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AUTISM ADVOCATE RELEASES NOVEL ABOUT WIZARDS, SOCIAL SKILLS, AND ASPERGER SYNDROME

 

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, September 7, 2016

 

     Winston-Salem, NC – A nationally recognized advocate for people with autism, who has Asperger Syndrome himself, has released a fantasy novel in which social skills play a key role. The book, titled Make Every Word Count, transports a talkative middle school boy with Asperger Syndrome to a world that uses magic like Earth uses science. The boy must defeat an evil wizard and save the world while he's under a spell that lets him say no more than five words every five minutes.

     “Talking too much is a common challenge for children with Asperger Syndrome,” said Dan Coulter, the book's author. Make Every Word Count is first and foremost an adventure tale, but improving some basic communications skills is vital to the hero's quest. The book also can help kids who aren't familiar with autism spectrum disorders understand them a bit better.”

     Coulter writes a popular special needs blog about Asperger Syndrome and autism that's distributed through support group websites and newsletters throughout the United States, Canada, and Australia. He's been a featured speaker at Asperger and autism conferences and has published articles in national publications such as Autism Spectrum Quarterly and the Autism Society of America's Autism Advocate.

     A former television writer/producer/director for AT&T, Coulter also spent more than 20 years writing media relations materials and executive speeches at major corporations. While serving as a media relations director for Bell Labs, he explained scientific breakthroughs to the national media.

After his son was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, Coulter left corporate life to produce special needs educational videos with his wife, Julie. Several years after starting their business, Coulter Video, Coulter was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome himself. This diagnosis helped him understand the social challenges he's had to overcome since he was a child.

     Make Every Word Count is available as a paperback book and an electronic book through links to Amazon.com at www.coultervideo.com. The price for the paperback book is $8.99, plus shipping, and the price for the Amazon Kindle e-book is $6.99. The first two chapters of the book are available to read or listen to online for free on the Coulter Video website.

     Coulter Video has released 13 videos and two books with Asperger/autism themes. The company's products have been endorsed by education experts at Harvard Medical School and Yale University, and recommended by the School Library Journal. You can find more information at www.coultervideo.com.

 

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SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL RECOMMENDS PUBERTY VIDEO FOR BOYS WITH ASPERGER SYNDROME AND AUTISM

 

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, June 11, 2014

 

     Winston-Salem, NC – The School Library Journal has recommended “The Puberty Video for Boys with Asperger Syndrome (and Autism Spectrum Disorder – Level 1).”

     This video is designed to help boys who have social challenges understand puberty's physical and mental changes, and reveal the truth behind misconceptions they may get from the media or other sources.

The Journal's review recommends the program for students in grades 5 and up, and says, in part:

     “Although this video is labeled for boys with Asperger syndrome, much of the material is appropriate for all boys. The chapters cover puberty basics --the male and female body, dating, and sexuality. The host, Drew, a young man with Asperger syndrome, and the female 

host, Sarah, explain through still drawings of unclothed male and female bodies the maturation from child to adult...”

     “...In the section covering dating, advocacy of social skills is illustrated with photos of boys and girls having fun together...”

     “...The challenges of puberty are presented seriously by hosts that exhibit confidence and congeniality. This video would be most valuable for middle school boys with Asperger syndrome or on the low-level autism spectrum.”

     The complete review is available in the School Library Journal's June 2014 edition.

     “The Puberty Video for Boys with Asperger Syndrome (and Autism Spectrum Disorder – Level 1)” includes optional English subtitles. The program was produced by Coulter Video and is available as a DVD for $25 (plus shipping and handling) from the company's website: coultervideo.com. The direct link to the video's product page (which has more information and reviews, and an online preview) is: http://coultervideo.com/video/253/puberty-video-boys-asperger-syndrome-and-autism-spectrum-disorder-level-1-dvd

 

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NEW BOY PUBERTY VIDEO REPLACES OUTDATED PROGRAMS

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Winston-Salem, NC – “A Boy's Puberty Video” is a new educational program that offers candid information to boys about what to expect mentally and physically as they change into men. In addition to covering male and female anatomy, the program explores social expectations and puts sex into perspective, revealing the truth behind the myths boys may see in the media.

“Too many boys are shown outdated puberty videos that don't cover key areas they should know about,” said program producer Dan Coulter, “so we created a new video that treats the subject with respect and gives boys the information they need in today's complex and sometimes confusing culture.”

The program features anatomical illustrations and demonstrations of socially expected interactions by age-appropriate male and female actors. It includes information about intercourse, periods, pregnancy, birth control, abstinence, sexually transmitted diseases, and more. The narrators emphasize the value of young men waiting to engage in sex until they are mature enough to understand the consequences and make decisions they won't regret.

Pediatrician Nancy E. Holmes, M.D., Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Washington University in St. Louis, says the program, “...does a stellar job with a topic that's difficult for most parents to discuss with their sons. (It)...covers what boys need to know, including important areas parents might not think to explain. The young male narrator carries the topics through the social minefields of dating, social media, and personal hygiene like a factual, non-threatening mentor with the confidence of 'I've survived and you can too,' which makes it real. Having a personable young woman co-narrator pop in with the female side as needed works quite well. Simple, easy to understand graphics enhance the explanations in ways that should help young men 'get it.'”

