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. 

The A-Word

As I mentioned in a previous column, my son is headed off to college this fall. 

The Smell of Success

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 ...

Putting Off Until Tomorrow

Throughout my life, the “issue” of procrastination has reared its ugly head more times than I care to remember. 

Chapter Two

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. 

Til ASD Do Us Part

Since it has been just a shade over one year since I was blessed enough to have the opportunity to share my thoughts through the written word thanks to Autism After 16,

Why Does it Matter?

Last year, in one of my Career Education classes, a student put forth the question, “Why do we have to learn these things? Why does it matter?”