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.

January 16, 2016

Occupational Therapy Jobs in California

Search Occupational Therapy Jobs in California State. Jobs for OTs, COTAs, college grads in all types of settings for licensed OT (OTR) and COTA:

Occupational Therapy Jobs in New Jersey

Search Occupational Therapy Jobs in New Jersey State. Jobs for OTs, COTAs, college grads in all types of settings for licensed OT (OTR) and COTA:

January 09, 2016

Occupational Therapy Jobs in New York

Search Occupational Therapy Jobs in New York State. Jobs for OTs, COTAs, college Grads in all types of settings:

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

TICKETS ON SALE THURSDAY AT NOON!
(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:
http://www.eilearningnetwork.com

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:
https://eittoc.com/index.php

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)