(4 min 12 sec) In this episode, a young woman sings a heartwarming song to her sister with Down syndrome, a volunteer firefighter looks to spread PTSD awareness, and a mother paints her face to spread autism acceptance! These stories and more in this week’s edition!
In her first blog for Different Brains, Brooke Segal discusses growing up with a sister diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome.
Eryn Segal highlights the day to day challenges she faces as a young woman on the autism spectrum.
(4 mins) In this episode, a teacher dyes his hair for a boy with epilepsy, a an 11-year-old with autism inspires others to overcome their fears by riding roller coasters, and a deaf woman gets a standing ovation with her performance on America’s Got Talent! These stories and more in this week’s edition!
Nick Venturella of AutismHR.com discusses how the "gig economy" can present income and experience to those on the autism spectrum that may otherwise be unable to find employment.
(40 minutes) In this episode, Becca Lory, CAS, BCCS welcomes her new co-host Katherine Cody, Psy.D. Becca and Dr. Cody discuss their histories together, the challenges related to transitions for people on the autism spectrum, common life events that can inspire those issues, and some tools for coping with changes.
(3 mins 57 sec) In this episode, Jay Leno talks about growing up with dyslexia, friends with Alzheimer’s keep their brains active through their love of trains, and a teen with Down syndrome receives birthday wishes from Lorde! These stories and more in this week’s edition!
Aaron Bouma, diagnosed with Asperger's at 12 and now an advocate in Canada, discusses how his love of military history and model building has blossomed into a career.
Becca Lory and Dr. Lauren Gerber are joined by Dr. Beth Yurman to discuss the value of cognitive-behavioral therapies for those on the autism spectrum.
(3 mins 52 sec) In this episode, a comedian uses his Asperger’s diagnosis to his advantage, fashion students hold a fashion show for children with Down syndrome, and former baseball player Kirk Gibson discusses living with Parkinson’s! These stories and more in this week’s edition!
(43 mins) Becca, Dr. Gerber, and their guest, therapy dog trainer Pamela Kent, discuss the differences between emotional support dogs, service dogs, and therapy dogs, the role animals can play for a person on the autism spectrum.
Advocate Anita Lesko describes the experience of addressing the United Nations on World Autism Day, and the work being done to help those on the spectrum around the world.
(32 mins) In this episode, hosts Lauren Gerber Ms. Ed., PSY. D. and Becca Lory, CAS, BCCS speak with Leslie A. Sickels, LCSW. They discuss the importance of educating people on the spectrum about sex, the common misnomers society has about autism and relationships, and gender identity issue within the ASD community.
Dr. Brian Udell discusses a surprising new study that suggests there is no correlation between language deficits in children on the autism spectrum and their propensity to have meltdowns or perceived misbehavior.
A recent study suggests sound processing abilities in those on the autism spectrum may surpass that of neurotypical individuals.
(31 minutes) In this episode, hosts Lauren Gerber Ms. Ed., PSY. D. and Becca Lory, CAS, BCCS speak with Katherine Cody, Psy.D., a licensed clinical psychologist in full-time private practice thatoffers psychological and neuropsychological evaluations including Adult Asperger’s Assessments
(3 mins 28 sec) In this episode, a doctor raps for concussion awareness, a boy with Down syndrome opens up a cupcake shop, and Emma Stone and Michael Phelps speak about mental health awareness for the Child Mind Institute! These stories and more in this week’s episode!
(28 minutes) In this episode, hosts Lauren Gerber Ms. Ed., PSY. D. and Becca Lory, CAS, BCCS speak with Dr. Gil Lichtshein. Dr. Gil discusses what TMS is and the effects it can have on patients on the spectrum, other options for treating symptoms that come with an autism diagnosis, and the care doctors should take in prescribing medications to patients with sensitive systems.
Eric Zimmerman discusses the variations of interests and skills of people on the spectrum, and the myth that people with autism "look" a certain way.
(4 mins 14 sec) In this episode, batboy with Down syndrome gets to bat leadoff for the high school baseball team, squeeze jackets are helping those on the autism spectrum, and how can Botox help those with depression and anxiety? These stories and more in this week’s edition!
Oliver Thornton discusses his own diagnosis with Asperger's syndrome, and how he hopes his new venture, Coding Autism, can help others on the spectrum find meaningful employment.
