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Occupational therapy research study and program address social skills and handwriting for preschoolers with autism
Posted 01/06/2017 02:10PM

The Department of Occupational Therapy is seeking preschool children who have been diagnosed with autism to participate in a research study and program that focuses on the development of social skills and handwriting. They begin Jan. 19 and run through May 2.

In the "Handwriting Group for Preschoolers'' program Orley A. Templeton, O.T.D., O.T.R./L., assistant professor of occupational therapy, and four master's degree-level students in the entry-level master's degree program in occupational therapy will work with preschool-aged children to improve their handwriting in preparation for kindergarten. During this weekly group session, participants will be engaged in play-based activities that have been carefully designed to improve their fine motor and handwriting skills. The weekly program is offered every Thursday from Jan. 19 through May 2 at 9:30-11 a.m. or 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Sandra Dzczewski Maffei Painting & Drawing Studio, 50 Lake St., Dallas.

"The Effect of Sensory-Based Strategies and Social-Skill Training on the Development of Social Skills among Preschool Children Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder'' research study is designed for children between the ages of 3 and 6. During the weekly group session, participants will be engaged in play-based activities that have been carefully designed to promote sensory regulation and improve social skills with similarly aged peers. Dr. Templeton and eight master's degree students will manage the group session. The program is offered Thursdays from 2-3 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. beginning Jan. 19 through May 2 at the Maffei Painting & Drawing Studio.

For more information or to register for the research study and/or program, please contact Dr. Templeton at (570) 674-8154 or otemplet@misericordia.edu. Participation in both programs are free.

For more information about the five-year, master's degree program in occupational therapy at Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6400 or log on to www.misericordia.edu/ot

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