Designed for boys from 10 to 17 years of age who are nearing or going through puberty, the DVD may be purchased as a DVD or a download. The DVD version, which includes optional English subtitles, is priced at $25.00. The download version, which does not include subtitles, can be purchased for $17.99 or rented for $1.99. Additional information, previews, and purchasing details are available at coultervideo.com. The direct link to the DVD's information ishttp://coultervideo.com/content/boys-puberty-video

A special version of this video that includes all of its content, plus additional information that customizes the program for boys with Asperger Syndome, also is available at coultervideo.com.

 

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DVD Helps Boys with Asperger Syndrome Navigate Puberty

For Immediate Release: Monday, February 10, 2014

     Winston-Salem, NC – “The Puberty Video for Boys with Asperger Syndrome (and Autism Spectrum Disorder – Level 1)” is a new DVD that covers more than just how boys' and girls' bodies change into men's and women's bodies. The program also helps young men with social challenges understand how to act around girls and women. Parents will appreciate the way it puts sex into perspective, revealing the truth behind the myths boys may see in the media.

     The video is narrated by a young man with Asperger Syndrome and a neurotypical female co-host, and features demonstrations of socially expected interactions by age-appropriate male and female actors.

     Pediatrician Nancy E. Holmes, M.D., Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Washington University in St. Louis, says the program, “...does a stellar job with a topic that's difficult for most parents to discuss with their sons. (It)...covers what boys need to know, including important areas parents might not think to explain. The young male narrator carries the topics through the social minefields of dating, social media, and personal hygiene like a factual, non-threatening mentor with the confidence of 'I've survived and you can too,' which makes it real. Having a personable young woman co-narrator pop in with the female side as needed works quite well. Simple, easy to understand graphics enhance the explanations in ways that should help young men 'get it.'”

     The DVD includes information about intercourse, periods, pregnancy, birth control, abstinence, sexually transmitted diseases, and more. The narrators emphasize the value of young men waiting to engage in sex until they are mature enough to understand the consequences and make decisions they won't regret.

     Designed for boys from 10 to 17 years of age who are nearing or going through puberty, the DVD is priced at $25.00 and features optional English subtitles. Additional information, previews and purchasing details are available at coultervideo.com. The direct link to the DVD's information is http://coultervideo.com/video/253/puberty-video-boys-asperger-syndrome-a...

     Coulter Video specializes in educational videos. Its product line includes a manners video appropriate for everyone, and a range of programs designed for people on the autism spectrum and for their parents, siblings, teachers, counselors, classmates, employers, and coworkers.

 

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School Library Journal Recommends Girls' Puberty Video

For Immediate Release: June 3, 2013

Winston-Salem, NC – The School Library Journal is recommending the DVD “Managing Puberty, Social Challenges, and (Almost) Everything: A Video Guide for Girls” in its June 2013 issue.

The review of program, which was recently released by Coulter Video, reads:

“Navigating the world of growing up can be tricky for adolescents and it can be hard to find just the right advice. The narrator in this video plays the role of the caring older sister as she gives helpful hints about puberty and social skills. The information presented is honest and straightforward, designed to help girls—particularly those with developmental challenges—understand what they can expect physically, mentally, and socially as they transition into womanhood. The narrator describes what happens physically during puberty, covering topics such as growth, menstruation, and conception. She offers suggestions about what girls can do when they don’t feel good about themselves, such as focusing on their strengths, helping others, and keeping a gratitude journal. She discusses making friends and being social, defining what friendship is and stressing the need to pay attention to others’ social cues. There’s also basic advice on dating, understanding sexuality, and how to stay safe. An accompanying PDF provides additional resource material. Endorsed by a panel that includes psychologists, autism education experts, parents, teachers, and girls, this video can be a particularly valuable resource for those with special needs.” The School Library Journal.

While appropriate and helpful for any girl, the DVD is designed to be especially helpful for young women who are naturally shy or who are diagnosed with conditions such as Asperger Syndrome.

By taking a sensitive, honest approach to explaining menstruation, conception and reproduction, the program helps prepare girls to navigate concepts, conversations, and situations they'll encounter in the real world.

A preview of the new DVD, additional content information, and purchasing details are available at the Coulter Video website: coultervideo.com. The direct link to the product ishttp://coultervideo.com/video/226/managing-puberty-social-challenges-and...

Coulter Video specializes in educational videos. Its product line includes a manners video appropriate for everyone, and various videos for people on the autism spectrum and for their parents, siblings, teachers, counselors, classmates, employers, and coworkers.

 

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New Puberty DVD for Girls Emphasizes Empowerment 

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, February 27, 2013

   Winston-Salem, NC -- A new DVD for girls nearing or going through puberty focuses on building their knowledge, confidence and self-esteem. While appropriate for any girl, "Managing Puberty, Social Challenges and (Almost) Everything: A Video Guide for Girls," is designed to be particularly helpful for young women who are naturally shy or who are diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome or similar conditions. 

   Produced by Coulter Video, the 80-minute program is divided into ten segments, so parents and professionals can choose which subjects to share with girls based on their stage of development. The topics include puberty, periods, making friends, dating, sexuality, health, fashion, safety, careers and more. 

   The video's narrator is like a caring, fun older sister. Clear drawings illustrate male and female anatomy, and scenes with age-appropriate actors demonstrate making friends and dating. 

   The DVD's approach is candid but sensitive, preparing girls to navigate concepts, conversations, and situations they'll encounter in the real world. For example, the program contrasts media images of romance and sex with how people actually meet and interact. It explains that most girls' bodies are capable of having sex long before they’re prepared to deal with the potentially life-changing decisions that sex involves. 

