Judith Colihan is the Head of Career Education at the Pathway School in Norristown, PA. She is the mother of two; both of her children have autism spectrum diagnoses. Following in the footsteps of the talented therapists who worked in her son’s home-based ABA program, she began working as an ABA therapist in the home and school programs of young children with autism. This path led her to earn her Master's degree in Special Education in 2009 and permanent teaching certification in 2010. Judy is currently pursuing her doctorate in Special Education. Along the way, she was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome and is committed to using the understanding that has come from that knowledge to have a positive impact on the lives of her own children and her students.
This month, my daughter celebrated her 18th birthday, which left me with a sense of accomplishment that I had managed to raise both of my children to adulthood ...
As a special educator, I have had ample opportunity to consider the process of Transition to adulthood for individuals on the autism spectrum from a multitude of perspectives.
Once in a blue moon, everything works out the way it’s supposed to, despite the bumps in the road we encounter along the way. Today was just such an experience for me.
Over the course of this past school year, I have shared carefully-worded anecdotes about the trials and tribulations of the youngsters in my life who are struggling with their impending graduation.
As I mentioned in a previous column, my son is headed off to college this fall.
Recently here in my little corner of the special education world, I have been spending inordinate amounts of time pondering an issue never once addressed ...
As my journey through adulthood continues, I am constantly becoming aware of new and unfamiliar responsibilities as they present themselves.
On a trip to Arizona three years ago, my son Mickey asked to visit the airport gift shop. He rummaged through a display of stuffed animals.
Since I wrote of Cameron’s postsecondary funding dilemma last week, not much progress has been made.
Over the last year or so I’ve talked to parents who have children that have been newly diagnosed with ASD.
Whenever I share stories of my family's experience with Willie's aggressive and self-injurious behavior, I'm always concerned that the accounts will seem over the top to some ...
With April being Autism Awareness Month, everyone is getting into the spirit of helping out when it come to this cause.
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