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...

September 14, 2014

By Dan Coulter

A while back, I wrote an article about having your first experience teaching a student with Asperger Syndrome.  With so many teachers encountering students who have Asperger Syndrome (or autism spectrum disorder - level 1), I decided it’s time for another...

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...

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...

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 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...

September 4, 2012

By Dan Coulter

What’s the worst you’ve ever felt?

     No, scratch that.  No one should have to remember something that painful.

     But that’s not an option for nearly half the students with Asperger Syndrome or high functioning autism.  People on th...

May 16, 2012


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 w...

October 10, 2011

By Dan Coulter

There’s a great Gary Larson Far Side cartoon about optimists and pessimists that shows four people, each separately looking at a glass with some water in it.

     The first person says, “The glass is half full!”

     The second person says, “...

August 19, 2011

By Dan Coulter

Your child’s success in the coming school year has a lot to do with his or her comfort zone.  Some children have pretty flexible comfort zones.

     Children with Asperger Syndrome tend to have difficulty adapting to new situations, and many really benefi...

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