Today I had a chance to describe DIR/Floortime including what we do, research and advocacy today. Free audio download – hope it’s helpful. Let me know! You can also check out the show on the network site at More →

Affect Regulation Theory: A Clinical Model (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology) A recent article argues that we thrive in a natural tension between things and don’t do so well when we fall into a more simplified but ossified state. Think of Tronick’s messy interactions, in which the ongoing tension ofRead More →

Let’s be famous We don’t really want to be bothered by paparazzi. But as it turns out, if we want to leave something useful behind, we probably need to say something meaningful, do that well so that many people hear us, and, of course, still pay the bills.  Here’s myRead More →

My article, featured, and free, in The Carlat Child Psychiatry Report Getting meds just right is challenging in autism. Sometimes we succeed. For example, a woman with minimal verbal ability is extremely aggressive. She is on a number of medications including valproate 1000 mg extended release, paroxetine 40 mg, ziprasidoneRead More →

Mindful Education – Mainstream Practice? We hear it constantly: mindfulness, balance, breathe. To fight stress, to have better lives. And happiness. And recently we hear how important it is to learn these things in school, earlier and earlier. Sure – but how do we really do that and does itRead More →

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 – without demanding – that the energy be directed towardsRead More →

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 of Jerusalem after the Babylonian siege in 586 BCE. ButRead More →

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 Hiding in plain sight: Autism research unmasks gender disparities  Read More →

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 this out’. Wait – allow time for the person toRead More →

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 to do, even if we have to bear some discomfort,Read More →