How My Son’s Autism Education Educated Me

My 6-Year-Old Has to Be Taught Language, Play, and Social Skills. To Get Him the Help He Needs, I’ve Had to Learn New Skills, Too.


The kindergartners stop what they are doing.

“Now, everybody stomp your feet!” The children oblige and watch carefully for their teacher’s next command.

“Everybody freeze again!”

“Good,” she compliments them. Her band of mimics, which includes my 6-year-old son Jude, is doing a nice job of following her movements and looking at her face.

When Jude seamlessly makes the transition from one activity to the next, he is rewarded with a “Great job!” and one minute of individual play with an action figure of his choice. When his minute is up and …

The Autism Job Club

Everyone Today Needs a Job Network. Especially Those On the Spectrum.

On the first Saturday of each month, we of the Autism Job Club of the Bay Area gather at 10 a.m. at the Arc building at Howard and 11th Streets …