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EXPLORING DIFFERENT BRAINS is a weekly interview show hosted by neurodiversity advocate Harold "Hackie" Reitman, MD., and presented by DifferentBrains.com. Join us as we speak with some of the most interesting people involved in autism, Asperger's, dyslexia, ADHD, OCD, down syndrome, and any condition that can be considered "neurodiverse." From doctors to judges, teachers to caregivers, scientists to advocates, parents to kids, neurodiverse to neurotypical, we want to tell any story that can offer insight into the difference in our brains.

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EXPLORING DIFFERENT BRAINS is a weekly interview show hosted by neurodiversity advocate Harold "Hackie" Reitman, MD., and presented by DifferentBrains.com. Join us as we speak with some of the most interesting people involved in autism, Asperger's, dyslexia, ADHD, OCD, down syndrome, and any condition that can be considered "neurodiverse." From doctors to judges, teachers to caregivers, scientists to advocates, parents to kids, neurodiverse to neurotypical, we want to tell any story that can offer insight into the difference in our brains.

    Mentra: Creating a Neurodiversity Employment Network, w/ Jhillika Kumar | EDB 281

    Mentra: Creating a Neurodiversity Employment Network, w/ Jhillika Kumar | EDB 281

    Mentra CEO & co-founder Jhillika Kumar discusses their work creating a platform to connect neurodiverse talent with employers.

    Jhillika Kumar is the co-founder and CEO of Mentra, a Georgia Tech graduate, and honorary degree recipient, and previous Grace Hopper Keynote speaker for neurodiversity empowerment. Jhillika’s passion for neurodiversity advocacy stems from her life experiences growing up as the sister of a nonspeaking autistic individual named Vikram and ADHDer herself. After 27 years of being unable to communicate his thoughts, Vikram learned how to type through an accessible letterboard. Uncovering his vast intelligence and eloquence inspired Kumar her to search for a solution to the need to empower those who society has overlooked.

    At Georgia Tech, Kumar partnered with Conner Reinhardt to found Mentra: the world’s largest neurodiversity employment network. After understanding the innate barriers to employment through community driven research, Mentra focused on the candidate experience to built a tech-platform that intelligently matches neurodiverse individuals with inclusive companies that value their unique abilities.

    For more about Mentra:
    https://www.mentra.me/

    https://www.instagram.com/mentrateam/
    https://twitter.com/mentrateam
    https://www.facebook.com/mentra.me/
    https://www.linkedin.com/company/mymentra


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    • 24 min
    Elevating Neurodiverse Voices, with Neuroversity's Jessica Kidwell | EDB 280

    Elevating Neurodiverse Voices, with Neuroversity's Jessica Kidwell | EDB 280

    Jessica Kidwell of the Neuroversity Podcast discusses why listening to and highlighting the voices of neurodivergent self-advocates is so important.

    From Jessica’s bio: “Jessica Kidwell has been a lot of things. A freelance writer, a preschool teacher, a government employee, a bartender, a waitress, a lifeguard, and most recently, a podcaster. She is the host of the brand new podcast, Neuroversity, a space to learn about and elevate the stories of the neuro-diverse community. She is also the co-host of the podcast We Should Talk About That, which aims to connect people by having hard conversations about uncomfortable topics in a vulnerable and safe way. She believes that you never know where life will lead you and that staying open to possibilities is the only way to live. When she is not editing a podcast, promoting a podcast, thinking about a podcast, prepping for a podcast, or long pausing in a podcast, she loves spending time with her family and friends, not being in charge of deciding what’s for dinner, and constantly searching for ways to get more ‘self care’ into her life. She is married to a Renaissance man and has two children who are already smarter and funnier than her.”

    For more about Jessica’s work:
    https://www.neuroversitypod.com/
    https://www.westatpod.com/
    And look for her on Instagram:
    @kidwelljessica
    @neuroversitypod
    @westatpod

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    • 35 min
    Diversity in Medical School, with BUSM’s Angelique Harris, PhD, MA | EDB 279

    Diversity in Medical School, with BUSM’s Angelique Harris, PhD, MA | EDB 279

    BUSM’s Associate Dean of Diversity & Inclusion Dr. Angelique Harris discusses her work ending stigma in higher education.

    Dr. Angelique C. Harris is Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at Boston University School of Medicine and is an Associate Professor in General Internal Medicine, in the Department of Medicine. They also serve as the Executive Director of Faculty Development for Boston University Medical Campus. Dr. Harris works to design, implement, and lead innovative programs and initiatives aimed at providing and promoting more equitable learning and working environments for faculty, staff, and students around issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and justice. An applied medical sociologist, Dr. Harris’s areas of research include race and ethnicity, gender and sexualities, health and illness, social movements, cultural studies, urban studies, and media studies. More specifically, they examine how groups construct health issues and how the structural marginalization and stigmatization they experience impact their experiences with health care. Dr. Harris has authored and co-authored dozens of books, articles, and essays, including Womanist AIDS Activism in the United States: “It’s Who We Are” (Roman & Littlefield, 2022), Queer People of Color: Connected but Not Comfortable (Lynne Rienner, 2018) and the Intersections of Race and Sexuality (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) book series.

