From the Desk of Dr. Harold Reitman

Hello there!

I wanted to welcome you, on behalf of all of us here at Different Brains, to the first installment of our newsletter.

Different Brains is meant to be a place where anyone – the parent or family of someone with Autism, Asperger’s, Alzheimer’s, PTSD, Dyslexia, ADHD, Epilepsy, Bipolar or any kind of brain that thinks a little bit differently – can go and find not only resources, but stories of people in similar situations succeeding despite any “label.” Society needs to understand and embrace neurodiversity for the benefit of all of us. It is our hope that Different Brains will, even if in just a small way, help spread this understanding. We also hope to be a positive place that anyone – neurodiverse or not – can join in the conversation and contribute.

So thank you for showing your support of neurodiversity, and for letting us be a part of your journey.

Harold “Hackie” Reitman, M.D.
founder and contributor,

Recent Blogs from Different Brains

Erma Bombeck On The Special Mother

Dr. Harold Reitman, the founder of Different Brains, talks about the influence of his mother and why a column penned many years ago by author Erma Bombeck, about mothers of disabled children, resonates with him to this day.
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Autism in the Classroom, Autism in the Home: The Need for Consistent Supports
In this blog post, we discuss the need for consistent support in the classroom, particularly for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and the neurodiverse.

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Did you know that Different Brains has a whole section devoted to neurodiversity resources? Information and help for those with ASD, Autism, Asperger’s, Depression, PTSD, and more!

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Recent Videos from Different Brains


In this episode, Dr. Reitman speaks with Derek Volk, author of “Chasing The Rabbit,” host of The Derek Volk Show, and father of a son with Asperger’s Syndrome. Derek talks about the arduous task of finding a correct diagnosis, the challenges of someone on the autism spectrum finding employment, and the need for understanding from the general public.

Recent News from Different Brains

New Studies Suggest Yoga May Help Women with PTSD

Women with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are responding better to yoga as a therapy than traditional methods involving medication and cognitive behavior therapy, according to recent studies.

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Different Brains Contributor Events

Options for Students with Learning Differences

On January 29, Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., will present its Annual Transitions Conference, titled High School to University: Options for Students with Learning Differences. Different Brains founder Dr. Harold Reitman will host one of the breakout sessions. The keynote presentation will be given by Tim Clue. Challenged by dyslexia and ADHD as a young man, Tim Clue ultimately earned his Master’s degree, began work in the classroom as a communications teacher, and was spring-boarded into a life as a professional comedian, published playwright, and ultimately, a motivational speaker. This award-winning lecturer rethinks learning lessons to help rebuild 21st century minds.

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