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  • Hillary Clinton’s Autism Initiative

    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 about the need for improvements to Autism services and research. ''We need more services; we ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Outlook: OT (Weblog) on January 8, 2016
  • The Neurocognitive Engagement Therapy (NET) Program

    I recently took a trip to Allentown, Pa. to visit Phoebe Ministries, a non-profit, multi-facility organization specializing in health care, housing, and support services for seniors, and learn about a breakthrough program that will pave a more sufficient path for patients with Dementia and other cognitive impairments. The Neurocognitive ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Outlook: OT (Weblog) on July 24, 2015
  • Smooth Moves

    Baltimore-- A panel discussion this afternoon at the AOTA annual conference focused on how occupational therapists can help children with disabilities and their parents transition between different parts of their academic lives. The opening part focused on the transition from early intervention to preschool. One of the major changes is the ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Outlook: OT (Weblog) on April 3, 2014
  • Dyslexia is Not a Gift

    I've always said that if I was going to write a book about my son's struggles with Dyslexia it would be titled ''Dyslexia is not a gift.'' I know that the belief behind dyslexia being a ''gift'' is that it allows those individuals who have it to look at the world in a different way and be able to use skills they may not have otherwise used if ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on January 31, 2014
  • Is Kindergarten the New 1st Grade?

    Last week I presented at another conference for early childhood educators.  Entitled 10 Terrific Tips for DAP Fine Motor Skills the workshop  covered  important sensory and motor components needed for developing  good hand skills.  (See my blog from last spring on the AHA! Moment).  The room was packed and ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on February 19, 2013
  • Sequestration: A Political No Win for Our Kids with Special Needs

    I have to admit, that even a few months ago the word sequestration was not even in my vocabulary. Now it seems, with politics getting more acrimonious as we speed toward the November election, this word has (or should!) become our battle cry for the children we serve as funding for special education services is about to get drastically cut if ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on September 4, 2012