Occupational therapist jobs focus on outpatient pediatric treatment for Asperger's
A new pediatric occupational therapy program focusing on outpatient treatment of children with Asperger's Syndrome has been added to the services at Southeast Rehab in Lucedale, Mississippi, according to GulfLive.com.
The woman supervising the various occupational therapist jobs at the center is Kellie Hughes, a recent addition to the staff. Since its inception in mid-June, the program has been designing challenging activities to help improve the social and sensory skills of the affected children.
"My goal is to help as many children as I can lead full and happy lives by providing specialized pediatric therapy, parent education and resources in their local community," Hughes told the news source. "Early intervention is key. Children are better able to adapt at an early age."
The program evaluates its patients in several different areas before providing consultation services and designing programs for children. Motor, senosory processing, motor planning, adaptation, social, oral motor and self-help skills are some of the areas of focus that are part of the occupational therapist job at the center.
The opening of this center preceded the release of a report describing a new outpatient treatment for Asperger's syndrome using Social Effectiveness Therapy for Children and Adolescents (SET-C), according to News-Medical.net. The case report was published in the latest issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics and describes the new approach as novel and psychotherapeutic.
The intensive social skill training treatment reported a stable improvement in the social skills of a 15-year-old patient. Aimed at improving interpersonal functioning among youths, the program is goal-directed and specifically outlines language and social skills - such as initiating and maintaining conversations - that require treatment.
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