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Stories: Fooling the Mind and Teasing the Intellect: David Kwong on His Unique Approach

Discover the surprising connection between magic, crossword puzzles, and a fascinating career path. Uncover unexpected insights from a magician and crossword enthusiast, David Kwong, as he reveals the secrets behind his unique blend of magic and wordplay. Dive into his journey from Hollywood to designing New York Times crossword puzzles, and find out how he’s inspiring the next generation of magicians with a new kids’ book of magic tricks. Get ready to be amazed and intrigued by the unexpected twists and turns of this captivating story.

My special guest is David Kwong

David Kwong is a magician and New York Times crossword constructor, blending illusions, puzzles, and history into his acclaimed show, “The Enigmatist.” With a passion for magic from a young age, David’s innovative approach to combining magic with word puzzles has garnered widespread recognition. His love for wordplay stems from his mother, a history professor, who instilled in him a deep appreciation for language and puzzles. As a prolific crossword writer, David’s work has been featured in the New York Times for over 20 years. His upcoming kids’ book, “How to Fool Your Parents,” further showcases his commitment to inspiring the next generation of magicians. Through his unique blend of magic and wordplay, David Kwong continues to captivate audiences worldwide with his unparalleled creativity and ingenuity.

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Pawsitively Amazing: Meet the Real-Life Wizard Behind Veterinary Prosthetics

My special guest is Derek Cambana

Derrick Cambana, the founder of Bionic Pets and Wizard of Paws, is an experienced veterinary prosthesis with a passion for giving animals a second chance at life. With over two decades of expertise in the field, Derrick has dedicated his career to creating prosthetics for animals, revolutionizing the way we think about veterinary Orthotics and prosthetics. His journey from starting in human prosthetics to venturing into the world of animal prosthetics has led him to work with a wide variety of animals, from tiny avian species to massive elephants. Derrick’s commitment to helping animals regain their mobility and seeing the joy it brings to both the pets and their owners has solidified his role as a leader in the industry.

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“I see these animals just thrive. And the cool thing about animals is it either works or it doesn’t. If this prosthesis fits, they’re comfortable, they’re going to take off. “- Derrick Cambana

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ADHD Coaching: Helping You Function in a Neurotypical World

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Shane Tharpp, a 43-year-old father of four, embarked on a journey of self-discovery when diagnosed with ADHD and autism in his mid-thirties. His path was riddled with misdiagnoses, from depression to bipolar disorder, before the revelation of his neurodivergence. Through introspection and therapy, Shane found solace in freelancing and ADHD coaching, eventually delving into the world of project management. His deep-rooted passion for helping others led him to co-found a men’s ADHD support group, shaping a safe space for over 17,000 members. Shane’s personal struggles and triumphs have inspired him to dedicate his life to educating and empowering those with similar experiences. His story is a testament to resilience and the profound impact of understanding one’s neurodivergent identity.,Shane Tharpp’s life took an unexpected turn when he received a dual diagnosis of ADHD and autism in his late thirties. Battling through a series of misdiagnoses, Shane’s journey of self-realization led him to embrace his neurodivergent identity. With unwavering support from his wife, Shane found his calling in ADHD coaching and project management, channeling his innate ability to create order from chaos. His profound empathy and firsthand understanding of the challenges faced by neurodivergent individuals led him to co-found a men’s ADHD support group, providing a nurturing community for thousands. Shane’s resilience and unwavering determination to make a difference have propelled him into a role of advocacy and education, inspiring others to embrace their unique neurodivergent traits. His story serves as a beacon of hope, illuminating the transformative power of self-acceptance and the impact of genuine support within the neurodivergent community.

  • Visit creatingorderfromchaos.com for more information about Shane and his consulting services.

  • Join the Men’s ADHD Support Group on Facebook to connect with a community of men dealing with ADHD and autism.

  • Explore the Men’s ADHD Support Group on social media platforms for updates, resources, and support.

  • Check out the webinars and events hosted by the Men’s ADHD Support Group for valuable insights and discussions on ADHD and related topics.

  • Consider seeking professional help from a psychiatrist and therapist who are well-informed about ADHD and can provide personalized support and guidance.

