The MOJO Escape

By Dan Coulter Do you ever feel overwhelmed? Do you feel trapped by your responsibilities and yearn to escape? Well, do it. Not permanently. Just long enough to get your MOJO back. Leading MOJO experts, who I just made up, contend that significant amounts of MOJO can be recovered by getting away from your worries for just a few minutes at a time. The economic downturn has put even more pressure on parents who have their hands full supporting children with special needs. To someone already under stress, economic worries can seem to turn the straw that broke the camel’s back into a bale of hay. But with our families depending on us, we can’t allow our backs to be figuratively broken. If you

Rewriting Your Child's Script

By Dan Coulter There’s a term in screenwriting called “the dark night of the soul.” It’s that point in the script where the hero is overwhelmed by feelings that he faces impossible odds and his situation is hopeless. If your child with Asperger Syndrome is frequently seized by these feelings, they may be caused by thoughts of past embarrassing or traumatic incidents that are taking up too much space in his memory banks. Some children with AS, including my son, Drew, are especially sensitive to selective memories. Here’s an example. When Drew was about three and a half years old, he got a balloon tied to his wrist in a shoe store. While walking to the car, he accidently untied the balloon’

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