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ASD Training for Parents and Teachers in the Community

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asd-1Getting into the community and understanding the real needs of parents, teachers, and caregivers is important work at LIH Olivia’s Place. From 3-5 November 2016, LIH Olivia’s Place and Shanghai Changning Special Education Guidance Center held a public training on interventions for children with autism. Almost 50 therapists, special education teachers, parents, and caregivers participated. Three experts from LIH Olivia’s Place were invited to teach on autism spectrum disorders (ASD) from aspects of behavioral intervention, speech-language intervention, and occupational intervention, which enriched the participants’ knowledge of ASD and provided a great forum for communication.

 

Jamie Fanelli, Learning & Behavior Support Lead, delivers her presentation

Jamie Fanelli, Learning & Behavior Support Lead, delivers her presentation

On 3 November, Jamie Fanelli, Learning & Behavior Support Lead, spoke on Understanding and Supporting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. On the basis of increasingly inclusive attitudes towards children with autism in the US, Jamie presented the main features of ASD as well specific behavioral intervention methods and shared her practical experience of behavior analysis. Two interactive games also added much interest to the lecture.

 

Yi Lien, Speech Language Therapist, interacts with participants

Yi Lien, Speech Language Therapist, interacts with participants

The lecturer of the second day was Yi Lien, Speech Language Therapist. Yi presented on Speech Therapy and Intervention for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. During her one-day training, Yi introduced speech-language features of children with ASD in detail and shared assessment and intervention strategies for speech-language. She also introduced a program called “Hanen: More than Words” to help the audience understand that there are different ways to communicate. The highlight of her speech was analysis of detailed intervention methods by using rich video cases, enabling participants to easily understand the principles and master skills.

 

Fengyi Kuo, an LIH Olivia’s Place Occupational Therapist who is also a Visiting Professor at Indiana University and Adjunct Lecturer at Shanghai University of TCM, presented Occupational Support and Transition for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder on 5 November. Her introduction of the concept of occupational therapy, sensory integration assessment, and intervention methods was warmly received by an attentive audience. Fengyi also helped participants solve practical problems in their daily lives or work during the Q & A session.

Fengyi Kuo, Occupational Therapist, answers a parent's questions

Fengyi Kuo, Occupational Therapist, answers a parent’s questions

Through three-day comprehensive training, experts from LIH Olivia’s Place brought practical experience which greatly inspired the participants.


LIH Olivia’s Place: Supporting Schools

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supporting-schools-1Staff at LIH Olivia’s Place are always delighted to be asked to support partner schools. We were recently invited to speak to parents at Wellington Bilingual School as part of the events leading up to the Festival of Education in Shanghai.

Jamie Fanelli, Learning and Behavior Support Lead, spoke to parents on the topic of Understanding the Connection Between Learning, Child Behavior, and the Power of Positive Reinforcement. She introduced some learning principles that are essential to understanding a child’s behavior and strategies to promote positive behaviors.

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Our physical therapist, Ilija Dimitrovosk spoke with the parents on the importance of physical activity for children in the early years age group. He provided theory behind the growth and development of young children as well as encouraging parents to participate when giving some exercise examples.

 

During the Festival of Education, leading experts from across the globe came together to discuss alternative approaches to teaching, as well as share their insights in educational thinking. Parents and educators were invited to join two days of talks, workshops and panel discussions in such areas as wellbeing, the relationship between Chinese and British education, Early Years, and classroom practice. LIH Olivia’s Place has a long history of supporting children, families, and schools and were honored to be involved in this initiative through sponsorship and opportunities for dialogue with educators, parents, and community members.

 

Our psychology team has continued to work very closely with the community at Dulwich High School. We are supporting their “Parent Academy” initiative by speaking on topics such as executive functioning and building relationships with teenagers. We regularly support the school staff by supporting career and professional development events and via professional supervision.