You are not broken. You are a perfectly functioning person with ADHD who works slightly different than the norm. And it’s okay. – Shane Tharpp

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Mentoring Autistic Teens: Challenges and Strategies

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In this episode of Inside the Aspergers Studio, guest Ken Rabow, a seasoned mentor to young adults, shares his wealth of knowledge and experience in working with individuals on the autism spectrum. With a background in jazz drumming and percussion arranging, Ken draws from his unique journey to guide and mentor his clients through life’s challenges, emphasizing the strengths and superpowers of his mentees. He offers valuable insights on understanding social interactions, strategies for ADHD, and the importance of mindfulness in managing anxiety. His emphasis on tailored approaches and fostering essential life skills resonates as a key takeaway from the conversation. With Ken’s expertise in supporting individuals on the spectrum and his relatable approach, this episode provides a wealth of information for parents, mentors, and individuals themselves as they navigate the complexities of daily life and social interactions.,In this episode of Inside the Aspergers Studio, the guest, Ken Rabow, brings his extensive experience as a mentor for young adults to the forefront. Drawing from his background in jazz drumming and percussion arranging, Ken shares valuable insights into understanding social interactions, strategies for ADHD, and the importance of mindfulness in managing anxiety. His emphasis on tailored approaches and fostering essential life skills resonates as a key takeaway from the conversation. With Ken’s expertise in supporting individuals on the spectrum and his relatable approach, this episode provides a wealth of information for parents, mentors, and individuals themselves as they navigate the complexities of daily life and social interactions.

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  • If you are interested in becoming a mentor or seeking mentoring services, visit kenrabow.com to find out more about the programs and workshops available.

  • To learn more about Ken Rabow’s mentoring programs and workshops, as well as opportunities for becoming a mentor, visit kenrabow.com for detailed information.

  • For those interested in mentoring services or training to become a mentor, visit kenrabow.com to explore the programs and workshops offered by Ken Rabow.

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I Was Bullied, But I Was Not a Victim – Making Schools Safer for All

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This is Alain Pelletier’s story:

Alain Pelletier’s profound journey into the world of anti-bullying advocacy began with a powerful realization of the impact of bullying on individuals. As a seasoned public speaker addressing this critical issue, Alain’s approach is shaped by a deep understanding of the emotional complexities involved. His unique perspective emphasizes the importance of empathy and the profound impact of actions on others. By highlighting the emotional toll of bullying, Alain offers a fresh and empathetic take on addressing this pervasive issue. His extensive experience and insights position him as a guiding light for those seeking practical strategies to foster a safer and more supportive school environment.

The resources mentioned in this episode are:

  • Visit Alepec.ca for more information about Alain Pelletier’s anti-bullying conferences, including videos, testimonies, and contact information.

  • Contact Alain Pelletier directly through the website for inquiries about booking his anti-bullying conferences for schools, workplaces, or other events.

  • Explore the resources and materials available on Alepec.ca to learn more about addressing bullying and promoting confidence in students, parents, and teachers.

  • Consider reaching out to Alain Pelletier for speaking engagements or workshops on bullying prevention and emotional understanding in schools and workplaces.

  • Connect with Alain Pelletier to discuss tailored solutions for addressing bullying and promoting emotional intelligence in educational and professional settings.

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Uncovering the Truth Behind Chronic Illnesses and Autoimmune Diseases

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This is Dr. Maggie Yu’s story:

Dr. Maggie Yu’s remarkable journey into the world of functional medicine and autoimmune disorders began with her own health challenges. Struggling with diabetes, fibromyalgia, and early menopause, she embarked on a quest for answers, delving into alternative and holistic medicine. Her determination led her to uncover undiagnosed autoimmune diseases, igniting a passion for understanding the intricate connections between hormones, autoimmunity, and food sensitivities. As she successfully reversed her own autoimmune issues through functional medicine, Dr. Yu’s focus shifted to helping others. This pivotal moment marked the beginning of her impactful work, culminating in the establishment of a functional medicine clinic in Oregon. The high prevalence of autism spectrum and neurodivergency among her patients prompted her to explore the intersection of autoimmune diseases, genetics, and individuals on the spectrum. Dr. Yu’s personal journey, coupled with her expertise in transforming health through functional medicine, has positioned her as a beacon of hope for families navigating complex autoimmune issues and food sensitivities. Her unique insights and unwavering commitment to empowering individuals and families make her a trusted ally in the realm of health and wellness.

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  • Visit Maggieu.com to learn more about Dr. Maggie Yu’s programs and services, and to book a chat call with a member of her team.

  • Join the Transform Your Health Naturally with Maggie UMd Facebook group with over 100,000 members for community support and valuable resources.

  • Check out Dr. Maggie Yu’s YouTube channel Maggie UMD for a wealth of informative videos on health and wellness.

  • Follow Dr. Maggie Yu on Instagram and Facebook for updates, insights, and engaging content related to functional medicine and holistic health.

  • Get a free copy of Dr. Maggie Yu’s book Eight Out of the Box Ways to Transform Your Health by visiting eightoutofthebox.com and entering your details to receive the digital copy.

