The Asperger Diagnosis and Support Groups

by Dan Coulter I recently spent a lot of hours with moms and dads of children diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome – in the editing room. I make educational videos, and I was looking at interview footage of parents talking about how things had changed after the diagnosis. They all said things got better. Many of the stories were dramatic. Which is not surprising, when you consider that most of these parents were using the wrong instruction manual without knowing it. In writing their own instruction manuals, one key piece of advice these veteran moms and dads had for parents of newly diagnosed children was: find a support group! Whether their children had been diagnosed early, or in adolescenc

Learning to Swim, Socially

by Dan Coulter When I was little, I almost drowned. On summer days, I’d go to a community pool with the kids from the neighborhood. One day, before I learned to swim, I found myself past the rope with floats that marked the deep water. I stepped in the wrong direction and my head slipped below the surface. The fact that I didn’t panic probably has something to do with the fact that I have Asperger Syndrome. My brain has always been pretty logical and I tend to stay calm in emergencies. I sank to the bottom of the pool and pushed up with my toes. I could manage just enough force to get my head above the water and take a quick breath before sinking again. I couldn’t stay up long enough

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