I started working with students with autism 7 years ago and my very first year I began working with a boy named Nick. Nick quickly drew near and dear to my heart…he has Asperger’s Syndrome. Nick went through some very rough times over the years–even a suicide attempt. When we met, I was the lead instructor for a reading clinic for students with autism through the big medical school down here–after I left I lost touch w/ Nick for about 2 years. One day, my ex told me that Nick’s mom had found my number and called our old house–I called them back and they wanted to know if I would work with Nick privately from my home. I agreed and am still working with him (that was about 2 years ago). On Friday, I am SO proud to announce that Nick not only graduated from high school, but he did so with High Honor!!! I’m so proud I could burst!
It looks like I’ll continue to work with him through the early college years–especally those freshman English and Literature courses!