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Jim Donovan M. Ed. is a professional musician, author, assistant professor at Saint Francis University, and TEDx speaker. Each week, Jim and a guest will take you deep into the world of music and sound based healing, including the latest research on how these techniques can address anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and brain health.
 
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Mutations in any of 10 autism-linked genes in frogs lead to the same overabundance of brain cells that develop into neurons; the sex hormone estrogen lowers this excess.The post Mutations in frogs point to autism genes’ shared role in neurogenesis appeared first on Spectrum | Autism Research News.
 
Muffling expression of an autism-linked gene in a key song-related area of the brain renders young zebra finches unable to learn songs from older birds. The post Autism gene interference silences song memory in birds appeared first on www.spectrumnews.org | Autism Research NewsTo listen to the bird calls, please visit: https://www.spectrumnews.org/…
 
In January 2019, Dorota Chapko interviewed for a job as a postdoctoral researcher at Heart n Soul at The Hub at Wellcome Collection in London, a research arm of an arts collective for people with autism or intellectual disability. The data scientist — she has a Ph.D. in public health — would be analyzing data for a project alongside adults with the…
 
In 2017, Reid Caplan was working as a program coordinator at the Autistic Self Advocacy Network when their supervisor, executive director Julia Bascom, made an introduction that would catapult Caplan, who is autistic and transgender, into a second career. (Caplan uses a genderneutral pronoun.)
 
In 2009, several years after Valerie Paradiz had been diagnosed with autism, she attended a meeting hosted by a drug company developing a medical test for autistic people that involved a cheek swab. Company officials wanted to know how they could make the process more comfortable for people with autism.…
 
Back in 1995, in an empty classroom at the University of Tokyo in Japan, undergraduate student Shin-ichiro Kumagaya started a Japanese sign language group after learning that the university did not offer a course. He is not deaf, but he has cerebral palsy, and his work on human rights for people with disabilities prompted him to want to learn to si…
 
The Mindful Muslim is an Inspirited Minds podcast that hosts raw, open, and honest conversations on various topics within the sphere of mental health, psychology, Islam and spirituality. In this episode, we meet Dr. Sara Betteridge who is a psychologist and family therapist in Adult Mental Health. Our host, Meanha Begum, has an open discussion with…
 
Jim speaks with Dr. Stephen Porges who is known throughout the world as the founder of Polyvagal Theory and the music-based intervention, the Safe and Sound Protocol ™ , which currently is used by more than 1400 therapists to improve spontaneous social engagement, to reduce hearing sensitivities, and to improve language processing, state regulation…
 
Autistic people’s skill at managing the demands of daily life decline after they leave high school, according to a new study. But those who maintain more abilities are more likely to pursue further education than those who don’t.The post Daily living skills influence autistic adults’ education, employment options appeared first on Spectrum | Autism…
 
Spectrum's staff couldn't report on the ground this year — with no lab visits, sit-down interviews or in-person conferences to attend — but we observed a lot of changes from our computer screens.The post Inside the reporter’s notebook: Dispatches from 2020 appeared first on Spectrum | Autism Research News.…
 
Spectrum is covering the 2020 International SYNGAP1 Scientific Conference, which took place virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic. Here we’re highlighting researchers’ reactions to noteworthy presentations.The post Reactions from the 2020 SYNGAP1 Scientific Conference appeared first on Spectrum | Autism Research News.…
 
Simon Baron-Cohen’s new book is essentially a 272-page argument for his hypothesis that all human innovation stems from the ability to discern and manipulate causal patterns.The post Book Review: ‘The Pattern Seekers’ links human invention — past, present and future — to autism traits appeared first on Spectrum | Autism Research News.…
 
Award winning filmmaker John Pritchard produces educational films that celebrate the positive side of humanity. Today he and Jim discuss John's new documentary on the world wide drum circle movement including: John's 5 year mission of helping to create 1 million drum circles around the globe How he made this movie in the midst of a pandemic Why dru…
 
Beasley was arrested on October 3rd, 2012 while coming home from the grocery store with two boxes of Nutty Buddy snack bars and two bags of pierogies. A police car followed him back to his mother’s house; as soon as he opened the door, he felt a hand on his wrist, he says. He did not deny the offense: 26,492 photographs of child pornography on his …
 
The Mindful Muslim is an Inspirited Minds podcast that hosts raw, open, and honest conversations on various topics within the sphere of mental health, psychology, Islam and spirituality. This time we have a candid conversation with Suhayl Patel. Our host, Meanha Begum, dives into Suhayl’s role as an Ethnic Minorities ‘Community Connector’ at Beacon…
 
Jim talks to Patrick McKeown who is widely regarded as one of the world's leading experts in breathing re-education. McKeown is President of Buteyko Professionals International and the New York Times' bestselling author of The Oxygen Advantage: The Simple, Scientifically Proven Breathing Techniques for a Healthier, Slimmer, Faster, and Fitter You. …
 
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