazon for $24.99 a piece or $39.98 for both together you also receive free movie tickets to see Toy Story 3 (up to $8.50)

$3 off Huggies coupon, hurry and print!!

Go HERE and print the $3 off Huggies coupon. You can print 2 copies!!

$5 off coupon for Cetaphil

Go HERE and register at Cetaphil and in your thank you email you will receive a $5 off coupon (make sure you hit the back button and print it again!) Last time they had this coupon out people were getting the cleanser for free-$0.49!

$10 of $20 purchase at Kmart

Go $10 of $20 purchase at Kmart, !!

******* update- Kamrt with not aaccept these coupons!!!! sorry!! ******

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Rethink Atuism tip of the week: Family outings

Go here and watch Rethink Autism's tip of the week about family outings.

A FREE interactive website for preschoolers

Star Fall is a great FREE interactive site! They have educational games, interactive reading books, printable pages and so much more! We spent about 2 hours today on this site, all I got to do was watch, he did everything! Check it out HERE!

They also have another site that costs $35 for a year. I've seen this used in his classroom at school and it's really good! All the children love it! I'm going to have to subscribe to it! Check it out HERE!

A couple CVS deals starting Sunday 3/21/10

Here are a couple deals that I noticed when I looked at the CVS ad for this coming Sunday 21st. These deals don't start until the 21st.

Colgate Total $3.99 with 3.99 Extra Care Bucks (limit 1)
-$1/1 coupon from 3/07/10 Smart Source newspaper insert
= $2.99 with 3.99 Extra Care Bucks (it's like you make $1.00)

Dawn soap $0.96
-$1/1 Homemade simple = FREE
or $0.25 (or .50 depending on what you got in the paper)
Free- $.46

Pampers Jumbo packs or Easy ups (pull ups) $8.97 with 3 ECB (limit 2)
-$2/1 Pampers Cruisers from the 2/21 P&g newspaper insert
-$1.50 off Easy ups from the 2/07/10 P&g newspaper insert
-$1.50 off any pampers diapers or paints from the 2/07/10 P&G newspaper insert

example $8.97 - $2.00 coupon= $6.97 and get 3 Extra Care Bucks to use on next purchase so it's like they cost $3.97!!

Mr. Potato Head $4.99
-2.00 Printable coupon that's no longer available

Dove bar soap $0.99

Another rebate for Princess and the Frog

Wow, another rebate for Princess and the Frog! You can receive a $5 rebate when you purchase The Princess and the Frog on Blu-Ray™ or DVD PLUS and any two (2) packages of Success Rice. There should be a $1/2 coupon for the rice in the Red Plum couon insert this weekend (sometimes in our area we don't get the same coupons).Get the rebate HERE and read about the Band-aid rebate and coupons HERE.

Thanks Couponing to Disney!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Learning Resource sale

Learning Resource is having a site wide 17% off sale March 16th and 17th only! Enter code LUCKY at check out and also receive $4.95 flat shipping after you spend $50.00

Doughnut holes...kinda

Aiden's preschool class was having doughnuts with dads, where all the dads come eat doughnuts for breakfast. We found out it was going to be doughnuts holes instead so we had to come up with something fast. I got a bag of Bob's Red Mill pancake mix out and prepared it as the instructions say (but I used Dari-Free milk). We then boiled some sunflower oil and dropped (very carefully!) little spoonfuls of the pancake mix into the oil. They don't take long at all, about 15-20 seconds, just till they get good and brown. We pulled them out and directly put some powdered sugar on them before the oil dried. They were so yummy!! They tasted like funnel cake!! They are better eaten right away, not so good the next day.

My CVS trip today

I went to CVS today, basically just to get the Princess and the Frog DVD. I had a deal planned out to get it for free, after coupons. I drove all the way there (it's in another town) and guess what... they didn't have it in. I knew I should have called. They were out of everything that had good Extra Care Buck offers on it. So I picked up a couple things and my youngest son picked up the Planet 51 DVD and he really wanted it and I had Extra Care Bucks going out, so this is what I did.

