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Teal Benevides, PhD, OTR/L

Contact Dr. Benevides

901 Walnut Street
6th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 503-6946
(215) 503-2950 fax

Education

PhD in Health Related Sciences, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

MS in Occupational Therapy, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA BS in Psychology, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA

Professional Memberships

Member, American Occupational Therapy Association - 2003-Present
Member, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association -
2004-Present
Reviewer of POTA Conference Proposals - 2008
Member, Society for Psychophysiological Research - 2007-Present

University Appointment

Assistant Professor - 2011-Present
Instructor - 2007-2011
Adjunct Instructor - 2005-2007
Sensory Integration Laboratory Coordinator

Research and Clinical Interests

Access to therapy services
Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Children with sensory dysfunction
Physiological measurement using RSA and pre-ejection period

Courses Taught

OT302 Applied Anatomy & Kinesiology
OT308 Concepts in Neurodevelopment
OT670 Research Seminar

Publications

Peer Reviewed:                                                                          Benevides, T.W., Carretta, J.J, Lane, S.J. (in preparation). Access to therapy for children with autism: Results from the 2005-2006 and 2009-2010 NS-CSHCN.

Benevides, T.W., Earland, T.V., Walsh, R. (in preparation). Development and Evaluation of a Novel Curricular Approach to Embedding Evidence in Student Practice: Impact on Graduates’ Skill and Use of Evidence.

Schaaf, R.C., Benevides, T. W., Mailloux, Z., Faller, P., Hunt, J., van Hooydonk, E., Freeman, R., Leiby, B., Sendecki, J., Kelly, D. (2014).  Occupational therapy using sensory integration for children with autism:  A randomized trial.  Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 44, 1493-1506. doi:10.1007/s10803-013-1983-8

Benevides, T.W. and Lane, S.J. (2013).  A review of cardiac autonomic measures: Considerations for examination of sensory dysfunction in children with autism spectrum disorder.  Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Online First Oct 24, 2013. doi: 10.1007/s10803-013-1971-z

Schaaf, R.C., Benevides, T.W., Leiby, B., and Sendecki, J. (2013).  Autonomic dysregulation during sensory stimulation in children with autism spectrum disorder.  Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Online First.  doi: 10.1007/s10803-013-1924-6

Schaaf, R.C., Hunt, J., Benevides, T. (2012).  Occupational therapy using sensory integration to improve participation of a child with autism: A case report.  The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 66, 547-555. doi: 10.5014/ajot/2012.004473

Caron, K.G., Schaaf, R.C., Benevides, T.W., & Gal, E. (2012). Cross-Cultural Comparison of Sensory Behaviors in Children with Autism. The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 66, e77-e80. doi: 10.5014/ajot/2012.004226

Schaaf, R.C, Benevides, T.W, Kelly, D, & Mailloux-Maggio, Z. (2012).  Short Report: Occupational therapy and sensory integration for children with autism: A feasibility, safety, acceptability and fidelity study.  Autism: The International Journal of Autism Research, 16, 321-327. doi: 10.1177/1362361311435157

Schaaf, R.C. Toth-Cohen, S. Outten, G., Johnson, S. & Benevides, T.W. (2011) The everyday routines of families of children with autism: Examining the impact of sensory processing difficulties on the family.  Autism: The International Journal of Autism Research, 15, 373-389. doi: 10.1177/1362361310386505

Schaaf, R.C. Benevides, T., Imperatore Blanche, E., Brett-Green, B.A., Burke, J.P., Cohn, E.S., Koomar, J., Lane, S.J., Miller, L.J., May-Benson, T.A., Parham, D., Reynolds, S., Schoen, S.A. (2010).  Parasympathetic functions in children with sensory processing disorder. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 4, 1-11. doi: 10.3389/fnint.2010.00004

Book Chapters:
Benevides, T.W., Dumont, R.L. & Schaaf, R.C. (in preparation). Chapter 18: Evidence for Use of Sensory Integration Principles for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. In. S.J. Lane and A. Bundy, Sensory Integration: Theory and Practice (3rd ed). Philadelphia, PA: F.A. Davis

Schaaf, R.C., Hunt, J., van Hooydonk, E., Faller, P., Benevides, T.W., Dumont, R.L. (in preparation). Chapter 20: Using Sensory Integration with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. In. S.J. Lane and A. Bundy, Sensory Integration: Theory and Practice (3rd ed). Philadelphia, PA: F.A. Davis

Schaaf, R.C, Benevides, T. & Zapletal, A. (2010). Chapter 2:  Neurobiological Basis of Autism Spectrum Disorders: An Overview. In H.M. Kuhaneck & R. Watling, Autism: A Comprehensive Occupational Therapy Approach, (3rd ed). Bethesda, MD: AOTA.

