When You Say Nothing At All

By Dan Coulter "You say it best, when you say nothing at all," is a line from a country song by Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz. You may have heard the song in the movie, "Notting Hill." While written as part of a love song, the line also applies to other parts of life. There's a huge range of what's called non-verbal communication that can say as much or more than words. Non-verbal communication is also called "body language." Learning how to read and use non-verbal communication can be as valuable to a person with Asperger Syndrome in normal conversation as learning to speak French before you go to France. Without using your voice, you can say volumes with your facial expressions and yo

Overcoming Discrimination

By Dan Coulter I got an arresting perspective about discrimination at my high school reunion last week. A classmate and I were sitting at a table away from the crowd, catching up on the years since graduation. He talked about raising a niece with a physical disability and said, “I thought being black was tough, but that doesn't come close to the discrimination I see against people with disabilities. Sometimes they aren't even treated like people.” That meant a lot coming from an African American man who is old enough to remember the day Martin Luther King was assassinated. We went to school at Central High, the oldest of the four high schools operating in Springfield, Missouri at the time. M

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