(33 mins) In this episode, hosts Dr. Lauren Gerber and Becca Lory speak with Rebecca Sachs, Ph.d. ABPP, a psychologist specializing in the treatment of individuals on the autism spectrum who also experience difficult co-occurring disorders, such as severe anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
(3 mins 54 sec) In this episode, Boy Meets World star Rider Strong makes the birthday wish of a boy with Down syndrome come true, Project UROK runs a beauty ad for anxiety, and Lady Gaga and prince Harry come together to talk mental health! These stories and more in this week’s edition!
(23 minutes) In this episode, Dr. Hackie Reitman sits down again with Stacey Hoaglund, editor of The Autism Notebook Magazine, a tireless advocate for the neurodiverse, and the mother of a son on the spectrum.
Samantha Craft discusses the concept of "bottom up" processing, which is common amongst people on the autism spectrum.
(4 mins 10 sec) In this episode, Julia the Muppet with autism makes her big debut, golf helps a man with Parkinson’s, and a teen with Down syndrome is voted prom queen! These stories and more in this week’s edition!
Rebecca Womack discusses what applied behavior analysis therapy is, and how it could be useful for some children on the autism spectrum.
According to a recent study, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, schizophrenia and autism all have one thing in common: they can each be traced back to the same inherited genetic variations.
(37 mins) In this episode, hosts Lauren Gerber Ms. Ed., PSY. D. and Becca Lory, CAS, BCCS speak with Anita Lesko- a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist diagnosed with autism at the age of 50, and the bride of the first ever "All-Autism" wedding.
(4 mins) In this episode, a yoga class is helping those with autism, a new app is keeping kids with ADHD focused, and how has this viral prom proposal vid inspired others to contribute to the special occasion? These stories and more in this week’s edition!
Eryn Segal discusses life before and after her diagnosis with autism, and the social challenges she finds herself facing every day.
(33 mins) In this episode, hosts Lauren Gerber Ms. Ed., PSY. D. and Becca Lory, CAS, BCCS speak with Dena Gassner, an advocate, writer, and speaker- including presenting for the UN in Geneva, Russia, and Cambridge.
(3 min 43 sec) In this episode, virtual reality can help diagnose concussions, a new surgery can help those with Parkinson’s, and how is Legoland creating an autism friendly experience for families on the spectrum?
Jackie M. Marquette discusses the adversity that has touched the life of a close friends with autism, and offers tips for supporting a person on the spectrum that may be facing life changes.
(18 mins) In this episode, Hackie Reitman, M.D. speaks with Dr. Phillip DeMio, chief operating officer of the US Autism & Asperger Association (USAAA) and the founder of the American Medical Autism Board (AMAB).
(43 mins) In this debut episode, hosts Lauren Gerber Ms. Ed., PSY. D. and Becca Lory, CAS, BCCS share stories about how they became involved in the autism community, and how both make use of canine friends in their every day lives and work.
(3 mins 25 secs) In this episode, a man uses art to cope with Parkinson’s, a man becomes the first ever table tennis coach with Down syndrome, and Sesame Street introduces the first Muppet with autism! These stories and more in this week’s edition!
(27 mins) In this episode, Harold Reitman, M.D. speaks with Anlor Davin. Anlor is originally from France, and discusses growing up with autism, and her book "Being Seen."
Synesthesia and autism researchers at the University of Sussex and the University of Cambridge have found that sensory symptoms of each are often linked.
(3 min 50 sec) In this episode, Lo Bosworth discusses her depression and anxiety diagnoses, a dance class is helping those with Parkinson’s, and a woman with Down syndrome delivers the weather report in France! These stories and more in this week’s edition!
Denise Resnik discusses the importance of creating supportive environments for people on the autism spectrum.
(3 min 41 sec) In this episode: an IndyCar driver breaks down concussions, boxing programs continue to help Parkinson’s patients around the country, and a girl with Down syndrome receives a national scholarship after starting her own business! These stories and more in this week’s edition!
Donna Levin reviews Jennifer Roy’s Mindblind, a novel about a 14 year old boy on the autism spectrum, from Skyscape Publishing.
(3 min 48 sec) In this episode, a couple with Down syndrome celebrate 22 years of marriage, a former college football coach helps test a new Alzheimer’s treatment, and a couple with Asperger’s bring out the best in one another! These stories and more in the week’s edition.
