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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
  • Sleep Time

    ''There was never a child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him to sleep.'' ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson I love this time of the year. The cooler evenings always seem to help me sleep better. There is nothing quite like that feeling of climbing into bed, pulling the covers up, and laying my head on my nice soft pillow. Not long ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on October 10, 2013
  • A Collaborative Approach to RtI

    I was inspired by the story posted in Advance this week from OT Mary Primarti. Entitled Response to Intervention: A Success Story (ADVANCE for Occupational Therapy Practitioners July 2013 p. 12) Mary outlines a practical approach between OT and a Pre-K classroom teacher as a means of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) with at risk ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on June 26, 2013
  • DSM-5 Has Arrived

    [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) was released May 18 during the APA's annual meeting in San Francisco. In the days ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Outlook: OT (Weblog) on May 24, 2013
  • Pediatric Therapy Mission Trips

    A few weeks ago I got a note from an OT friend who was headed to Ghana with the group Children Inspiring Hope. This non -profit promotes concepts of a global community and works to connect children cross culturally through art and education service programs.  You can read about their work on this trip from their recent ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on March 20, 2013
  • 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
  • Born Addicted

    This past week I was catching up with a dear friend and colleague who works the NICU in a busy urban acute care hospital.  Her role as an OT has shifted as she responds to a growing trend in the US: that the number of newborns showing symptoms of withdrawal from opioids including prescription pain killers like Vicodin and Oxycontin have ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on February 10, 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
  • Preventing “Bucket Babies”

    This past week I presented a workshop to a child care provider network. This insightful group of mentors and educators were passionate about finding ways to adapt the current programs in many of their centers to include more sensory motor concepts.  As we talked about the importance of vestibular input and how gentle swinging can provide ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on November 30, 2012
  • 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
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