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Survived – Help for the Helper

Special guest Chris Scallon joined Karen, Doug, and Chris over a special brew sponsored by the Dirty Oar Beer Company. The theme for the conversation is as the first responder helping first responders, how important it is to know your self and…

COVID, Transitions, and Autism Anxiety

Join Dr. Stephanie and her guest Sydney to discuss COVID and transitions in education and how they affect students from the student on the perspectives point of view. This series has looked at the stressors and challenges for the caretaker/parents and from clinicians’ point of view and concerns and now this will give the perspective from the student’s point of view looking at the impact on stress and anxiety.

Sydney is a graduate student of the Georgia University system and Graduate Research assistant who shares her thoughts and concerns about how the pandemic and change is affecting people like her on the autism spectrum and points of consideration of those making decisions about education for students on the spectrum.

Combating Pandemic Stress: Taking Back Your Mental Health

Join Dr. Holmes and David Glick as they discuss mental health issues as a result of the current pandemic in the neurotypical population and the neurodivergent population. The Washington Post and New York Times have featured articles with concern for mental health issues and possible crises with the ongoing pandemic. How does this affect special needs populations and their parents? While issues concerning the pandemic are largely outside of one’s control, being intentional about mental health and relationship needs while maintaining proper distancing guidelines are crucial for physical and mental health needs. David discusses how social distancing has negatively turned to social isolation which has negative impact on mental health for all people and populations, but for a population with social skills deficits and needs, we must be more intentional in safe ways to provide for relational needs.

Dave Glick is the founder and director of Triad Psyc, P.C., and has been working in the combined fields of behavioral health, special education, and disability services since 1993. Originally trained at Boston University, he has worked as a special education teacher, behavior analyst/specialist, clinical director, and as a disability consultant and advocate. He holds a master’s in both education and social work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Dave founded Triad Psych, p.c. in 2003 to provide valuable resources to the special needs community.

Parents/Caretakers Navigate Ongoing Challenges Amidst the COVID Pandemic

Join Dr. Holmes as she and Dr. Watson discuss new challenges and stressors of parents and caregivers to children on the autism spectrum who are navigating more issues amidst the ongoing COVID crisis.

Dr. Watson discusses challenges and stressors that are already part of the parenting process for parenting children with needs and how COVID and challenges with COVID have accelerated these issues. Dr. Holmes and Dr. Watson acknowledge the strength of parents with special needs children and discuss positive strategies of managing stress during these uncertain times.

Program Coordinator Dr. Julie Watson, PhD, OTR/L, also serves as the Scholarly Mentor for the Brooks Institute of Higher Learning Occupational Therapy Neurologic Residency Program and as the North East Florida Regional Representative for the Florida Occupational Therapy Association. To her students at Bay Path, she brings 16 years of clinical OT experience with pediatric, adult, and geriatric populations in outpatient and home health settings, as well as research on the impact of care giving on health and well being. Outside Bay Path, Dr. Watson enjoys traveling with her family and playing beach volleyball.

Virus + Marriage :(

Many couples are battling over whether it’s safe to go out, and marriage therapist Dr. Susan Heitler gives me tips on how to deal with this.

THE HAPPY BRAIN PODCAST is a frank conversation between Loretta Breuning and a real reader of her book, Habits of a Happy Brain: Retrain your brain to boost your serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin and endorphin levels. Read the book and send your questions to Dr. Breuning on the contact form at the Inner Mammal Institute at: You may be a guest on the show yourself!

The brain chemicals that make us feel good are inherited from earlier mammals. They evolved to do a job, not to make you feel good all the time. When you know the job each chemical does in the state of nature, your ups and downs make sense. More important, you can re-wire yourself to enjoy more of them in sustainable ways.

It’s not easy, alas. Our brain is designed to release happy chemicals when you take steps that promote survival. But our brain defines survival in a quirky way: it cares about the survival of your genes and it relies on neural pathways built in youth. To make things even harder, our brain habituates to the rewards it has so you always have to do more to get more happy chemicals.

We are not born with survival skills like our animal ancestors. Each newborn human wires itself from its own early experience. Happy chemicals are like paving on your neural pathways, wiring you to repeat behaviors that made you feel good before. This is why our urgent motivations don’t make sense to our verbal brain. It’s not easy being mammal!

When you know how your brain works, you can find healthier ways to enjoy happy chemicals and relieve unhappy chemicals. You can build new neural pathways by feeding your brain new experiences. But you have to design the new experiences carefully and repeat them— a lot!

The Inner Mammal Institute has free resources to help you make peace with your inner mammal: videos, blogs, infographics, and podcasts. Dr. Breuning’s manyt books illuminate the big picture and help you plot your course. You can feel good in new ways, no matter where you are right now. Get the details at

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