Over the last school year, Olivia’s Place completed a training project about autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in cooperation with Shanghai Changning Special Education Guiding Center, a public organization which provides opportunities for career development for local educators who work with children with special needs. The trainings attracted many local school teachers and medical practitioners. Participants came from all over the city and neighboring provinces. The program content included childhood development, theory-based knowledge, and the sharing of clinical experience. Therapists from Olivia’s Place in each field of practice have made contributions to the project through interactive, inspiring, and practical presentations for all attendees:
- Anna Pascual, Occupational Therapist Lead, introduced occupational therapy for children with learning difficulties.
- Zili Wang, Physiotherapist, introduced how children with ASD benefit from physical therapy.
- Jamie Fanelli, Learning and Behavioral Support Lead, introduced strategies and supports for academic success for children with ASD.
- Yi Lien, Speech-Language Therapist, introduced speech-language assessment and treatment for children with ASD.
In addition to the multi-disciplinary ASD project, Olivia’s Place and Changning Center started a new series of trainings in the area of communication disorders. This project targeted applying clinical skills for different types of communication disorders in the school setting, including evaluation methods and comparison of different therapy approaches. These speech and language training projects were conducted by Angela Gong and Yi Lien. Both therapists have worked with Changning Center since 2013. The specific topics addressed included:
Children with autism spectrum disorder
- Children with oral motor disorders/delays
- Children with social and pragmatic impairment
- Children with articulation and phonological disorders
- Children with stuttering
- Children with hearing loss
So far, we have received many greetings and positive feedback from the attendees of these projects. As a new school year comes, we cannot wait for new outreach and more collaboration with our partner organizations!