   Pediatrician Nancy E. Holmes and Asperger/Autism experts Teresa Bolick and Brenda Smith Myles make these assessments of the new DVD: 

   "Wow! A straightforward, well-written, easy to understand, comprehensive, enjoyable treatment of an amazing variety of topics all girls need to know -- not just girls who have difficulty with socialization. (Frankly, I think almost every girl in puberty has problems with socialization and navigating the rough changes in body and social expectations.) The narrator feels like a friend who cares and wants to help, rather than an adult lecturing. She's a gem. Watching this made me remember covering bits and pieces of all the DVD's topics with a wide range of girls over the years, mostly fifth through eighth grade. I keep thinking of groups I would love to have see this because the video did such a thoughtful, non-threatening, thorough job. " Dr. Nancy E. Holmes, M.D., Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Washington University in St. Louis. 

   "The Coulters have put together a video that is priceless for any young woman! This video explains in candid and factual terms the physical, emotional, and social challenges of puberty. The combination of vivid images, memorable scenes, and age-appropriate humor is bound to capture the attention of girls who are already skittish about "the movie" or 'the talk.' And the verbal, picture, and text review at the end of each chapter increases the likelihood that girls will remember the key points. Added bonuses are the inclusion of information about bullying, social media, and fashion -- and the emphasis on getting a mentor. I can't wait to show it to the young women I know, as well as their parents and professional teams." Teresa Bolick, Ph.D., Psychologist and Author, The Bolick House 

   "Coulter Video has created an excellent resource for girls with autism -- and really for all girls -- who have questions regarding puberty, sexuality, safety, dating, and friendships. "Managing Puberty, Social Challenges, and (Almost) Everything" discusses these topics directly and with sensitivity. The underlying message is one of empowerment, self-respect, and self-confidence. This video is a must-have for girls and those who teach and support them." Brenda Smith Myles, Ph.D., Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI), Ziggurat Group, Organization for Autism Research, and Author

   A preview of the new DVD, additional content information, and purchasing details are available at the Coulter Video website: coultervideo.com. 

   Coulter Video specializes in educational videos. Its product line includes a manners video appropriate for everyone, and various videos for people on the autism spectrum and for their parents, siblings, teachers, counselors, classmates, employers, and coworkers.

 

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Video Guide for Girls: Managing Puberty...

Submitted by Anonymous on April 11, 2013 - 6:49pm.

Just finished watching with my 13 year old daugher and had to tell you immediately that we loved it! The narrator was perfection, just the right tone and emphasis, and the content was excellent. While I have been educating my daughter since she was about 9, and she was prepared when her period started at 10, this video covered the mechanics of puberty AND the social aspects which we've been teaching piecemeal rather than as a whole. You covered many subjects -- clothing as social communication -- that I've had difficulty getting across. You also addressed much of sexuality that I hadn't yet broached -- and gave us opportunity for continued discussion. THANK YOU! We had borrowed the video from a friend, but are immediately buying our own copy to keep for reference. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

 

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Asperger Syndrome Experts Recommend “Life in the Asperger Lane” Book

For Immediate Release: May 21, 2012

Winston-Salem, NC –  Some of the most respected names in the Asperger Syndrome community are recommending a new book about day-to-day ways to make life better for people with Asperger Syndrome and their families.  “Life in the Asperger Lane” is a collection of popular articles by autism advocate and video producer Dan Coulter.

Coulter is a former corporate television writer/producer/director and speechwriter who began producing Asperger-related videos after his son was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome.  Since 2004, Coulter has been writing and distributing articles for people with Asperger Syndrome and those who support or interact with them.  Coulter himself was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome in 2009. 

Here is a sampling of “Life in the Asperger Lane” reviews:

Dan Coulter's articles are truly amazing. They have the unique ability to help you understand and reflect. Dan uses his sense of humor and deep understanding of ASD to help us see the limitless potential of individuals on the spectrum. BRENDA SMITH MYLES, Ph.D. - Specialist at the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI); Consultant at Ziggurat Group

Dan Coulter's articles are filled with "nuggets of gold" that can be used right away by individuals with Asperger Syndrome, family members, and professionals. Whenever I read Dan's articles, I find myself thinking, "Wow! I wish I had thought of that!"  TERESA BOLICK, Ph.D. – Psychologist and author of "Asperger Syndrome and Adolescence: Helping Preteens & Teens Get Ready for the Real World" 

Dan Coulter is a fount of wisdom, positive outlooks, constructive information and advice and personal experience in autism and Asperger syndrome.  From social skills training to what to tell others, this book is a true gem of help and encouragement. SUE MORENO, President – MAAP Services for Asperger Syndrome and Autism

Parenting is the most rewarding job there is, but it doesn’t come without its challenges…Dan Coulter’s articles are a welcome tonic for the doubts and frustrations experienced by parents of children on the autism spectrum. With his warm and comforting style, he offers insight and common sense advice… LORI S. SHERY, President – ASPEN Asperger Syndrome Education Network

For years, the Indiana Resource Center for Autism has been honored to disseminate Dan Coulter’s articles across Indiana. He provides information that is thoughtful and practical.  CATHY PRATT, Ph.D. –  Director of the Indiana Resource Center for Autism at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community located at Indiana University. 