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Rediscovering Your Authentic Self: Aligning Values to Exit the Burnout Cycle

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Carole Jean Whittington’s journey into understanding her neurodiversity started with her own experiences of burnout, which began as early as the age of six. Her late diagnosis of autism and ADHD shed light on the struggles she had faced for decades, offering a sense of relief and validation. The process of uncovering her neurodiversity was like peeling back layers, revealing not just one, but a multitude of co-occurring conditions that had shaped her life. From dyscalculia to auditory processing delays, each revelation brought a mix of emotions – from surprise to understanding. Carole’s story reflects the profound impact of a late diagnosis, evoking a sense of empathy and connection, making it relatable to anyone navigating similar experiences. Her journey of self-discovery and acceptance serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of understanding and embracing neurodiversity, not just in ourselves, but in others as well.,Carole Jean Whittington’s path to self-awareness began with the profound realization of her neurodiversity. Her journey, marred by burnout since childhood, took a pivotal turn when she obtained a late diagnosis of autism and ADHD. The unveiling of her neurodiversity was not just a single revelation, but an unfolding of interconnected conditions, each adding a new layer to her identity. From dyscalculia to auditory processing delays, each discovery brought a mix of emotions – from surprise to comprehension. Carole’s narrative resonates deeply, shedding light on the profound impact of a late diagnosis and the subsequent emotional journey. Her story serves as a powerful reminder of the significance of understanding and embracing neurodiversity, not only within ourselves but also within others. It’s a tale of resilience, self-discovery, and the journey toward self-acceptance that captivates and inspires.

I want to be the best version of me that I can be. And I’ve got to figure out what being autistic and ADHD means for me so that I can be the best version of me. – Carole Jean Whittington

  • Take the Spicy Pepper Burnout Quiz on whittingtonwellbeing.com to identify your level of burnout and gain insight into your current state of well-being.

  • Explore the Unleashing Sustainable Energy book by Carole Jean Whittington to learn about the unveiling method and gain practical strategies for managing and overcoming burnout.

  • Check out the Beyond Chronic Burnout podcast for in-depth conversations and insights into burnout experiences, energy management, and well-being.

  • Access the Nine-Day Energy Up Level program on whittingtonwellbeing.com to kickstart your journey towards improved energy management and well-being.

  • Visit whittingtonwellbeing.com for additional resources, tools, and information on managing burnout and enhancing overall well-being

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Unlocking Your Career Path: An ADHD Career Coach’s Keys to Job Search Success

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Shell Mendleson, an experienced ADHD career coach, brings over 35 years of expertise in career coaching and counseling to the table. With a master’s degree in vocational rehabilitation counseling and training under the renowned author Reid Miles, Shell has guided and impacted the lives of over 1500 clients. Her passion lies in helping individuals navigate career transitions, aligning their skills with personal aspirations and work environment preferences. Through her interactive and instructional masterclass, she empowers individuals to gain clarity on their career direction and take confident steps towards their goals. Shell’s profound understanding of the challenges faced by individuals with ADHD in the workplace makes her an invaluable resource for those seeking effective career guidance and job search strategies.

Reid reconnected with Shell Mendelson, an experienced ADHD career coach, during this episode. Shel’s journey began with a master’s degree in vocational rehabilitation counseling and guidance from Richard Bowles, the author of “What Color is Your Parachute?” She has positively impacted around 200 clients through her “Your Next Career Move Masterclass,” which combines instruction, interaction, coaching, and support. Shel emphasized the importance of honing in on one’s career direction, aligning personal values with job choices, and seeking the necessary training for specific roles. Her insights revealed the significance of clarity, confidence, and assertiveness in the job search process, highlighting the need to become a “job developer” rather than a “job beggar.” Shel’s engaging narrative and practical advice resonated with Reid and the audience, providing valuable strategies for navigating the challenges of job searching with ADHD.,In this episode, Reid engaged with Shel Mendelson, a seasoned ADHD career coach, whose career counseling background and training under “What Color is Your Parachute?” author, Richard Bowles, has shaped her expertise. Shel’s extensive experience, spanning over 35 years and impacting around 200 clients through her “Your Next Career Move Masterclass,” underscores her commitment to empowering individuals in their job search journey. Her emphasis on aligning personal values with career choices, seeking specialized training, and fostering clarity and confidence resonated with Reid and the audience, offering valuable insights into navigating job searching with ADHD. Shel’s unique approach, advocating for individuals to become “job developers” rather than “job beggars,” struck a chord with listeners, providing practical strategies for success in the competitive job market.

  • To purchase Shell Mendleson’s book A Course for ADHD Adults and Teens: Unlock Your Career Path, visit Amazon.com and search for the book by the title or the author’s name.

