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SUNDAY, JANUARY 10th
9:00 PM Eastern Time 

AUTISM BRAINSTORM: GUY TALK with Dr. Robert Naseef
January, 2016 


We are excited to have Dr.+Barry Prizant  as our featured contributor this Sunday, January 10 at 9PM Eastern on Guy Talk at the AUTISM BRAINSTORM community on Google+ ( http://bit.ly/1mrh1Rm ) and autismbrainstorm.org.  Come to this live broadcast or view it later on YouTube.

Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism (2015) by Barry Prizant, Ph.D. and Tom Fields-Meyer is a fantastic new book.  I can’t say enough good things about this superb contribution.  Having read hundreds of autism books from parents, researchers, teachers, therapists, and people with autism, and having written a few myself, I would have to say Uniquely Human is ground-breaking and one of the best yet.  Instead of fixing a person by eliminating symptoms, Dr. Prizant  provides a compelling alternative view by seeking to understand the individual’s experience and what underlies the behavior. As a parent, I wish I had it 30 years ago when my son was 5.  As a psychologist, it is now the first book I recommend to parents when they have a child diagnosed on the autism spectrum. With countless nuanced clinical vignettes, Prizant guides readers to the vital insights regarding child development and emotional regulation so necessary for understanding the “why” of the spectrum of autism.



SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12th
9:00 PM Eastern Time 

AUTISM BRAINSTORM: Miller Method® HOA, December 2015
This evening,+Ethan Miller and his panel of Miller Method® practitioners are joined by +Ha RDI who is an RDI consultant, a MNRI trainee and a Parent from Hanoi. 

This Autism Brainstorm HOA is dedicated to providing a platform through which Ha and a variety of groups located in Vietnam will become better acquainted with the possibilities of Miller Method® implementation in their respective programs.

*Please see posted pictures for this evening's agenda and other pertinent information, which can be found at the EVENT PAGE on G+

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 9th 
AUTISM BRAINSTORM: Think Tank HOA, December 2015
Autism self advocates discuss changes at AUTISM SPEAKS
Wednesday December 9th  10:00PM Eastern Time
EVENT PAGE:  http://bit.ly/1lvI3J2
Autism self advocates,+Stephen Shore and +John Elder Robison discuss changes at AUTISM SPEAKS

"Autism Speaks Welcomes Three New Board Members" :
http://bit.ly/1YZWyDa

Debra Muzikar does a written interview with Dr. Stephen Shore about the Autism Speaks changes:
http://bit.ly/1lvASjW

"I have decided to resign from the Science and Treatment Boards, which are my only formal connections to Autism Speaks".........
"Autism Speaks has a lot of potential with its media presence, public name recognition, celebrity connections and fundraising power. It could do a lot of good, if directed differently.  I hope that happens one day.” ~John Elder Robison

Well, with two new board members who are, indeed, autistic advocates and SELF advocates…..it looks as though that time may very well be now. Thoughts?

All are welcome to post questions and/or comments before, during and after the AUTISM BRAINSTORM: Think Tank HOA via the comment section below the embeded video recording on the EVENT PAGE which can be found here: http://bit.ly/1lvI3J2


SUNDAY NOVEMBER 22nd
 AUTISM BRAINSTORM: VSM for Autism with Dr. Tom Buggey
(Click the YOUTUBE below at 8PM to watch the Hangout On Air stream live.
Click the link any time after to view the recorded video) 
Dr. Tom Buggey's guest panelist this evening will be Gary Jesch of:
Invirtua, CHOPS & Assoc. Live Animation and CHOPS Webcasting
Gary Jesch and Tom Buggey will be joined by Dr.Elisabeth Whyte and Lois Brady for this evening's discussion. Be sure to visit Gary's new community, Animating the Autism Community which can be found here:   http://bit.ly/1NiCRUS 
Many thanks to Dr. Tom Buggey for hosting this VIDEO SELF MODELING for Autism segment for the Autism Brainstorm Community on Google Plus......and to Dr. Elisabeth Whyte for sharing her information and expertise in the field of neuro-science. Elisabeth conducts research on social development in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. She uses a combination of behavioral and neuroimaging methods, including functional MRI. An interesting video outlining a bit of Elisabeth's work can be seen here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zm0CkloyqRw
*The panel will also be joined by Lois Brady, SLP and author of "APPS FOR AUTISM"
an amazing up to the minute database of apps for autism.  

