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Change can be a new pathway


As a parent of a young child with Autism and other disabilities, I am very empathetic to the needs of parents and children.

I was a working mother and wife, who due to circumstances with my son, is not able pursue a typical 9-5 job.

Calls from my sons school, medical appointments, and caring for the needs of my son were the reasons I had to leave the school system.

I will always love working with children. This lifestyle change was not a setback, but a chance for me to pursue other goals.

I have wanted to go to graduate school for many years. I now have that opportunity available to me. I am pursuing my Master's in ABA on line. I also applied for Partners in Policymaking which is a program through the VA Board for People with Disabilities. I was accepted for the class of 2013. I was also accepted to the Va-LEND (Leadership Education on Neuro-developmental Disabilities) through VCU.

I have had the opportunity to be a Vice Chair on my local Special Education Advisory Committee, and a volunteer for several children's non-profits.

I decided that change can be a new pathway. When my husband and I agreed that I should leave work to be more available to care for my son, I was somewhat sad for a while. but instead I chose to let my sadness move to action. Now I am in a position to help my child more and also other children in different ways.

Tutoring and parent support is one way I can help others. Life is about choices. We do not always have control over the outcomes, but we do have the choice to try to create new pathways for ourselves.

I hope this message can be encouraging for other families like me. I am humbled by my experiences, and I would like so much to help others.

I hope to be a resource as a tutor, parent and child advocate, or just a mom who understands.

Shannon H.


Wonderful post. I have a similar situation. I chose to substitute teacher so I would be more available to my son. Now I am also tutoring to help other students. I hope your son is doing better. My son is doing better too.


Shannon H.

ABA/AUTISM Tutor for young children