Autism-Friendly performance of The Lion King in New York

Save the Date for the upcoming Autism-friendly performance of The Lion King on
September 27, 2015

 Autism friendly performance of the Lion King
Autism-friendly performance of The Lion King. Photo from Theatre Development Fund site

Please save the date for
The Lion King
Autism-Friendly Performance:
Sunday, September 27, 2015 @ 1:00 PM

Minskoff Theatre
200 West 45th Street, New York, NY 10036

(Thursday, August 20, 2015 @ 12:00 PM)

Early Intervention Continuing Education in New York

Training requirements must be completed before December 31 of each year. Based on NYC EIP rules and regulations, interventionists who do not meet annual training requirements by the end of the year may lose their ability to continue serving EI cases. Early intervention free of charge trainings are now being offered by NYS DOH in conjunction with EI Learning Network (Just Kids Early Childhood Learning Center). For schedule and registration information, please visit the NYSDOH website:

or EI Learning Network (Just Kids Early Childhood Learning Center) website:

The training calendar running from Jan-March 2014 is up on their website. Please visit their website for the calendar and you can register for the trainings there as well. The website is:

A variety of online trainings offered by Early Intervention Therapist & Teacher Online College (Fees apply) that you may take at your own pace. Website:

Groove Pencils by Lyra to develop good pencil grasp/grip and writing skills

Groove Pencils by Lyra to develop good pencil grasp/grip and writing skills
Groove Pencils by Lyra 

Many children suffer with handwriting. There are multiple reasons explaining why a child unable to write legibly. Some of them physiological such as developmental delays/problems affecting vision, visual-motor, visual-perceptual and fine-motor components involved in handwriting. Also, underdevelopment of hand skills, muscle strength or parents/caregivers inability to address problem at the right period of time (child develops poor habit of holding writing instrument) affecting handwriting greatly. Simple solution to correct grasping skills (not mentioning proper positioning yet) is to use pencil grippers, but they are getting lost quickly along with pencils. Now, some companies, such as Lyra and Ticonderoga, started making pencils with ergonomic shape and natural grip zone, so child’s fingers go into right position. Offset slide guards for the thumb, index and middle fingers support an optimal writing hold, even after sharpening. The special groove design makes a proper grip seem logical to a child. The large size of the pencil is perfect for small hands and for shading large areas. For every case we should keep in mind individual abilities, but these pencils with grooves seem to be a smart and simple way of teaching children to hold pencil efficiently and to improve handwriting. See more Groove Pencils

Wendy Chung: Autism — what we know (and what we don’t know yet)

Wendy Chung is the director of clinical research at the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative, which does both basic and applied science to serve people affected by autism spectrum disorders. She’s the principal investigator of the foundation’s Simons Variation in Individuals Project, which characterizes behavior and brain structure and function in participants with genetic copy number variants such as those at 16p11.2, which are believed to play a role in spectrum disorders. Chung also directs the clinical genetics program at Columbia University. In assessing and treating kids with autism spectrum disorders and intellectual disabilities, she uses advanced genomic diagnostics to explore the genetic basis of neurological conditions. She thinks deeply about the ethical and emotional questions around genetic medicine and genetic testing. (information from site

Post-Professional Doctorate Program Online in Occupational Therapy

Post-professional Programs in OT – Online Doctoral Level Programs
See more at: Postprofessional OT Doctorate Programs


Arizona School of Health Sciences, A.T. Still University of Health Sciences Department of Occupational Therapy
A.T. Still University
5850 E. Still Circle
Mesa, AZ 85206-3618
Phone: (480) 219-6070; Fax: (480) 219-6100
Web page:

Contact Person: Linda Nishijima, Program Manager

Degree(s) Offered:  Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Major Area(s) of Study: The role of occupational therapy in prevention and health promotion and wellness; program development and evaluation.

Area(s) of Concentration: The mission of the post-professional program OTD program is to enable occupational therapists in any practice area to develop roles and skills beyond that of the therapist-clinician; to educate them to become practitioner-scholars who can translate knowledge (including cross-disciplinary theories and research) into practice and who are capable of serving as agents of change in new and expanded arenas.

Distance Learning Options: This program is conducted through elearning (online) in its entirety.

Admission Requirements:

  • Initial certification as an occupational therapist from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).
  • A master’s degree or higher from a US regionally-accredited college or university.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 for all prior undergraduate and graduate level coursework and degrees completed; minimum occupational therapy program GPA of 3.25 (on a 4.00 scale).
  • No GRE required.
  • An up-to-date resume or curriculum vitae.
  • A letter of intent providing a description of why the ATSU-ASHS OTD program was chosen by the applicant and how the program aligns with the applicant’s intended career goals.
  • Two letters of reference.
  • Interview (conducted via phone or SKYPE, based upon applicant preference) to identify the goodness of fit of the program for the applicant.
  • Official sealed transcripts from all institutions attended.
  • All students are required to demonstrate proficiency in English.

For further details and for international applicants interested in applying to the OTD program, please visit our website.

Special Features: This online program is entirely web-based allowing students to work at home at their convenience. It is supported by an online/virtual library. Students are admitted to the program once per academic year in the Fall Quarter and participate with a cohort of peers throughout the program.

Developed for the practicing occupational therapist, the program is designed to be completed in two years, including summers, based upon a part-time plan of study. The program requires a minimum of 48 quarter credit hours beyond the Master’s degree and includes the following coursework:

  • Occupational Therapy Doctoral Seminars (24 credits required – six four-credit seminar courses: The Role of OT in Health Promotion and Wellness; Program Development and Evaluation I & II; Strategic and Business Planning; Leadership and Advocacy; Writing for Publication)
  • Electives (8 credits required – two four-credit elective courses – such as: Disability Studies, Organizational Behavior, Policy Analysis, the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning).
  • Doctoral Project (16 credits – eight two -credit doctoral project courses taken in sequence together with one’s cohort of peers throughout the duration of the program)

In addition to coursework, program requirements include completion of a doctoral project and submission of a professional portfolio with artifacts representing the attainment of core competencies.

