Teacher of autistic kids treasures small successes

  • Article by: Warren Wolfe , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 8, 2013 - 4:43 PM

In our continuing series about everyday people mastering their craft, a special education teacher prepares kids to cope with a mystifying world.

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iluvthepaperApr. 8, 13 8:02 PM

Thank you, Heather, for working with Minnesota's autistic children. We need more teachers like you and more funding to help the increasing number of kids on the spectrum. Keep up the good work!

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davehougApr. 9, 1311:25 AM

“This is why I’m so drawn to these kids,” she said. “I can really make a difference in a child’s life. Working with parents, other teachers and other specialists, I can help a child begin to make sense of the world, to achieve some success, to feel good.” - - - THANK you for saving a life. People who lash out as expression used to end up in institutions. Learning life skills in an alien world is tougher work than I am ready for.

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pinkiepie85Apr. 10, 13 2:51 AM

Properly channeled, autism is a great gift. And to be a teacher is a most sacred profession. Shame on the fools who call autism "brain damage" and try to blame it on vaccines. Shame on heartless suits who slash funding and put teachers through the wringer. (Cheerilee-sensei is probably my 5th favorite pony after Twilight, Luna, Nyx and Sweetie Belle) My 28 years of autism have often been painful, but it's always been the character-building sort of trials. I applaud the President's call to study the mind and brain. A good place to start would be making Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid required reading for highschool graduation or college entrance.

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mikejgApr. 10, 1310:18 AM

Thank you, Heather, for all your good work and for seeing the gifts that people with autism can bring to the world. We have a woman on the autism spectrum who comes in twice a week to our office and performs many routine office tasks that we can't find the time to do. She has become an important member of our team

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