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Occupational therapy best practices ask us to integrate knowledge into practice. Each episode offers a conversation aimed at translating the most current research into clinical action for occupational therapy practitioners.

Produced by The STAR Institute, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, in an effort to further our commitment to impacting the quality of life by developing and promoting best practices for sensory health and wellness through treatment, education, and research.

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Occupational therapy best practices ask us to integrate knowledge into practice. Each episode offers a conversation aimed at translating the most current research into clinical action for occupational therapy practitioners.

Produced by The STAR Institute, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, in an effort to further our commitment to impacting the quality of life by developing and promoting best practices for sensory health and wellness through treatment, education, and research.

    The Shift to Neurodiversity-affirming Psychological Assessment

    The Shift to Neurodiversity-affirming Psychological Assessment

    The concept of neurodiversity is credited to a sociologist named Judy Singer. Neurodiversity recognizes and pays respect to the diversity of human minds, and the infinite variation in neurocognitive functioning within our species (Walker, 2014). Today, listen in as two clinical psychologists, Dr. Courtney McDonnell and Dr. Jared Kilmer, discuss what a neurodiversity affirming assessment pathway could look like.
     
    Episode guests: Courtney McDonnell, Psy.D. & Jared Kilmer, PhD
     
    Resources Mentioned In this episode:​
    Game to Grow: https://gametogrow.org/
    Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI): https://www.parinc.com/Products/Pkey/287
    Ritvo Autism Asperger Diagnoistic Scale, Revised (RAADS-R): https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3134766/
    Neurodiverse affirming therapists Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2219847184963504/about/
    Dr. Joel H. Schwartz: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/joel-h-schwartz-torrance-ca/161994
    MIGDAS-2: Monteiro Interview Guidelines for Diagnosing the Autism Spectrum, Second Editionhttps://www.wpspublish.com/migdas-2-monteiro-interview-guidelines-for-diagnosing-the-autism-spectrum-second-edition?utm_term=migdas&utm_campaign=Search+%7C+Autism&utm_source=adwords&utm_medium=ppc&hsa_net=adwords&hsa_tgt=kwd-331660223516&hsa_ad=376185522396&hsa_acc=6243382947&hsa_grp=71450949288&hsa_mt=p&hsa_cam=1687564772&hsa_kw=migdas&hsa_ver=3&hsa_src=g&gclid=CjwKCAiAxJSPBhAoEiwAeO_fP4K9m73E7GIkPMECCPpN6NuznTdqsAxCElhIq0AC1xu0L9kCL03Q2RoCnhkQAvD_BwE
    How to ADHD on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/HowtoADHD
    Walker, N. (September 2014). Neurodiversity: Some basic terms and definitions. http://neurocosmopolitanism.com/neurodiversity-some-basic-terms-definitions/
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    • 45 min
    Evidentiary support for Occupational Therapy’s Role in Empowering the Occupation of Caregiver in those caring for Autistic Loved Ones

    Evidentiary support for Occupational Therapy’s Role in Empowering the Occupation of Caregiver in those caring for Autistic Loved Ones

    Evidence-based practice is vital to focus the OT lens and voice in the autism community.  Occupational therapists are in a position to recognize the importance of the occupation of caregiver and provide evidence-based support in intervention when working with all clients. Today, we focus this conversation on autism intervention science.  Listen as this conversation unpacks the value of research in guiding us towards essential ingredients in support of caregiver agency with a focus on the parent-child dyad.
     
    Episode guest: Carrie Alvarado, Ph.D., OTR
     
    Resources Mentioned In this episode:​
    Autism Community Network https://www.acn-sa.org/
    Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship-based Model training (DIRFloortime® model https://profectum.org/training-programs/training-2/
    Green, J., & Garg, S. (2018). Annual research review: The State of Autism Intervention Science: Progress, target psychological and biological mechanisms and future prospects. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 59(4), 424–443. https://doi.org/10.1111/jcpp.12892
    Pediatric Autism Communication Therapy https://www.pacttraining.co.uk/
    Profectum Foundation https://profectum.org/
     
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    • 52 min
    5 Concrete Action Steps for Clinicians to Take in Response to Anti-black Racism in the Autism Clinical Pathway

