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Episode 57: Next to Normal

Ability, inability, and disability rest on a continuum where the human story comes to life. Living with a disability; whether it is a physical, mental, or a learning disability is life-long work and having able partners can make the journey pleasant. But, the able partner is not just someone without a disability, but one who is willing to embrace the unique human experience with authenticity and inclusivity. On today’s podcast, our guest Dan Habib, an award-winning documentary film maker, an activist/advocate, a past-member of the Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (appointed by President Obama) and a father who sought inclusive education for Samuel, his son with cerebral palsy with full well-knowledge that these encounters are mutually transformative. A key element of Executive Function is the capacity to think flexibly, shift perspectives and change one’s mind by broadening the world view. Today’s conversation, invites listeners to reconsider how we conceptualize, verbalize and process the idea of “normal”.

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Are you interested in understanding how mental health, physical health, school readiness, and job success are inextricably linked? Curious about how training your brain can impact your quality of life? Want to know more about how to improve your focus, organization, working memory, decision-making, or self-control?

Welcome to my podcast, Full PreFrontal: Exposing the Mysteries of Executive Function! You are tuning into my conversations with researchers, neuroscientists, educators, learning experts, and thought leaders. Some of my guests have expertise in cognitive/educational/social psychology, social anthropology, learning and education, psychiatry, neurology, behavior economics, or special education, while others are noted professionals in the fields of leadership development and motivational speaking. Using these conversations as a guide, this podcast takes you on an exciting journey to explore and understand the challenges and complexities of organizing one’s life.

Life’s success is an intricate balance of orchestrating talent and effort. However, failing to uncover or to mobilize your inner tools and strategies can get you off path. Self-doubt can present itself and you can begin to question your own capacity. The Full Pre-Frontal podcast series attempts to answer questions such as: How do I learn more about me? How do I objectively investigate myself? How do I tweak my thoughts, habits and attitudes to enhance my future thinking?  What missing pieces of the puzzle, when properly placed, will connect the life successes I see in others to help me succeed in my own journey?

Many of us are not just in charge of our own lives but are also responsible for directing the lives of many others around us. Guiding others in their hopes to improve themselves is how we mentor others. But what should we do when that doesn’t work? Is there a “secret sauce” to help others strive for excellence?

Life has many moving parts; some create utter chaos while others bring sheer joy. To keep up with the moving parts, make listening to my podcast a new habit! Life won’t be a puzzle anymore!