Giuliana Fenwick discusses neuropsychology, maps out the various sections of the brain that play a roll in what we consider "neurodiversity", and offers some head massage methods she believes can reduce the symptoms of autism and similar diagnoses.
(4 mins 5 sec) In this episode: a former hockey player talks about living with OCD, a man bikes 4,000 miles for Parkinson’s research, and veterans with PTSD go diving with sharks! These stories and more in this week’s edition.
Dr. Ben Weinstock examines the common sleep problems related to neurodiverse conditions, and offers a checklist on to combat those problems.
(24 minutes) In this special episode of Exploring Different Brains, Hackie Reitman, M.D. discusses creativity in people on the autism spectrum with Dr. Ian Hale, Colin Eldred-Cohen, Keri Bowers, Taylor Cross, and Michael Tolleson.
Mitch Nagler discusses Bridges to Adelphi, and the model it has become for services colleges should offer students on the autism spectrum.
(4min 12sec) In this episode, Lena Dunham demonstrates yoga poses to help with anxiety, an Australian man with autism starts his own business, and a blood test may lead to treating depression! These stories and more in this week’s edition.
(3 min 49 sec) In this episode, a teen with Down syndrome fulfills his dreams of going to college, a new device can help those with Asperger’s detect moods, and Henry Winkler discusses his new book and growing up with dyslexia! These stories and more in this week’s edition.
Lisa Yang and MIT alumnus Hock Tan are responsible for the center’s foundation, contributing a generous kick-off commitment of $20 million.
In this episode, a service dog changes the life of a woman with a traumatic brain injury, a new treatment for Parkinson’s is showing promise, and the cookie saleswoman with Down syndrome will be selling her cookies at the Oscars!
(22 mins) In this episode, Hackie Reitman, M.D. welcomes back return guest Dr. Stephen Shore- author, autism advocate, board member for Autism Speaks, and professor at Adelphi University.
Cheryl Checkers, M.S. outlines how weaknesses in the executive functions of the brain can create problems for the neurodiverse, and reviews strategies for how to improve those functions.
In this episode, a student becomes the second contest with Down syndrome to run for Miss Clemson, a girl with apraxia finds a special bond with cats at an animal shelter, and how can a mouth guard give us an inside look at the impact of a concussion?
In this episode, Harold Reitman, M.D. speaks with Steve Sulkes, M.D, the Director of UCEDD/LEND at University of Rochester, and the incoming President of the AADMD.
In this episode, a teen with Down syndrome wins his high school wrestling debut, students walk for Alzheimer’s in honor of the Pat Summit Foundation, and a have you seen this viral clip of a Parkinson’s patient leading a dance? These stories and more in this week’s episode.
In this episode, Wounded Warrior swim with the dolphins for PTSD, a mother posts a heartwarming video for her son with TBI, and a boy with autism shares a bond with his deaf service dog. These stories and more in this week’s edition!
Rebecca Witonsky recounts her history as a woman on the autism spectrum seeking employment, and discusses some of the tips others have proposed to improve job prospects for the neurodiverse.
Sarah Howard, a woman with autism who wasn't diagnosed until the age of 29, discusses the inherent challenges in facilitating social events for women on the spectrum.
Denise Resnik discusses First Place Arizona, and how their recent groundbreaking marks a personal milestone of progress for helping people on the autism spectrum achieve independence.
In this episode, a girl with dyslexia creates a virtual reality program to help her peers, a man with down syndrome inspires others through a fitness class, and Ricochet the surf dog wears a Santa costume for PTSD awareness!
In this episode, Harold Reitman, M.D. speaks with Colin Eldred-Cohen. He is the author of "The Fire Truck Who Got Lost,” a movie reviewer, and a young man on the autism spectrum.
In our final blog of 2016, Different Brains founder Hackie Reitman, M.D. discusses the problem of isolation when dealing with a diagnosis, and the way individuals and all of society can benefit when all of us come together for our common goals.
In this episode, kids are meeting Santa in malls all over the country in a sensory-friendly environment, kids with ADHD get to run around to help them learn, and NFL Hall of Famer Charles Haley talks about Bipolar Disorder.
Eric Zimmerman discusses how a recent trip forced him to expand his horizons, and confront is anxiety.
An innovative humanoid robot named Milo, released last year to help children with autism, is now confronting neurodiversity in the Middle East.
In her first blog for Different Brains, advocate Rebecca Witonsky tells the story of how receiving her autism diagnosis changed her life, and her career prospects.