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.
For many of us on the autism spectrum, obsessive/compulsive characteristic permeate our daily existence.
For the typical teacher—and no, I’m not 100 percent sure what that is—the last day of school brings with it a myriad of emotions not unlike those experienced by the 18-and-under set.
As the school year draws to a close for our young people, reflection on things past comes to mind. I
In two weeks, my son will be graduating from high school.
I want to be liked. There, I admitted it. It is important to me that others like me.
Growing up, I always had a vision for what my adult life would look like. I would have a career, I would fall in love, get married, and have children—LOTS of children.
I’ve come down with an early case of the “Bah Humbugs” this year.
Last Tuesday my sister Connie had to have a surgery.
Here's what really gets to us about the holiday season. It's not the way advertisers assault us, though that's troubling.
By the time you read this, I will have returned from a week’s vacation in Florida with my family.
Schedule-based living, however, can be a tricky proposition. On the one hand, a schedule orders the day, the expectations, and is comforting to Madison who has difficulty with transitions....
The search for a postsecondary program for a student like Cameron is not much fun. It’s actually pretty awful.
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