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It isn't too late. There is hope. You can do this. Get inspired & gain hope through reading the stories of others going through similar struggles.

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4 steps to building trust

4 steps to building trust

Whether you are a parent, teacher, therapist, or person with Asperger’s, learning how to build & create trust leads to strengthened relationships, less Defense Mode, and an improvement in life in virtually every area. Since a large portion of living with Asperger’s means understanding, living with, and eventually getting out of Defense Mode, and since Defense Mode relies on connection & trust, learning how to build trust is essential. Raising someone with Asperger’s is pretty m

Danny Raede

Danny Raede

My Asperger's + early emotional trauma = need to control

My Asperger's + early emotional trauma = need to control

To be honest, when I was diagnosed with Asperger’s (High-Functioning Autism) at age twelve, it didn’t have much of an impact on me. My parents, the therapist, and I sat on the couch as the good doctor took a few minutes to explain the particulars of my diagnosis while I listened politely. He asked if I had any questions. I didn’t. I remember thinking it was a funny word, but, at the time, I didn’t comprehend its full meaning. To me, it was just a word like any other. And that was it. In fac

Danny Raede

Danny Raede

The one thing I needed most: Perspective

The one thing I needed most: Perspective

Back in the early days of Asperger Experts, when we were first learning how to help everyone in the best way possible, I attended a seminar called “Experts Academy”. There I was taught how to create courses, market those materials, work with coaching clients, etc. The music was loud. There were a lot of people. It was hectic. And yet, because it was my current “special interest”, I enjoyed it. I didn’t get overwhelmed. Funny how that works, isn’t it? Anyway, there was 1 thing that Bren

Danny Raede

Danny Raede

One of the main reasons I got motivated was this

One of the main reasons I got motivated was this

A lot of people ask me, “Danny, what was the “thing” that changed you and got you motivated? How did you become independent and start thriving in life?” Today I’m going to answer that question. Our story begins with a boat. And not just any boat. I'm talking about Oasis of The Seas, currently the one of the largest cruise ships in the world. Back in 2009, I had just gotten out of high school and I moved to Denver, Colorado to attend College Living Experience. College was nice, but the

Danny Raede

Danny Raede

Video games.. or high school graduation?

Video games.. or high school graduation?

If it came down to video games, or going to your High School Graduation ceremony, which would you choose? Can you guess which one I did? If you choose video games, you are correct! (Sorta). In May 2009 I was graduating High School (FINALLY!). I helped my video production teacher setup for filming graduation, got my graduation pictures taken, yearbook signed, etc. Then promptly ignored the graduation ceremony entirely and went to a video game orchestra concert with my parents

Danny Raede

Danny Raede

The pain of feeling like a failure is real

The pain of feeling like a failure is real

I remember when my parents first sent me away from home in California to go to College Living Experience over in Denver, CO. It’s a very expensive program that helps kids with learning differences navigate the college world, gain some independence and begin to hopefully thrive in the world. So there I was, sitting in my new apartment in Denver, just as my parents had left, wondering how the hell in the world I was going to do this thing called life. For about 2 years after that, I always fe

Danny Raede

Danny Raede

The day I finally believed I could

The day I finally believed I could

It was the Spring of 2013. I was sitting in a chair on day 3 of a 4 day seminar on spreading your message as an expert. At that time, Asperger Experts had really only reached about 100 people or so (mainly my mom’s friends) and I WANTED to do great things in the world, but I really didn’t believe I could. Then that day, I “got it”. Finally I was in a place where people could see I was doing great work, I felt appreciated, and more than that, I had guidance. The speaker on stage was tel

Danny Raede

Danny Raede

This is going to suck

This is going to suck

This is going to suck. A lot. I’m not talking about this article. I’m talking about your journey with Asperger’s. There are times when you are going to be frustrated. There are times when you are going to want to give up. There are going to be times when you just can’t. At all. You have 0 left to give. There are times when you are going to be confused. There are times when you are going to feel like the weight of the world rests squarely on your shoulders. And there are going

Danny Raede

Danny Raede

You are an awesome parent. Here's how we know

You are an awesome parent. Here's how we know

Stop berating yourself. Seriously. Stop, right now. You’re an awesome parent. Do you want to know how I know that? I’ll tell you. At this very moment you’re reading an article trying to learn how you can better help your child. Bad parents don’t do that. In fact, bad parents are often the ones that think they they already know everything there is to know about parenting. Having occasional doubts about your child’s capability doesn’t make you a terrible mother or father. It only makes you hu

Danny Raede

Danny Raede

I was a picky eater until age 25... here's what changed

I was a picky eater until age 25... here's what changed

At school I ate a peanut butter & jelly sandwich for lunch almost every single day from 1st grade - 10th grade. When I say almost every single day, I mean that I can literally count on both hands the number of days I didn’t eat PB&J. I was one of the pickiest eaters you can imagine. Everything had to be a certain way. EVERYTHING. I had to have a specific brand of bread. I had to have a certain type of jelly. And if you used the same knife to cut my sandwich that touched anything gre

Danny Raede

Danny Raede

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