Occupational Therapy for Children with Autism and Special Needs
February 3, 2009
Hosted by Teri Arranga
Mom to a son with autism, Jackie Olson combined her career as a filmmaker with her passion for helping special needs children to create an occupational therapy (OT) DVD "OT for Children with Autism, Special Needs and Typical." Jackie also created and produced: “OT in the Home,” “OT in the School,” and “Yoga for Children with Special Needs.” These are packed with ideas for parents along with demonstrations from Britt Collins, MS and the kids. Britt's OT DVD series won an award in 2008 from iParenting, a division of Disney. She has practiced in many settings including sensory integration clinics, schools, homes, and rehab and skilled nursing facilities. Britt has focused her career on sensory integration and how this affects children with special needs such as autism, ADHD, and sensory dysfunction. Tune in for this important information about how your child can be helped with OT and sensory integration therapy.
Autism One: A Conversation of Hope
Archives Available on VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel
Approximately 1 child in 50 is diagnosed with autism, which gives autism the undesired ranking as the most prevalent childhood developmental disorder in the United States. 67 children will be diagnosed today - that is nearly 1 child every 20 minutes. Autism is treatable and children are significantly improving or recovering following appropriate therapies. “Autism One: A Conversation of Hope” hosted by Teri Arranga, includes discussions with the most experienced doctors, researchers, and therapists in the field, parents of recovered children, and advocates for the children and families.
Teri Arranga is the executive director of AutismOne (www.autismone.org), the vice president of the Global Autism Collaboration (www.autism.org), and the secretary of Strategic Autism Initiative. She has served as the editor-in-chief of Autism Science Digest and as editor of the US/Canada edition of Autism File magazine. Teri is co-editor of the book Bugs, Bowels, and Behavior: The Groundbreaking Story of the Gut-Brain Connection, and she is editor of Dr. William Walsh's book Nutrient Power and Dr. Andrew Wakefield's books Callous Disregard: Autism and Vaccines - The Truth Behind a Tragedy (www.callous-disregard.com) and Waging War on the Autistic Child: The Arizona 5 and the Legacy of Baron von Munchausen, all of which were published by Skyhorse Publishing. Additionally, Teri has contributed to and provided editing for all annual editions of Skyhorse Publishing's Cutting-Edge Therapies for Autism series. Teri has been involved with a number of media projects, including consulting for medical documentaries such as by award-winning filmmaker Lina Moreco of Canada, appearing in the award-winning documentary Beautiful Son, and consulting for the April 2007 Discover magazine article "Understanding Autism." Teri received the National Autism Association's Believe Award for 2008 and a volunteerism award from USAAA in 2006. She has been an active advocate in the autism community for many years, including attending and broadcasting events in Washington, D.C.