Checked out 3 times (once for my mom)

Transaction #1
(1) Stay Free regular maxi pad (on sale all month, you get 2 Extra Care Bucks to use on your next purchase, only upc code # 380040927001)limit 4 per card, only had 1 package in store $3.99
(2) Starburst 2/$1
(1) Herbal Essence shampoo $2.99 with 1 Extra Care Buck (limit 1 per card)
(1) Herbal Essence mouse $2.99

B1G1 free Starburst (from signing up as fan on Facebook)-$0.50
B1 Herbal Essence shampoo or conditioner get 1 style product free -$2.99
-1.00 Stay Free coupon (I got in the mail)

paid $7.49 after tax with a rebate card from CVS and got 3 ECB

Transaction #2

Planted 51 DVD $24.99 (I know I almost fainted!)
- $4 of $20 purchase (was going out of date also)
- 3 ECB for transaction #1
- 15.99 old ECB
total $3.94 I paid 2.50 from the remainder of the rebate card and
paid $1.44 cash out of pocket

Transaction #3 (mom's)
(1) Herbal Essence conditioner $2.99 with 1 ECB (limit 1 per card)
(1) Herbal Essence hairspray $2.99

coupon used
B1 Herbal Essence shampoo or conditioner and get 1 free style product -$2.99
-2.99 old ECB
after tax paid $0.55 cash out of pocket

So I really only paid $1.44 out of pocket for what I got and I'm so glad I got the DVD the boys love it!!

Monday, March 15, 2010

GF/CF Birthday party on a budget

This is the Gf/CF and egg free cupcakes we had for Caleb's 3rd birthday. He loves Thomas the Train! I wanted the boys to be able to eat everything at the party so we made cupcakes. I made the cupcake toppers from Thomas stickers, scrapbook paper, and toothpicks. My mom made the cupcake tower, Caleb loved it!! I made vanilla cupcakes
(you can see the recipe HERE) and chocolate cupcakes that were really yummy!! (recipe below)

Chocolate (yummy) cupcakes!
makes 12 cupcakes

1 cup Dari free Milk alternative
1 teaspoon cider vinegar
1 cup Bob's Red Mill all purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (Hershey's natural)
1/4 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon xanthan gum
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup oil (i used sunflower)
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. preheat oven to 350
2. combine milk alternative and cider and set aside
3. whisk together the flour mix, cocoa, xanthan gum, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. whisk out all lumps
4. (i used my stand mixer with paddle attachment) mix milk and cider mixture, sugar, oil, and vanilla. beat for about 1 minute.
5. sift in flour mixture slowly
6. fill cupcake liners 3/4 full
7. bake for 18 minutes, turning half way through. Make sure toothpick comes out clean.

These are the best cupcakes we've had, my husband even loved them and he doesn't eat cake!

Update on Princess and the Frog Rebate!

*update there is a $5.00 off coupon for the DVD or Bluray HERE. Target had the DVD for $15.99 and pair that with the $5 Band-Aid Rebate below! Great Deal!!

Thanks Couponing to Disney!

Target has The Princess and the Frog DVD for $15.99 and the BlueRay + DVD combo pack for $26.99, the combo pack will come with a purse. There is a $10 off the Blueray/ DVD combo pack printable coupon HERE. You can also go HERE and print a rebate for $5 when you purchase the DVD or combo pack and 2 participating BAND-AID® Brand products. Get $1.00 off Band-Aid Target coupons HERE (they can be stacked with a manufacture coupon)

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Easter wreath $4.32!

I saw this on My Frugal Family and I thought it was really cute!!!
So I thought I would try to make it. I went to the Dollar Tree and I got:
3 bags of 18 plastic Easter eggs $1 each
1 bag of purple Easter grass $1
total cost $4.39 after tax!!

First I cut the shape out of cardboard and glued the bottom 2 rolls of eggs to it. Secondly I glued the grass filling in the holes. Then I cut the long pieces of grass (to make it look cleaner) And finally I glued some random eggs on top to fill in gaps. It took less that 30 minutes and the boys loved it!! **Be careful with the hot glue**

My Target trip today

(2) Oral B stages child toothbrushes $1.99 each
(2) Gillete shave gel $2.99 each
(1) Gillete body wash $3.99 each
(1) Tag Jr. Easter book
(2) Toy Story Band-aids $1.82 each

coupons used:
(2) $.50 on Oral B child toothbrush (newspaper -$1)
(2) $1.00 off Oral B child toothbrush (-$2) ( HERE Target store coupon)
(2) $1 off Gillette Shave gel (-$2)
(1) free Gillette body wash when you buy Gillette shave gel (-$3.99)
(1) $1 off Target coupon (i got in the mail) when you buy 2 Gillette shave cream
(2) $1 off Band-aide product (HERE Target store coupon)
(1) $2 off a Tag Jr book (HERE- must register)
I also used a $5 Target gift card from a Gillette Razor deal (deal is currently going on: buy any 2 Gillette Razor or refills or Venus razor and refills get $5 gift card)

