September 2, 2016

These are the first two chapters of "Make Every Word Count" a Science Fiction/Fantasy social skills novel for upper elementary and middle school-age students. While I'm working on a sequel, I'm interested to know what behaviors you'd like to see covered in future books...

August 12, 2014

By Dan Coutler

 It can take any teacher a while to figure out the strengths and challenges of children at the beginning of a school year.   A child with Asperger Syndrome, or a similar autism spectrum disorder, may not benefit from waiting to be figured out.

   If y...

July 9, 2014

By Dan Coulter

My wife, Julie, and I were in church before the service recently and a woman came up and told Julie how nice it was that she’d brought our son Drew to their Sunday School class last week. “You really can’t tell that there’s anything…” She didn’t finish th...

July 2, 2014

By Dan Coulter

If you’re a parent or teacher or coach or youth leader, have you ever been tempted to write a child off? To expect little or nothing and put your efforts elsewhere? For an hour or a day or even permanently? Have you ever felt justified because a child...

May 21, 2014

By Dan Coulter

Ever been frustrated or embarrassed by something one of your kids said or did in public? The stares of strangers can feel like bullets.  

If your child has an Autism Spectrum Disorder, you may sometimes feel like you’ve been machine-gunned.Wou...

May 14, 2014

By Dan Coulter

I think kids need each other. Kids don’t just learn from parents and teachers, they learn from other kids.  One of the most important lessons they can learn is how to get along with people who don’t look or think or act exactly like they do.

That’s why I b...

March 29, 2014

By Dan Coulter

he numbers keep rising.

     I'm looking at an Associated Press news story reporting that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now estimate that 1 in 68 children in the United States is on the autism spectrum. The CDC started using its cu...

March 27, 2014

By Dan Coulter

Lots of kids aren’t happy being who they are.

Particularly if they have neurobiological conditions that make them tend to act different from other kids. Conditions like Asperger Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder - Level 1, Pervasive Developmental Disorder...

March 20, 2014

By Dan Coulter

People can be such jerks.  Other people.  Not you and me.  When we get upset and are impatient or short with people, it’s for good and valid reasons.  If people could only see the pressures we’re under or the unfairness of the situations we have to deal w...

March 10, 2014

By Dan Coulter

Poor neurotypicals. Sometimes they just don’t have a clue.

What’s a neurotypical? It’s a label for someone who doesn’t have Asperger Syndrome (AS), autism spectrum disorder, or another condition that makes you think differently. (I don’t know who coined...

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