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On this episode of the Act To Live Podcast, Scott and Jaime talk about the unknown and some of the reasons why the unknown can be so fear-inducing. The duo talks about the fact that the unknown brings with it a sense of uncertainty that our brain struggles to plan for/figure out. This uncertainty can lead to fearing or worrying about an outcome that may never happen. Jaime and Scott wrap up the episode by discussing some ways that we all can work through our fear of the known in order to get more out of life.
ACTion Event of the Week: Look over Kathryn Sanford’s seven ways to work through your fear of the unknown and pick one to explore. What was the process like? What did you notice?
Join us on the next episode of the Act To Live Podcast as we explore the concept of choice. So come on, let’s take a walk!
Bergland, C. (2016). Study: Fear of the Unknown Compounds Many Anxiety Disorders. Psychology Today.
Hoffman, L. H. (2016). The Fear of the Unknown. Huffpost.
Sanford, K. (2021). 7 Ways to Overcome Your Fear of the Unknown And Get More Out of Life. Lifehack. https://www.lifehack.org/347868/why-fear-the-unknown
“We are living in a day and age where it doesn’t have to be about I can’t anymore; it’s a matter of finding the right solutions and having the right support behind you”. You will not want to miss this empowEARing conversation with Sam Atcherson, Ph.D. as he shares his journey from hearing aids to cochlear implant. Dr. Atcherson describes how the cochlear implant process was a life changing decision for him that allowed many doors to open both personally and professionally. Family support, becoming an advocate, and having peer support are foundational to his current success. Dr. Atcherson received his bachelors and masters degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Georgia and his doctorate in Audiology and Speech Pathology at the University of Memphis. Currently, Professor of Audiology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, he has given over 200 presentations at local, regional, and international levels, and he is author or co-author of over 50 peer-reviewed articles, 22 book chapters, and 3 books. His research and clinical areas of interest include face mask-related speech perception and acoustics, auditory electrophysiology, audiologic rehabilitation, and health literacy. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education and on the Board of Trustees as Vice-Chairperson for the Arkansas Schools for the Deaf and the Blind and Visually-Impaired. He is the co-founder of the Association of Audiologists with Hearing Loss, a former president of the Association of Medical Professionals with Hearing Losses, and one of the original founding board members of the Arkansas Hands and Voices chapter.
You can find out more information about Dr. Atcherson at: https://chpresearch.uams.edu/faculty-profile-samuel-atcherson-ph-d/
Valerie James Abbott is an author, a parent-champion for early hearing detection and intervention programs, and an active promoter of parent-to-parent support organizations. She is also co-founder of national Late Onset Hearing Loss Awareness Week (May 4-10). A native of Long Island and a graduate of Hollins University, Valerie has served on boards and state councils that are dedicated to serving families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Her debut book Padapillo was published on May 4, 2021.
Mary Clare (19) graduated from Douglas S. Freeman High School in Richmond, Virginia in June 2020. She has served as a youth editor and book launch logistics coordinator for her family’s Padapillo book project. Mary Clare will attend Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia in September 2021 and plans to major in psychology. Bridget/Bridie (16) is a sophomore at Douglas S. Freeman High School. She was identified with hearing loss when she was 2.5 years old and benefitted from bilateral hearing aids and Auditory-Verbal Therapy. Bridie has played violin for more than 10 years and is passionate about introducing children who are deaf and hard of hearing to the joys of music.
Jane Fenton is a licensed speech-language pathologist. She has worked with people across the lifespan, from early intervention to geriatrics, since receiving her Master of Science degree from Utah State University in 2011. While at Utah State, Jane also completed training in Listening and Spoken Language through the Sound Beginnings Program. Jane had her first taste of teletherapy 6 years ago, when she began contracting speech services for an online school in Utah. She completed the PROMPT intro and bridging courses in 2019 and has found those skills to be helpful even in teletherapy when needed. Since first starting teletherapy, Jane has continued online and in person services as a contracted SLP and through her private practice, Fenton Speech Therapy.