I have just begun to understand (or learn) what learning is. It was not until I started addressing my youngest child’s educational needs and experiences that I realized that I really did not have a clue. Parenting my son has sent me on a voyage of discovery about learning through a different set of eyes, which has caused me to reevaluate my own professional ability to be open-minded enough to help all students be successful on our campuses.
My youngest son is extremely gifted, healthy, happy and can be described as otherwise “normal.” What makes him, and every other student like him, unique is that he is an autistic person; more specifically, he has been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS). Helping him navigate the world with his disorder has given me a new perspective on student learning.
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