One Night Out: November

We had so much fun during November’s One Night Out! The children LOVED playing in the large motor room with their peers and had so much fun making turkeys out of paper bags. While making the turkeys, we discussed things that we were thankful for and wrote them on our turkey to take home! The next One Night Out is scheduled for Saturday, December 9th.

CPR Training at BAC

A few weeks ago, BAC staff participated in CPR training. This is a training that all staff participate in every year to retain their skills and ensure that they are prepared if anything was to take place. We recognize the importance of being educated CPR and First Aid.

Ways to find a locations to learn CPR:

http://www.redcross.org/local/massachusetts/take-a-class

 

 

Clinician Spotlight: Anna Gray, Physical Therapist

Anna Gray, physical therapist, recently attended the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy Annual Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio.

“It was a wonderful opportunity to get the latest evidence based techniques and treatments. She had the opportunity to take courses on hypermobility syndromes, toe walking, cerebral palsy, congenital muscular torticollis  and much, much more. Anna was able to connect with physical therapists around the country!” (Anna)

We look forward to Anna bringing new research back to BAC and continuing to pride top quality care for her patients she serves.

The BAC Thankful Tree

We have been busy making a “Thankful Tree” with all the kids at the BAC.  The Thankful Tree is posted on our office door for patients and their siblings to do while waiting in the waiting room. It has also been a fun, motivating activity for patients to put their leaf on the tree.  Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to reflect on all the things you are thankful for and let your loved ones know how much you appreciate them. We hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving and safe travels!

BAC Thankful Tree

Special Guest at BAC

Every Wednesday BAC staff participate in a staff meeting in which we discuss new research, recently attended presentations/lectures, and case studies.

This Wednesday we are very fortunate to have Jess Wilson present a five part staff meeting series for us! She is the voice behind Diary of a Mom, a community of over 330,000 dedicated, highly engaged members who are as passionate as she is about making the world a more inclusive, welcoming place for those with disabilities. She has taken her message everywhere from her local school board meetings to college lecture halls and even the White House, amplifying the voices of those whose lived experiences drive her work.

Jess lives in Boston with her husband, Luau, their two teenage daughters, Katie and Brooke, and their dogs, Winston and Lucy.

Jess with her two daughters, Katie and Brooke

What is Social Thinking?

By: Caroline Curran, MS, CCC-SLP

Social Thinking is a teaching framework developed by speech-language pathologist Michelle Garcia Winner to help those with social learning challenges better understand the dynamic nature of social communication. For those of you who have spent time in our waiting room, it is likely you have already been exposed to bits and pieces of the curriculum concepts and vocabulary. For example, the “group plan”, “expected” and “unexpected” behaviors, and being a “flexible friend” are common concepts we teach as part of the curriculum.

But what is it about this curriculum that is effective in helping children develop social problem solving skills and overall social competencies?

The Social Thinking methodology is developmental and incorporates aspects of behavioral and cognitive behavioral principles. It takes into account personality, cognitive abilities and evidence-based concepts to create conceptual frameworks, treatment frameworks, specific strategies, and motivational tools.

Here at the Boston Ability Center, we regularly incorporate these frameworks and strategies into treatment for our patients of all ages. We utilize the “We Thinkers” storybooks with our younger patients to introduce concepts such as flexible and stuck thinking, following the group plan, size of the problem, and understanding hidden rules. With our older patients, we incorporate the Superflex teaching curriculum to promote self-regulation, social thinking, and related social skills.

For more information about Social Thinking visit: www.socialthinking.com

Sources: https://www.socialthinking.com/research

What is Evidence Based Practice?

By: Ariel Schuman, MS, CF-SLP

Evidence-based practice, or EBP, is an interdisciplinary approach to treatment and clinical decision making that first began in medicine and has since spread to other fields such as speech-language pathology, as well as occupational therapy and physical therapy. EBP incorporates the following three principles: the best available research regarding a treatment’s efficacy, the clinician’s skilled expertise, and the client’s personal preferences and values. Evidence-based practice allows the therapist to make decisions regarding client care by integrating these equally important factors (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2017). We utilize EBP in our treatment at the Boston Ability Center because including current research, applying clinical knowledge, and recognizing client’s characteristics, needs, and interests allows for the best quality of care for our patients.

Source: https://www.asha.org/CE/for-providers/Evidence-Based-Practice-CE-Providers/

BAC Participates in Paddy’s Day Road Race

Dear BAC Families,

Many of you know that Paddy’s Road Race is one of my favorite days of the year. This year was no different with the exception of the fact that my long time Paddy’s running partner, Katie Corscadden wasn’t able to run due to some pesky knee pain she has been having. Luckily, Katie was still willing to join us at the BAC tent and help us give out our bags of BAC goodies!

Paddy’s is just a happy day. I love seeing our staff outside of the work setting – they are quite the athletic bunch! This year we had a number of BAC “graduates” stop by the tent, as well as so many current families participating in one or more of the day’s races.

I had the pleasure of running the 1K with Lily Adler, Melody’s 4 year old daughter who was kind enough to suggest we stop and catch our breath about half way through the race.

Race organizer Mark Kelly and his team do an exceptional job at making the day a success for athletes of all abilities. All of us at the BAC are truly proud to be part of Paddy’s Road race and to support Athletes Unlimited. Congratulations to Paddy’s, Athletes Unlimited and Newton Parks and Recreation for another fantastic event!

Yours truly,
Jan Wade

OT Spotlight: Courtney Maulen and Her Run for Muscular Dystrophy

Courtney and her boyfriend, Anthony, took on the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington D.C. on October 22nd. This was their second marathon with Team Momentum, a charity team for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Over the last two years, Courtney and Anthony, have raised over $7,000 for muscle disease treatment and research. They have both been very passionate about this cause given the nature of their jobs. Working as an occupational therapist, Courtney knows and understands the importance of functional independence for children and adults, from playing catch with their friends to being able to sign their own name. Anthony, on the other hand, works as a researcher in drug discovery to bring about treatments to enhance overall quality of life in various forms of muscular dystrophy. Together, they will continue to dedicate their miles and time to fighting muscle disease one step at a time. Running with Team Momentum, they have had the opportunity to work with people directly affected with these diseases. It has been truly inspiring to see various therapies develop and seeing how quality of life can improve. Team Momentum’s motto is to “Live Unlimited,” to live with no limits. Overcoming 26.2 miles is no easy feat, but having the support of the MDA and all the families has made it easy to keep pushing through. A third marathon is definitely in the foreseeable future, so stay tuned and see what they will conquer next!

After their second marathon, Marine Corps 2017!