Home-based stroke therapy improves outcomes, eliminates wait times, saves money

  Home delivery of stroke rehabilitation improves care, eliminates waiting lists for treatment and saves hundreds of thousands of dollars annually in hospital costs, according to a quality improvement project presented today at the Canadian Stroke Congress. Early Supported Discharge, introduced as a permanent part of the Calgary Stroke Program in 2011, has resulted in […]

Back-to-school tips may help ease sensory overload in kids

  Students with ‘sensory processing disorder’ often struggle with adapting to change. (HealthDay)—Transitioning from summer to a new school year is hard for any kid, but it is particularly difficult for children who have trouble processing new sensations, according to an expert on what is known as "sensory processing disorder." Sensory processing disorder is a […]

Adapting learning environments for children with disabilities

  by Eric Peters Logan Haworth loves to know how things work. The 7-year-old Richmonder relishes programming apps on his laptop and exploring museums, especially the Children’s Museum of Richmond (CMoR). Instead of playing with the exhibits at CMoR, Logan often peeks around the back of them or looks inside to find out where a […]

Motor skill deficiencies linked to autism severity in new research

  An Oregon State University researcher has found a relationship between motor skill deficiencies and the severity of the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder in very young children. The findings, believed to the be the first to show a direct relationship between motor skills and autism severity, indicate that development of fine and gross motor skills should be included […]

For some with Alzheimer’s, occupational therapy can bring welcome relief

  by Serena Gordon, Healthday Reporter It often keeps people safe at home, practitioners say. (HealthDay)—Putting mirrors in unexpected places and keeping old photo albums handy might just make life a bit easier for people with Alzheimer’s and those who live with and care for them. They’re among suggestions offered by occupational therapists as ways […]

Occupational therapy improves ability to perform everyday tasks in children with autism

  In one of the first randomized control trials studying an intervention for sensory problems in children with autism, researchers found that occupational therapy using the principles of sensory integration (OT-SI) provided better outcomes on parent-identified goals than standard care, according to results published November 10th in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. OT-SI therapy […]

Diagnosing and treating autism

  by Frances Dumenci April is National Autism Awareness Month. The Child Development Clinic at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) provides comprehensive assessment for pediatric patients with developmental delays or disabilities, including those with autism spectrum disorders. The medical, psychological, social work and educational testing offered by the clinic leads to a diagnosis […]

Occupational therapy aids kids with autism, sensory issues

  Occupational therapy focused on sensory integration strategies helps children with autism spectrum disorder and sensory issues improve their ability to perform everyday tasks, according to a study published online Nov. 10 in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Roseann C. Schaaf, Ph.D., O.T.R./L., from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, and colleagues randomized children with […]