Wendy Chung: Autism — what we know (and what we don’t know yet)

Wendy Chung is the director of clinical research at the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative, which does both basic and applied science to serve people affected by autism spectrum disorders.

Assisstive Technology and Occupational Therapy

Latest information about scientific research and assisstive technology news related to occupational therapy and assissting people with disabilities in their daily life.

SPD - Sensory Processing Disorder and Sensory Integration

SPD Foundation and information related to sensory processing disorder (SPD), systems and ways to treat and to address sensory integration deficits

People with ADHD and ADD are just different, but not defective

Actress Wendy Davis believes people can thrive and be successful while living with ADHD or ADD - like herself.

August 20, 2015

Autism-Friendly performance of The Lion King in New York

Save the Date for the upcoming Autism-friendly performance of The Lion King on
September 27, 2015

 Autism friendly performance of the Lion King
Autism-friendly performance of The Lion King. Photo from Theatre Development Fund site

Please save the date for
The Lion King
Autism-Friendly Performance:
Sunday, September 27, 2015 @ 1:00 PM

Minskoff Theatre
200 West 45th Street, New York, NY 10036

(Thursday, August 20, 2015 @ 12:00 PM)

August 19, 2014

Early Intervention Continuing Education in New York

Training requirements must be completed before December 31 of each year. Based on NYC EIP rules and regulations, interventionists who do not meet annual training requirements by the end of the year may lose their ability to continue serving EI cases. Early intervention free of charge trainings are now being offered by NYS DOH in conjunction with EI Learning Network (Just Kids Early Childhood Learning Center). For schedule and registration information, please visit the NYSDOH website: http://www.health.ny.gov/community/infants_children/early_intervention/training.htm

or EI Learning Network (Just Kids Early Childhood Learning Center) website:

The training calendar running from Jan-March 2014 is up on their website. Please visit their website for the calendar and you can register for the trainings there as well. The website is: https://www.eilearningnetwork.com/index.php/?category_name=events

A variety of online trainings offered by Early Intervention Therapist & Teacher Online College (Fees apply) that you may take at your own pace. Website:

July 14, 2014

Groove Pencils by Lyra to develop good pencil grasp/grip and writing skills

Groove Pencils by Lyra to develop good pencil grasp/grip and writing skills
Groove Pencils by Lyra 
Many children suffer with handwriting. There are multiple reasons explaining why a child unable to write legibly. Some of them physiological such as developmental delays/problems affecting vision, visual-motor, visual-perceptual and fine-motor components involved in handwriting. Also, underdevelopment of hand skills, muscle strength or parents/caregivers inability to address problem at the right period of time (child develops poor habit of holding writing instrument) affecting handwriting greatly. Simple solution to correct grasping skills (not mentioning proper positioning yet) is to use pencil grippers, but they are getting lost quickly along with pencils. Now, some companies, such as Lyra and Ticonderoga, started making pencils with ergonomic shape and natural grip zone, so child's fingers go into right position. Offset slide guards for the thumb, index and middle fingers support an optimal writing hold, even after sharpening. The special groove design makes a proper grip seem logical to a child. The large size of the pencil is perfect for small hands and for shading large areas. For every case we should keep in mind individual abilities, but these pencils with grooves seem to be a smart and simple way of teaching children to hold pencil efficiently and to improve handwriting. See more Groove Pencils

May 14, 2014

Wendy Chung: Autism — what we know (and what we don’t know yet)

Wendy Chung is the director of clinical research at the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative, which does both basic and applied science to serve people affected by autism spectrum disorders. She's the principal investigator of the foundation's Simons Variation in Individuals Project, which characterizes behavior and brain structure and function in participants with genetic copy number variants such as those at 16p11.2, which are believed to play a role in spectrum disorders. Chung also directs the clinical genetics program at Columbia University. In assessing and treating kids with autism spectrum disorders and intellectual disabilities, she uses advanced genomic diagnostics to explore the genetic basis of neurological conditions. She thinks deeply about the ethical and emotional questions around genetic medicine and genetic testing. (information from site TED.com)

