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Welcome to The Brain Broad Blog!

This is where I get to take off the doctor’s coat (it’s not mine–yet), tie it around my waist and share autism tips, surprising brain science, funny personal stories, and painful doctorate program homework complaints… okay, maybe I’ll avoid that last one. Regardless, I hope to offer insights and invite the same while enjoying a cup of coffee with the autism, neuroscience, psychophysiology, parenting, spiritual, thinking, comedic, curious community! If that leaves you out, I’m sorry and suggest you try on one of the many hats. One is bound to fit!


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Family Meetings – Do Them Well

Wednesday, March, 22, 2017

“Family meeting!” was something I could be heard hollering often, calling all eight of my kids to our huge family dinner table. It was always an effective way to get everyone into one room, but over the years  I perfected the art of the family meeting so that it became effective in all the other

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Before You React, Read On

Wednesday, February, 15, 2017

My son likes to pretend he is Retarded! Before you get angry at him, read on: When he was young he was diagnosed as globally retarded with fetal alcohol syndrome and autistic-like mannerisms. Before you get angry at me, read on: I did NOT drink during pregnancy. I adopted him with these diagnoses. Before you

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This Is Your Brain On Leadership

Monday, October, 17, 2016

Invitation: Learn and network with influential Leaders at the Albany Leadership Summit:  Purchase your copy of The Seven Senses of Leadership: Neuroscience teaches us to become better Leaders, get more done and increase our influence.  Use the latest research in the field of brain science to make the right choices, accelerate your productivity-

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About Balance

Monday, September, 19, 2016

There are a lot of tips for staying emotionally balanced and I would love to offer them to you! However, sometimes by giving a lot of tips I run the risk of having the most needed information glossed over by my overwhelmed reader. So instead I will share what I see as the most un-thought

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Something Important To Share

Monday, May, 02, 2016

It is not easier here and school is not the path to success! I was speaking with my mother on the phone. When I told her (for the gazillionth time) that all but one of my four adopted, multiply handicapped, autistic sons had jobs and were independent (she doesn’t know this because she never visits

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Unasked For Advise or Information – Being a Brave Mom

Thursday, March, 17, 2016

What it means to be brave when you are a mom: At the grocery store check out counter. The clerk said, “Hello.” I said, “Hello.” She asked “How are you?” My thirty-four-year-old, hard-to-understand, son said, “Fine.” I said, “He said ‘fine’.” She nodded. The bagger said, “He likes to get out of the house, huh?”

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Yesterday Was A Different World – Positive Parenting with The Brain Broad

Friday, November, 20, 2015

Varda Epstein did this story on Positive Parenting, quoting me and many other experts.   What is Positive Parenting and Why is it Better than What Our Parents Did?   Being quoted is always an honor. But it also leaves us experts wanting to fill in our quote, wanting to tell readers the “all” of

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Welcome To The Ghosts And Goblins Of My Mind!

Monday, October, 26, 2015

  The night my grandfather died the phone rang late at night. I sat up and said, “Grandpa’s dead.” I was twelve. And he was dead. Inner knowing based on the logic of a late night call, or a grandfather vacuum in the air?   Six months after my brother was murdered my friend and

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Being Abused Is Contagious; We Are Creatures That Copy – Speaking Out Alone Is Not Enough

Sunday, October, 11, 2015

Often, so often, I am asked to talk about the challenges and emotions raised when one is a victim of abuse (sexual, emotional and/or physical). I am seldom asked what can be done about it; how does a person turn this event (or more likely series of events) into a blessing. The very absence of

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Farts are Funny: A Story of Laughter in Hardship

Monday, September, 28, 2015

He was two years old and classically autistic. He couldn’t speak, walk or pay attention when I spoke. He ran non-stop and never slept. I had adopted four boys like this and they all slept (or rather stayed put) in the various beds (one on each wall) of the same room. That is because there

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