Vaccines: Busting common myths – CBC Marketplace investigates the advice that parents get about vaccines

Myth: Vaccines can cause autism and other disorders

Fact: According to PHAC: “Medical researchers and scientists around the world have studied information collected over many years to see whether there is a link between the MMR [measles, mumps and rubella] vaccine and autism — a lifelong developmental disorder. They have not found any evidence of a link.”

Dr. Lin says that the timing of MMR vaccines has led to this anecdotal link in many peoples’ minds.

“Kids get the shot around the same time that you would see if the child was responding to you. So many parents thought it must be the shot.”

“There are some celebrities that keep it going. And if they talk about it, those kinds of single cases fuel the fire. A lot of people think, ‘I heard something about that,’ and if you hear it twice you think it must be real.”

MacDonald says that even though researchers have thoroughly debunked the link between autism and vaccines, doctors should do a better job communicating that.

“You need to communicate in a way that people can understand that we have done multiple studies; we have looked at different study designs in different populations; in different parts of the world, and we have found no link between autism and MMR vaccine.”

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Don’t miss out on CAOT Learning Services: Occupational therapy and Autism Spectrum Disorders!

Mobile Technologies as Cognitive-Behavioral Aids: Devices, Apps and Strategies – March 17, 2015 (12:00pm – 1:00 pm ET)
Presenter Tony Gentry

Smartphones, personal digital assistants, and tablets can be powerful assistive technologies for cognition when incorporated into an occupational therapist’s tool kit. Portable, versatile, and easily configured with appropriate apps, these devices can be used to address cognitive-behavioral challenges at home, work, school and in the community. Strategies for using mobile technologies for time and task management, task-sequencing, wayfinding, behavioral adaptation, augmented communication and video modeling, based on the results of a series of community-based trials with various populations including people with multiple sclerosis, autism, and brain injury, will be discussed. Case studies will focus on shaping the “just right fit” of device, apps, and strategies to solve everyday challenges. Participants will be provided with a catalog of tried-and-true mobile apps and links to instructional materials for further learning.

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Les technologies mobiles pour les personnes ayant un trouble du spectre de l’autisme et autres troubles apparentés – April 7, 2015 (12:00pm – 1:00 pm ET)
Presenter Claire Dumont

Ce webinaire aborde d’abord les principales caractéristiques des technologies mobiles, dont les options d’accessibilité. Un état des connaissances scientifiques sur leurs avantages et inconvénients accompagné de conseils d’utilisation est ensuite présenté ainsi que certains répertoires d’applications pour technologies mobiles utilisables en réadaptation. Des exemples d’objectifs d’intervention avec des exemples d’applications correspondantes ainsi que quelques études de cas, permettent d’illustrer comment intégrer cet outil dans la pratique. Finalement, les raisons de l’efficacité des technologies mobiles sont analysées

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Promoting Strengths and Self-Advocacy in Adolescents and Adults with Autism – April 21, 2015 (12:00pm – 1:00 pm ET)
Presenters Kristie Patten Koenig & Stephen Shore

This webinar will address the importance of thorough assessment of adults with feeding difficulties and dysphagia. Many of us acquired our professional skills at a time when identifying what was wrong with a person and then attempting to fix it was the focus of assessment and consequently intervention. The traditional medical model led to professional experts defining people with disabilities in terms of their impairments and then seeking to remediate the impairments. Autobiographical narratives and interviews with self-advocates with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), along with a developing research base, suggest that although remediation may be needed at times, they have not built their lives on remediated weaknesses; rather, they seek assistance in modifying and adapting their environments, and building on their strengths and unique interests in order to engage in meaningful occupations that foster participation. This webinar will provide the occupational therapist with tools to make this shift.

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Occupational Therapy using Ayres Sensory Integration: Evidence and Systematic Guide – April 28, 2015 (12:00pm – 1:00 pm ET)
Presenter Dr. Roseann C. Schaaf

This webinar will provide an overview of the principles of sensory integration and their usefulness for children with autism, as well as demonstrate the use of Data Driven Decision Making (Schaaf, 2014) as a framework for addressing these participation challenges and systematically measuring their outcomes. Participants will be introduced to a clinical guidebook that can be utilized to implement these strategies in everyday practice. The information presented in this webinar is based on a randomized control trial of occupational therapy using sensory integration (Schaaf, et al, 2014) published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders and funded by The Autism Speaks Foundation.

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Simulated Driving Performance in Teens With Special Needs– May 5, 2015 (12:00pm – 1:00 pm ET)
Presenters Sherrilene Classen and Miriam Monahan

This webinar highlights research findings illustrating between group demographic, clinical, and simulated driving (type and number of driving errors) differences in teens with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and a dual diagnosis of ASD/ADHD (N=22) when compared to healthy controls (HC, N=22). Using evidence-based findings from this driving simulator study, the participants will understand the process and outcome of the evaluation used by the occupational therapist who is a certified driving rehabilitation specialist, and distinguish the clinical and driving performance differences of the diagnostic groups when compared to HC. Using a case study the audience will, through the process of clinical reasoning, make fitness-to-drive determinations for such teens.

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Occupational Therapists and Sensory Processing

Individuals with sensory processing challenges and their families should have access to evidence-informed collaborative health services. Occupational therapists are uniquely positioned to provide a developmental and holistic perspective on how sensory processing and motor planning challenges interfere with an individual’s occupational performance. The OTSP Network promotes, develops, and supports the role of occupational therapy and occupational therapists in the provision of evidence informed interprofessional assessment and intervention for those with sensory processing and motor planning challenges across the lifespan.

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