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Olivia’s Place Therapy Room Endowed in Honor of Meg Fels

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The family of Maggie Tai Tucker, one of the founders of Olivia’s Place, has endowed a therapy room at Olivia’s Place in Shanghai.  The family chose to name the room in honor of their friend, Meg Fels, who passed away unexpectedly in 2011.  Meg took a great interest in the community work being done by staff at Olivia’s Place, in particular the Linyi pillow project. The family’s financial donation to Olivia’s Foundation provided ongoing therapy services for a number of children in Shanghai who could not otherwise access therapy.

Meg was a cancer survivor who counseled and was very inspirational to others and she was dedicated to teaching young people, especially girls interested in STEM (She herself was a physicist and professor). She loved to play with her grandkids and other children in her life, and was well known for her ability to design train layouts that used up every piece of Thomas track in one closed system.   Maggie Tai Tucker said of the endowment, “It just seemed like a nice idea to commemorate her life and work by naming a room after her, especially a room where kids would be both playing and learning.”  Olivia’s Place is honored to have a room dedicated in the memory of such a caring and compassionate person.

Inquiries about Olivia’s Foundation and how you can help increase the quality and accessibility of therapy for children in China can be directed to Foundation.

Olivia’s Place Earns International Recognition

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Olivia’s Place earned Honorable Mention in the Advance Physical Therapy Practice of the Year Contest. In addition to a single contest winner, there were only four practices that earned Honorable Mention. The winning practices were recognized for providing superior consumer service using evidence-based care, staying true to the guiding principles of the profession, and promoting the profession of physical therapy. Advance Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation is a US-based publication with a readership of of more 93,000 professionals working in a rehabilitative capacity. To learn more about the Advance Practice of the Year contest and the 2012 winners, please visit the Advance web site.

Overview of Applied Behavior Analysis

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What is Applied Behavior Analysis?
Behavior analysis is a scientifically validated approach to understanding behavior and how it is affected by the environment. In this context, “behavior” refers to actions and skills. “Environment” includes any influence – physical or social – that might change or be changed by one’s behavior. Behavior analysis focuses on the principles that explain how learning takes place. Positive reinforcement is one such principle. When a behavior is followed by some sort of reward, the behavior is more likely to be repeated. The field of behavior analysis has developed many techniques for increasing useful behaviors and reducing those that may cause harm or interfere with learning. Applied behavior analysis (ABA) uses these techniques and principles to bring about meaningful and positive change in behavior. Read more

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