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  • SPD Foundation Comments on Adam Lanza’s SPD Diagnosis

    I just received this update from the SPD Foundation regarding the Newtown, CT murders and the young man identified as the shooter Adam Lanza.  (See my December blog:  Autism Speaks Out About Newtown Tragedy).  PBS's Frontline has released a riveting documentary on Adam, his apparent diagnosis of SPD and his early years as his family ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on February 28, 2013
  • Top 5 Blog Posts for 2012

    As my year as your peds blogger comes to a close, I thought I would give you a rundown of the top 5 most popular posts.   5.  Weighing in at the fifth spot was the final update on the DSM-5 due out next May: SPD Excluded from DSM-5. 4. The AJOT published study on Speed and Legibility with Pencil Grasp had some surprising ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on December 29, 2012
  • What Autism Feels Like

    A colleague recently sent this YouTube link and I felt compelled to share it. Although titled What Autism Feels Like, it is actually a brief clip on what a day probably sounds like in the life of a child with ASD. As peds therapists, it often becomes our role in the school, clinic or our community to educate teachers, parents and/or other staff ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on October 7, 2012
  • Holistic Concepts: Treating the Whole Child

    Lately there seems to be a more targeted focus on holistic approaches to treatment. From articles to online therapy groups seems this is a relevant topic of discussion.  Advance magazine for example has a current article entitled Holistic Occupational Therapy  which discusses how complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) services ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on September 22, 2012
  • More Thoughts on ASD

    I know I have been blogging frequently on the topic of autism, but given the media attention it seems to be getting these days, along with the proposed definition changes in the upcoming DSM-5, it just seems fitting to keep current in this ever expanding field. This past week I took a quick trip to San Diego to check out the Autism Society of ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on July 29, 2012
  • Sensory Processing Disorder Update: A Must Read!

    I received an update last evening from the desk of Lucy Jane Miller. Seems the APA (American Psychiatric Association) has announced the third and final opportunity for public feedback on the upcoming DSM- 5 to be published in 2013.  In the newsletter, Dr. Miller gives an update on the status of her research on SPD and ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on May 11, 2012
  • Tuesday Tidbit - The Spit Cup

    When it comes to picky eaters one of the biggest challenges we have as therapists is getting the child to even taste something.  There is, of course, an entire protocol to getting a sensory defensive child to allow food to be 1) in the room, 2) on the table, 3) on their plate, 4) on their spoon/fork, 5) near their mouth, 6) in their ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on October 19, 2009