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Upcoming Google Hangouts On Air
Hosted by Autism Brainstorm:

SUNDAY, March 2nd at 9:00 PM Eastern Time
AUTISM BRAINSTORM: Dena Gassner, LMSW- Reframing Negative Thoughts
This presentation will discuss how our neurobiology can take us down the road of negativity and how specific cognitive behavioral strategies can be taught and engaged so that we can choose to remain positive and productive. 

THURSDAY, March 6th at 5:00 PM Eastern Time
AUTISM BRAINSTORM: Poetic Outspeak with Erik Estabrook, February 2014
Erik Estabrook will share two of his newest poetry selections. All are welcome to add questions or comments for Erik, regarding his poetry,  via the Google+ event page.  

SUNDAY, March 9th at 9:00 PM Eastern Time
Scott Leshin will be our featured contributor. Scott is the proud father of seven year old, Sam, who was born with cerebral palsy. After spending 3.5 months in various NICUs, Scott and his wife came home with the insurmountable task of trying to coordinate care for their son. He sat in his kitchen with his laptop and a phone and started scrambling for help. There was help, but how to get it, organize it and ensure it was delivered, was, and still is, a full time job. Back then Scott wished there was an insurance advocate to call who could have explained the process. Unfortunately there was not. 

Scott became that guy first for his family and then for others over the past six years.  He learned how to navigate the health insurance bureaucracy by himself. This challenge took time and patience. Not everyone can do it on their own, so Scott launched SJ Personal Healthcare Advocates LLC (www.sjpha.com) to help families.

SUNDAY, March 16th at 9:00 PM Eastern Time (MONDAY, March 17th at 10:00 AM Manila Time) AUTISM BRAINSTORM: MILLER METHOD®-An integrated approach
Ethan MillerDr. Stephen Shore and a panel of MM practitioners (U.S. and the philippines) continue their ongoing discussions regarding Miller Method techniques. 

Let's Talk Social Rules with Susan Diamond: Reduce holiday stress

Sue Diamond-author AAPCSusan Diamond M.A., CCC
Speech and Language Therapist
Diamond Language 

Susan Diamond is a licensed speech and language pathologist with a private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area.

AUTISM BRAINSTORM: Science on Google+, No. 2

Autism Brainstorm SOG woods naseef shore"AUTISM BRAINSTORM and SCIENCE ON GOOGLE+, No.2"
On Thursday December 19th at 9:00 PM Eastern Time
Dr. Alisa G. Woods will lead a discussion on
"Changes to the DSM and exploring
Asperger's as a possible subtype" 
  • A recent article showing EEG data will be presented for panel discussion. 
  • Dr. Woods will be joined by Dr. Robert Naseef, Dr. Stephen Shore and others from the Autism Brainstorm community and Science on Google+ community. 
  • This event will be posted in the SCIENCE ON GOOGLE+ community.

Discussion article and original research data:

This just came out, and is an interesting and relevant paper.

Genetic variation in GABRB3 is associated with Asperger syndrome and multiple endophenotypes relevant to autism." Varun Warrier, Simon Baron-Cohen and Bhismadev Chakrabarti. Molecular Autism 2013, 4:48 DOI: 10.1186/2040-2392-4-48

 Dr. Alisa G Woods:

Dr.  Woods focuses on the field of psychobiochemistry, specifically searching for biomarkers for neurodevelopmental disorders. Biomarkers are greatly needed for diagnosis, treatment monitoring and for the general understand of autism and associated disorders. Her current research projects include investigation of the neuroanatomical localization of tumor-derived factor (TDF), as well as the study of putative biomarkers for autism spectrum disorder. She received her BS in psychology from SUNY Plattsburgh, PhD in biology from the University of California Irvine, post-doctoral training in neuroanatomy at the University of Freiburg, Germany, and Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Dr. Woods is on the advisory board for AUTISM BRAINSTORM and does a monthly Hangout called: Ask the Neurobiologist 

