The idea to create Grab The Wheel begins with a story. After many years as a psychotherapist and anger management coach at Anderson & Anderson, George Anderson began seeing a new client, a young adult man with Asperger’s Syndrome. This was the first time George had coached a client on the Autism Spectrum. He describes the unique experience, and the man’s reaction to learning through the Anderson model:
“Some time ago, I saw a young college graduate who happened to have Asperger’s. After completing a comprehensive Emotional Intelligence Assessment, I summarized the findings on 16 EQ scales. He actively participated during the feedback session. He explained that he had been in psychotherapy since age five. ‘I know more than most psychiatrists about Aspergers,’ he said. ‘I know WHY I do and don't do most things. However, no one has ever told me WHAT to do about my situation.’ When we completed this discussion, his response was ‘This May Work.’
In a following session he reported having a successful week. He explained that he had been able to communicate with his parents about his interest in attending a course in film animation. His parents supported his interests, and he was excited after having a conversation with the teacher of the course.
When he finished telling me the story of his success, I said ‘Look at ME, How do I feel?’ He looked up and smiled. Then he answered, ‘You feel good because you are proud of me.’ ”