March 13, 2014

Post-Professional Doctorate Program Online in Occupational Therapy

Post-professional Programs in OT - Online Doctoral Level Programs -
See more at: Postprofessional OT Doctorate Programs


Arizona School of Health Sciences, A.T. Still University of Health Sciences Department of Occupational Therapy
A.T. Still University
5850 E. Still Circle
Mesa, AZ 85206-3618
Phone: (480) 219-6070; Fax: (480) 219-6100
E-Mail: lnishijima@atsu.edu
Web page: www.atsu.edu/ashs/online_programs/index.htm

Contact Person: Linda Nishijima, Program Manager

Degree(s) Offered:  Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Major Area(s) of Study: The role of occupational therapy in prevention and health promotion and wellness; program development and evaluation.

Area(s) of Concentration: The mission of the post-professional program OTD program is to enable occupational therapists in any practice area to develop roles and skills beyond that of the therapist-clinician; to educate them to become practitioner-scholars who can translate knowledge (including cross-disciplinary theories and research) into practice and who are capable of serving as agents of change in new and expanded arenas.

Distance Learning Options: This program is conducted through elearning (online) in its entirety.

Admission Requirements:
  • Initial certification as an occupational therapist from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).
  • A master’s degree or higher from a US regionally-accredited college or university.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 for all prior undergraduate and graduate level coursework and degrees completed; minimum occupational therapy program GPA of 3.25 (on a 4.00 scale).
  • No GRE required.
  • An up-to-date resume or curriculum vitae.
  • A letter of intent providing a description of why the ATSU-ASHS OTD program was chosen by the applicant and how the program aligns with the applicant’s intended career goals.
  • Two letters of reference.
  • Interview (conducted via phone or SKYPE, based upon applicant preference) to identify the goodness of fit of the program for the applicant.
  • Official sealed transcripts from all institutions attended.
  • All students are required to demonstrate proficiency in English.
For further details and for international applicants interested in applying to the OTD program, please visit our website.

Special Features: This online program is entirely web-based allowing students to work at home at their convenience. It is supported by an online/virtual library. Students are admitted to the program once per academic year in the Fall Quarter and participate with a cohort of peers throughout the program.

Developed for the practicing occupational therapist, the program is designed to be completed in two years, including summers, based upon a part-time plan of study. The program requires a minimum of 48 quarter credit hours beyond the Master’s degree and includes the following coursework:

  • Occupational Therapy Doctoral Seminars (24 credits required – six four-credit seminar courses: The Role of OT in Health Promotion and Wellness; Program Development and Evaluation I & II; Strategic and Business Planning; Leadership and Advocacy; Writing for Publication)
  • Electives (8 credits required – two four-credit elective courses – such as: Disability Studies, Organizational Behavior, Policy Analysis, the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning).
  • Doctoral Project (16 credits – eight two -credit doctoral project courses taken in sequence together with one’s cohort of peers throughout the duration of the program)
In addition to coursework, program requirements include completion of a doctoral project and submission of a professional portfolio with artifacts representing the attainment of core competencies.

Financial Aid: Financial support, including private and federal loans, is available for students accepted into the Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD) Program at the Arizona School of Health Sciences through the Student Financial Assistance Office. This office assists students in developing a comprehensive financial assistance package based on individual needs. 800.626.5266, ext. 2529; http://www.atsu.edu/ashs/programs/occupational_therapy/financial_assistance.htm.

Institutional Accreditor: The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association; http://www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org/ - See more at: http://www.aota.org/Education-Careers/Find-School/Postprofessional/PostprofessionalOT-D.aspx#sthash.UEjJeu4k.dpuf

March 11, 2014

People with ADHD and ADD are just different, but not defective

Actress Wendy Davis believes people can thrive and be successful while living with ADHD or ADD - like herself. She provides her life story and story of her child. Wendy is sharing information about association called CHADD - Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

video provided by cnn.com

March 10, 2014

The Latkovski sisters on the 2013 WHAS Crusade for Children

It's absolutely amazing and very touchy performance by the Latkovsky sisters on the 2013 WHAS Crusade for Children. Please, watch this dance performance. I cannot find words to describe my feelings.