Partnering with Sunshine Rehabilitation Center for Occupational Therapy Training

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A training program on occupational therapy for children, organized jointly by Shanghai Sunshine Rehabilitation Center and LIH Olivia’s Place, was held from 17 to 21 October 2016 at Shanghai Sunshine Rehabilitation Center. Trainees from Shanghai Sunshine Rehab Center, Shanghai First Hospital, Shanghai Children’s Hospital, Shenyang Children’s Hospital, Quanzhou Children’s Hospital participated. The main speaker was Anna Tan Pascual, an occupational therapist from LIH Olivia’s Place. Through presentation of theory, group discussion, and live demonstration, Anna and the trainees thoroughly explored occupational therapy for children.

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At present, there is still a big gap between China’s occupational therapy and international standards. In order to improve the overall level of occupational therapy in China, it is of great importance for occupational therapists in China to learn from their colleague and to promote professional development of occupational therapy in China. Given the background, occupational therapist from LIH Olivia’s Place shared assessment and therapy skills in occupational therapy on children with nationwide OT experts, in order to jointly promote the development of occupational therapy in China and to help more children in need.

changning-2-annaThe main trainer, Anna Tan Pascual, LIH Olivia’s Place, is a registered occupational therapist in the Philippines and Australia. She has a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy and Master of Rehabilitation Sciences, both from the University of the Philippines. In her more than 20 year career, she has worked in a wide range of pediatric settings. Anna’s clinical interests include helping children meet school and classroom demands, especially handwriting, as well as working with children who are blind or have low vision.

In this 5-day training program, Anna not only gave presentations on sensory integration, fine motor skills, cognitive therapy, handwriting skills, visual habitation and visual perception, independence in self-care as well as helping at home, but also shared her own clinical experiences and vivid case studies to help trainees better understand the theories. LIH Olivia’s Place hopes that through this training program, more infants, children, and teenagers who have fine motor, visual perceptual, handwriting, self-care, and sensory processing difficulties can be helped and supported.

One of the highlights of this event was the on-site case studies in which four children were invited to the training site. Friendly and experienced Anna soon won the children’ s attention and cooperation, and she as well as the trainees assessed the children ‘s capabilities in sensory integration, work behavior, posture, bilateral coordination, muscle tone and muscle strength, and dexterity, by working with them and also by observing them play matching games, build with blocks, put on and take off clothes, draw shapes, and do other activities. Trainees were then divided into groups for discussion so that they could have a better understanding of the practical operations in occupational therapy.

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The mission of LIH Olivia’s Place drives our efforts to help and support all children and their families in China. In this training program, we were honored to share our clinical knowledge and experience with experts from across the country.


China Hosts APPCS 2016 in Shanghai in October

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The 6th Congress of the Asia-Pacific Pediatric Cardiac Society (APPCS 2016) was successfully held on 20-23 October, at Shanghai International Convention Center. The history of the Asia Pacific Pediatric Cardiac Society dates back to 2001, when APPCS literally was born from notes on a napkin during an animated airport conversation between Dr. Anthony Chang and Drs. Apichai Khongphatthanayothin and Pirapat Mokarapong at the conclusion of the Third World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery in Toronto, Canada. The discussion focused on the increasing need for a large-scale meeting on pediatric cardiology in Asia similar to other regional pediatric cardiology meetings, such as the Association of European Pediatric Cardiology, rather than for each Asian country to host its own pediatric cardiology meeting, usually with very limited resources. Over recent years, APPCS has provided a high-profile, international congress for research in the theory and practice of pediatric cardiology. The congress has been instrumental in the advancement of pediatric cardiology and surgery.

XinHua Hospital, one of the largest hospitals in Shanghai, was selected to be the main organizing institution for the 2016 Congress. “Forward to the future of Pediatric Cardiology” was set as the vision for the event and many cardiology professionals from around the world were invited. As one of the most important parts of this international conference, Dr. Du of Xinhua Hospital presented on cardiac rehabilitation over two days. LIH Olivia’s Place Shanghai has been working with Xinhua Hospital and Dr. Du’s team for almost five years, supporting Xinhua through various clinical pathways, including physical and occupational therapy, NICU rehabilitation, and diagnosis and Intervention for autism.

