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Dr. Sharon A. Mitchell


Sharon can help with parenting and educational concerns. She has worked in teaching, special education, counseling and consulting for over thirty years and gives workshops to educators and parents on working with kids with autism spectrum disorders. Sharon speaks from both the education and parent points of view, having an adult son with Asperger's.

Experience in the area

Sharon has spent decades as a special education consultant with a school district and autism consult for the province's Department of Education, giving workshops and individual consults. Currently she works as regional autism consultant for a health district in between teaching university classes. She is an Amazon bestselling author or a series of novels, each depicting a child who has an autism spectrum disorder. Sharon's Master's thesis looked at the long-term outlook for persons with high functioning autism and Asperger's. Her Doctorate focused on strategies to help those with autism spectrum disorders.


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Author of "Autism Goes to School" - a novel about autism that that became an Amazon bestseller. Get this Amazon bestseller free at In the next book, Autism Runs Away, Ethan is only in grade one and already has been kicked out of one school due to his tantrums and pattern of running away when in a panic. Now in a new school his mom remains glued to her phone, waiting for the call to tell her that they don’t know what to do with a child who has autism. Sara is about to learn if this new school is up to the challenge. ( Autism Belongs is the 3rd book. Manny's life has shrank to the confines of their house. His parents are desperate not to rock his world because the aggression has gotten to much worse. Where will this lead? Is there a chance that Manny could actually belong out in the world? You bet! Get a free sample at Book four, Autism Talks and Talks, is about a 12 year old girl who has Asperger's. She's bright, inquisitive, highly verbal, but lacks social skills. Try a free sample at Book five, Autism Grows Up features Suzie, a bright, twenty-one year old whose life collapsed after she finished high school. Now, she lives in her mother's basement, spending nights on her computer, afraid to broach the world outside their door. Autism Grows Up is found at Prefer a boxed set? Get the first 3 books bundled together at Co-author of bestseller, The Official Autism 101 Manual (


B.A. in Psychology, B.Ed. in Special Education, M.A. in Educational Leadership PhD. in Psychology Management, specializing in autism.

Awards and Honors

B.R.A.G. Medallion for the novel Autism Goes to School - Book 1 in the School Daze Series. ( Like Autism Goes to School, the third book in the series, Autism Belongs, also ranked #1 on Amazon ( Manny is not like other children. He doesn’t talk. He doesn’t leave the house. His parents desperately try to arrange their world so that Manny does not get upset. Because, when he does, well, the aggression was getting worse. At ten, Manny was becoming difficult to handle.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

My main interest is in helping people achieve as high a level of independence as they can, no matter what their intellectual ability. Too many kids with Asperger's and high functioning autism end up living in their parents' basements, unemployed, underemployed and undereducated.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

In the United States the rate of autism spectrum disorders is now 1:68, as of March, 2014 - 1 in 42 for boys and 1 in 68 for all kids.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Despite having average intelligence less than one fifth of young adults with high functioning autism or Asperger's live independently.

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Recent Answers from Dr. Sharon A. Mitchell

2016-11-22 suggestions for replacement behaviours:

Hi Karen,    You do have interesting situations.    Glad to hear that the hair pulling issue has lessened, but this new behaviour has the power to annoy kids and adults alike. It might have initially been

2016-07-26 help with student's use of profanity:

Hi Karen,    First, I am impressed with all that you have done for this child. He is a lucky boy to have landed in your school. Although the profanity is a real concern, can you imagine what things might

2016-04-25 Parenting plan assessment for child with ASD:

Hello Leo,    First, your son is very lucky to have two parents who love him and want to be involved in his life.     I can offer you some opinions on autism and kids in general, but I don't know your

2015-11-11 asperger's?:

Hello Eleanor.     No, it is not too late. When adults receive a diagnosis, it can help the individual understand himself and for his family to understand more about the ways in which he responds to the

2015-07-26 Adult autism:

Kari, I'm glad you wrote, but I'm sorry that you're having such a tough time. Live sounds hard and scary for you.    Things can get better for you - easier and less frightening. But, you need not do this


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