My journey in the field of Autism may have started differently than most but nonetheless I am on the journey. 15 years ago I was returning from an 18 month church assignment in Venezuela. I had graduated from college and had planned to become a child advocate. Little did I know what form that advocacy would take. Before heading to grad school I took a position as a teacher, where I received my first work related injury- a black eye from trying break up a fight. I left that situation with 2 thoughts in mind: don’t get in the middle of 2 girls fighting and there had to be a way to get student to respond to directions even when their emotions and senses were on high alert.