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.
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.
I would like to take time this week to tell the story of a very dear friend on the autism spectrum, whose experiences may serve as a cautionary tale.
As much as I would like to believe otherwise, there are many times in the course of our day-to-day lives where those of us on the autism spectrum will need to be able to “fit in.”
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