 Dan Coulter’s articles and videos convey his positive and engaging attitude towards family and life. His never-ending stock of topics, filled with insight and humor, make him my go-to guy as I eagerly await his next professionally-done video or article explaining employment or manners for individuals with Asperger Syndrome that will help parents and professionals understand our folks better – and chuckle, too. I recommend his work and his web site to our support groups, and happily send his articles out over the AHA eNews (and keep getting asked for more!).  PATRICIA R. SCHISSEL, LMSW–Executive Director, Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association (AHA) Inc.

“Life in the Asperger Lane: Dan Coulter’s Collected Asperger Articles, Volume One” includes the first 70 articles Dan Coulter wrote about Asperger Syndrome and autism.  In the near future, he plans to release a second book of articles written after his diagnosis.

The book is available from www.coultervideo.com and selected online bookstores.  The Amazon Kindle e-book edition of the title will be available in early June.

Coulter Video, Inc. is an independent video production and publishing company based in Winston-Salem,NC.  The company specializes in educational programs about Asperger Syndrome and autism. More information is available on the company’s website at: www.coultervideo.com.

                                                                              

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Accepting Classmates’ Differences DVD Re-released with English and Spanish Subtitles

For Immediate Release: Monday May 23, 2011

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – Coulter Video has added optional English and Spanish subtitles to its popular English language DVD “Intricate Minds III: Understanding Elementary School Classmates with Who Think Differently.” The program gives elementary school students an inside perspective of what it’s like to have neurological conditions such as High Functioning Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Semantic-Pragmatic Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder and more. 

The new subtitled version makes the program accessible to people who are deaf or hard of hearing, who speak Spanish, who are learning English as a second language, or who are visual learners.

  The DVD shows the rewards of looking past differences to see what classmates with these conditions are really like, promoting understanding and reducing bullying.  The School Library Journal's review of the video reads, in part, “Presented with compassion and humor, this live-action production offers a superb introduction to the challenges faced by children with neurobiological challenges…Children aged 8 to 12 speak out about their challenges as well as their own exceptional abilities…”

The program is available from the company’s website,  coultervideo.com for $29.99 plus shipping and handling.  Schools can make purchases via credit card or purchase order.  An online preview of the DVD is available on the website, which features free articles for teachers about autism and other special needs.  The website also has free downloadable classroom discussion guides for “Intricate Minds III” and other DVDs.  

The direct link to the Intricate Minds III product page is http://www.coultervideo.com/video/118/intricate-minds-iii-understanding-elementary-school-classmates-who-think-differently-dvd

Coulter Video’s other subtitled DVDs include “Manners for the Real World: Basic Social Skills,” designed for all ages and “Intricate Minds: Understanding Classmates with Asperger Syndrome,” designed for middle and high school students.   For more  information about Coulter Video products, please visit the company website or call  336-608-4224. 

                                                

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Asperger Awareness DVD Re-Released with Spanish, Japanese and English Subtitles

For Immediate Release: Friday, January 28, 2011

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The popular English language DVD “Intricate Minds: Understanding Classmates with Asperger Syndrome” has been re-released with optional Spanish, Japanese, and English subtitles.  The program gives middle and high school students an inside perspective of what it’s like to have Asperger Syndrome or “AS.”  It shows the rewards of looking past differences to see what classmates with AS are really like.  Because students with Asperger Syndrome tend to have normal to superior intelligence, they are usually placed in mainstream classrooms.

 

The subtitled version makes the DVD accessible to people who speak Spanish or Japanese, as well as English speakers who are deaf or hard of hearing, are learning English as a second language, or are visual learners.

The School Library Journal's review of the video reads, in part, "Students with Asperger Syndrome (AS), the high end of the autism spectrum, talk about how they think and feel, and about their behavior classmates may find quirky, in this excellent film.  The narrator, a college student with AS, explains that their brains are wired differently and they often have difficulty with social interactions because they don’t recognize body language or other social cues, even though they may be highly intelligent…Ten articulate AS students talk poignantly about difficulties with ordinary interaction, as well as their strengths and interests…"

The re-released DVD was produced by Coulter Video and is available from the company’s website: coultervideo.com for $29.99 plus shipping and handling. An online preview of the DVD is available on the website, which also features free articles about Asperger Syndrome and other autism spectrum conditions.  The direct link to the DVD's product page is: http://www.coultervideo.com/video/114/intricate-minds-understanding-classmates-asperger-syndrome-dvd

Coulter Video is an independent video production company based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA.  The company’s newly redesigned website makes it easy to browse DVDs and previews, more than 100 free articles, a suggested reading list, helpful website links and other resources.

 

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DVD HELPS PEOPLE WITH ASPERGER SYNDROME FIND AND KEEP A JOB

For Immediate Release: Thursday, October 29, 2009

WINSTON-SALEM, NC -- Employees who have Asperger Syndrome describe secrets for getting and keeping a job in a new DVD video titled, “Asperger Syndrome At Work.”

The DVD, produced by Coulter Video, includes two programs: one for job seekers and one designed to show potential employers the advantages of hiring people who have Asperger Syndrome.

People with Asperger Syndrome, a high functioning form of autism, tend to have normal to superior intelligence and often have special interests and abilities. However, they also tend to be socially awkward and have some odd behaviors, which can be obstacles to steady employment.

In both programs on the DVD, six employees with Asperger Syndrome and their supervisors, coworkers, and job coaches describe the ways the employees used their strengths and reasonable accommodations provided by employers to become valued, productive job holders. The job seeker program concludes with a demonstration of how to interview for a job.

