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Managing Sensory Integration Issues with Occupational Therapy

Managing Sensory Integration Issues with Occupational Therapy

In this episode Christine Zundel, OT of Aspire Pediatrics, talks about managing Sensory Integration issues. She review our body sensors, what they are and how they cooperate with our brain, what are disabilities, and how Occupational Therapy can help.

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Job training Results In Competitive Employment for Youth with Autism

Job training results in competitive employment for youth with autism

A Virginia Commonwealth University study¹ shows intensive job training benefits youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), one of the most challenging disabilities in the world where only 20 percent find employment. Published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, the study demonstrates that nine months of intensive internship training, in conjunction with an engaged hospital, can lead to high levels of competitive employment in areas such as cardiac care, wellness, ambulatory surgery and pediatric intensive care units. This is the first study of its kind to demonstrate the skills and abilities youth with ASD have and the success they can experience at work said Paul H. Wehman, Ph.D., principal investigator of the study and Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Director of the VCU Autism Center at the VCU School of Education. Previous research in this area showed that youth with ASD were employed at lower rates than even ...

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Autism and Induced Labor: Another Misleading Headline

Autism and Inducing Labor

Written by Dr. John Carosso What was that all about? You remember the recent headline, based on a study from JAMA Pediatrics (August 12, 2013), claiming a link between induced and augmented labor and the child later receiving an autism-related special education services down the road. The study looked at birth records from ’90 to ’98, and subsequent educational records from ’97 to ’07. So what’s the problem? Emily Willingham of Forbes provides a concise and thorough breakdown of the study’s results, and accurately (in my opinion) concludes that the study, and most studies like it (my conclusion) are quite misleading for lots of reasons including that there is no proven ‘cause-effect’ relationship; only a loose correlation, and many excluded relevant factors. It should also be noted that the issue at hand is inducement and augmentation; when considering only inducement, the effect was 1.1; when adding augmentation it rose to ...

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Diets Lacking Omega-3s Lead To Anxiety,Hyperactivity In Teens

Diets lacking omega-3s lead to anxiety, hyperactivity in teens

Diets lacking omega-3 fatty acids – found in foods like wild fish, eggs, and grass-fed livestock – can have worsened effects over consecutive generations, especially affecting teens, according to a University of Pittsburgh study. Published in Biological Psychiatry, the Pitt team found that in a rodent model second-generation deficiencies of omega-3s caused elevated states of anxiety and hyperactivity in adolescents and affected the teens’ memory and cognition. “We have always assumed that stress at this age is the main environmental insult that contributes to developing these conditions in at-risk individuals but this study indicates that nutrition is a big factor, too,” said Bita Moghaddam, lead author of the paper and professor of neuroscience in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. “We found that this dietary deficiency can compromise the behavioral health of adolescents, not only because their diet is deficient but because their parents’ diet was deficient as well. This is of particular concern because adolescence is a very ...

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Autism and Early Intervention: What Works & How Well?

The Study Pediatrics (2009, November) compared traditional early intervention approaches commonly offered in the community (S/L, OT, Specialized Preschool) to the more intensive Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) based in applied behavioral analysis. Who was assessed? Forty-eight children diagnosed within the autism spectrum, between 18-30 months of age, were randomly assigned into one of the two groups, and assessed at one and two-year follow-up. What was the intervention? The ESDM model integrates applied behavior analysis (ABA) with developmental and relationship-based approaches. The intervention was provided in the toddler’s natural environment (the home) and delivered by trained therapists and the child’s trained parents. The children received, on average, 15 hours per week of this intervention. The Assess and Measure (A/M) group received an average of 9.1 hours of individual therapy (S/L and OT) and an average of 9.3 hours per week of group interventions (eg, developmental preschool). Results? After the first ...

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