appcs-1Our invaluable partnership has enabled us to arrange opportunities for widely recognized clinicians to share their knowledge and experience through their research and work during APPCS 2016. Dr. FengYi Kuo from LIH Olivia’s Place was invited by Dr. Du to moderate the conference on 22 October. Dr. Kuo ensured that the 100 attendees were able to exchange questions and discussion with each presenter, providing clarification as needed to leap linguistic and cultural gaps. At the invitation of LIH Olivia’s Place, 4 exceptional clinicians from top tier institutions in the US, as well as two senior clinicians from LIH Olivia’s Place, presented at the Congress:
• Dr. Sandra L. Rogers, Professor of Occupational Therapy, Pacific University
• Chris Tapley, Physical Therapist, University of Michigan/Mott Women’s and Children’s Hospital (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
• Megan E. Rose, Registered Dietitian, Pediatric Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit, University of Michigan/ Mott Women’s and Children’s Hospital ( Ann Arbor, Michigan)
• Dr. Jennifer Fridgen, Physical Therapist, Seattle Children’s
• Dr. Fengui Kuo, Occupational Therapist, LIH Olivia’s Place
• Dr. Becci Dow, Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Manager, LIH Olivia’s Place Shanghai

appcs-2During the one and half day cardiac rehabilitation training, all six clinicians presented on different strategies, methods, and interventions for congenital health disease, high-risk infants, posture and positioning for disabled children, feeding, nutrition, swallowing, and early movement, and they also shared with the audience the test and intervention strategies for cardiopulmonary exercise. During the training, Dr. Rogers also gave a workshop on Newborn Baby Assessment and Feeding. Three additional clinicians from LIH Olivia’s Place Shanghai, Speech-language pathologists Sophia Guarracino and Chihui Yong, and Occupational therapist Elle Millward, also attended the conference.

LIH Olivia’s Place, an affiliate of LIH Healthcare, is working with national medical groups to bring international knowledge and research to China. We are working within our communities and in partnership with local hospitals to advance medical development in China and help more children access quality resources and services to reach their potential.


LIH Olivia’s Place Shenzhen Now Open

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sz-front-deskLIH Olivia’s Place Shenzhen, an affiliate of LIH Healthcare, opened in November to provide families with high-quality pediatric services and a multinational team which offers interdisciplinary services including well-child care, developmental and behavioral pediatrics, pediatric neurology, pediatric rehabilitation, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, and psychology services.

LIH Olivia’s Place Shenzhen provides infants, children, and adolescents with pediatric services to meet a broad range of needs, including monitoring growth and development, nutritional assessment and dietary guidance, neurological and psychological developmental assessment, parental guidance, and developmental assessment, as well as developmental and rehabilitative therapies. Our team specializes in developmental and behavioral pediatrics and rehabilitation, with specific training and experience in diagnosing and treating ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, genetic syndromes, global developmental delay, language delays, learning disorder, cerebral palsy, cognitive impairment, feeding and swallowing problems.

sz-imagesLike LIH Olivia’s Place in Shanghai and Beijing, LIH Olivia’s Place Shenzhen is guided by international standards to provide family-centered, inter-disciplinary care. LIH Olivia’s Place clinics are also supported through collaborations and strategic partnerships with domestic and overseas institutions, including Children’s Specialized Hospital in New Jersey, US and Beijing Children’s Hospital, as well as the LIH Olivia’s Place Technical  Advisory Board, to ensure continued advancement of service, quality, and technology.

Inquiries about services and appointments can be made at intakesz@lih-oliviasplace.com or by calling 0755-33506288.

 

LIH Olivia’s Place Shenzhen is located at: 4078 Dongbin Road, Novel Park Tower 1 Floor 4 (near Lixiu Hotel), Nanshan District, Shenzhen

By Bus: (Dongbin Road, Middle Stop) 22; 79; 229; 233; b688; m400; m418; m467; m484


2016 China-US DBP Academic Seminar Held in Beijing

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The “Beijing Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Forum” and “2016 China-U.S. Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Academic Seminar” were successfully held at Shunyi Women and Children’s Hospital of Beijing Children’s Hospital on 14 October 2016. This seminar was organized by the Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Group of the Beijing Medical Association Pediatrics Branch, Shunyi Women and Children’s Hospital of Beijing Children’s Hospital, and LIH Olivia’s Place.

