Reviews

Summer Reading Challenge, Part 2: Emotion Regulation Time

August 4, 2017
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I’ve continued my personal summer quest to finish 6 books on my professional reading list. In June I shared my review of two books related primarily to autism spectrum “disorder.” The theme of topical pairing now continues with two books on emotion regulation…
Review of Handbook of Emotion Regulation (2nd Ed.)
Emotion regulation (ER)—and particularly ER development—is […]

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Summer Reading Challenge, Part 1: Neurodiversity and Movement Differences

June 13, 2017
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Academic life makes for a busy 40 weeks. These include the 32 weeks of actual classes, meetings, defenses, and grading, along with the extra 8ish weeks of course prep and semester wrap-up.
These 40 weeks leave me busy enough there’s little to no time for non-teaching related activity. (Long-time readers may have noticed my blogging schedule […]

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In Defense of Extrinsic Benefits…?

August 11, 2016
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Another summer means another opportunity to catch up on a little book reading. This summer’s reading list was inspired by my upcoming teaching and writing commitments. Two books in particular sparked musings on a topic I haven’t yet blogged about (at least not directly), but about which I’ve had numerous conversations with music therapists and […]

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[Book Review] “The Reason I Jump”

October 24, 2013
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It often seems that the simplest things pack the biggest punch.
That’s how I feel after reading The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida. I was first introduced to this book when watching Jon Stewart interview one of the translators, author David Mitchell, on his show. After hearing a brief summary, this book immediately jumped to the […]

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Book Review: A White Wind Blew

March 21, 2013
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Tuberculosis. Prohibition. Segregation. The Great War. The KKK. Faith. Musical medicine.
These are many of the themes interwoven in James Markert’s latest novel, A White Wind Blew. Set in the late 1920s in TB-ridden Louisville, Kentucky, A White Wind Blew follows Wolfgang Pike, a doctor-musician-almost priest, through his journey of healing and self-discovery. Markert is a […]

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Book Review: Kati Marton’s “Paris: A Love Story”

February 21, 2013
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Kati Marton is a journalist, storyteller, wife, and mother. She has led what many might consider an exotic life: marriages to Peter Jennings and Richard Holbrooke, apartments in Paris and New York City, serving overseas as a foreign news correspondent for NPR and ABC News, a childhood in Hungary and a college life in Paris. […]

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Book Review: How to Write a Lot

June 21, 2012
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I’ve been on a bit of a reading kick lately. In truth, most of it is for various research projects for my doctorate degree, but I’ve managed to squeeze in more “fun” reading on the side.
One such “fun” reading book is Dr. Paul Silva’s How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic […]

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Product Review: Sing to Your Baby

May 24, 2012
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One of the extreme pleasures of being a blogger is that, on occasion, you get invited to review a really great book or product. This post is one such review.
“Sing to Your Baby” is my new favorite baby shower/new baby gift. It’s a book and CD set of “love songs and sing-plays for new families” […]

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Book Review: Why We Like Music

December 7, 2011
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I am super-excited to share with you a book recently introduced to me: Why We Like Music: Ear, Emotion, Evolution. The book was originally published in Italy about 5 years. It has been translated into English by Stephen Thomson Moore and released just two months ago by New World Media.
Here’s the short version of this […]

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