The DVD’s bonus features include a summary/review of the recommendations in the job seeker program and an interview with the video’s producer, Dan Coulter, looking back on his career in light of recently being diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome himself.

Here’s what experts in Asperger Syndrome and autism are saying about the new DVD:

“Superb! I love the straightforward and practical presentations for job-seekers and for employers.”

Teresa Bolick, Ph.D., Psychologist and Author

“…provides both practical suggestions and an important personal perspective on the critical topic of work.”

Cathy Pratt, Ph.D., Director, Indiana Resource Center for Autism

“…a wonderful look at Supported Employment and all aspects of it for people with ASD.” 

Gary Mesibov Ph.D., Professor and Director - Division TEACCH of North Carolina 

“…strategies for dealing with all kinds of workplace challenges…an information-packed look at the valuable contribution that individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome make in the workplace…”

Barbara Bissonnette, Principal - Forward Motion Coaching

The “Asperger Syndrome At Work” DVD can be purchased on the Coulter Video website: coultervideo.com.

 

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Popular Manners Dvd Re-Released With Spanish Subtitles

For Immediate Release: November 10, 2008

WINSTON-SALEM, NC -- A popular English language manners DVD that shows how to act in some of the most common social situations has been re-released with Spanish subtitles.

"Manners for the Real World: Basic Social Skills" was produced by Coulter Video and has been distributed in the United States and internationally. Viewers can now choose to watch the re-released DVD with Spanish subtitles, with English subtitles, or without subtitles.

The program covers personal hygiene, conversations, introductions, telephone and Internet use, table manners, behavior for ladies and gentlemen, manners in public, serving as a host, and being a guest. The DVD is appropriate for children age 10 and above and for adults.

The School Library Journal's review of the video reads, in part, "An engaging narrator, wry humor, and an abundance of both positive and negative examples make this refreshingly quirky live-action film the ideal vehicle for conveying the usually dry subject matter. Its instructional objectives are clearly outlined and amusingly met through nine stand-alone segments, each followed by a captioned review..."

The DVD is available from the Coulter Video website: www.coultervideo.com for $29.99 plus shipping and handling. Online previews of the DVD are available on the website.

Coulter Video is an independent video production company based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA.

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Modales Populares DVD Lanzado Nuevamente Con Subtítulos En Español

Para lanzamiento inmediato: Lunes, 10 de noviembre de 2008

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – Se ha vuelto a lanzar un DVD muy popular en inglés sobre los modales, que muestra cómo comportarse en las situaciones sociales más comunes, ahora con subtítulos en español.

“Modales para el mundo real: habilidades sociales básicas” producido y distribuido en los Estados Unidos e internacionalmente por Coulter Video. Los compradores pueden optar por ver el DVD con subtítulos en español, con subtítulos en inglés o sin subtítulos.

El programa cubre la higiene personal, las conversaciones, las presentaciones, el uso del teléfono y la internet, los modales en la mesa, el comportamiento de las damas y los caballeros, los modales en público, ser anfitrión y ser invitado. El DVD es adecuado para adultos y niños de 10 años y mayores.

La crítica de School Library Journal sobre el video dice, en parte, "un narrador atractivo, humor irónico y una gran cantidad de ejemplos tanto positivos como negativos hacen a este corto activo, estrafalario y refrescante, el vehículo ideal para impartir este tema usualmente tan poco emocionante. Los objetivos instructivos están claramente detallados y se logran de manera entretenida en nueve segmentos individuales, cada uno seguido de una revisión con títulos..."

El DVD está disponible en el sitio web de Coulter Video: www.coultervideo.com por sólo $29,99 más gastos de envío. Previsualizaciones de los DVD están disponibles en el sitio web.

Coulter Video es una empresa de producción de videos independientes, con sede en Winston-Salem, Carolina del Norte, EE.UU. 

 

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Library Journal Recommends Autism Sibling DVD

For Immediate Release: Monday, February 18, 2008

Winston-Salem, NC – Understanding Brothers and Sisters on the Autism Spectrum, a DVD produced by Coulter Video, has been recommended in the February 15, 2008 edition of the Library Journal. The Library Journal is the country’s most influential and largest circulation magazine for librarians.  The Coulter Video DVD is designed for families of people who are affected with forms of autism that range from mild to severe. 

Here are some excerpts from the publication’s review, written by Corey Seeman:

“… a great resource for families who have children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and siblings who are neurotypical (NT). The DVD is divided into four programs, three geared toward children of various ages and one for parents.

The filmmakers brilliantly use interviews with NT siblings and parents to document the issues that exist among family members…

…The programs geared toward children provide excellent modeling behavior…

… interviewees show maturity beyond their years and provide pointers and coping mechanisms that will help viewers better understand their siblings…

…strongly recommended for all libraries...”

The entire review is available on the Library Journal’s website at:http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6529613.html?q=autism.

This DVD is one of the most recent productions by Coulter Video, which offers a range of titles, primarily about Asperger Syndrome and autism.  These programs can be previewed and purchased online at coultervideo.com.  

 

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Popular Manners DVD Re-released with Subtitles for Deaf Community

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, November 7, 2007

WINSTON-SALEM, NC -- A popular manners DVD that shows how to act in some of most common social situations has been re-released with subtitles for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, are learning English as a second language, or are visual learners.

 "Manners for the Real World: Basic Social Skills" was produced in 2004 by Coulter Video and has been distributed in the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. 

