Explore Online Learning For Kids On The Spectrum


Originally published in San Antonio Express-News – April 13, 2018

April is Autism Awareness Month.

My son Nicholas was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, which is a subtype on the autism spectrum. I was disheartened watching him struggle in school: Whenever he got frustrated, he would leave the classroom and come back later into the lesson. This continuous cycle not only meant that he was falling behind in his classes, but also that he was giving up on his schoolwork because he was underprepared. Therefore, I decided to enroll him in Texas Online Preparatory School (TOPS), an online public school, in hopes of breaking the pattern.

 TOPS has helped Nicholas gain his confidence back in school and allowed me to work directly with the program to help him succeed. TOPS gives him the chance to learn without the distractions that were making him leave class. Although there are other students in his classes, it is as if he is receiving one-on-one time with his teachers. Nicholas especially likes his teachers in both his biology and English classes.
As a parent, I feel as if I am respected by all his teachers because my opinion on what is best for Nicholas is valued. While some may think that having to make special accommodations can hinder a child’s educational journey, TOPS has had a life-changing impact on my son because we are able to adjust the school day to fit his needs.

Nicholas is now a senior in high school and is excited to graduate soon! He’s also a typical teenager who likes to play on the computer and spend time with our dogs. For any parents with students on the spectrum who are seeking an alternative education option, I encourage them to explore online learning. I am so grateful that I have been able to watch my son blossom academically through TOPS!

Mo Cuevas lives in San Antonio.

To learn more about Texas Online Preparatory School, visit http://tops.k12.com/.


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