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USC OT/PT Summer Institute is diversifying tomorrow’s workforce today >
July 28, 2022

Community and Partners Diversity, Access, Equity Students

How a six-week undergraduate pathway program empowers future occupational, physical therapists from underrepresented minority backgrounds.

By Mike McNulty Xavier University of Louisiana junior Blake Harris (Photo/courtesy of Blake Harris) On most days in season, you can find Blake Harris on the field under the sweltering New Orleans sun or putting in work at the gym. The rising junior is a long jump and triple jump athlete at Xavier…

Newly updated SENSE program to continue benefiting neonatal ICU infants and their families >
July 25, 2022

Clinical Community and Partners Faculty

Second edition of the sensory-based program already in place at more than 400 NICUs is available now to NICU providers, therapists.

By Mike McNulty (Photo/Adobe Stock) This month, the SENSE II program rolls out to neonatal health care professionals in hospitals across the world. The Supporting and Enhancing NICU Sensory Experiences, 2nd edition is an anticipated update of the SENSE program, a comprehensive approach to ensuring…

Study identifies social, motor skills patterns unique to autistic children >
July 4, 2022

Autism Research

Findings help clarify relationships between Autism Spectrum Disorder and Developmental Coordination Disorder

By Mike McNulty (Photo/Adobe Stock) Results from a new study published in Autism Research show that Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) each have their own distinct patterns of social and motor skills, which also overlap in some instances. The results also…

Baranek named 2022 INSAR Fellow >
May 27, 2022

Associations and Bodies Autism Awards Conferences Faculty

Designation recognizes impactful scholarship of International Society for Autism Research members.

Associate Dean and Chair Grace Baranek Associate Dean and Chair Grace Baranek has been named a 2022 Fellow of the International Society for Autism Research. The announcement was made at INSAR's annual meeting in Austin, Texas. The Fellow designation recognizes those INSAR members whose autism…

Analysis of more than 82,000 autistic children’s healthcare usage data finds sex, race, ethnicity disparities >
April 29, 2022

Autism Community and Partners Research

Findings provide new insights and elicit new questions for understudied autistic groups.

By Mike McNulty (Photo/Adobe Stock) A new analysis of data collected from more than 82,000 autistic children across seven years reveals significant differences in their healthcare utilization according to sex, race and ethnicity. Results of the study led by Assistant Professor Amber Angell and its…

Students organize bake sale to benefit Ukrainian refugees >
April 20, 2022

Events Global Initiatives Students

Proceeds will be donated to three humanitarian organizations.

By Danny Park (Photo by Abraham Ramirez) From April 18-21, Global Initiatives is hosting a bake sale fundraiser to benefit organizations supporting the 2.6 million Ukrainian refugees who have fled to Poland. The fundraiser is spearheaded by student Natasha Hikita MA ’23, whose family in Poland is…

The division’s current projects and programs for autistic people, at a glance >
April 18, 2022

Autism

In recognition of Autism Month, a round-up of all that's happening at USC Chan.

By Bryan Morales The month of April is recognized as Autism Month, dedicated to the inclusion and recognition of autistic individuals and those in the autism community, including parents, caretakers, teachers, practitioners and self-advocates. Within the USC Chan Division is a collection of projects…

Lawlor wins Slagle, 8 more Trojans earn AOTA and AOTF awards >
April 4, 2022

Alumni Associations and Bodies Awards Conferences Faculty

Lawlor is 16th USC-affiliated recipient of Slagle award, the profession's highest academic honor.

By Mike McNulty Mary Lawlor, associate chair of research and professor Associate Chair of Research and Professor Mary Lawlor was named the recipient of the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lectureship Award, the profession’s most prestigious academic honor that…

Lela Llorens to be honored at upcoming events >
March 21, 2022

Awards Events

Former faculty member to be inducted into division’s Hall of Honor, deliver 2022 commencement address.

By Mike McNulty Former adjunct faculty member Lela Llorens Former USC adjunct faculty member Lela Llorens — an occupational therapy trailblazer known throughout the profession — will be honored by the USC Chan Division at two upcoming events. At a portrait unveiling event on April 19, Llorens…

New analysis of developmental screen finds autistic children showed heightened sensory, motor behaviors as infants >
March 7, 2022

Autism Community and Partners Research

By analyzing more than 6,000 questionnaire responses, team of USC and UNC researchers identify areas during infancy linked to later neurodevelopmental risks.

By Mike McNulty (Photo/Adobe Stock) Early detection of autism within the community — in the home, at daycare, or during well child visits, for example — is critical to increasing access to early intervention services. But surprisingly, there are just a few tools that can reliably identify the…

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