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Unlocking the Participation Puzzle for Children With Autism

For parents and caregivers of children with autism spectrum disorders, or ASD, getting their child to participate in regular activities--anything from playdates and birthday parties to a normal morning routine--can be challenging. That’s because children with ASD often respond differently to sensory stimuli than people without the disorder.

These activities, however, are important for any child’s development and well-being--and as a result, parents and caregivers often use strategies to help children with ASD participate in as many as possible.

Posted:  August 16, 2017

Making Patients Part of the Team

Patient engagement is a critical component of modern health care—and that’s especially true for mental health care. A growing body of research supports the concept and practice of shared decision making (SDM), in which clinicians and patients work together to reach mutually agreed-upon treatment decisions. This helps patients become more engaged in their treatment, and centers treatment around their values, desires and circumstances.

Posted:  August 2, 2017

Mental Health and Healthcare Engagement Expert Joins Faculty

Yaara Zisman-Ilani will join the College of Public Health July 1 as an assistant professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences. The psychologist and mental health researcher comes to the tenure-track position with expertise in psychiatric rehabilitation, shared decision making and engagement methods, interventions development, and research methods.

Posted:  June 29, 2017

Phenomenal Teacher: Lindback Award Winner Heather Porter

Heather Porter - Lindback Awards“It's just surreal,” says Heather Porter in her office on a sunny spring day. Sunlight streamed through a thin window facing Broad Street, illuminating the awards, diplomas, elegant plants and art, and family photos that crowd her office. The juxtaposition is clear but casual, as if the personal and professional fit hand in glove. Much like Porter herself.

Posted:  April 27, 2017