 The program covers personal hygiene, conversations, introductions, telephone and Internet use, table manners, behavior for ladies and gentlemen, manners in public, serving as a host, and being a guest. The DVD is appropriate for adults and for children age 10 and above.

 The re-released DVD includes the original content, but allows the viewer to choose between two "play" selections on the DVD menu.  One menu item plays the non-subtitled version and the other plays the program with open-captioned subtitles.  

 The School Library Journal's review of the video reads, in part, "An engaging narrator, wry humor, and an abundance of both positive and negative examples make this refreshingly quirky live-action film the ideal vehicle for conveying the usually dry subject matter. Its instructional objectives are clearly outlined and amusingly met through nine stand-alone segments, each followed by a captioned review..."

 The DVD is available from the Coulter Video website: www.coultervideo.com for $29.99 plus shipping and handling. 

 Coulter Video is an independent video production company based in Winston-Salem, NC. 

 

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New DVD Helps Siblings Understand Asperger Syndrome

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, September 26, 2007

WINSTON-SALEM, NC –  A new DVD shows brothers and sisters of children who have Asperger Syndrome how to deal with their siblings’ “different” behaviors and have close relationships. People with Asperger Syndrome tend to have normal to high intelligence, but have trouble interacting with others socially.

Producers Dan and Julie Coulter of Coulter Video divided the DVD into four separate programs that offer children information they can understand based on their age and developmental level.  The program for siblings 4 through 7 years old features a live narrator interacting with puppets.  Two programs, for siblings ages 7 through 12 and ages 12 through adult, include interviews with siblings describing how they interact with their brothers and sisters who have Asperger Syndrome.   The DVD’s fourth program includes interviews with parents revealing how they found ways to help their children accept and support each other.

 “Things can be tough for siblings of kids who have Asperger Syndrome, especially when moms and dads often have to spend extra time and attention on another child in the family who has special needs,” noted Dan Coulter.  Julie Coulter added, “Some siblings try to become super achievers or super helpers.  Others tend to withdraw or rebel.  This DVD can help siblings understand their brothers and sisters who have Asperger Syndrome and see why their parents are doing what they’re doing.  It offers the whole family insights they can use to improve their relationships.”

Combined, the programs on the DVD have a total running time of 109 minutes.

Earlier this year, the Coulters released a similar DVD titled, “Understanding Brothers and Sisters on the Autism Spectrum,” which featured interviews with family members dealing with a range of autistic behaviors.

The “Understanding Brothers and Sisters with Asperger Syndrome,” DVD sells for $39.99 (plus shipping and handling) on the Coulter Video website: www.coultervideo.com.  The company provides previews of all its videos on the website, which also features an online archive of articles on special needs issues. 

Coulter Video is an independent video production company based in Winston-Salem, NC. 

 

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New Autism Sibling DVD Is Designed For All Ages

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Winston-Salem, NC – A new video designed to help siblings understand their brothers and sisters with autism is divided into segments to match children’s ages and developmental levels.  “Understanding Brothers and Sisters on the Autism Spectrum” was released today by Coulter Video, producers of the popular “Intricate Minds” video series that helps students understand and support classmates with Asperger Syndrome and autism. 

The new DVD includes four programs.  The program for siblings 4 through 7 years old features a live narrator interacting with puppets.  Two programs, for siblings age 7 through 12 and age 12 through adult, include interviews with siblings describing how they’ve learned to deal with a wide range of autistic behaviors and found ways to enjoy interacting with their brothers and sisters on the spectrum.  In the fourth program on the DVD, designed for parents, mothers and fathers describe ways they’ve found to help their children accept and support each other.

“We’re grateful to the family members who spoke with us on camera for being so open about their lives in the interest of helping others, including sharing how they deal with extremely difficult situations,” said Dan Coulter, producer of the video. 

Julie Coulter, the program’s associate producer, added, “For me, the positive attitude of these interviewees was summed up in a father’s comment that you can’t let autism lock you up in a box, you have to live life fully.  These interviews reveal a wealth of approaches that have made life better for families dealing with autism.”

The DVD does not cover Asperger Syndrome or “AS,” a high functioning form of autism, because the company plans to release a second DVD in this series, “Understanding Brothers and Sisters with Asperger Syndrome,” in late August, 2007.   This DVD will feature interviews with families who are dealing with AS.

The “Understanding Brothers and Sisters on the Autism Spectrum,” DVD sells for $39.99 (plus shipping and handling) on the Coulter Video website: www.coultervideo.com.  The company provides previews of all its videos on the website, which also features an online archive of articles on special needs issues. 

Coulter Video is an independent video production company based in Winston-Salem, NC. 

 

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Videos Help Elementary School Students Accept "Different" Classmates - Asperger Syndrome, High Functioning Autism and Similar Conditions Covered

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Winston-Salem, N.C. – Two new video releases are now available to help classmates in grades three through six accept children who have trouble fitting in with peers due to Asperger Syndrome or similar conditions.  The programs are elementary school versions of a popular video for middle and high school students released in 2005 titled, “INTRICATE MINDS: Understanding Classmates with Asperger Syndrome.”

Asperger Syndrome (AS) is a neurobiological disorder on the higher-functioning end of the autism spectrum.   While people with AS typically have IQs in the “normal to very superior” range and are usually educated in mainstream classrooms, they also typically have serious deficiencies in social and communication skills.  

