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University of Southern California
University of Southern California
USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Research
Research

Sensory Processing and Autism Network (SPAN)

Sensory Processing and Autism Network (SPAN) is a community-based research network (CBRN) committed to improving outcomes for individuals with sensory processing challenges and their families in everyday life.

By engaging a large network of clinicians, researchers, and other stakeholders, we intend to build a data repository, engage in large-scaled scientific studies, and create a roadmap that will promote innovative, precise, and optimally effective approaches to addressing sensory processing challenges experienced by individuals with autism spectrum disorder or other neurodevelopmental disorders, as well as their families, now and for future generations.

Vision Statement
Be the leading hub for the highest level of evidence-based sensory processing research with societal impact.

Mission Statement
Our mission is to leverage our collective expertise, resources, and stakeholders to synergize goals, generate new discoveries, test/implement tailored assessments and interventions, and mobilize knowledge to influence practice, education, and policy.

SPAN Summer Fieldwork Collaborative Program

The SPAN Summer Fieldwork Collaborative Program (SSFCP) was part of the clinical fieldwork experience of Level II occupational therapy students for summer 2020. Twenty-two occupational therapy students participated in a primary clinical placement at one of the SPAN Clinical Partners and engaged in remote clinical activities, including telehealth services, under the direction of their primary clinical supervisor.

In addition, as part of their fieldwork Level II placement, the students engaged in multi-faceted SSFCP fieldwork learning experiences to expand their expertise in telehealth clinical practice and to address clinical and community needs that have arisen during the COVID-19 pandemic. The weekly experiences included the development of an innovative fieldwork project and participation in weekly clinical mentorship sessions (two 2-hour Zoom sessions per week). The mentorship sessions were facilitated by faculty at USC Chan, clinical supervisors, and peers. The weekly sessions focused on the daily dilemmas that students/clinicians encounter in telehealth practice and the practical solutions to challenges inherent in meeting needs during the pandemic.

Clinical Partners

Therapy West, Inc
therapywest.org

Therapy in Action
therapyinaction.com

Kids Institute for Development and Advancement (KIDA)
kida.com

Pediatric Therapy Network (PTN)
pediatrictherapynetwork.org

Center for Developing Kids (CDK)
centerfordevelopingkids.com

USC Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD)
chla.org/developmental-disabilities-ucedd