Teachers and Social Skills

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 chapter.

Pushing Your Child's Limits

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 ability of our brains to change as a result of our experience.

Future Prepping Your Child

Live in the moment.  Prepare for the future.

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

The Non-Optional Social Convention Solution

     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.

Turning Failure into Success in the Fourth Dimension

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 attempts, it can be especially disheartening.

But even this kind of failure can be a step toward success.

Briefing Teachers About Your Child

 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.

First Day of School Success Tips

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 launch with some basic preparations.

We're Family

Who’s in your family?

It may be larger than you think.

Generating Good Surprises


Damon Runyon, author of the play, "Guys and Dolls" once said, "The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but that’s the way to bet."

Whatever races and battles you’re dealing with, life is full of surprises.

The Power of Apology


When’s the last time you apologized to one of your kids? Of course, maybe you don’t ever do anything that requires an apology.

If so, you are a very rare person.

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