Financial Aid: Financial support, including private and federal loans, is available for students accepted into the Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD) Program at the Arizona School of Health Sciences through the Student Financial Assistance Office. This office assists students in developing a comprehensive financial assistance package based on individual needs. 800.626.5266, ext. 2529;

Institutional Accreditor: The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association; – See more at:


Loma Linda University Department of Occupational Therapy
School of Allied Health Professions
Nichol Hall A901
Loma Linda, CA 92350-0001
Phone: (909) 558-4628; Fax: (909) 558-0239
Web site:

Contact person: Julie Kugel, OTD, OTR/L, Program Director, Postprofessional Doctor of OT Program,

Degree(s) Offered: Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Area(s) of Concentration: The capstone project is developed by the student to allow for creativity and innovative programming and research.

Distance Learning Options: Program is fully online.

Admissions: Master’s degree from an accredited institution, 6 months of professional experience, current license in occupational therapy.

Special Features: The program is consistent with the mission of Loma Linda University, a Seventh Day Adventist Christian health sciences institution, “to make man whole.” Service to mankind is the ultimate goal of a helping profession. By developing advanced skills and expertise, students can increase their effectiveness in program development and implementation, professional knowledge, as well as research and leadership skills.

Financial Aid: Some financial support is available. Contact us for more information.

Institutional Accreditor (Regional): Western Association of Schools and Colleges;

University of Southern California Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
1540 Alcazar, CHP-133
Los Angeles, CA 90003
Phone: (323) 442-2850 or (866) 385-4250; Fax: (323) 442-1540
Web site:

Contact Person: Sarah Kelly, OT/L, Director of Admissions

Degree(s) Offered: Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD); PhD in Occupational Science

Major Area(s) of Study: Occupational Science; Occupational Therapy

Area(s) of Concentration:
OTD: Four leadership tracks provide for the customization of a laser-focused route to achieve academic and professional goals within a specific concentration: advanced clinical practice track; research track; policy/administration track; pedagogy track.

PhD: Research – qualitative and quantitative research approaches, translational research, randomized controlled trials, gerontology, development, neuroscience, Lifestyle Redesign

Distance Learning Options: Not available at this time.

Admission Requirements:
OTD: Complete the Graduate Examination Record (GRE) general test within the last five years with a minimum score of 153 on the verbal section, 144 on the quantitative section, and 3.5 on the analytical writing section; evidence of completion of a baccalaureate or master’s degree in occupational therapy; GPA of 3.0 or greater.

PhD: Complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test within the last five years with a minimum score of 156 on the verbal section and 146 on the quantitative section; evidence of completion of a baccalaureate degree; GPA of 3.0 or greater.

Special Features:
OTD: With a multitude of paths from which to choose, OTD graduates will develop new occupational therapy interventions based on studies in occupational science, design and oversee occupational therapy programs that focus on the health-giving features of occupation, influence public policy with knowledge of how occupation impacts health, or become clinical faculty members in occupational therapy education programs.

PhD: The PhD in Occupational Science Program is designed to prepare career scientists who will produce impactful translational research. The hallmark of our program is the immersion of students in research laboratories under the direction of the PhD faculty mentors with extramurally funded research programs. Within these laboratories, doctoral students gain experience in interdisciplinary research and grantsmanship including study design, data collection, data analysis, dissemination, and theory building.

Financial Aid: Traineeships, salaried employment in community teaching assistantships, research assistantships, scholarships, student loan.

Institutional Accreditor (Regional): Western Association of Schools and Colleges;


Quinnipiac University 275 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518-0569
Phone: (877) 403-4277
Web page:

Contact Person: Valerie Schlesinger, Director of Admissions

Degree(s) Offered:  Occupational Therapy Doctorate; OTD Bridge Program

Major Area(s) of Study: The occupational therapy doctorate is designed for practicing registered occupational therapists who want to merge their experience and practical skills with prevailing professional knowledge and scholarship. The program enables occupational therapists to advance their skills in order to become future leaders and evidence-based scholars of the profession.

The online program offers an opportunity for practicing occupational therapists to continue their education without interrupting their careers. The pace of the program is designed to further the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Centennial Vision by creating practitioners equipped to lead the profession to meet society’s occupational needs and to be agents of change within their communities and the occupational therapy profession.

Area(s) of Concentration: Practitioners develop refined skills in one of three tracks, allowing increased specialization and direct practical application. Each student will designate a chosen track at the end of the first year of study. Tracks are designed to offer the students the ability to focus on a particular area of interest. The three tracks are designed to cover a variety of populations and settings, allowing the student latitude to focus study to a particular area within the track if desired. The tracks are as follows:
1) Children and Youth: Continuum of Participation
2) Environmental Adaptations
3) Adult Healthcare Continuum: Rehabilitation, Community and Wellness

Distance Learning Options: Online

Admission Requirements: Visit Web site for full admission details at

Special Features: All classes are taught be experienced full-time faculty. Student support is provided seven days per week by QU Online which is a part of the university. Support is also offered by a dedicated online librarian, as well as virtual meetings with the faculty.

Financial Aid: Visit Web site for more details:

Institutional Accreditor: New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education;

In addition to listed below universities, the following universities are offering distance learning (online) Doctorate programs: Eastern Kentucky University, Boston University, St. Catherine University, Chatham University (PA), Temple University (PA), Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (UT), University of Utah (UT).