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...

October 24, 2014

By Dan Coulter


Who do you listen to?


We generally listen to people we respect. Which makes it kind of ironic that we don't always listen to ourselves.


A while back, my wife pointed out an article about listening written last by elementary school teacher Andy Dousis, wh...

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...

September 24, 2014

By Dan Coulter

If you’re raising a child with autism or Asperger syndrome, you don’t have to go it alone.

I’ve met a lot of parents who are super-dedicated to their kids.  Sometimes they feel they can only depend on themselves.  This is more likely to happen if they run...

September 9, 2014

By Dan Coulter

We don’t know our children’s limits. And that’s a good thing. 

Oh, we may know the limits we see today. But they’re not locked in stone, thanks to something called neuroplasticity or “cortical re-mapping.” In layman’s terms, neuroplasticity is the abilit...

September 3, 2014

By Dan Coulter

Live in the moment.  Prepare for the future.

Two good pieces of advice.  Success and happiness require a bit of both.

Balancing the present and future is hard enough for parents, but it can be even harder for our children who have Asperger Syndrome or simil...

August 28, 2014

By Dan Coulter

  In the Big Bang Theory TV show universe, physicist Sheldon Cooper has never been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. But he has many quirky behaviors common to people who have.

     One of those behaviors is being stubborn and voicing frustration when...

August 20, 2014

By Dan Coulter

Ever gotten frustrated when you’ve failed?  I have.  It’s especially hard when you feel that you’re somehow failing as a parent – or that your child is failing at something and you can’t fix the problem.

If you’re trying hard and you’ve made repeated...

August 6, 2014

By Dan Coulter

Most of us can remember some wonderful and terrible things about school. In many ways, the first day of class can set the tone for a whole school year. If you have a child with special needs, you can help lay the groundwork for a successful year’s laun...

July 30, 2014

By Dan Coulter

Who’s in your family?

It may be larger than you think.

My wife, Julie, and I recently went to her annual family reunion.  We showed a video there that we’d produced about several generations of family history using interviews and old photographs.  We inc...

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