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 8th
 AUTISM BRAINSTORM: Guy Talk with Dr. Robert Naseef
Sunday, November 8, at 9 PM Eastern, the Guy Talk panel at Autism Brainstorm will be talking about the enormous potential of people with autism and other disabilities. Many have significant visual, technical, or academic skills. Recognizing their talents, rather than focusing on their weaknesses, is essential to creating an inclusive society.


SUNDAY OCTOBER 25th
AUTISM BRAINSTORM:  Movement Differences, Disorders
and ASD Part 2
with Rebecca Sperber  M.S., MFT


SUNDAY OCTOBER 18th
AUTISM BRAINSTORM:  

AUTHORS' CORNER
Interview with Dr. Barry Prizant, author of
UNIQUELY HUMAN: A different way of seeing autism 
Essential reading for any parent, teacher, therapist, or caregiver of a person with autism: a groundbreaking book on autism, by one of the world’s leading experts, who portrays autism not as a tragic disability, but as a unique way of being human.

Autism is usually portrayed as a checklist of deficits, including difficulties interacting socially, problems in communicating, sensory challenges, and repetitive behavior patterns. This perspective leads to therapies focused on ridding individuals of “autistic” symptoms. Now Dr. Barry M. Prizant, an internationally renowned autism expert, offers a new and compelling paradigm: the most successful approaches to autism don’t aim at fixing a person by eliminating symptoms, but rather seeking to understand the individual’s experience and what underlies the behavior.

In Uniquely Human, Dr. Prizant suggests a major shift in understanding autism: Instead of classifying “autistic” behaviors as signs of pathology, he sees them as part of a range of strategies to cope with a world that feels chaotic and overwhelming. Rather than curb these behaviors, it’s better to enhance abilities, build on strengths, and offer supports that will naturally lead to more desirable behavior and a better quality of life. In fact, argues Dr. Prizant, attempts to eliminate “autistic” behaviors may actually interfere with important developmental processes.

While it never discounts the difficulties of living with autism, Uniquely Human offers inspiring stories, and practical advice drawn from Dr. Prizant’s four-decade career working in universities, schools, hospitals, and in private practice. It conveys a deep respect for people with autism and the qualities that make them special. Filled with humanity and wisdom, Uniquely Human offers a compassionate and insightful perspective that parents, professionals, and family members will find uplifting and hopeful.

SUNDAY OCTOBER 18th
9:00 PM Eastern Time

AUTISM BRAINSTORM:  The Miller Method® Hangouts On Air
with Ethan Miller, OCTOBER 2015
 
Sunday night the 18th of October will be the second in a series of Google Hangouts featuring The Miller Method® Documentaries

The general format will an overview of the subject matter and a focus on each specific documentary.  This sunday will focus on none other than Stephen Shore's Journey. Other guests will join us as the series continues. 

Miller Method Documentaries include:
Stephen Shore's Journey
Edge of Awarenes
A Small Awakening
Where is Angela?
Come Back, Jack
Ritual to Repertoire

This series will be moderated by Ethan B. Miller and hosted by Kathleen of the Autism Brainstorm Community on Google+ and AutismBrainstorm.org

AUTISM BRAINSTORM:  
Adventures of a young Aspie,
with Miriam, October 2015 

In the OCTOBER 2015 segment of Adventures of a Young Aspie, Miriam reviews the newly released book, NEUROTRIBES  by Steve Silberman

 
AUTISM BRAINSTORM:  

Movement Differences, Disorders and ASD
with Rebecca Sperber  M.S., MFT
SEPTEMBER 2015
This evening's topic will be:
Movement Differences, Disorders and ASD
Hosted by:  
Rebecca Sperber  M.S., MFT
 
HOA Panelists:  
Dr. Steven Shore ~Assistant Professor of Special Eduction at Adelphi University
Eric Kastan ~Licensed MFT Clinical Director for Fact Family in Los Angeles, a Behaviorial Therapist and Supervisor

THE POETIC DIMENSION: Poetry beyond the box
with Erik Estabrook and various complex minds
SEPTEMBER 2015 

The topic for this hangout will be:  POETIC IDENTITIES
 
Erik Estabrook and a Google Hangout panel comprised of various complex minds will share their original poetry and engage in dynamic discussions.  

