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.
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/.