April 19, 2017

 By Dan Coulter

     When is a funny smell not funny? 

     The answer is, when it's coming from you. Especially when you're not aware that it's driving other people away.

     One of the characteristics of Asperger Syndrome is that you tend to pe...

September 6, 2016

by  Dan Coulter    

How do you motivate a child who has Asperger Syndrome?
 

It's one of the questions I hear most from parents. 
 

You can try to tie the things you want your child to do to his or her special interests. That's a good tool, but it doesn't always...

September 2, 2016

These are the first two chapters of "Make Every Word Count" a Science Fiction/Fantasy social skills novel for upper elementary and middle school-age students. While I'm working on a sequel, I'm interested to know what behaviors you'd like to see covered in future books...

June 23, 2016

by Dan Coulter

If you have a child on the autism spectrum and a job, the ideal workplace is accommodating and supportive. I've worked in places that were – and some that weren't. That includes a college, a university, a number of radio and television stations, three lar...

June 13, 2016

By Dan Coulter

Do you know someone with Asperger Syndrome who has trouble letting go of painful memories?  This is not listed as a symptom of the condition, but I'm aware of a number of people who have negative Asperger-related flashbacks.  I wondered how common this is...

January 19, 2016

By Dan Coulter

     If you have Asperger Syndrome, do you find yourself arguing a lot?  

     If your arguments usually lead to raised voices and hard feelings, it's possible some negative Asperger tendencies are taking over your interactions.  Perhaps you...

January 6, 2016

 By Dan Coulter

   When do smartphones become dumbphones?


     I saw an example a few days ago as my wife and I ate in a local Greek restaurant. We tucked into a lamb gyro (me) and a Spanakopita (her), and watched three adults at a table near us ignore the three el...

April 14, 2015

By Dan Coulter

 

 For someone with Asperger Syndrome or Autism Spectrum Disorder - Level 1, common social interactions can be feel like you're a poor swimmer jumping into the deep end of the pool.  And the risks of using social media can be like adding sharks to the pool...

March 10, 2015

 

By Dan Coulter

I got a jolting lesson in how appearance matters while sitting in a small-group writing seminar. Jennifer, the speaker, made a point, looked at me and said, “I can tell Dan disagrees with me. He's frowning.”

 

Whoa. I actually agreed with her.

 

In my mind,...

February 3, 2015

 

How do you motivate a child -- or adult -- with Asperger Syndrome?  Especially one who's been beaten down mentally by being ridiculed or ignored for quirky behaviors?  Maybe one who was enthusiastic until being treated as an outcast made him or her accept that role an...

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