Dr. Julia Harper delivers H.O.P.E. to families willing to look beyond symptoms and make the “smart” move toward her brain-based therapy model. TheraPeeds Family Center, located in Davie, Florida, is an enviable space buzzing with bass (yes she’s all about that bass), commitment, and evidence-based, hard-a** work.
20 Dr. Harper is celebrating TWENTY YEARS and Disorderly Blondes Autism Podcast is celebrating it’s TWENTIETH EPISODE!
bass is there any other kind of music?; a genre Brenda and Kristi have lived and breathed well before their days at F.I.U; hands down, scrub the ground, the ULTIMATE form of therapy; Dr. Harper also has her theories on bass- let’s just say the blondes are on the right “track” (43:28)
comorbidity the simultaneous presence of two chronic diseases or conditions; example: comorbid insomnia and anxiety; example: comorbid pastelito consumption and big thighs (allegedly)
epigenetics the factors that turn a gene on (or off) the expression of a gene- Dr. Harper points to maternal stress as the number one factor
grandparents / abuelos cubanos two entirely different breeds of individuals; Dr. Harper has a program for both– coño
hay / no hay we’re not talking about what horses eat, although we are in Davie, Florida; Dr. Harper offers a memorable example of the power of the single word “NO,” as opposed to parents’ counterproductive, bastardized versions of NO (that really mean YES) (54:04)
HAAPE Dr. Harper mentions our friends at HAAPE; tune in to Season 2 Episode 16 C’Mon Get HAAPE to learn all about their work with adults and young adults
H.O.P.E Dr. Julia Harper’s highly specialized method of sequencing specific interventions; explores the core reasons a brain is not functioning (looking at motor skills, communication skills, cognitive skills, and socio-emotional skills)
neuroplasticity or brain plasticity; the ability of the brain to change; Dr. Harper focuses on figuring out why and where the brain’s connections are “faulty;” she’s pretty sure Brenda and Kristi’s issues begin and end with bleach (13:16)
Now What? Dr. Harper’s program for special needs young adults requiring extra help with life skills, social skills, decision-making and problem-solving challenges. (31:00)
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) a noninvasive treatment that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain
W.A.Y. What About You- Dr. Harper’s program which supports the experience of becoming a parent of a special needs child; its focus is rewiring the mind of parents/parenting behavior as H.O.P.E rewires the brains of the treating children (24:20)