    5 Concrete Action Steps for Clinicians to Take in Response to Anti-black Racism in the Autism Clinical Pathway

    The clinical pathway for Autism services is complex. Anti-black racism within that pathway is well-established in the literature.  This pervasive, systemic racism affects every step of the pathway from early caregiver concerns to accessing intervention.  This conversation begins with raising awareness around this issue and ends with five action steps clinicians can take to respond to the anti-black racism in the autism clinical pathway.
    Episode guest: Aksheya Sridhar, M.A. and Diondra Straiton, M.A
    Resources Mentioned In this episode:​
    Beagan, B. L. (2021). Commentary on racism in occupational science. Journal of Occupational Science, 28(3), 410–413. https://doi.org/10.1080/14427591.2020.1833682
    Farias, L., & Simaan, J. (2020). Introduction to the Anti-Racism Virtual Issue of the Journal of Occupational Science. Journal of Occupational Science, 27(s1), 454–459. https://doi.org/10.1080/14427591.2020.1824567@rocc20.2020.27.issue-s1
    Grenier, M.-L. (2020). Cultural competency and the reproduction of White supremacy in occupational therapy education. Health Education Journal, 79(6), 633–644. https://doi.org/10.1177/0017896920902515
    Kronenberg, F. (2020). Commentary on JOS Editorial Board’s Anti-Racism Pledge. Journal of Occupational Science, 27(s1), 398–403. https://doi.org/10.1080/14427591.2020.1827483
    Primary Care Clinical Pathway for Autism Screening and Referral: https://www.chop.edu/clinical-pathway/autism-screening-and-referral-clinical-pathway
    Project Impact: https://www.project-impact.org/
    Straiton, D., & Sridhar, A. (2021). Short report: Call to action for autism clinicians in response to anti-black racism. Autism, 136236132110436. https://doi.org/10.1177/13623613211043643
    Straiton & Sridhar resource website: https://autismlab.psy.msu.edu/resources/anti-racism-resources/
     
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    • 42 min
    The role of Pre-conscious Sensory Processing in Embodied Occupation

    The role of Pre-conscious Sensory Processing in Embodied Occupation

    Occupational therapists recognize the importance of occupation to well-being. This episode explores the essential contribution of sensation to the way occupation is expressed in humans. From socio-cultural experiences to sensory habits, listen as Drs. Bailliard and Schmitt explore occupation with a wide lens. Episode guest: Antoine Bailliard, Ph.D., OTR/LResources Mentioned In this episode:​
    American Occupational Therapy Association. (2020). Occupational therapy practice framework: Domain and process (4th ed.). American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 74(Suppl. 2), 7412410010. https://doi. org/10.5014/ajot.2020.74S2001
    Atzil, S., Gao, W., Fradkin, I. et al. Growing a social brain. Nat Hum Behav 2, 624–636 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41562-018-0384-6
    Dr. Bailliard’s Keynote at Colorado State University: https://www.chhs.colostate.edu/ot/outreach-and-engagement/ot-knowledge-exchange/ot-knowledge-exchange-keynote-speaker/
    Bailliard, A.L (2013). The Embodied Sensory Experiences of Latino Migrants to Smalltown, North Carolina. Journal of Occupational Science, 20(2), 120-130. DOI: 10.1080/14427591.2013.774931
    Bailliard, A.L., Carroll, A., & Dallman, A.R. (2018). The Inescapable Corporeality of Occupation: Integrating Merleau-Ponty into the Study of Occupation. Journal of Occupational Science, 25(2), 222-233. DOI: 10.1080/14427591.2017.1397536
    Clear, J. (2019). Atomic habits an Easy & proven way to build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones. Penguin Audio, an imprint of the Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group.
    John Dewey: https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/dewey/
    Frank Kronenberg: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Frank-Kronenberg
    Lisa Feldman Barrett: https://lisafeldmanbarrett.com/
    Maurice Merleau-Ponty: https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/merleau-ponty/
    Pierre Bourdieu: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Pierre-Bourdieu
    Van der Kolk, B.A. (2015). The body keeps the score: Brain, mind, and body in the healing of trauma. Penguin Books.
     
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    • 54 min
    Understanding the Profound Impact of Play through an Interpersonal Neurobiological Lens

    Understanding the Profound Impact of Play through an Interpersonal Neurobiological Lens

    Play is a child’s occupation and has a profound impact on attachment and neuro-development. Therapeutic and developmental experiences benefit from a deeper understanding of the importance and impact of play. Today, Carrie Schmitt and Mim Ochsenbein unpack The Interpersonal Neurobiology of Play by highlighting and defining Play, while considering both the impact of play on brain development and the way that play in the context of relationship is powerful for driving development. 
     
    Resources Mentioned In this episode:​
    Brown, S. L., & Vaughan, C. C. (2010). Play: How it shapes the brain, opens the imagination, and invigorates the soul. Avery.
    De Waal, F (2019). Mama's last hug: Animal emotions and what they tell us about ourselves. W. W. Norton & Company.
    Kestly, T. (2014). The interpersonal neurobiology of play : Brain-building interventions for emotional well-being (First ed., Norton series on interpersonal neurobiology). New York: W.W. Norton & Company.
    Stephen Porges on Polyvagal Theory:  https://www.stephenporges.com/
    Dan Siegel on Interpersonal Neurobiology: https://m.drdansiegel.com/about/interpersonal_neurobiology/
    Yogman, M., Garner, A., Hutchinson, J., Hirsh-Pasek, K., & Golinkoff, R. M. (2018). The power of play: A pediatric role in enhancing development in young children. Pediatrics, 142(3). https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2018-2058
     
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    • 46 min
    Making Sense Season 2 is Sponsored by Calm Strips

    Making Sense Season 2 is Sponsored by Calm Strips

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    • 6 min

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