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LIH Olivia’s Place invited developmental behavioral and rehabilitation pediatricians from Indiana University to introduce progress in developmental behavioral pediatrics, attracting numerous professionals, pediatricians, and therapists. This seminar was supported by Director Liang Aimin, Vice-Chairman of the Group of Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics of the Pediatrics Branch of Beijing Medical Association. President Du Zhongdong and President Meng Zhansong from Shunyi Women and Children’s Hospital of Beijing Children’s Hospital participated, as well as professionals from pediatric rehabilitation departments, and Hu Dai, Managing Director of LIH Olivia’s Place Beijing. President Du gave remarks on behalf of Qin Jiong, Chairman of the Beijing Medical Association, Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Group.

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The academic seminar provided a collegial atmosphere. Firstly, Dr. Deanna Willis, Vice Chair of Research, Department of Family Medicine, Indiana University Health, introduced “How to Improve Medical Quality,” and “How to study the Impact of Customer Requirements on Customer Satisfaction by Application of the Kano Model,” She discussed the significance of change and summarized eight steps to successful change.

Dr. Deborah Hamby, expert in developmental behavioral pediatrics and neural rehabilitation at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indiana, shared information on evaluation and treatment of children with Down syndrome. Dr. Charles Dietzen, who specializes in pediatric rehabilitation at IU Health, discussed “Cerebral Palsy and Spasticity Management.” Dr. Fengyi Kuo, Occupational Therapist at LIH Olivia’s Place, presented on the topics of “Family-centered Early Intervention and Therapy for Autistic Children” and “Sensory Integration.”

At the conclusion of the seminar, Director Liang Aimin commented that the success of this seminar has not only promoted academic communication between Chinese and American developmental behavioral pediatricians. The event provided motivation for clinicians specializing in developmental and rehabilitative pediatrics to follow, learn, and apply advanced technology trends.


Shanghai Team Hosts ‘Pop Up’ Conference on Autism

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The Shanghai team, supported by LIH Healthcare Chief Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician Dr. Raymond Tervo, offered a daylong training on assessment and intervention for autism through different pathways. Speakers at the November 18 event included pediatricians, speech-language therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, and behavioral therapists.  The ‘pop up’ event was attended by approximately 60 invited guests. Dr. Tervo opened the day’s discussions with an introduction to current theory and practice in the area of autism. A number of the clinicians from our team spoke on autism-related topics, interventions and clinical experience. We were delighted to see so many familiar and new faces from the educational and medical communities of Shanghai, Suzhou, and Nanjing. Watch out for details of our next “pop –up” conference in the near future or contact Heidi Gao for more information.

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What is a Shadow Teacher?

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Akshata Kamath, Learning Support Specialist, Shanghai

Akshata Kamath, Learning Support Specialist, Shanghai

Children in schools are taught to develop academic skills, social skills, and independence. Teachers assist children to develop knowledge and gain an understanding of the world around them.  Besides learning academics, teachers help children to understand the rules of play and social interaction, sharing and caring. However, not all children learn at the same pace as their peers and may need additional support in some areas. This is where the role of the shadow teacher, or one on one support, begins.
By definition, a shadow teacher is an educational assistant who works directly with a single child with special needs during his/her early school years. These assistants understand a variety of learning disabilities and how to support them accordingly. Providing a shadow teacher allows the child to attend a mainstream class while receiving the extra attention that he/she needs. Shadow teachers are often referred to as paraprofessionals, student aides, teacher aides and even student tutors.
Shadow teaching is a progressive form of assistance that acts as a resource for the school and the parent. Communication and collaboration between the shadow teacher, the classroom teacher, and the parents is essential when striving for success. Meaningful relationships must be established to best meet the needs of the child. The shadow teacher helps provide the student with continuity in their classes, instills responsibility, fosters independence, and encourages learning.
The role of a shadow teacher is to support the student at school by helping fill in the gaps in the learning process, to help the student build self-confidence, as well as to promote positive interaction in the classroom by helping the student focus on important concepts, and overall help the student to develop academic and social skills. Every child is unique; therefore, the approach and teaching methods and techniques used by each shadow teacher is designed based on the needs of the individual student.

