Judith Colihan

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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 Beat Goes On

Many years ago, I had the good fortune to attend a local conference featuring Alan Sohn and Cathy Grayson, authors of the book “Parenting Your Asperger Child.” 

My Perfect World

I have a favorite phrase that I use quite a bit with my staff in Career Education: “In my perfect world …” 

The Path of Resistance

For many of us on the autism spectrum, obsessive/compulsive characteristic permeate our daily existence. 

Too Much of a Good Thing

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. 

One Moment in Time

As the school year draws to a close for our young people, reflection on things past comes to mind. I

Commencement

In two weeks, my son will be graduating from high school.