The new videos, produced by Coulter Video, are titled: “INTRICATE MINDS II: Understanding Elementary School Classmates with Asperger Syndrome” (16 minutes) and “INTRICATE MINDS III: Understanding Elementary School Classmates Who Think Differently” (17 minutes).  The videos are two versions of the same basic program.  The “Think Differently” version doesn’t focus on any particular diagnosis, but covers children with conditions that can generate behaviors similar to those caused by AS.  Some examples of these conditions are Higher Functioning Autism, Pervasive Developmental Delay, Semantic-Pragmatic Disorder, and Attention Deficit Disorder. 

 “What an excellent tool for fostering knowledge and understanding of Asperger Syndrome in the classroom,” said Brenda Smith Myles, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Kansas, and a recognized expert and author on Autism and Asperger Syndrome, about the “INTRICATE MINDS II” video.  “Including this video in the classroom can only be beneficial to all who see it.”

Both new videos feature interviews with boys and girls aged 8 through 12 who describe what it’s like to have behaviors that may seem odd to others.  

The children interviewed in both videos describe their strengths as well as their challenges and show viewers the advantages of looking past some “different” behaviors.  The two programs also include “point of view” demonstrations to show kids how things might seem to them if they perceived the world as it’s experienced by some of their less typical classmates.

The videos are designed to be used by teachers, parents or professionals to initiate classroom discussions where children can contribute ideas about reaching out to kids who have a hard time fitting in.   Parents and schools who’ve used the first “INTRICATE MINDS” video have reported it has helped classmates become much more accepting of students who have traditionally been viewed as outsiders.  One mother of a son with Asperger Syndrome said that after a school assembly in which the video was played by a psychologist, classmates apologized to her son for the way they’d treated him, began sitting with him at lunch and included him in sports -- in spite of his lack of physical skills.

Coulter Video of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is run by the parents of a college student who has Asperger Syndrome.  The company has produced a range of educational video programs and conducts seminars for parents of kids who have special needs.

 “After we released our first Intricate Minds program for teenagers, a lot of parents asked us to make a version for their elementary age kids,” said Dan Coulter, who wrote and directed the videos. “At the same time, parents of kids who have conditions with behaviors similar to AS were asking us to do videos that apply to their children.  Doing two versions of a video that promotes understanding among grade school kids was an ideal solution.”  

Each of the new videos retails for $30.00 plus shipping and handling.  They’re available for purchase in either DVD or VHS format at the Coulter Video website: www.coultervideo.com. Additional information about all of the INTRICATE MINDS videos and sample clips from the programs are provided on the website, which also features an online archive of articles on special needs issues. 

 

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Asperger Syndrome Experts Endorse New “Intricate Minds” Peer Awareness Video

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, February 8, 2005

Winston-Salem, NC – Some of the country’s leading experts in Asperger Syndrome (AS) have endorsed a new video designed to help classmates accept and befriend students with AS, who are now frequently subjected to teasing, harassment and isolation.  The video is titled, “INTRICATE MINDS: Understanding Classmates With Asperger Syndrome.”

Asperger Syndrome is a neurobiological disorder on the higher-functioning end of the autism spectrum.   While people with AS typically have IQ’s in the “normal to very superior” range and are usually educated in mainstream classrooms, they also typically have serious deficiencies in social and communication skills.   The number of persons diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome is on the rise and it is increasingly likely that students will have classmates with AS.

 “INTRICATE MINDS” features moving interviews with students who have AS describing how they think, act and feel – and how they’re routinely treated.  The students talk about their strengths as well as their challenges and describe how important it is to them to be treated with respect.  The 12-minute video notes speculation that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sir Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein had AS. 

Although the video focuses on Asperger Syndrome, the points it makes about acceptance and tolerance are applicable in a wide range of school bullying-prevention programs.  It’s designed to be shown to high school and middle school students and used as a staff development tool.

Coulter Video of Winston-Salem, N.C., produced the video.  The Asperger Syndrome Education Network (ASPEN), a volunteer, non-profit organization based in Edison, NJ, provided input to the content of the program and is making an initial purchase of 1,000 copies.  ASPEN will be donating a copy of the INTRICATE MINDS video to every school district in the state of New Jersey during March, 2005.

The video retails for $30.00 plus shipping and is available for purchase at the Coulter Video website: coultervideo.com.

 

EXPERT ENDORSEMENTS OF

“INTRICATE MINDS: Understanding Classmates With Asperger Syndrome”

 

Fred R. Volkmar, M.D., Yale University, Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Psychology

“This video provides an excellent introduction to Asperger Syndrome for typically developing adolescents and children.   Individuals with the disorder movingly describe their own experience of the condition.  This video will serve as an excellent resource for teachers, school psychologists, speech pathologists, and guidance counselors in helping typically developing peers understand classmates with AS.”

 

Daniel Rosenn, M.D., Harvard Medical School, Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry;  Founding Member, Asperger's Assoc. of New England 

"Intricate Minds is a concise but inspiring tape of teenagers with Asperger's Syndrome talking about themselves. It is moving and empowering to hear these children talk in such an authentic, earnest, yet optimistic way. While it is fascinating to see the many varied faces of Asperger's Syndrome, at the same time it is even more poignant to see their common yearning to be understood and valued by their peers. This tape is a clear, succinct and crystallized representation of Asperger's Syndrome in adolescence. It could and should be shown in assemblies, classrooms, and other school settings as a catalyst for discussion."

