Recording with Dr. Julia Harper was the smartest fun
the blondes had in 20 episodes!

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)

DJ Laz is a God; Uncle Luke too explicit to post

comorbidity the simultaneous presence of two chronic diseases or conditions; example: comorbid insomnia and anxiety; example: comorbid pastelito consumption and big thighs (allegedly)

Davie, Florida the last place you’d expect to see a 30,000 square foot, state of the art facility like Therapeeds Family Center. Most of us conjure images of rednecks and sh**kicking. We get it.

Davie, Florida
Also Davie, Florida

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

Stressed? Who, me?

grandparents / abuelos cubanos two entirely different breeds of individuals; Dr. Harper has a program for bothcoño


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)

a change (in shade) is good!

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)