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.
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 ...
Throughout my life, the “issue” of procrastination has reared its ugly head more times than I care to remember.
Now that I am entering the phase of my life I could deem “Judy, Part II,” I have spent some time considering what life as a single adult woman with Asperger’s is going to look like.
Being a single mom is tough. Being a single mom of a child with disabilities is… well, even suckier.
Yes, I do know my son is almost 27 years old and can handle many more things on his own than I give him credit for, but sometimes it is so hard to step back and let that happen.
I read a fascinating article this week: Jeff Howe’s CNN Money piece, “Paying for Finn: A Special-Needs Child.”
One of the more difficult things people are facing today is looking for the right job. That was one of my big challenges when I graduated from college;
Reilly has a girlfriend, apparently a serious girlfriend. At least they were pretty serious until they parted for the summer.
One day last week, I discovered a pile of Cameron’s school work on my coffee table. I’m used to these piles magically appearing.
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