    For more about Dr. Harris’ work:
    https://www.bumc.bu.edu/medicine/profile/angelique-harris/
    https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Angelique-Harris



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    • 25 min
    Fostering Positive Development on the Autism Spectrum | EDB 278

    Fostering Positive Development on the Autism Spectrum | EDB 278

    Positive Development’s Dr. Jennie Trocchio, Dr. Lina Moyano & Yomayra Mora-Perea share their work creating a new option in therapy for neurodivergent individuals.

    Dr. Jennie Trocchio is an autism educator, speaker, Developmental Therapist, and Vice President of Clinical Operations at Positive Development. Lina Maria Moyano, Ed.D., L.C.S.W. is an Autism Mental Health Care Professional and Clinical Director (Florida) at Positive Development. Yomayra Mora-Perea is a Neurodiversity Advocate and Business Development Manager (Florida) at Positive Development.

    Positive Development’s mission is to “…help people with autism and other developmental differences build connections and shape their futures.” Positive Development follows the Developmental Relationship-Based Intervention (DRBI) model. From their website: “We help people with autism and other developmental differences build connections and shape their futures…”
    “…Started in 2019, [the company] is rooted in decades of experience with autism and other developmental differences. [Their team members] are parents, family members, self-advocates, and clinicians who believe deeply in the power of the developmental approach because [they] have seen firsthand how it has transformed [their and their] loved ones’ lives. [Their] passion… is to build the evidence base for developmental therapy, expand access to more families, and pioneer best practices for clinical support and care for individuals.”

    For more about Positive Development:
    https://www.positivedevelopment.com/

    And look for them on the social media at:
    https://twitter.com/PositiveDev
    https://www.linkedin.com/company/positive-development-inc/
    https://www.instagram.com/positivedevelopmenttherapy/
    https://www.facebook.com/positivedevelopmenttherapy/


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    • 17 min
    What is PANDAS? with Mara Myers, R.N. | EDB 277

    What is PANDAS? with Mara Myers, R.N. | EDB 277

    Mara Myers shares her son’s journey with the autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorder known as PANDAS.

    Mara Myers is a registered nurse, and the mom of a young son with PANDAS: Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections. According to the NIMH: “a child may be diagnosed with PANDAS when: obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), tic disorder, or both suddenly appear following a streptococcal (strep) infection, such as strep throat or scarlet fever; or, the symptoms of OCD or tic symptoms suddenly become worse following a strep infection. The symptoms are usually dramatic, happen “overnight and out of the blue,” and can include motor or vocal tics or both and obsessions, compulsions, or both. In addition to these symptoms, children may become moody or irritable, experience anxiety attacks, or show concerns about separating from parents or loved ones.”

    Mara can be contacted through her family’s practice: http://www.spinesolutionsfl.com/

    For more on PANDAS: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/pandas


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    • 11 min
    Autism & DRBI Therapy, with Dr. Jennie Trocchio | EDB 276

    Autism & DRBI Therapy, with Dr. Jennie Trocchio | EDB 276

    Developmental therapist Dr. Jennie Trocchio shares how DRBI therapy can help autistic individuals thrive and build great connections.

    Dr. Jennie Trocchio is an autism educator, speaker, Developmental Therapist, and Vice President of Clinical Operations at Positive Development. Positive Development’s mission is to “…help people with autism and other developmental differences build connections and shape their futures.” Positive Development follows the Developmental Relationship-Based Intervention (DRBI) model.

    Jennie is a Maryland native located in sunny South Florida. With a Bachelor’s from University of Miami in Special Education and Creative Writing and a Master’s in Exceptional Student Education and Reading, Jennie worked in special education in Miami-Dade County Public Schools. During this time she developed a focus on autism and was introduced to DIR/Floortime approach. This model was put into practice at CasaBlanca Academy, a non-profit school for students with autism, where Jennie became the lead teacher, Director of Education and later the President of the Board of Directors.

    In 2013, Jennie graduated with a Ph.D. from Barry University in Special Education and Leadership with a focus in Autism. Her research included a collaboration with Dr. Rick Solomon, the Medical Director of the P.L.A.Y Project in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In 2014, Jennie left her role at the school, and is currently teaching the autism courses at Barry University and Lynn University. She is certified in DIR/Floortime, PLAY Project and Teaching PLAY.

    For more about Jennie’s work:
    https://www.positivedevelopment.com/
    https://www.drjennie.co/


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    • 23 min

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