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GoBabyGo! Provides Mobility for Young Children
May 23, 2016 1:30 PM by Katherine Bortz
A key component for any child’s development is play. For some, play can be difficult due to disability. That’s why Dr. Cole Galloway, a professor at the University of Delaware created GoBabyGo!, a fun and inventive way to get kids moving. “I have lots Read More...
New Research for Sensory Processing Disorders
April 12, 2016 1:33 PM by Katherine Bortz
A new addition to the 2016 Annual AOTA Conference and Expo is the inclusion of scientific panels. In these sessions, research papers are presented on the multiple areas of expertise that OTs cover. Sarah Schoen, associate director of Research the STAR Read More...
Hillary Clinton’s Autism Initiative
January 8, 2016 12:03 PM by Dillon Stickle
In her latest big move toward winning the primary elections, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced in Iowa this week her agenda to improve the lives of Americans with Autism. So far, no other presidential candidate has forthrightly spoken Read More...
AOTF Announces Research Priorities
November 5, 2015 11:21 AM by Brian Ferrie
The American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF), Bethesda, Md., issued a press release in late October announcing research priorities to work toward its vision of a vibrant science that builds knowledge to support effective, evidence-based occupational Read More...
AOTA Issues Backpack Safety Tips
August 5, 2015 3:37 PM by Brian Ferrie
With the start of school approaching, the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), Bethesda, Md., issued a press release on July 30 stating, in part: "Heavy loads carried by more than 79 million students across the U.S. can cause low-back pain Read More...
Autism & SPDs: Learning From an OT
October 14, 2014 1:27 PM by Danielle Bullen
Editor's Note: This post, written by Darlida Ospina, MS, CCC-SLP, TSSLD, originally appeared in ADVANCE for Speech and Hearing . For this blog, I consulted an Occupational Therapist (OT) with 21 years of experience in the field. I consulted Mrs. Vargas Read More...
Bringing Back Smiles
September 6, 2013 1:41 PM by Danielle Bullen
Cancer. It's a scary word for someone of any age, but especially for a child. Great strides have been made in research and treatment, and the long-term survival rate across the board for pediatric cancers stands at roughly 80%. But going into remission Read More...
DSM-5 Has Arrived
May 24, 2013 5:09 PM by Jill Glomstad
[Guest blogger Stacey Miller is editor of our sister publication, ADVANCE for Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists .] The Fifth edition of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) Read More...
AOTA Responds to AAP Policy Statement on SI
August 31, 2012 2:59 PM by Jill Glomstad
AOTA President Florence Clark has written a response on behalf of the national association to the American Academy of Pediatrics' Policy Statement on Sensory Integration Therapy released in the June issue of Pediatrics . The policy statement cautioned Read More...
DSM-V Will Carry Revised Definition of Autism
January 20, 2012 9:47 PM by Jill Glomstad
Most of the focus on the upcoming edition of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders has been on whether sensory processing disorder will be approved by the APA to appear as a diagnosis when the Fifth Read More...
Podcast: Gifted Kids, ADHD, and Autism
November 15, 2011 10:05 AM by Jessica LaGrossa
"Parents, don't get hung up on the labels." This is Temple Grandin's advice to those raising children on the spectrum. And in this podcast presented by the Coffee Klatch, Grandin--along with her coauthors Diane Kennedy and Rebecca Banks--discusses "twice Read More...
Digging Deeper: Autism & Vacationing
October 18, 2011 2:59 PM by Jessica LaGrossa
Our popular blogger Devon Alley just wrapped up a three-part series on her blog, From Inside the Puzzle: Raising a Child with Autism Blog , about her family’s vacation. She wrote about some of the challenges of vacationing with an autistic child, as well Read More...
ADHD Diagnoses on the Rise
August 19, 2011 7:17 PM by Jill Glomstad
Brand new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say ADHD is on the rise. From 1998-2000 through 2007-2009, the percentage of children who had ever been diagnosed with the condition rose from 7 percent to 9 percent. In the Midwest Read More...
NY Legislature Passes Autism Insurance Reform Bill
June 24, 2011 12:12 PM by Jill Glomstad
Last week, New York legislators passed a bill mandating coverage of autism screening, diagnosis and treatment. The legislation, approved by both houses of the legislature, would require insurers in the state to cover services including OT, PT and speech, Read More...
NICU Resources
May 27, 2011 2:42 PM by Jill Glomstad
Back in March 2009, occupational therapist Lisa Bader wrote a great article for us on training therapists to work in the NICU. As more OTs and PTs in her facility wanted to work in the neonatal intensive care unit, Bader decided to create a training manual Read More...


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