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.
So I found myself on Dictionary.com the other day, and drawn to the definition of the word, “independent.”
In the past couple of weeks, I have spent more than what could be considered a normal amount of time focused on appearances.
A number of things have happened in the past several weeks that have me pondering the idea of what it means to “let go.”
I have spent the better part of 40-something years trying to figure out where and how exactly I “fit in” in the grand scheme of things.
It occurs to me that for most of us, autistic or not, that the ability to seek out support when needed is at its core an issue of trust.
“I just don’t want to go to work.” I have heard this phrase countless times in my life, and have uttered the words on more than one occasion myself.
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.
Last week I had the opportunity to head to Washington, DC to attend the “Autism Speaks to Washington” summit.
This hasn't been a peaceful time in the autism community.
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