She / Her / Hers / Herself
  • Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy
  • Director, Jefferson Autism Center of Excellence
  • Professor, Farber Institute for Neurosciences
Organization: Jefferson Autism Center of Excellence

130 South 9th Street
6th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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Project Justice

Jefferson Autism Center of Excellence is supporting an initiative of the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT) to provide evidence-based strategies and information to address the needs of individuals with ASD. In this project we are working with ASERT to provide justice professionals (i.e., police officers, EMTs, fire fighters, shelter staff, etc.)  with knowledge about the sensory aspects of ASD to inform their work.  We created information sheets about the sensory systems and how they might impact behaviors with individuals in the various environments where Justice Professions may interact with them (i.e. give examples here).  We also made suggestions for evidence-based strategies for justice professionals to implement as needed for individuals with ASD with sensory challenges and common items (sensory toolkit) they may want to have on hand to help manage these sensory challenges (tool kit items may include: visual supports, preferred objects, phone to play a preferred song or music on repeat for comfort, etc.).

Occupational Therapy Using Ayres Sensory Integration® Parent Education Guidebook

A Synopsis of Sensory Integration

Occupational Therapy Using Ayres Sensory Integration® Parent Education Guidebook

An educational Occupational Therapy guidebook for parents using Ayres Sensory Integration.

Vision Clinic Resources

An autism-friendly vision clinic is essential for providing comprehensive eye care for those on the autism spectrum by providing an environment conducive to a successful vision exam and allowing the individual to feel comfortable, safe, and respected. The resources below guide clinicians through identifying a child’s unique sensory needs and preferences, selecting appropriate sensory strategies accordingly, and implementing those strategies throughout the vision exam.