Author Archives: Joshua Feder

Judo for Tech Isolation? Game for autism benefits social communication

One of the unfortunate aspects of playing video games is that they often lead to isolation and irritability, especially in kids with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). What if there was a game that combines the allure of gaming and leverages … Continue reading

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Exploring genocide in accessible verse

Dana Walrath – Like Water on Stone Genocide is incomprehensible. Maus made the European Jewish Holocaust more accessible, using a graphic novel format. Walrath uses verse to tell of the Armenian Genocide, reminiscent of the book of Lamentations describing the desolation … Continue reading

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Girls on the Autism Spectrum

KPBS did a recent article, for which I am grateful, mainly as they included my concerns about the problem of compliance training as a core aim of intervention creating more vulnerability in an already vulnerable population http://inewsource.org/2015/07/15/hiding-in-plain-sight-autism-research-unmasks-gender-disparities/  

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Quick Guide Emergency Services for First Responders for Persons with Autism and Related Disorders

Quick Guide for Emergency Services First Responders for Persons with Autism and Related Disorders     grey pause button  When things are already escalated: Pause – quietly observe Stay calm – use few words, simple and supportive: ‘We can figure … Continue reading

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Spreading the word: Reflective Process – What it is and why it’s important

Spreading the word: Reflective Process – What it is and why it’s important*  Joshua D. Feder, M.D. We all face daily challenges: caring for family members, working with colleagues, perhaps supervising others or responding to a boss.  Sometimes we know what … Continue reading

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Graphic Medicine : pictures for care and healing

  Graphic Medicine : pictures for care and healing As many people know, my talks are big on repeated images: a (borrowed) ven diagram to explain how the elements of evidence based practice combine in true informed consent*; a heart … Continue reading

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A Pause During Battle: Tech Play

A Pause During Battle: Tech Play Engaged in a pitched battle, our rag tag DIR/Floortime Coaliton of California, fighting hard for the rights of families to have access to all evidence based approaches, including developmental ones, is pitted against an … Continue reading

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Evidence Based Practice – An Overview

Evidence Based Practice – An Overview Defining Evidence Based Practice: Evidence Based Practice (EBP) is a process for making better clinical treatment decisions.  In EBP we consider relevant research about a condition and think about what might be useful based … Continue reading

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Quick help for mental health crises

It’s not uncommon: a patient or family member is in severe distress and we need to figure out what to do and find resources right away.  This week SAMHSA the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, released an excellent … Continue reading

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Click (& Meditate) to Advocate!

You may have noticed that when we post, Barbara Kalmanson and I are giving you links to our own websites, sometimes with more links to click for added resources. There is usually a wait while the page loads and this … Continue reading

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