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Who we are
Asperger Experts is based out of AE HQ in Seattle, Washington, where they enliven, empower and educate people with Asperger’s, their parents, and other members of the Autism community. The team at Asperger Experts is made up of a diverse range of parents, people with Asperger’s and NT folks. Meet some of them below.
CEO, Asperger Experts
Danny Raede is the CEO and co-founder of Asperger Experts and was diagnosed with Asperger’s at age 12 when his parents noticed him having difficulties staying focused in school. He didn’t think much of it at the time and spent most of his time in his room playing video games such as Neverwinter Nights and World of Warcraft. His parents would say that he was very much addicted to the computer. As he grew up in his hometown of Santa Barbara, California, homework became a constant battle. A simple assignment that should have taken 15 minutes to complete turned into a 5 hour power struggle. In college, Danny decided he wanted to change his life, and became committed to the study of personal development, success, psychology and business. Once he got out of Defense Mode, life became a lot easier and he started to flourish and thrive. He started to make friends, and have a life outside of video games. He now runs Asperger Experts in Seattle, Washington with an awesome team of parents, life coaches, and people on the spectrum. When he isn’t working he enjoys boating, adventures with friends, travel and watching the Food Network on tv. Through his work at Asperger Experts, he has been fortunate enough to reach millions of people and share his passion for a fuller, richer life experience. He is the winner of the Diana Vietz Award from the National Council on Independent Living.
Heather, the Chief Operating Officer at Asperger Experts, had a first career in developmental psychology and human services. Receiving a BA in Psychology/Sociology, she then worked with populations with special needs such as emotional disturbances, and people who are deaf or hard of hearing in Central Virginia. She also spent some time studying American Sign Language in an Educational Interpreter’s program. She loves to sign, speaks (very) limited French, and communes with her pets. In 1997, living in the suburbs of DC, she switched from Direct Care to office and business administration. Working for various entities gave her a great deal of experience in managing many types of business models. Operations became a kind of passion for her. Once her amazing son was born, who was later diagnosed with Asperger’s, she stayed at home a few years. After Moving to Seattle in 2011, and taking some more time to raise her son, she went back to work in early 2015 at Asperger Experts, which has since been an opportunity to use so many of her skills and talents she acquired throughout her years. Heather’s personal philosophy is “Stay humble, stay grateful, and leave a place a little bit better than you found it.”
Director of Operations
After 15 years working in the I.T. and Pharmaceutical industries as a sales and project manager she shifted her focus towards her purpose, passion and strength in helping others find and embrace how to become the best version of themselves. In 2008 Lauren returned to college to earn her second degree in Psychology with a focus in Individual Empowerment. Upon graduation she launched her career as a life skills coach with a concentration in PTSD and trauma. Laurens style is known as being one that guides others to be able to deep dive within themselves to discover obstacles in their journey and then to overcome them. She is an expert in communication and has the ability to intuitively sense where a problem is arising from within an individual. By way of a body, mind and emotion approach she is able to help her clients logically shift their lives and grow in ways they never could foresee.
The core of our work focuses on planning, producing and distributing highly transformational courses and communities for people with Asperger’s and their parents. Our courses are all created by us, drawing from our first hand experience having either lived with Asperger’s, or raised someone on the spectrum. Our communities are filled with parents, people with Asperger’s, teachers, therapists and others who have had direct and personal experience with life on the spectrum. All of our courses are covered by our no risk guarantee. Try it out, and if it isn’t for you for any reason, just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a full refund. Nothing to send back. No questions, no hassle. As it should be.
AE+ is our premium membership built around 2 support groups: 1 for parents that comprises over 5000 parents, teachers, & people with Asperger’s in both an online and in person setting, and 1 group for kids & adults alike through Minecraft. Members also get access to experts & doctors in various fields through regular expert interviews, a helpline to call in and get 1-on-1 guidance, monthly in-depth classes on various topics related to Asperger’s, and discounts on our other courses. Finally, AE+ members get in free to most of the seminars, workshops & events we hold at AE HQ, including video game and Q&A evenings, as well as support network meetups held all around the world.
This is a collection of books, clothes and other resources that we’ve used and highly recommend. Note: Amazon gives us a small percentage of sales generated through most of these links. We use that money to help further fund research and creation of courses, workshops and other media to help further our mission.This list is in no way traditional, as we’ve found that the majority of the things that help best are not targeted toward people with Asperger’s/Autism, but work amazingly well. As usual, please consult with a doctor before taking any of the supplements listed below.
In an unspoken voiceIf you have time to read only 1 book, make it this one. While it describes what happens when someone gets traumatized (like through a car accident), this book is invaluable for people with Asperger’s/Autism… because it also describes step-by-step how to begin to feel safe in the world again. Buy It
Hanes Comfortsoft Tagless T-ShirtTags are annoying, but doubly so to people with Asperger’s. Then you just end up cutting out the tag… and it itches more. The solution? No tag in the first place! These shirts are perfect for that, because they have no tag at all, so there’s nothing to scratch. Buy It
The Biology of BeliefYour genes and DNA can (and do) change during your lifetime. It’s called epigenetics, and is the basis of this book. A bit science-y, but if you are interested in how your beliefs about yourself physically alter your cells, this is a groundbreaking work to read. Highly recommended. Buy It
Does our method work?
CEO, Asperger Experts
We get it. It can be extremely frustrating to go from therapist to therapist, from doctor to doctor looking for “that thing” that can finally help you or your child. We’ve all been there and done that. So we’re taking a different approach here at Asperger Experts. We don’t know if our methods will work for you, simply because we don’t know you. If you find any of our material unsatisfactory, you can always email us at email@example.com and a get a full refund on anything you’ve purchased from us. But will our method work for you? We don’t know. But here’s the stories of some of the people our methods have worked for. Take the time to read and decide for yourself if our material will work for you.