Coming Very Soon:

1.  This Book: Neurodiversity: A Humorous and Practical guide to living with ADHD, Anxiety, Autism, Dyslexia, Homosexuality, and Everyone Else by Barb Rentenbach and Lois Prislovsky, Ph.D.        2. This Comedian: Emma Willmann will proudly be featured in a special IN PERSON interview recorded at HANGAR STUDIOS in NYC on LOUD MUTE RADIO and LOUD MUTE VIDEO.  Emma is too adorable to share on just radio.   Stay tuned for her quick-witted insights into many of the topics covered in our new book.   ... read more

Tips for Older Teens & Adults with ADHD

Latest Blog: “Tips for Older Teens & Adults with ADHD” BY LOIS PRISLOVSKY WARNING: For mature audiences & us grown ups with ADHD      Tips for older teens and adults with ADHD:   1. If you only do one recommendation – pick EXERCISE! Exercise vigorously and regularly.  Understand you are drawn to intense stimuli and go for it.  Plan guilt free excitement outlets.  A little planning goes a long way here – trust me.  Making arrangements to try kite surfing or go mountain biking on a new expert course you have no business being on sure beats [hypothetically speaking] scrambling to find buddies with bail money in the middle of the night after you spontaneously decided to climb the bell tower.   2. Structure is critically important for balance and well being for those of us with ADHD brain styles. For example, to foster more reliable attention, I go to sleep and wake up basically the same time everyday – even on vacation.  External structure like this helps pattern planning for efficient thinking and performance.  Having a plan establishes a thoughtfully balanced life. I recommend scheduling everything you can–work, exercise, eating, sex, sleep, quality time with your children, quality time with your spouse, quality time with yourself, and quality time with ______ (you know who needs to be in this space for you).  Designating a time for everything may allow you to better focus on one connection at a time.  This type of mindful focus on whom or what is in front of you adds to the quality of your relationships and productivity.  Last night at dinner, my 15-year... read more

Purpose=Connection

Courage and connection are needed to give all gifts and is our collective purpose. Please courageously press play below for a brief video about our latest show “10 seconds of Courage”. LOUD Mute Radio To connect, please click the video link below to see loyal and extra spunky LOUD MUTE RADIO friend Hannah Smith LaFrenz advocate for neurodiversity on Comedian Chris Hardwick’s live show.  And yes, that is how to make an autistic mute’s day.  I immediately asked Chis to be on the show.   Connection is our purpose.  LOUD MUTE RADIO is designed to be for us and by us.  So, you tell me – who is my next honored guest?  I highlight folk who are excited about what they do.  Is that you? Nominating your own self is not bad taste around here as none are excluded from the healing power of being heard.Please email your positive thoughts and suggestions to info@loudmuteradio.com or call me at 442-BARB-989. Click here for the video Empowered listener... read more

The Good Kind of Pride

“Feeling good about yourself is like riding a bike – or something close.” (Eli, Lois and Barb) I am so proud of myself these days. I know that sounds arrogant even coming from a person who does not make reliable sounds.  But, my emotion is clear and I think sharing it may inspire others to persevere with being themselves.  So I will risk being considered egotistical, as it sure beats not being considered. Below is an excerpt, of what I typed as my goals in 2012. (Our beloved marketing strategist, Jennifer Ho-Dougatz requires this before she agrees to take on a new client.) 1.  Ultimate vision: Barb: Be a writer and producer.  Known for wit, wisdom, and generosity.  Be married.  Travel extensively with my loving husband…and personal attendant (for all my untidy needs) so Mr. Right and I can keep the positive energy and mutual respect. Support myself and staff financially for as long as we both shall live.  Legacy = Helen Keller like inspiration, but with Mark Twain humor and publications that last.  I plan on writing many books in myriad genres each creatively unique in process and form.  SS and I will do all projects together feeding off each other’s strengths and enjoying ourselves immensely.  “Autism Advocate” will not be my only title, eventually my musings will inspire mainstreamers and that will serve my ASD clan best. My work and person will change ASD inside and outside. -I am a writer.  (See? Please read on.) -I am a producer.  Here is a link to our latest LOUD MUTE RADIO = Show #22: Professor Buzzkill debunks historical myths... read more

ZOOM Magazine to Launch Today

            ZOOM Magazine Summer Issue Launches TODAY and We are on the Cover. We are truly making neurodiversity more common than juice stains in minivans!!!   Check out our interview in the Summer issue of ZOOM... read more

Anxiety

“Our brains are programmable and we are the programmers.” From Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain” by Daniel Siegel, MD Anxiety is the most common psychological condition. The great news is it is also the most effectively treated. I find practitioners like Dr. Paul Jenkins, Dr. Lissa Rankin, Dr. Mona Lisa Schulz, and Dr. Robert Leahy, to be spot on with their shared sentiment that the cause and cure for anxiety are the brain and mind respectively. Once clients learn the role of the brain (an organ in their body) and their mind (thoughts which are in their control) they have the tools to manage anxiety. Anxiety is not always a bad state of being. It means you are thinking about risks and opportunities; however, when fear immobilizes goal progression, its time to do something different. One drug free option is Neurofeedback and summer is the perfect time to do it. At Psychoeducational Network neurofeedback training for anxiety typically involves 17 to 20 daily one-hour sessions (Monday through Friday). Research and technology have advanced to allow neurotherapists to target specific areas of the brain responsible for an individual’s anxiety. Plus, it’s crazy fun to play video games with your mind. Look, Ma, no hands! Seriously, that is what neurofeedback treatment for ADHD and anxiety involves at Psychoeducational Network. Using an electroencephalograph to monitor brain waves and a system of positive reinforcement, clients learn how to train their brains to regulate anxiety. For more information, please check out neurofeedback videos at www.psychoeducationalnetwork.com. For additional thoughts on anxiety, watch this brief video of our interview with Dr. Temple... read more