Non-Peer Reviewed Publications:
Koomar, Miller, Schoen, Brett-Green, Schaaf, Benevides, Lane, Reynolds, Parham, May-Benson, Teasdale, Mailloux, Smith Roley, Blanche, Bodison (2008).  Collaborative research programs in sensory integration and processing.  Sensory Integration Special Interest Section Quarterly, 31 (4), 1-4.

Mollo, K, Schaaf, RC, Benevides, T. (2008).  The use of Kripalu Yoga to decrease sensory overresponsivity: A pilot study.  Sensory Integration Special Interest Section Quarterly, 31 (3), 1-4.

Presentations

Benevides, T.W., Carretta, H.J., & Lane, S.J. Access to Therapy Services for Children with Autism. Virtual Poster Presentation, Combating Autism Act Initiative. July 28, 2014.

Benevides, T.W., Carretta, H.J., & Lane, S.J. Access to Therapy Services for Children with Autism. Poster presentation at the International Meeting for Autism Research, Atlanta, GA. May 15, 2014.

Benevides, T.W., Carretta, H.J., & Lane, S.J. Access to Therapy Services for Children with Autism. Oral presentation at the Occupational Therapy Scholars Summit. Philadelphia, PA. May 9, 2014.

Benevides, T.W., Vause-Earland, T., Walsh, R. Development and Evaluation of a Novel Curricular Approach to Embedding Evidence in Student Practice: Impact on Graduates’ Skill and Use of Evidence.  Short Course presentation at the American Occupational Therapy Association Conference, San Diego, CA, April 27, 2013.    

Le, H., McAteer, S., Iglesias, J., Benevides, T. Feeding the Picky Eater: An Evidence-Based Review of Feeding Interventions for Children with Autism.  Poster presentation at the American Occupational Therapy Association Conference, San Diego, CA, April 26, 2013.    

Schaaf, R.C. and Benevides, T.  A randomized control trial of occupational therapy using sensory integration in autism.  Research paper presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association Conference, San Diego, CA, April 26, 2013.    

Benevides, T.W. & Schaaf, R.  Physiological and Behavioral Characterization of Sensory Dysfunction in Autism. The International Meeting for Autism Research, Toronto, Canada, May 18, 2012.

Schaaf, R., Benevides, T.W., Kelly, D., Hunt, J., VanHooydonk, E., Faller, P., Freeman, R., & Mailloux, Z. Poster: The Efficacy of an Intervention for Sensory-Related Behaviors in Children with Autism. The International Meeting for Autism Research, Toronto, Canada, May 18, 2012.

Schaaf, R.C. & Benevides, T.W. Poster:  Characterizing sensory functions in autism—Autonomic Markers.  Society for Psychophysiological Research Annual Conference, Boston, MA, September 17, 2011.

Schaaf, R.C., Benevides, T., and Toth-Cohen, S.  Poster:  Examining the Impact of the Sensory Processing Difficulties in Children with Autism on Family Routines.  American Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA, April 15, 2011.    

Schaaf, R.C., Benevides, T.,  Kelly, D., and Mailloux, Z.  Presentation:  A Randomized Trial of Effectiveness of Occupational Therapy to Address Maladaptive Sensory Behaviors in Children with Autism: Phase 1 and 2.  American Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA, April 15, 2011.    

Benevides, T.W., Schaaf, R.C., Toth-Cohen, S., Johnson, S., Madrid, G. Poster: The Everyday Routines of Families of Children with Autism: Examining the Impact of Sensory Processing Difficulties in Children with Autism On the Family.  International Meeting for Autism Research, Philadelphia, PA, May 20, 2010.

Schaaf, R.C., Benevides, T., Kelly, D.  Poster: A Randomized Trial of the Effectiveness of Occupational Therapy to Address Sensory Behaviors in Children with Autism: Phase 1 - Feasibility.  International Meeting for Autism Research, Philadelphia, PA, May 20, 2010.

Caron, K.C., Schaaf, R.C., Benevides, T., & Gal, E.  Poster: A Cross Cultural Comparison of Sensory Behaviors in Children with ASD from the USA and Israel.  International Meeting for Autism Research, Philadelphia, PA, May 20, 2010.

Caron, K., Schaaf, RC, Benevides, T., Gal, E. A Cross Cultural Comparison of Sensory Processing in Children with Autism in the US and in Israel.  World Federation of Occupational Therapy, Conference, Chile, May, 2010.

Benevides, T., Schaaf, R.C., Zapletal, A., & Watling, R. The Neurobiology Of Autism And Occupational Therapy Practice- How Brain Research Informs Treatment. American Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Orlando, FL., May 1, 2010. 

Schaaf, R.C., Benevides, T., Kelly, D., & Mailloux, Z.  (May 8, 2009).  A Clinical Trial of Occupational Therapy for Sensory Dysfunction in Autism Spectrum Disorders.  The International Meeting for Autism Research, Chicago, IL.