Asperger’s versus the Bullies: 8 Important Tips for Coping with Bullying
Jun22

Asperger’s versus the Bullies: 8 Important Tips for Coping with Bullying

This may turn out to be the most important article I have ever written. And it may not be light reading: powerful subjects need powerful words. Teenagers, this one’s for you again. The story of Kennedy, sadly, is not a unique one.   Kennedy LeRoy, a 16-year-old student from Chino Hills, California, had Asperger Syndrome and suffered from bullying. He was an extremely compassionate young man who loved helping other people....

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Ten reasons your autistic child needs to learn chess right now
May24

Ten reasons your autistic child needs to learn chess right now

Ah, chess. The game of kings… and Aspies.   Now, before I begin, I expect a few readers will come up with the following reasons for their autistic child to not learn chess. Oh, he’ll just throw the board across the room if he loses. Oh, she won’t have the patience for it. Oh, he’s not got the brains to become really good at it. Oh, she’ll find it boring. My responses are as follows: Chess is not an impulsive game. That’s...

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How hard can it be to fund a school for disabled children?
May12

How hard can it be to fund a school for disabled children?

  I’ve often heard that you can judge a whole society on how it treats its most vulnerable. And I’m not going to reinforce that sentence with anything. You’re all bright enough to draw your own conclusions from it. Just keep it in mind while you read the rest of this article.   Funding in special schools is a sore point for many people. Personally I once lost a job in special education because the school, built to help...

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Story of an Autistic Teacher: encouraging Aspies beyond their ‘natural limits’
May07

Story of an Autistic Teacher: encouraging Aspies beyond their ‘natural limits’

I usually make my posts very personal. I think the human element is extremely important. This may be one of the more difficult posts to write. Because this one doesn’t just describe my brain. It tells my story. So, here we go.   Before I left teaching last Christmas, I had played just about every role you can play in education- or, at least, the roles you can play in your twenties. I had been a volunteer. I had been a teaching...

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