Dr. Woods and her research group are conducting a crowdfunding project:
Protein biomarkers for autism spectrum disorders on RocketHub

"Our main funding needs right now have to do with general supplies to keep the lab running, and we also would like to pay for training in autism diagnosis (called the ADOS-2 and ADI-R). These are tests that can assure us that the people we are studying truly have autism. To be able to administer these tests, special training is required.
We hope that you will support our research. We are convinced that we can ultimately make a great difference in the lives of children. We want children with autism to receive early treatment and have a better chance for a more functional life. We are grateful for any donation you make. Even a small amount lets us know that you think our work is important."
~Dr. Alisa G. Woods

Dr. Woods discusses Biomarkers for ASD on public radio



Dr. Stephen Shore:

Diagnosed with "Atypical Development and strong autistic tendencies" and "too sick" for outpatient treatment Dr. Shore was recommended for institutionalization. Nonverbal until four, and with much support from his parents, teachers, wife, and others, Stephen is now a professor at Adelphi University where his research focuses on matching best practice to the needs of people with autism.

In addition to working with children and talking about life on the autism spectrum, Stephen presents and consults internationally on adult issues pertinent to education, relationships, employment, advocacy, and disclosure as discussed in his books Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Ask and Tell: Self-advocacy and Disclosure for People on the Autism Spectrum, the critically acclaimed Understanding Autism for Dummies., and the newly released DVD Living along the Autism Spectrum: What it means to have Autism or Asperger Syndrome.

President emeritus of the Asperger’s Association of New England and former board member of the Autism Society, Dr. Shore serves in the Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association, United States Autism and Asperger Association, and other autism related organizations. 

Dr. Shore is on the advisory board of AUTISM BRAINSTORM and is the primary autism education advisor. He frequently participates in Google Hangout events hosted by AUTISM BRAINSTORM.


Dr. Robert Naseef:

Robert Naseef speaks and writes in a singular voice as a psychologist and father of an adult son with autism. His new book, Autism in the Family: Caring and Coping Together (2013) by Brookes Publishing includes praise from Temple Grandin: "Fathers often have difficulty expressing their feelings, and this book should be required reading for all fathers who have a child with a disability." 

"Special Children, Challenged Parents: The Struggles and Rewards of Parenting a Child with a Disability," his first book, received international recognition. He has lectured internationally and appeared on radio and television. He is the co-editor with Cindy N. Ariel of Voices from the Spectrum: Parents, Grandparents, Siblings, People with Autism, and Professionals Share Their Wisdom (2006). "Living Along the Autism Spectrum" (2009) is a DVD which features him with Stephen Shore and Dan Gottlieb.
Dr. Naseef's specialty is working with families of children with autism and other special needs. He has published in scholarly journals and other publications. He has "a foot in each world" as a father and a professional with a special interest and expertise in the psychology of men and fatherhood. Through his experiences as a parent and as a professional, Robert relates to both audiences and is a sought after speaker around the country. In 2008, Robert Naseef was honored by Variety, the Children's Charity for his outstanding contributions over the past 20 years to the autism community. You can visit him on the web at: www.alternativechoices.com 

More Articles...

  1. Autism Brainstorm: Updates from the U.K. with Paul Isaacs and Autism Oxford
  2. AUTISM BRAINSTORM: Keeping Up With the Robisons-Guests: William Rock and Kim Shufran of iCan House
  3. Poetic Outspeak with Erik Estabrook, No. 9
  4. AUTISM BRAINSTORM: Science on Google+, No. 1
  5. Father's Roundtable with Dr. Robert Naseef, No. 8
  6. Poetic Outspeak with Erik Estabrook, No. 8
  7. AUTISM BRAINSTORM: Keeping Up With the Robisons-Guests: William Rock, Cree Mullin, Mary Limbacher and Dr. Stephen Shore
  8. Let's Talk Social Rules with Susan Diamond: Rule #5
  9. Father's Roundtable with Dr. Robert Naseef, No. 7
  10. Cultivating a Culture of Compassion in Schools with Dee DiGioia

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