 

Brenda Smith Myles, Ph.D., University of Kansas, Associate Professor

“Intricate Minds offers an authentic view of Asperger Syndrome through the eyes of adolescents with this exceptionality. This poignant video is a must-see for teachers and children who interact with students with AS . It fosters an understanding that is unfortunately rare in today's world.”

Jed E. Baker, Ph.D., Director, Social Skills Training Project

“Every school system must have this video! What better way to understand and build acceptance for students with Asperger Syndrome than to see and hear such unique, intelligent, and likable teens speak for themselves. It is both enlightening and compelling to watch these individuals explain their difficulties and simply ask to be accepted for who they are. All middle and high school students should see this!”

 

Robert L Hendren, D.O., University of California, Davis; Professor of Psychiatry; Executive  Director, M.I.N.D. Institute; Chief, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

“This much needed educational videotape has teenagers with Asperger Syndrome touchingly describe what it feels like to have the disorder. Young people and adults will learn to interact with people who have Asperger Syndrome with greater understanding as a result of this well-produced video. I highly recommend it to teachers and librarians to review and show to their students.”

 

Charles Cartwright, M.D., UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School; Assistant Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry; Medical Director, The Autism Center

“This teaching video is a very important and worthwhile endeavor that can help promote positive interactions between individuals with AS and their peers. I commend ASPEN and the producers of the video for providing this valuable resource to middle and high schools. It will surely offer an excellent opportunity to raise teens’ awareness of AS and increase their willingness to engage with a classmate or peer with AS.”

Additional information about the INTRICATE MINDS program and sample clips from the video are available at www.coultervideo.com.  Additional information about Asperger Syndrome is available on the ASPEN website at www.aspennj.org.

 

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“Manners for the Real World” Video  Addresses Parents’ Greatest Concerns About Manners and Social Skills

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, March 8, 2004

Winston-Salem, NC -- A new video for children and teenagers produced in North Carolina covers the “real world” manners and social skills parents say they’re most concerned about having their children learn.

In a national manners survey* of more than 1000 parents published last summer, 95 percent of the parents said they felt more people today lack good manners than when they were growing up – and 96 percent said that this lack of manners concerned them.  Two thirds of the parents said they were “very” or “extremely” concerned.

While the parents surveyed had some concerns about table manners, they were most concerned that their children learn to:

Show respect

Be considerate

Practice good personal hygiene

Develop good conversation skills

These are among the key areas covered in the newly released Manners for the Real World – Basic Social Skills video produced by Coulter Video, which is based in Winston-Salem, NC.

Designed for children from upper elementary through high school, the video covers:

Personal Hygiene

Conversations

Introductions

Telephone and Internet Use

Table Manners

Behavior for Ladies and Gentlemen

Manners in Public

Serving as Host

Being a Guest

“Learning how to treat people with respect is crucial for our kids, especially before they leave school and compete to find and hold a job,” said Julie Coulter, one of the video’s producers.  “Understanding how to get along well with others is a key to success in most jobs.”

Instead of covering etiquette for formal occasions, the new video focuses on social skills designed to help children and teen-agers interact comfortably with each other and adults in day-to-day real world situations.

The program features straightforward instructions, clear demonstrations, reviews of each subject with on-screen captions – and a dash of fun to keep adolescent attention spans engaged.  The video goes beyond listing rules for behavior to look at the underlying reasons to use good manners, following advice included in Vogue’s Book of Etiquette by Millicent Fenwick, “The best manners in the world come from kindheartedness and a sense of justice.” 

The video includes some historical perspectives on manners, including why we use rounded table knives and how an insult played a role in the death of former US Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton.

While designed for all children in upper-elementary through high school, the video should be particularly helpful for children who don’t easily pick up social skills by themselves, such as children with Asperger Syndrome or similar conditions.  Because the manners covered in the video are those all children most need to learn, they’re particularly appropriate to help children with special needs fit in with their peers.

Coulter Video is a family business run by Dan and Julie Coulter.  They are distributing the new video through their website: www.coultervideo.com.  The Coulters have a son with Asperger Syndrome, which helped generate their interest in producing a manners and social skills video.

Dan Coulter is a former television writer/producer/director for AT&T and previously served as a media relations director for Bell Laboratories.  He has more than 100 television productions to his credit, and his awards include the International Television Association’s Golden Reel of Excellence for comedy writing. 

Julie Coulter served as subject matter expert for the new video, drawing on her early “Southern manners” training from her parents in Birmingham, Alabama, and from the influence of summers spent with her grandparents in Winston-Salem, where her parents grew up.  Julie also did extensive research to make the video’s subject matter relevant for the challenging real world children face today.

Triad residents may recognize some of the locations in the video, which was entirely shot and produced in the Winston-Salem area using local talent. 

Coulter Video is an independent video production company based in Winston-Salem, NC.  The company specializes in educational videos and in custom videos for businesses and organizations. More information is available on the company’s website at: www.coultervideo.com.

*SURVEY -- The survey cited was conducted in July 2003 by an independent, third-party research company (Beta Research Corporation) and included 1,060 respondents. The survey was sponsored by Parents Magazine and HIT Entertainment and the results were published in August, 2003.  The producers of MANNERS IN THE REAL WORLD: Basic Social Skills are completely independent of Parents Magazine, HIT and this manners survey.  Coulter Video has not sought or received any endorsement of its manners video from Parents Magazine or HIT, but is referring to the survey as a credible source of information made public by Parents Magazine. Detailed information on the survey is available on the Parents Magazine website at: http://www.parents.com/other/pdf/mannerssurvey.pdf

 

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