Western University of Health Sciences Faculty for Autism Collaboration & Education (FACE) Western University of Health Sciences
Faculty for Autism Collaboration & Education (FACE)

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Faculty Research Study

Faculty from the Department of Physical Therapy Education, College of Podiatric Medicine, and College of Optometry are collaborating on a study to explore gait, balance, and visual skills in children between 7 and 11 years of age. The purpose of the study will be to identify specific gait and balance characteristics and visual skills in children with Autism and/or sensory issues and those who are developing typically. We will compare the characteristics and skills to determine if there are differences among the groups of children. Parents will be interviewed regarding their child’s responses to specific types of sensory stimuli. You will receive a stipend for your time and travel.

If you and your child would like to participate in this study please contact:
LaToya Johnson
call 909-730-3472 M-F from 12:00-6:00 pm
or Email: lmccary7601@icloud.com

El profesorado del Departamento de Educación de Fisioterapia, el Colegio de Podología, y el Colegio de Optometría están colaborando en un estudio para explorar el caminar, equilibrio, y habilidades visuales en niños de 7 a 11 años. El propósito de este estudio será de identificar ciertas características sobre la forma de caminar, equilibrio, y habilidades visuales en niños con Autismo, y/o cuestiones sensoriales, y niños de desarrollo normal. Compararemos las características y habilidades para determinar si hay diferencias entre los diferentes grupos de niños. Los padres serán entrevistados sobre las reacciones que su hijo/hija tienen con ciertas estimulaciones sensoriales. Usted recibirá compensación por su tiempo y viaje.

Para más información comuníquese con:
Andrea Lopez
llame 714-392-9290 de lunes a jueves de 7:00-9:00 pm
o envíe un correo electrónico a: alopez@westernu.edu

Donna Redman-Bentley, PT, PhD; Dayle Armstrong, PT, MS, DPT; Diane Koshimune, DPM, MS; Jacqueline Truong, DPM, MPH; Kim Walker, OD; Kristy Remick-Waltman, OD

Autism Intersection


ASD is too complex for narrow or single-minded perspectives.  The notion that there is “1 right answer” or a “single best approach” is limiting and potentially harmful when trying to address it.  None-the-less, there is tremendous fragmentation in the field.  This is a reality that exacerbates and compounds the many challenges people in the Autism Community already face. The WesternU FACE Group (Faculty for Autism Collaboration and Education) promotes an integrated perspective in which diverse viewpoints are not only valuable, but critical to being able to understand the bigger picture and any given individual’s constellation of symptoms. The more broad-based the overall perspective, the greater the opportunity to identify potential solutions for patients. The broader the framework, the more likely better research questions can be asked.  This program brings together various, and sometimes seemingly incompatible, viewpoints from our diverse Faculty so that knowledge and understanding of Autism can be enriched, and thus so can the ability to help.  It’s imperative that we stop taking an “Autistic” approach to Autism.  Furthermore, a positive frame must accompany perspective on any given patient, one that identifies what a patient CAN do, not just what they can’t.  Treatment approaches should be based on building from current levels of functionality.  ALL progress, no matter how small, is a success and should always be celebrated.  For more information about this program, please visit The Autism Channel at http://theautismchannel.tv/.

Below is a video link list of the “Autism Intersection” episode broken down by each perspective: