I thought it may help if I provide you with a list of services and products I use on a regular basis. Some are related to “working” online (e.g. having a website, using social media, etc.), some are books I’ve read, and others are products I use as a therapist (e.g. my audio and video recorders). I will continue to add to this Resource page as I learn about, use, and love new products and services. Enjoy!
The products and services listed below are ones that I know, have used, and endorse. There are some items on here that contain affiliate links, but they’re not on here because of that–they’re included as a Resource because I have used them and like them. Where possible, I also include a link to the article that reviews the product or service.
Tools for Starting a Website/Blog
- Powweb Web Hosting: If you want a website, you need a place to “rent” internet space, called “hosting.” I use Powweb for this blog. Great price, GREAT customer service, easy to use.
- Godaddy Domain Names: This is my go-to site for domain names (and NOT because of Danika Patrick :D). Reliable, helpful, affordable.
- WordPress.org: This is THE best blogging software out there. It’s free, flexible, powerful, with incredible support forums and tutorials. And it integrates beautifully with Powweb.
- The Thesis Theme for WordPress: This is what makes my blog looks good. Tons of features, tons of support.
- Aweber: Tons of features, easy to use, GREAT customer support. I think this is the best email marketing tool out there…and shared some of it’s pros and cons in my review of Aweber.
Manage your Social Media
- Tweetdeck: Manage your twitter and facebook feed. Syncs with your computer and smartphone.
- Twaitter: A beautiful way to schedule tweets in advance. Free.
- 99designs.com: The best way to get professional graphic design materials at a GREAT price. Runs like a contest. You can read more about 99designs here.
- Fiverr.com: Not just for graphic design…but a place where people will list ANYTHING they’ll do for $5. I got this ebook cover designed and the book edited here.
- Flip Video Camera: Portable, sleek, easy to use, well-priced. I use this for my kids, my clients, and my PhD application.
- Zoom H4n Audio Recorder. Super high-quality, portable audio recorder. Includes internal mics as well as external mic jacks. GREAT sound quality. Transfers audio files easily to a computer.
- Western Digital My Passport Essential. This is the best computer back-up system I’ve found. Inexpensive, easy-to-use, connects via USB, small, and powerful, this is by far my favorite computer backup device. Available in a 500 GB version for Mac, a 1 TB version for Mac, a 500 GB version for PC, or a 1 TB version for PC.
Books and Audiobooks
- Future Horizons: If you work with individuals on the autism spectrum, you need to connect with this resource. Books, DVDs and more for you and your clients. The best part? Enter promo code MUSIC for a 15% discount!
- Audible.com: My favorite way to devour books on the go (audiobooks, that its). Affordable, easy to use, with smartphone apps. I’ve written about Audible before, but if you want you can skip that and click here to try Audible now (this link comes with a free audiobook download with a 14-day trial).
- How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing: This book has given me a kick-in-the-pants type of motivation to keep up my blogging and scholarly writing. Click here for my review.
- Why We Like Music: Ear, Emotion, Evolution: This book is fabulous–it’s engaging, accessible, and a wonderful integration of neuroscience, developmental, and evolutionary research. Click here for my review.
- This Is Your Brain on Music: Love, love, love, LOVE this book. An absolute MUST-READ for every music therapist! Click here for my review.
- Ghosts from the Nursery: Tracing the Roots of Violence: This book changed the way I work with my trauma-influenced clients. A must-read. Click here to my review.
- Who’s Who of the Brain: A Guide to Its Inhabitants, Where They Live and What They Do: An easy-to-read intro to the anatomy and function of the brain. I mention this book in this article.
- The Emotional Brain: The Mysterious Underpinnings of Emotional Life: Awesome definition and overview of how our brains process emotions. Click here to read my review.
- The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem: Great, in-depth definition of self esteem. A must-read for ANY therapist. Click here for my review.
- Paris: A Love Story: A beautiful and eloquent memoir that brings the grief process to life. Click here for my review.
The following links will take you to blogs and websites where you can find additional information. Some are sites I use frequently; others are sites you have recommended. If you’d like your blog or website listed here, please contact me directly.