Compromise Yourself

By Dan Coulter You’re right. You know you’re right. You know what’s best for your child. You also know he’s not buying it. She’s got her own ideas and your logic won’t penetrate her shields. If your child has Asperger Syndrome, this can easily escalate from an irritating frustration to a serious issue. An Asperger-influenced brain works differently than typical brains and can have its own logic. That’s when compromise can be essential. In today’s political climate, some people are trying to make compromise a bad word. As in, “he compromised his principles” rather than “he found a solution through compromise.” As I discovered when my son who has Asperger Syndrome was little, and re-dis

Angel Teachers

By Dan Coulter Julie, my wife, just reminded me that it’s teacher appreciation week. That makes me think of the teachers who Julie calls “angels.” They’re especially impressive because they’re earthbound and doing a really tough job. These are the teachers who find a way to give students with challenges the help they need. These angels look past difficult behaviors to see their causes and try and address them. My son Drew had a number of angels when he was in school. Yes, it’s an era of tight budgets, growing class sizes and “teaching to the test.” This puts pressure on teachers. Recently, Julie and I spoke with an educational consultant. He described a teacher who demanded that a st

Interviewing Mom

By Dan Coulter How well do you know your mom? You might say, “Hey, she’s my mom!” Yes, I’m sure you know a lot. But how much do you know that’s not solely tied to what she does for you? Maybe you’ve already bought your mom a gift or planned something special for Mother’s Day. In addition to that, why not give her something really personal? An interview. I have Asperger Syndrome. I know how easy it is to assume Mom knows how much you appreciate her. It took me a long time to understand how much it means for a mom to hear that out loud. It also can take time for a son or daughter to see Mom as a person who has more to her life than the family she loves. It’s easy to take what moms free

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