Asperger Honesty

We all want our children to be honest and open. Okay, if you’re the parent of a child with Asperger Syndrome, you’ll probably mostly settle for honest. Children with AS can have real problems when they’re too open with their observations. It can be confusing to make an accurate statement like, “His breath smells bad,” only to be shushed by mom or dad. I’ve heard it said that children with Asperger Syndrome can’t lie. That has not been my experience. Most tend to be literal and straightforward. Many feel compelled to speak the truth as they see it, especially in describing confrontations with other children. But I also know of kids with AS who have misled or lied to their parents to avoi

Who Supports Our Teachers?

By Dan Coulter What happened? How did we get to the point where political pundits are attacking America’s teachers? Against all reason and contrary to the facts, how can these pundits call teachers lazy, underworked, and overpaid? These attacks were sparked by a controversy in Wisconsin that pitted the governor against teachers. If you’ve followed this situation, it’s obvious that teachers are not the primary target. The governor and his supporters in the media are actually trying to weaken organized labor, and the state’s unionized teachers are convenient scapegoats. It’s doubtful the attackers believe their own propaganda. To them, what happens to teachers is just collateral damage. Bu

He's My Brother

By Dan Coulter I was 19 when I first heard the Hollies’ song, “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother.” Wikipedia says the phrase can be traced back as early as 1884. Wiki reports an early use in a publication came from Ralph Waldo Trine: "Do you know that incident in connection with the little Scottish girl? She was trudging along, carrying as best she could a boy younger, but it seemed almost as big as she herself, when one remarked to her how heavy he must be for her to carry, when instantly came the reply: 'He's na heavy. He's mi brither.'" Okay, that brings a lump to my throat. It makes me think of all the children with Asperger Syndrome I’ve heard about who feel desperately alone. Who try a

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