When we hear about the typical day of a shadow teacher, one cannot help but to be impressed! Accompanying a student throughout the school day to provide support and stability is just one of the many things a shadow teacher does. Regardless of the grade or year level in which a shadow teacher is working, all shadow teachers serve a similar role: to help their students adapt to the school environment and to provide strategies that are necessary for growth. A shadow teacher can also be referred to as a skilled educator who works alongside the teacher in the classroom to provide academic, social, behavioral and emotional support to students with learning differences. The increasing number of shadow teachers over the past several years is a clear indication of the vital service that they provide to their students.

Shadowing a student requires that one understand how a child’s age, grade-level, background and social-emotional development interact with the student’s academic abilities and learning style to determine strategies for success. Often times, the teacher’s character and educational philosophy are also key components.
The key ingredients for successful shadow teaching are patience and cooperation. Collaboration and open communication channels between members of the child’s support system are key to achieve his/her target goals. Shadow teachers help students to realize their abilities, uniqueness, and potential, while assisting the classroom teacher to do the same. Ultimately, shadow teachers establish the foundation for students to have an equal opportunity to the excellent education.


Strategic Partnership Supports DBP Learning: First LIH Healthcare International Observership Launched

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Children’s Specialized Hospital, one of the largest providers in inpatient and outpatient care for children with special health challenges received its first developmental behavior pediatrician (DBP) international trainees, Dr. Amy Meng and Dr. Li Liu from China on November 1, 2016. As the two delegates selected by LIH Healthcare and its local partner healthcare organization, Beijing Children’s Hospital, both Dr. Meng and Dr. Liu have a strong background in pediatrics and are committed to bringing internationally proven DBP practices back to China through firsthand clinical experience in an intensive 2-month observership program.

The program is designed with the goal of extensive exposure to the most advanced practices in the field of developmental behavioral pediatrics, with not only direct clinical observation but also ample educational opportunities within a multi-disciplinary team working environment. “Many training activities that we have here are the same as the ones they design for local DBP fellows. We have all heard about popular assessments and evaluations, but important pieces such as the interpretation and implication of the evaluation, and outcomes measures are quite missing in China due to the lack of training in this area. It is exactly how I want to learn DBP, such a wonderful learning opportunity that LIH provides” said by Dr. Liu, Director of the Pediatrics Wellness Program at Beijing Children’s Hospital. Dr. Meng, who practices at LIH Olivia’s Place in Beijing, has routinely encountered patients and families who are facing the challenges associated with diagnoses such as autism spectrum disorder, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. “We have growing number of patients that require customized treatment. My focus would be learning how to manage cases by using a multi-disciplinary team approach and how to create a seamless workflow to ensure the highest quality service delivered to our patients.”

Since announcement of the official partnership with Children’s Specialized Hospital in New Jersey, US in 2015, management from both organizations has been dedicated to promoting customized training, including direct contact between the employees, bi-weekly training in both clinical and operational and operational areas, and creating a long-term training support system to support LIH Healthcare as we meet the challenge of providing high quality rehabilitative services for people across China.

With an aligned vision to bring high quality, family-centered, evidence-based care and services, the two organizations are working closely to become powerful allies in the journey to create high-value healthcare. Michael Dribbon, Vice President of Business Development of Children’s Specialized Hospital commented “We are very pleased to form a strategic partnership with LIH. The partnership can help us define exciting new opportunities such as the International Observership Program that may lead to change and transformation.”