  • To order the book directly from the author’s website, visit the course book section and place an order there.

  • Keep an eye out for the book on other platforms such as LayFlat Books, where it will be available in the future.

  • For more information about Shell Mendleson and her work, visit her website to explore additional resources, services, and updates.

  • Consider engaging with the content in the book to gain clarity on your career path and take actionable steps towards a fulfilling professional journey.

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Breaking Barriers: An Autistic Playwright's Journey

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Here’s a captivating hook for you: Discover the unexpected truth about the impact of autism representation in theater and how one playwright is breaking barriers. Uncover the powerful story that’s creating waves in education and beyond. Stay tuned for an eye-opening revelation.

Matteo Esposito, a 26-year-old autistic playwright and set designer hailing from Ontario, Canada, brings a unique and personal insight to the world of theater. Through his artistic endeavors, Matteo seeks to shatter stereotypes and promote acceptance for individuals on the autism spectrum. His dedication to crafting plays that delve into the nuances of autism drives home the message of embracing diversity and celebrating differences. With a keen focus on the educational potential of theater in fostering autism understanding, Matteo’s contributions to the realm of autism representation in theater are both impactful and inspiring. His passion for advocating inclusivity and challenging societal norms makes him a compelling voice in the conversation surrounding autism awareness and education.

If you met one person with autism, you only met one person with autism. Or if you met one autistic person, you only met one autistic person. Why do we have to put people in categories when we all have? – Matteo Esposito

Failing is a learning experience. People don’t realize. A lot of people, if they haven’t failed in one thing, they want to find the one thing they’re good at right now. – Matteo Esposito

  • To learn more about Matteo Esposito and his plays, visit his website for additional information and updates.

  • Contact Matteo Esposito for collaboration opportunities, including school tours and high school productions of his plays.

  • Stay updated on upcoming plays and projects by following Matteo Esposito on social media platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.

  • Explore the possibility of bringing Matteo Esposito’s plays to schools and educational institutions to raise awareness and promote understanding of autism and inclusive employment.

  • Consider supporting Matteo Esposito’s work by attending future productions of his plays and spreading the word about his impactful storytelling

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Mentoring the Mentors: Training Professionals to Empower Neurodiverse Lives

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Matthew Bogenschutz, director of the Virginia Leadership Education and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program (VA LEND), shares his lifelong journey of being surrounded by individuals with disabilities, stemming from his parents’ direction of a summer camp for kids with physical disabilities. This early exposure ignited his passion for supporting individuals with disabilities to lead fulfilling lives within their communities. Throughout his career, Matthew has worn multiple hats, from being a mental health counselor and disability advocate to now serving as a professor of social work at Virginia Commonwealth University. His commitment to improving the lives of individuals with disabilities led him to initiate the VA LEND program, addressing the critical need for qualified professionals in various disciplines to serve people with disabilities. Through his experiences and dedication, Matthew’s journey exemplifies the transformative power of early exposure in shaping one’s lifelong mission and purpose.,Matthew Bogenschutz, the director of the Virginia Leadership Education and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program (VA LEND), embarked on his journey of advocacy and support for individuals with disabilities from a young age. Growing up with parents who directed a summer camp for children with physical disabilities, Matthew’s formative years were immersed in an environment that fostered empathy and understanding. This early exposure instilled in him a deep-seated passion for empowering individuals with disabilities to thrive within their communities. With a diverse background as a mental health counselor, disability advocate, and now a professor of social work at Virginia Commonwealth University, Matthew’s unwavering commitment to enhancing the lives of individuals with disabilities culminated in the creation of the VA LEND program. Through his unique experiences and dedication, Matthew’s story exemplifies the profound impact of early exposure in shaping a lifelong dedication to disability advocacy and support.

Autism is so diverse. If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism. The next person with autism who you meet may be completely different, and that’s another thing that we try to impress upon people. – Matthew Bogenschutz

  • Virginia Lend program website – For more information about the Virginia Lend program and its offerings, visit their official website by searching Virginia Lend on any search engine.

  • Virginia Lend Facebook page – Stay updated with the latest news and updates from the Virginia Lend program by following their official Facebook page.

  • AUCD.org – To find out about other Lend programs across the United States, visit aucd.org and click on the Lend map in the upper left corner to access a list of all Lend programs throughout the country.

  • Matthew’s upcoming book – Keep an eye out for Matthew’s upcoming book about his life experiences. Stay tuned for updates on its release and availability.

  • Virginia Commonwealth University – To explore more about the educational and research opportunities at Virginia Commonwealth University, visit their official website for detailed information.

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