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Faculty Q&A for World Autism Awareness Day ⟩
April 2, 2018

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Linsey Smith helps answer common questions about identity, language and experiential issues for autistic people (and people with autism).

Photo by Iker Urteag/Unsplash April 2 marks World Autism Awareness Day, a designated day when communities around the world host events and activities that increase understanding, support and acceptance for people living with autism. In recognition of World Autism Awareness Day 2018, Assistant…

Parents warned about ‘bleach therapy’ for treating autism ⟩
February 6, 2018

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By Gigen Mammoser/healthline Photo courtesy of healthline "Desperate parents in the United Kingdom, Canada, and United States are reportedly using a bleach solution in an attempt to cure autism, sometimes in children as young as 2 years old. Proponents have touted chlorine dioxide (often referred to…

Building better doctor’s visits for adults with autism ⟩
April 20, 2017

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Newly funded study aims to improve primary health care encounters of autistic adults

By Mike McNulty/USC Today Challenges with communication, environmental factors and decision-making processes can add to the anxiety of a doctor's visit for a person with autism./Photo by Martin Kenny (Flickr) During his first visit to the doctor’s office, Bobby fled from the waiting room, ran…

USC Chan appoints new associate dean, chair ⟩
February 1, 2017

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Dr. Grace Baranek to lead USC’s occupational science and occupational therapy program

By John Hobbs MA ’14 Updated article was originally released on Aug. 23, 2016. The USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy welcomes newly appointed associate dean and chair, Grace Baranek on Feb. 1. Grace Baranek PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA Baranek comes to USC from the University…

Toddler palace may house clues to social skills in autism ⟩
November 12, 2016

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Dr. Barbara Thompson's research is highlighted at the 2016 Society for Neuroscience meeting

By Sarah Deweerdt/Spectrum News Palace keep: The amount of time a young child spends in a play castle may provide hints about her social motivation. A half-hour-long ‘playdate’ between a toddler and an adult could help answer a long-standing question about whether and how much a child with…

Crafting a kinder chemo ⟩
September 22, 2016

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How changes in the environment might improve experiences during outpatient infusions

By Mike McNulty/USC Today A USC researcher suggests that settings in which chemo is delivered should be controlled. (Photo/iStock) There’s no such thing as peaceful chemotherapy. The anti-cancer drugs that attack the body’s dangerous cancer cells cannot discriminate from its healthy ones,…

USC Chan scientist using neuroimaging to advance autism research ⟩
April 8, 2016

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By Mike McNulty Stefanie Bodison ’92, MA ’93, OTD ’10 is the latest in a long line of USC experts, stretching back more than 50 years to former USC faculty emeritus A. Jean Ayres ’45, MA ’54 and her landmark theory of sensory integration, seeking to better understand the relationships…

The Help Group — USC Occupational Science Initiative heads to the museum with upcoming project ⟩
March 21, 2016

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By Mike McNulty The Help Group – USC Occupational Science Initiative has announced its next project to develop opportunities for advancing community-based social participation for children with autism spectrum disorders. Under the direction of Mary Lawlor, associate chair of research and professor…

Who knew medical records had a ‘social life’? ⟩
January 13, 2016

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Two USC researchers show how paper records impact interactions with health care practitioners

By Mike McNulty/USC Today For more than a decade, electronic health records have been hailed as a means of improving health care quality, safety and efficiency. Yet in spite of the ongoing transition to electronic records throughout America’s health care system, two USC researchers are interested…

Record-setting $3.1M NIH grant to improve dental experience for children with autism ⟩
June 10, 2015

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By Mike McNulty A five-year, $3.1 million-dollar National Institutes of Health research grant has been awarded to the USC Chan Division to further study an intervention which adapts sensory stimuli inside the dental office environment to decrease children’s anxiety and negative responses during…

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