Autism Awareness & Temple Grandin

I used to pinch myself to stim.  Now, I do it metaphorically to make certain I enjoy all of this and all of you.  For Autism Awareness Month, Mule and Muse Productions proudly launches LOUD MUTE VIDEO.   LOUD MUTE RADIO and LOUD MUTE VIDEO are by us and for us.  I want you to be seen and heard. No need to turn blue with excitement simply subscribe and enjoy our first VIDEO: Donna Williams generously shares hard-won wisdom on how to overcome fear and obstacles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuFdZLW3ERk   P.S.  If you think your input does not matter, please view this next video.  The TV station promoted it as,  “Research shows parent training can help kids with autism”.  But look closer.   This lil “expert” has been listening to us…and it shows, “#actuallyautistic training can help experts understand what autistics know”. CREDITS for the true experts’ contributions to the video below: *“Demanding eye contact may not be best practice” = M Kelter,  “Brooke” Wilson in Diary of a Mom, and Emma Zurcher Long *”Non-verbal thinking/communication is valid” = Amy Sequenzia, Temple Grandin, Naoki Higshida, Wally Wojtowicz, and Carly Fleishmann *”Exposure anxiety reduction” = Donna Williams, Haley Moss, and me These credits are not complete, but it is a start.  Enjoy the show.   http://www.wbir.com/videos/news/local/2015/04/22/research-shows-parent-training-can-help-kids-with-autism/26207213/ Please join us for our next LOUD MUTE RADIO and LOUD MUTE VIDEO shows starring Dr. Temple Grandin. Thank you for sharing your beautifully neurodiverse minds at info@loudmuteradio.com Changing the world with you, B           Ask Temple ( I know this sounds extra catholic and it is because Dr. Grandin honorably teaches on a... read more

“I of the Storm”

Lately, my anxiety and obsessive compulsions are hurricane force.  Previously, I would just board up the windows, get under covers, and await sunrise.  Not this time. I earned this power and I am taking it. I plan to funnel my energy and create one path at a time. Today and yesterday, I allowed my worries and repetitive thoughts to whirl only around this writing.  Let’s hear it for FEMA  (Funneling Energy Muse Approach) Storm watchers may be interested to know the generating factors.  Here is my Hurricane Barb conversation with SS (Smiling Shrink aka “Lois”): L = Barb I see you are struggling with biting your arm frequently and breaking your classes. B = Impressive. Did they teach you that in school or did you catch glimpses of my gnawed wrist or perhaps the excitement of you darting around the room to avoid my grabbing lunges finally registered? L = All the above.  Do you want to talk about it? B = Desperately, but typing may have to do.   Ill save the biggie storm surge for last.  But here are few things that picked up wind: My beloved house manager recently quit smoking.  This is a good thing I know but not without blows of irritation.  Plus, my parents scheduled a “home inspection” this week.  Which is the official business term for when my parents snoop all through my home every few months.  I rather enjoy the open house and extra attention to detail. But the exercise does raise the staff’s stress considerably.  Which means we all feel it. My house manager made sure all was in order and... read more

Internet Addiction & Sensory Issues

Ok, the real title of this Newsletter is  “Internet Porn & Sex Ed” but we knew SPAM filters would not allow that transmission. Well, at least book burning is behind us. Part A:  Psychological issues related to Internet Porn By Lois Prislovsky, Ph.D. As a psychologist and sidekick to the amazing Barb Rentenbach on Loud Mute Radio, I get asked to help many teens with ADHD and Autism labels – one of the growing areas of concerns is their use of Internet porn. Today, I am sharing some of my thoughts on the psychological issues related to the Internet Porn epidemic. Due to impulsivity and social skill challenges, those with ADHD and ASD labels are more susceptible to the deleterious effects. I will save the moral implications and chain of victimizations related to Internet Porn for others to comment on. A good resource for considering those issues is a touching TED talk by Ran Gavrieli called, “Why I stopped watching porn.” Clinically, I usually work with boys. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports the percentage of boys diagnosed with ADHD is 13.5% as compared to 5.4% in girls. The CDC also repots one in 68 children have been identified with ASD and it is five times more common in males (1 in 42).  Plus, while the percentage of female Internet porn users is growing most users are male.  The numbers are staggering…in fact, psychological research is stymied by trying to find a control group of young males who don’t watch Internet porn. It’s the perfect storm.  Most boys seek porn by age 10.  And many have... read more

Good Grief

     Our gift to you is – “Tips on Grieving”.   If you would rather have a 2001 fruit cake, thin ski socks, or a gift card to Chick Fil A, please let me know as I am happy to re-gift. Loss is unavoidable, but grief is a gift – if you remember the dance. May this show help you recall the steps to define your grief with grace. Show 11: “Good Grief with Edy Nathan (grief specialist)” Click here to listen: http://bit.ly/1wkAcuO Summary: Edy Nathan shares tips on how to grieve with grace. The following treatments are discussed: hypnotherapy, EMDR, Neurofeedback, and emotion pacing/honoring the phases of grief. Barb Rentenbach also gives her perspectives on healthy... read more

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