I paid out of pocket (with tax) $5.30 (saved about $19.48 after tax)
The Tag Jr book, Band-aids, and toothbrushes are going in the boys Easter Baskets, They love toothbrushes and Band-aids!!
I'll also turn in this receipt in for the Princess and the Frog DVD and Band-aid $5 rebate HERE. So I'll get $5 back.

There were Band-aid coupons in the newspaper a couple of weeks ago that you could double up with the Target coupon and get them free, I already used mine :o(

Friday, March 12, 2010

Autism + GF/CF diet + Disney World = best vacation ever!!

Last September we went to Disney World and had the best time!!! Why write about Disney World?? It's the only place where we could have a blast and not have to worry about food. I worry about food all the time! Having a child with autism on the Gluten and Casein free diet with multiple food intolerances to common things like rice, eggs, canola oil, coconut and many many more can very hard at times. We make everything from scratch. All the breads, muffins, cookies, cakes, seasonings everything is made at home. I didn't want to go some where I had to go back to the room and cook meals 3 deals a day, that's not a vacation to me. I started researching on the internet and came across the Disney World's special dietary website HERE. I thought it was worth a try so I emailed them, they got back with me the next morning! I was shocked! The lady was super nice and explained to me the locations that offered allergy free foods. I emailed her for a couple days (I'm sure I drove her crazy) I just wanted to make sure we wouldn't have to worry about anything. She emailed me ingredient lists, locations in each park for certain foods the boys like could be found. She even emailed me copies of the back of the chicken strip box! I couldn't believe the service. We were also going to be there on my husbands birthday and I wanted to surprise him with a mickey shaped birthday cake at our dinner at Chef Mickey's. Thinking it was going to be impossible to get a Gluten free (wheat), Casein free (diary), egg free, canola oil free cake, I called the special dinning number anyway. They told me that they would have one there waiting on us at Chef Mickey and to not worry about it. I can't tell you how shocked my husband and boys were when they brought out a chocolate Mickey mouse shaped cake!!
We got an awesome deal where we got the dining package for free. We had 1 table service. meal, 1 quick service meal and 1 snack per person per day. We used our table service for a character meal every day. It worked out great for us, the character came around when the boys were eating and we didn't have to stand in long lines out in the heat to meet the characters. (Most child with Autism have a hard time waiting in lines, and being hot doesn't help at all!)

Our character/table service meals were
breakfast at Donald Duck's Safari-Animal Kingdom
Best friends breakfast at Ohana with Lilo, Stitch and friends- Polynesian Resort
brunch at Princess Storybook Dining at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall-Epcot (we ate a late breakfast here, the breakfast is American but the other meals here are Norwegian buffet, we recommend the breakfast for more variety do to diet restrictions)
Dinner at Chef Mickey- Contemporary Resort
2 Dinners at Crystal Palace (Pooh characters)-Magic Kingdom
lunch at Sci Fi Dine In-Hollywood studios
Lunch at Rain Forest Cafe- *not on the dining plan* Animal Kingdom
At the Table service meals the chef will come out and talk to you about the food allergies. He will tell you what is on the menu you can order and they always offered to make things "off" menu just so the boys would have things they like. At the Buffets the chef would also come out and walk with me around the buffet pointing out everything we could or could not have, they also offered to make special items for us. Most of the times we would just eat what was available, but we did get the special mickey shaped waffles ( they were awesome !!!) Make sure you book your reservations for all your table service meals. If you don't you may not get in or you may have to wait a very long time. You also need to remember to tell them about your dietary needs, if you call in to book just tell the cast member, if you book on the internet it will have a place for you to mark any special dietary needs. You want to make sure they know you are coming so they are prepared with options for you.

Quick service meals we ate at:
Pecos Bill we had fries and hamburgers with GF/CF egg free buns with grapes- Magic Kingdom
Comic Rays they had hotdogs on special buns with fries and special cookies-Magic Kingdom
Our favorite place was Columbia Harbor House they have awesome chicken stripes and fries, the only problem is that they didn't have a dessert option but the boys were happy with extra grapes-Magic Kingdom
Abc Commissary they had hamburgers special buns and cookies-Hollywood Studios

We got French fries, fruit, waters, juice, popsicles, special cookies and brownies. We had so many credits, even after getting all of the stuff listed above that I went the night before we left and stocked up on juice and snacks for the drive home.

