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Study Finds People with Autism are Highly Creative

In addition to impaired social and communication skills, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is often characterized by rigid thinking—lacking imagination when it comes to thinking ahead or considering alternative situations. So it may seem paradoxical that a recent study published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders found that people diagnosed with ASD exhibit higher …

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Kid’s Work Now Offers Interactive Metronome

Pediatric occupational therapy (OT) treats cognitive, motor, and other developmental delays in children, including Sensory Processing Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Attention-Deficit Disorders. Kid’s Work, as the Central Coast’s premier pediatric OT provider, will now supplement its already well-established treatment options with Interactive Metronome (IM). But what is IM? According to a brochure released by …

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New Research Finds Differences in Brain Wiring for Children with Autism and Sensory Processing Disorders

While sensory processing disorders (SPD) in children have often been linked directly to autism and even attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a recent study out of the University of California at San Francisco reveals the differences between two. For the first time researchers have taken a separate, close look at the brain wiring of children …

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On the Importance of Listening to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

The majority of research articles about children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) focus on the scientific and medical underpinnings of ASD, the perspectives of the caregivers, or the observations of the therapists and clinicians. Using questionnaires, interviews, and observations, these articles provide stakeholders and providers with valuable information that should inform various treatment programs. However, …

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Dr. Foster Publishes Article in the OTAC Newsletter

Dr. Foster was recently featured in the Occupational Therapy Association of California (OTAC) newsletter. In addition to being mentioned for her involvement with San Jose State University students and professors as they screened Bite Size, a documentary about childhood obesity, she also published an article on making the most of one’s conference experience. Feel free …

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