When Roger Ideishi sent his graduate students into the Philadelphia community more than a decade ago to identify areas of need, they found a huge gap in access for families of children with disabilities.
Therapeutic Recreation News
It goes without saying that riding a bicycle is good exercise, and research today suggests it’s also beneficial for a person’s mental health. Now, two researchers from the Therapeutic Recreation program in the College of Public Health are taking that idea for a ride, and opening a new path for people who don't often get to travel on two wheels.
Although autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be identified in children as young as 18 months, the median ages for diagnosis are 48 months for autism and 75 months for Asperger syndrome. That time gap can make a big difference.
The College of Public Health is starting the academic year on a high note: in August, construction finished on two major new clinical education spaces for the college, and students and faculty begin classes there this week.
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.
Donna Weiss, professor emeritus in occupational therapy, will return to the College of Public Health August 14 as Special Advisor to the Dean and Interim Chair of Rehabilitation Sciences.
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.
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.
The College of Public Health is proud to welcome two internationally renowned professors to its Recreational Therapy faculty beginning Fall 2017.