University of Southern California
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Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Column: Gentrification opened a rift between an L.A. church and a children’s center. Can they both survive?
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By Nita Lelyveld / L.A. Times

It’s exciting to watch as toddlers with special needs who might have been under-challenged at home settle into the center’s playful, stimulating and very well-thought-out world and sometimes slowly become more social and adventurous.

“You see them just taking leaps and bounds when they get into a structured, organized, consistent, predictable routine that’s really driven by a curriculum,” said Kate Crowley, the center’s consulting occupational therapist and an assistant professor at USC.

Many of the children referred to the center have been diagnosed — or are considered at risk of being diagnosed — with autism. Often, they have severe speech delays or social difficulties.

Read the full article at L.A. Times.