Guest Assistance Card
When you enter any of the parks go to the Guest Relations building to request a Guest Assistance card. Explain your child's needs, limitations and any of your concerns to the Disney World employee (they call all employees cast members), and you will be issued a Guest Assistance Card. This one card will work at all the parks the entire length of your stay. The card will help cast members who operate the rides know that your family should be permitted to use an alternative entrance when you ride. You will still have to wait, but the time will be cut down. If you need to keep your child in the stroller/wheelchair ask the cast member at the Guest relations for a special sticker that will allow you to keep your child in the stroller/wheelchair will waiting in line. They may tell you to use the fastpass system on rides that have that option available. We did get one of these cards the first day we were there, but we never used it. I think it was the time of year, there wasn't that many people there.

A few more tips

*If possible get up early and get the parks when they open. There will be fewer people and it's cooler.
*I also recommend going back to your resort to rest. Even though it's fun it can be overload and every one will do better after a rest. If your child won't take a nap or rest maybe a dip in the pool. It's always good to get out of the heat. Then return to the parks later that afternoon.
*Make sure everyone drinks plenty of water, it's hot and I know my kids get cranky when they don't get enough cold liquids.
*If possible go at an off time, usually when school is in. There will be fewer people and that usually makes it value season so you even get to save money!

We count Disney World as therapy, I know it sounds crazy but they made so many improvements while we were there. I couldn't believe how many new words came from that trip! I think it's a combination of characters they love, a break from the daily therapies, and even mom and dad are having fun. It's so great to get away and not even think about autism ,therapies, cooking and everything for a week. Just let go and have fun!!
If you have any questions please email me at savingforautism @ hotmail . com (no spaces when you type it in, it's just so people don't get it and spam)

Coupons in this Sunday's paper

Ever wanted to know what coupons are coming in Sunday's paper? GO HERE and find out! Coupons may vary... coupon price may be different or they may add or leave out a coupon.

Swiffer coupons

Go HERE for some Swiffer coupons.

$1 off coupon for V-8 V-Fusion juice

Go HERE for $1 off coupon for V-fusion juice.

$2 off coupon for Johnson and Johnson

Go HERE to print a $2 off coupon for Johnson and Johnson Bedtime bath and lotion.

Go HERE for $1 off coupon Johnson and Johnson head to toe bath.

$5 rebate from Georgia-Pacific

Go HERE and print out a rebate for $5 from Georgia-Pacific. You must purchase them at one time and send in the original UPC and receipt from 3/11/2010 to 4/18/2010.Purchase $20 worth of the following brands.
Quilted Northern
Vanity napkins, plates or bowls
Dixie bath cups or grab n go items
Brawny paper towels

Thursday, March 11, 2010

TACA: Talk About Curing Autism

This is probably my favorite Autism site. I've spent hours reading every single page. They have information on everything from biomedical, diets, therapies, why it works, do it all on a budget, etc. There is so much information on that one site I don't even know where to begin. So go HERE and soak up all the information!

The Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD)

This is another resource for Tennessee families. The Vanderbilt Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD) is dedicated to improving assessment and treatment services for children with autism spectrum disorders and their families while advancing knowledge and training. TRIAD offers workshops and training for parents and teachers. Please check out their website for more information. I've been to one of their workshops in Jackson. When they had the workshop they did one in West TN, Middle TN, and East TN. I really enjoyed it and learned some really useful ideas about using pictures to communicate.

STEP: Support and Training for Exceptional Parents

This is a great resource for Tennessee families! They helped me when I couldn't get an IEP meeting, so he could start services with the school. I've also been to a workshop and they are very sweet and caring people. The following is from their website:

STEP is a statewide family-to-family program in Tennessee, established in 1989 by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The purpose of STEP is to support families by providing free information, advocacy training, and support services to parents of children eligible to receive special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) who reside in Tennessee.
STEP services are available to any parent or family member of a special education student or a student who may need special help in school (birth through age 22). There is no charge for services to parents. Professionals in the education field are welcome to attend workshops without cost, however there may be a nominal cost for printed materials. Go here to find out more!