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Study highlights barriers, facilitators to telehealth occupational therapy for autistic children during the pandemic >
January 17, 2023

Autism Community and Partners Pandemic Research

Qualitative research explores perspectives of occupational therapists, clinical administrators and caregivers.

By Mike McNulty Telehealth became an essential way for occupational therapists to work with clients during the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, nearly three years after the March 2020 stay-at-home orders, researchers from USC Chan’s Disparity Reduction and Equity in Autism Services (DREAmS) lab published…

Study finds 3 percent of children have elevated sensory issues that seemingly worsen throughout early childhood, a pattern strongly linked to autism >
December 29, 2022

Autism Faculty Research

By following more than 1,500 children over six years, USC-led study helps confirm sensory features are an early behavioral marker of autism.

By Mike McNulty Figure 1 from the article showing identified Class types and their respective trajectories. (Figure courtesy of Chen et al.) New results from a USC-led study reveal that 3 percent of all children have elevated sensory traits which seemingly worsen as they grow from infants/toddlers…

Karla Ausderau honored with 2022 Patricia Buehler Legacy Award for Clinical Innovation >
November 18, 2022

Alumni Awards Events Lectures and Talks Research

Karla Ausderau (Courtesy of Karla Ausderau) Karla Ausderau MA ’00, PhD ’09, associate professor in the occupational therapy program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and two-time USC alumna, was awarded the division's 2022 Patricia Buehler Legacy Award for Clinical Innovation. Ausderau…

Study pinpoints three brain regions displaying telltale patterns in autistic individuals >
November 14, 2022

Autism Faculty Research

USC scientists are first to identify patterns of white matter connectivity exclusive to core autistic symptoms, pointing out potential flaw in previous autism neuroscience research.

By Mike McNulty Correlational tractography analysis by Aziz-Zadeh and colleagues revealed group differences in multiple tracts throughout the brain. (Courtesy of Lisa Aziz-Zadeh) New study results from an international research team led by USC scientists have identified a signature pattern of white…

Global Initiatives gives Trojans a taste of international celebrations throughout September >
September 29, 2022

Diversity, Access, Equity Events Global Initiatives International

USC Chan’s Global Initiatives office joined students, faculty and staff in celebrating several important holidays in September. As a truly international division with students from more than 15 countries, the Chan community enjoyed, shared and learned about deeply meaningful traditions from around the world.

By Danny Park September 14: Mid-Autumn Festival and Chuseok Global Initiatives served mooncakes to observe the Mid-Autumn Festival and Chuseok, important holidays celebrated by many people in East Asia to observe a successful harvest. “The Mid-Autumn Festival is a day for friends and families to…

Gelya Frank, faculty fixture for 40 years, announces retirement >
September 16, 2022

Faculty

For four decades, Frank offered anthropological perspectives that enhanced occupational therapy and occupational science at USC and beyond.

By Mike McNulty Professor Emeritus Gelya Frank Professor Emeritus Gelya Frank, a member of the USC Chan faculty since 1982 with a joint appointment in the Department of Anthropology at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, has retired. She retains the academic rank of professor…

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…

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