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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…

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…

New study shows autism correlated with changing sensory preferences during early childhood >
March 3, 2022

Autism Community and Partners Research

Results from a USC–UNC study suggest sensory issues in early infancy may be the first signs of a later autism diagnosis.

By Mike McNulty (Photo/Adobe Stock) Results from a new study published today in Child Development provide the first longitudinal evidence about the trajectories of sensory reactivity patterns during early childhood among a large community sample with diverse developmental outcomes. Many autistic…

Peace garden, narrative research study selected for post-pandemic initiative funding >
February 25, 2022

Awards Community and Partners Health and Wellness Pandemic Research

Innovative community-focused projects are part of USC Chan’s $2.5M ReSPONs Initiative.

By Mike McNulty Future site of the University Park Peace Garden (Photo/Courtesy of Camille Dieterle) Peace and understanding have been in relatively short supply throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. To help restore them both in the wake of the past two tumultuous years, the USC Chan Division is funding…

Trojans gather to celebrate Lunar New Year >
January 31, 2022

China Initiative Community and Partners Diversity, Access, Equity Events Faculty International Students

Participants from 9 countries share, reflect and engage in occupations to mark the holiday.

By Danny Park Students celebrating the Lunar New Year (photo/courtesy of Cheng Kai (Jason) Lin) Nearly 50 students and faculty from the USC Chan Division and Peking University Health Science Center gathered together online to celebrate the Lunar New Year holiday on Jan. 28. The Lunar New Year is an…

Back in My Day: Bridging the gap between Grandpa and Grandpaw >
November 3, 2021

Chan in the Media Community and Partners Health and Wellness Students

By Lois Angelo / Daily Trojan Angelo holding maltipoo Toby. (Photo/Courtesy of Lois Angelo) While my straightforward personality can be broken down into three simple categories — my love for gerontology, my grief for my exes, my obsession with TWICE — I rarely talk about my interest in…

New “Black Identity and Well-Being” section for OT-100 THRIVE course >
September 14, 2021

Academics and Courses Chan in the Media Community and Partners Diversity, Access, Equity Faculty

USC Chan partners with the USC Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs to deliver culturally relevant content to undergraduate students.

A new discussion section of the OT-100 THRIVE: Foundations of Well-Being course focusing on “Black Identity and Well-Being” is being piloted this fall semester. The discussion section is co-taught by USC Chan faculty Dr. Ashley Uyeshiro Simon and USC Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs…

USC Chan, Momentum PTN to introduce faculty practice model at sensory integration clinics >
August 11, 2021

Clinical Community and Partners Faculty Health and Wellness

(Courtesy of Momentum PTN) The USC Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy (USC Chan) has entered into a formal agreement to implement a faculty practice model at Momentum Pediatric Therapy Network (Momentum PTN). This unique partnership ensures that Momentum PTN…

How a student project led to autism training at USC’s Department of Public Safety >
July 6, 2021

Autism Chan in the Media Community and Partners Students

Master’s students Monica Caris and Riley McGuire just wanted to educate people about autism, but already their capstone project has become part of yearly officer training.

By Grayson Schmidt / USC News Riley McGuire, DPS Assistant Chief Alma Burke and Monica Caris pose after the two students were honored for their autism project. (Photo/Courtesy of Riley McGuire) For Monica Caris and Riley McGuire, a leadership capstone in occupational therapy extended beyond…

Ten Ways Occupational Therapists Can Support New Moms >
May 7, 2021

Alumni Community and Partners Health and Wellness

By Dr. Carlin Daley Reaume ’02, MA ’06, OTD ’07 Dr. Carlin Daley Reaume The saying goes: when a baby is born, so is a mother. It is no secret that the transition into motherhood brings a lot of significant life changes along with it. A new role, new daily routines, and let’s not forget new…

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