Ep 214: Your Adolescence is Giving Me A Mid-Life Crisis!

We all know that adolescence is a time of change and often a tough time for the teen. But what about the parent? Today’s parents are often older than years ago, and today’s parents are sometimes going through their own self-examination, their own doubts, their own exploration. What happens when you bring those two together? Sometimes a lot of yelling frankly. In this episode I talk about the changes going on in the adolescent and in the older parent and how parents can avoid the yelling and the accusations that only undermine what the teen is going through and how parents can step back and examine themselves. A little understanding can go a long way.
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Ep 211: Is a Little Deception Okay? Paid Crowds and Native Advertising

crowds for hireWe face more moral “dilemmas” in everyday life than maybe we don’t realize. How do we resolve them? In this episode I discuss two interesting moral dilemmas: a) should you employ for-hire crowds of actors to attend your event in order to make it look like you’re more popular than you really are? and b) should you place your advertisements on web and print pages in such a way that they don’t really look like ads at all? I discuss the moral questions involved in “native advertising“. You’ll find some unique examples of Kohlberg’s stages of moral development.
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Ep 210: How to Memorize Kolhberg’s Stages of Moral Development

Need to memorize Lawrence Kohlberg’s stages of moral development really quickly? This is what you’re looking for – a brief audio podcast in which I give you some crazy images that will stick in your mind for a really long time. You’ll be surprised at how quickly you’ll have the six stages memorized. Some of my listeners have said that the mnemonics they’ve learned here have stuck in the stuck in their head for years! Whether you are studying for a psychology test or a nursing exam, you will find this a fun and effective way to learn. I challenge you to listen to this episode and then quiz yourself a few hours later. You’ll be pleasantly surprised. Let’s memorize!
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Ep 206: What It’s Like to Have Autism – Interview with Alex Lowrey

Alex LowreyIts time to hear from someone who has been diagnosed with autism what life is like. Alex Lowery joins us to talk about growing up with autism – about the heightened sensations, the frustrations of not being understood and what has helped him get to where he is today. At 20, Alex gives talks about his life. This is a great place to increase your understanding of autism.
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Ep 205: Secondhand Autism: What is it Like to Grow Up with an Autistic Sibling?

A unique look at autism and the family.

A unique look at autism and the family.

In this interview with Paul Brodie, author of Secondhand Autism, we discover how an autistic brother gave the gift of resilience and strength to his family.

There are of course challenges, but ultimately there are lessons to be learned about life. Listen to what Paul has to say about growing up with his autistic brother Scott, what it was like for his siblings and his parents – what they sacrificed and how they grew from it.

Autism: A Select List of Credible Resources

Autism: A Select List of Credible Resources

Websites and credible information on Autism.

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      "Secondhand Autism" by Paul A Brodie

      "Secondhand Autism" by Paul A Brodie

      Diagnoses of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in children are happening at an increasing rate. The autism spectrum is very wide and includes many different expressions of symptoms. Regardless of the severity of autism in a child, autism isn't an individual disorder. Autism affects everyone in the family.

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      The Autism Spectrum in the 21st Century: Exploring Psychology, Biology and Practice

      The Autism Spectrum in the 21st Century: Exploring Psychology, Biology and Practice

      This well-researched book provides a much needed opportunity for professionals working in the field of autism, third-sector staff, students and affected family members to access impartial, accurate and up-to-date knowledge of the Autism Spectrum across a wide range of topics...

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      The boy whose brain could unlock autism

      The boy whose brain could unlock autism

      SOMETHING WAS WRONG with Kai Markram. At five days old, he seemed like an unusually alert baby, picking his head up and looking around long before his sisters had done. By the time he could walk, he was always in motion and required constant attention just to ensure his safety.

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      Understanding the autism spectrum

      Understanding the autism spectrum

      Autism is a spectrum of conditions characterised by social, communicative, sensory-motor and cognitive difficulties. The social and psychological consequences can be profound. This 20-week course provides an accessible introduction to the autistic spectrum, principles and problems of diagnosis, and biological and psychological approaches to explaining underlying causes.

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      Paul Brodie's Website

      Paul Brodie's Website

      You'll find more information about Paul, Secondhand Autism and his other interests like music and comics (and even zombies).

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      Learn the Signs of Autism

      Learn the Signs of Autism

      Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, to funding research into the causes, prevention and treatments for autism, and to advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

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      Autism and Asperger's: Two Separate Conditions, or Not?

      Autism and Asperger's: Two Separate Conditions, or Not?

      One of the most interesting ASD studies to emerge this year is titled, The relationship of Asperger’s syndrome to autism: a preliminary EEG coherence study. It’s brought to us by a team from Boston Children’s Hospital: Frank Duffy, Aditi Shankardass, Gloria B McAnulty, and Heidelise Als.

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      DSM-V: What Changes May Mean | Autism Research Institute

      DSM-V: What Changes May Mean | Autism Research Institute

      Updates to the APA in DSM-V - What do the changes mean to families living with Autism? The American Psychiatric Association board of trustees met Dec.

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      Five Great Apps for Kids with Autism

      Five Great Apps for Kids with Autism

      My name is Melissa Morganlander and my 5-year-old son, Quentin, has been diagnosed with PDD-NOS, a form of autism. Here are five great apps that have helped him greatly, which I have reviewed on my blog, the iQ Journals. 1.

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      Facilitated Communication: A Price Too High To Pay

      Facilitated Communication: A Price Too High To Pay

      1. There are so many statements in this blog entry that I wish to comment and question, but let me start with just one quote from the section written by Professor James Todd. 2. In the middle of the second paragraph of his section, Professor Todd writes: "The family in the case was at those training sessions, as was I.
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      Our Prairie Home

      Our Prairie Home

      Paul recommends this blog: "We are a homesteading, homeschooling family working towards living a more agrarian lifestyle...Our son, Pookie, is our youngest blessing and has Classic Autism. Though autistic, he is very bright, full of laughter and joy."

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      A novel screening method makes it easier to diagnose and treat children with autism

      A novel screening method makes it easier to diagnose and treat children with autism

      Researchers have developed a new screening method to diagnose autism, which unlike current methods does not rely on subjective criteria. These results are published in a series of studies in the open-access journal Frontiers in Neuroscience.

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      Self-Injurious Behavior | Autism Research Institute

      Self-Injurious Behavior | Autism Research Institute

      Intervention. Nutritional and medical interventions can be implemented to normalize the person's biochemistry; this, in turn, may reduce the severe behavior. Although drugs are often used to increase serotonin levels or to decrease dopamine levels, the Autism Research Institute in San Diego has received reports from thousands of parents who have given their son/daughter vitamin B6, calcium and/or DMG.

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      Medical journal: Study linking autism, vaccines is 'elaborate fraud'

      Medical journal: Study linking autism, vaccines is 'elaborate fraud'

      (CNN) -- A now-retracted British study that linked autism to childhood vaccines is an "elaborate fraud," according to a medical journal -- a charge the physician behind the study vigorously denies.

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      Vaccine Safety

      Vaccine Safety

      A new study evaluating parents' concerns of "too many vaccines too soon" and autism has been published online in the Journal of Pediatrics [PDF - 256 KB] , March 29, 2013. It adds to the conclusion of a 2004 comprehensive review by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) that there is not a causal relationship between certain vaccine types and autism.

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