AutismToday Founder Applies Special Needs Lessons to Aid School Programming

Welcome and thank you for taking a sincere interest in developmental disabilities and autism in particular.

Many years ago, Little Rainman: Autism–Through the Eyes of a Child, was my first book.

Though Little Rainman appeals to children, it has tremendous value for educators and parents too. It enables them to learn and understand what autism is all about, early on.

As an educator, you know how important the learning principles of “primacy” and “recency” are.  These principles are even more critical to a special needs child.

Being a special needs parent you can imagine what I’ve experienced and learned.

I’ve actually become a “teacher” in a manner of speaking.

The “school of hard knocks” (direct experience) and academia (reading and studying) have blended well for me and my family in our quest of loving and providing for our special needs children.

Early on, I was a bit shocked that many professionals didn’t seem to have a firm grasp of the particulars of autistic children.  Early detection of any developmental disability is critical and varying modalities of treatment abound based on accurate diagnosis.

Although I’ve learned much from the medical and professional community we both know that a black and white diagnosis, although helpful, doesn’t tell the whole story. Daily life with special needs children is as real as it gets.

By loving and guiding two special needs children one might say I’ve earned a PhD in real life special needs care experience.

Please share your story, what you did and how it worked as an educator or other professional in touch with special needs children.

To share your story, go to:

As always, I look forward to hearing from you.

Karen Simmons
Mother, Wife, Author, Founder & CEO of


P.S. Here is something I would like to recommend that will give you the tips,  strategies, and tools you need to help understand special needs children, autism in particular.

To download a video presentation that will help you understand the nature of special needs children, autism in particular:


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