Left to Right: Michael Dribbon, VP of Business Development, Children’s Specialized Hospital, Anita Lin, LIH Healthcare (US), Dr. Amy Meng, Pediatrician, LIH Olivia’s Place Beijing, Dr. Li Liu, Director of Pediatrics Wellness Program, Beijing Children’s Hospital, Dr. Christopher Haines, Chief Medical Officer, Children’s Specialized Hospital

Left to Right: Michael Dribbon, VP of Business Development, Children’s Specialized Hospital, Anita Lin, LIH Healthcare (US), Dr. Amy Meng, Pediatrician, LIH Olivia’s Place Beijing, Dr. Li Liu, Director of Pediatrics Wellness Program, Beijing Children’s Hospital, Dr. Christopher Haines, Chief Medical Officer, Children’s Specialized Hospital

About LIH Healthcare

LIH Healthcare is licensed by Beijing, P.R.C as a comprehensive rehabilitation services company. LIH Healthcare has a wide health care network both domestically and internationally, focused on managing, innovating, and expanding rehabilitation care throughout China. LIH Olivia’s Place, an LIH Healthcare subsidiary, provides pediatric developmental and rehabilitative services in China. To learn more about LIH Healthcare, visit http://www.lih-invest.com (Chinese-language web site)

 

About Children’s Specialized Hospital

Children’s Specialized Hospital is the nation’s leading provider of inpatient and outpatient care for children from birth to 21 years of age facing special health challenges — from chronic illnesses and complex physical disabilities like brain and spinal cord injuries, to developmental and behavioral issues like autism and mental health. At 12 different New Jersey locations, CSH pediatric specialists partner with families to make innovative therapies and medical treatments more personalized and effective – so children can achieve more of their goals. Visit https://www.childrens-specialized.org/

 

Contact

Anita Lin

LIH Healthcare US Office

Email: anita@lih-invest.com

Phone: 1+734-925-6292


Training Deepens Bond with Shepherd’s Field Children’s Village

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An overwhelming majority of infants and children in China’s welfare centers have a disability. Abandoned by their birth parents because they could not care for them medically or financially, these orphans have a range of disabilities ranging from the easily treatable to high-risk special needs children.

sfcv-groupBut this doesn’t mean orphans don’t have people who love and care for them. Some of the most at-risk orphans are sent to private foster care centers around China. Shepherd’s Field Children’s Village is one of them.

 

Shepherd’s Field was started in the late 1990’s to provide a nurturing home for orphans with the greatest needs. To date, they have cared for more than 4,000 children, have provided more than 3,000 surgeries and medical procedures and have helped over 900 children find their forever families and adoptive homes. Shepherd’s Field Children’s Village is an organization that LIH Olivia’s Place is proud to work with and over the last few years, we have provided direct therapy for some of their most at-risk children. However, although effective, one-on-one therapy impacts only one child. LIH Olivia’s Place has found that by training caregivers, we can empower them with the knowledge that will benefit the children each and every day.shepherds-1

 

img_5855When Shepherd’s Field Children’s Village requested training for their caregivers, we were very enthusiastic. We have worked with Shepherd’s Field for several years, and were pleased to see the effort they put in caring for their children. In August, hosted by Shepherd’s Field, LIH Olivia’s Place conducted an impactful two-day pro-bono seminar for caregivers and therapists from Shepherd’s Field and local welfare centers in Taiyuan.

 

Titled “Feeding and Positioning,” the two-day seminar focused on feeding and positioning techniques for children with severe disabilities and the highest needs. Conducted by Eva Ma, Occupational Therapist, and Chelsey Contillo, Speech-Language Pathologist, the training provided basic knowledge on anatomy/physiology as well as hands-on practical workshops. Eva and Chelsey also conducted a number of assessments and evaluations of Shepherd’s Field children, creating impact for these children immediately!

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img_5856This two-day event also helped create a stronger relationship, trust, and bond between LIH Olivia’s Place therapists and the caregivers and therapists taking care of the children every day. It gave our therapists a chance to understand the living environment of these children so their recommendations could be more effective. Most importantly, it was a heartwarming two days working with the delightful staff and children of Shepherd’s Field.

We are now continuing direct therapy in our clinic on a pro-bono basis for a number of Shepherd’s Field children. Their caregivers also attend and receive recommendations to help the children at the end of each session. It’s wonderful to see the children progress, and the caregivers become more confident in their work. This is why we love what we do!


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