Every parent wants to give their child the world. Which is why most will tell you that caring for, and supporting, their children every day is one of the greatest challenges they face. We can never truly give our kids as much as we feel they deserve. When a child suffers from a disorder on the autism spectrum, the difficulty of those challenges is often increased exponentially. But a new autism support program at Howell High School is looking to help.
Educating communities on the intricacies of autism allows parents to better care for children with autism. One New Jersey teacher is hoping to create a trend in the Garden State that does just that.
On this episode of Caucus: New Jersey with Steve Adubato, show host Steve Adubato, PhD., sat down with Timothy Hogan, a teacher at Howell High School. Hogan’s personal experiences with his son inspired him to create a program at his high school in order to raise awareness about students with autism. Now, he is in charge of one of the largest autism spectrum disorder support programs in New Jersey, which was conceived after an experience with his son.
“This whole program all started because [our family has] had some really bad experiences because he has autism,” said Hogan. He went on to talk about a particularly unpleasant experience he had with his son on the Spring Lake boardwalk when he was forced to drag his child away in a headlock because he was inconsolable.
“That night,” Hogan continued, “I went home and called this woman I work with, Mary Collins; and she has a group called The Anytowners, and they are about getting diversity in the schools.”
From there, Hogan and other members of the Howell High School staff started an assembly that is designed to promote autism awareness and acceptance throughout the school, the community and even the state.
To learn more about this innovative autism support program, check out this episode of Caucus: New Jersey with Steve Adubato.
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