AUTISM BRAINSTORM: 
The Miller Method® HOA with Ethan Miller
SEPTEMBER 2015

 
Sunday night the 20th of Sept. will be the first in a series of Google Hangouts featuring The Miller Method® Documentaries

The general format will an overview of the subject matter and a focus on each specific documentary.  This sunday will focus on none other than Stephen Shore's Journey. Other guests will join us as the series continues. 

Miller Method Documentaries include:
~Stephen Shore's Journey
~Edge of Awarenes
~A Small Awakening
~Where is Angela?
~Come Back, Jack
~Ritual to Repertoire

This series will be moderated by Ethan B. Miller and hosted by Kathleen of the Autism Brainstorm Community on Google+ and AutismBrainstorm.org 

AUTISM BRAINSTORM: 
The Miller Method® HOA with Ethan Miller, AUGUST 2015
Welcome to the AUGUST 2015 segment of THE MILLER METHOD® Hangout On Air with Ethan Miller and his group of panelists. 

This evening's topic will be:
Symbol  Accentuation Reading Program
PART II

~Multi-sensory learning, morphing techniques, ASL, reinforcement
~The early program
~Evolution
~Current  SARP
~Techniques in the Classroom
~Techniques One on One
~Published Accounts
~Tools, tools, tools

THE POETIC DIMENSION: Poetry beyond the box
with Erik Estabrook and various complex minds
The topic for this hangout will be:  CLARITY
 
Erik Estabrook and a Google Hangout panel comprised of various complex minds will share their original poetry and engage in dynamic discussions.  

SUNDAY AUGUST 23rd
9:00 PM Eastern Time
AUTISM BRAINSTORM: 
Neurodiversity Movement and Autism Spectrum Disorder
with Rebecca Sperber
  M.S., MFT
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*Access the ARCHIVED Hangout Recordings
at the AUTISM BRAINSTORM Community
On Google Plus 
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AUTISM BRAINSTORM:
Adventures of a Young Aspie, AUGUST 2015

AUTISM BRAINSTORM: 
Child Advocacy and the Miller Method® with Rebecca Sperber


The focus of the hangout will center on child advocacy:  it's challenges, the mechanics of how to do it, and the desired outcomes.

The Miller Method will be incorporated into the discussion to create real life examples of how to advocate for a specific method or approach to teaching or treating a particular child with autism.

Mindsets and skills sets for parents to acquire will be explained and discussed by panel members ranging from parents, teachers, therapists and clinicians.  Each panel member will discuss their personal experience with the Miller Method and their experiences with how to advocate for its efficacy to parents, shools and clinical settings.



 AUTISM BRAINSTORM: Guy Talk with Dr. Robert Naseef


Sunday, June 14, Guy Talk will focus on how fathers of children with autism and special needs can appreciate and honor their own mothers and the devoted mothers of their children.  Setting aside a day to honor mothers is important, but true gratitude requires expression beyond flowers, cards, and going out to eat. A mother’s love is boundless, and this is a time to reflect on our sweetest memories of women as mothers and grandmothers. Beyond honoring the woman who raised him, the most important thing a father can do for his children is to love and appreciate their mother. Our special contributor is James May, the former director of the National Fathers Network. Although now retired, his contributions to the special needs community live on through the Washington State Fathers Network. James will share his wisdom and appreciation for women derived from many years of service to the special needs community around the country. James has a special perspective as he grew up with special health care needs.

THE POETIC DIMENSION: Poetry beyond the box with Erik Estabrook
and various complex minds, JUNE 2015

 AUTISM BRAINSTORM: VSM (Video Self Modeling) for Autism
with Dr. Tom Buggey, MAY 2015

AUTISM BRAINSTORM and SCIENCE on G+:
Autism, Gaming and Facial Recognition with Dr. Elisabeth Whyte  
 


WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 9th 
AUTISM BRAINSTORM: Think Tank HOA, December 2015