June 13, 2016

By Dan Coulter

Do you know someone with Asperger Syndrome who has trouble letting go of painful memories?  This is not listed as a symptom of the condition, but I'm aware of a number of people who have negative Asperger-related flashbacks.  I wondered how common this is...

January 6, 2016

 By Dan Coulter

   When do smartphones become dumbphones?


     I saw an example a few days ago as my wife and I ate in a local Greek restaurant. We tucked into a lamb gyro (me) and a Spanakopita (her), and watched three adults at a table near us ignore the three el...

October 15, 2014

By Dan Coulter

The massive success of movies such as "Frozen" and "The Hunger Games" is part of a positive trend in young adult fiction that focuses on the importance of sibling relationships. This trend makes me think of the 57 family members my wife and I interviewed...

December 16, 2013

By Dan Coulter

Trying to get your child with Asperger Syndrome to do his homework or chores before he plays his video games?

     Good luck.

     Scratch that.

     If luck was involved, your child's special interest would be his homework. What you n...

November 22, 2013

By Drew Coulter

Well the radio stations are playing Christmas music, so that means Thanksgiving is just around the corner.

I cannot help but remember an incident in first grade. One boy on the playground stated that last year he had seen his parents setting out the prese...

March 22, 2013

By Dan Coulter

It's hard to overstate the value of self-esteem. It supercharges our brains to give us ideas and energy. It makes us feel and look better. But the dark side to this equation is that a lack of self-esteem has the opposite effect. 

     What can you do when...

October 23, 2012

By Dan Coulter

      What’s their secret?  How do some parents of special needs children seem to sail through family holiday gatherings without feeling like they’re going to lose their hair or their minds?       

      I’m not talking a...

June 14, 2012

By Dan Coulter

 I’ve written a lot about my son, Drew, who has Asperger Syndrome.  For this Father’s Day, I’m going to talk about his neurotypical sister, Jessie. 

When you think about what you’ll do for your dad this year, you might consider a certificate that...

May 7, 2012

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 planne...

January 11, 2012

By Dan Coulter

 Your son or daughter has Asperger Syndrome.  How are you, as a dad, dealing with it?

     Here’s a test to help you analyze how your approach is working.

  • Your son is obviously bright, but doesn’t follow instructions you repeatedly give h...

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