Janet Meydam

About Janet Meydam

Janet Meydam holds a B.S. degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and an M.S. degree in Occupational Therapy from Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She has worked in healthcare and education settings for 25 years and writes extensively about people who have disabilities.

Massage Therapy for Children with Autism Requires Further Research

Massage therapy has been growing in popularity as a treatment for children with autism. Massage therapists provide deep pressure massage and therapeutic touch to children while avoiding light touch. These practitioners also train parents of children with autism in massage techniques that can be completed at bedtime. Therapists claim that the techniques used release serotonin […]

Autism Research: October 4, 2013 Week in Review

Kids with Cerebral Palsy More Likely to have Autism New research from the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reveals that children with cerebral palsy are more likely to have autism than children without cerebral palsy. Published in Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology on October 1, the study analyzed data on 147,112 children who […]

Autism Research: September 27, 2013 Week in Review

Study Shows No Link between Autism and Celiac Disease A new Swedish study published in JAMA Psychiatry on September 25, 2013 shows no evidence of a link between celiac disease and autism. The study analyzed medical records and biopsy results from over 40,000 people in Sweden who were either diagnosed with celiac disease or tested […]

Autism Movement Therapy Course Now Available Online

The course “Autism Movement Therapy”, taught by Joanne Lara, M.A., is now available online through Future Horizons Inc. Autism Center for Continuing Education. The 16 hour course may be accessed online through Future Horizons. Participants have 60 days to access the course. Upon completion, a participant will be certified as a Level 1 Autism Movement […]

Quick Trainer Device Shows Potential for Toilet Training Children with Autism

A new toilet training device developed by researchers at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York shows potential in reducing the time it takes to toilet train children with autism. Called Quick Trainer, the device consists of a disposable, self-adhesive pad with a built-in sensor, an iPod, and a reusable Bluetooth transmitter. The child […]

Face Tracking Software using Google Glass may help people with Autism

As reported and explained on July 2th, Google Glass shows promise for many applications for those on the autism spectrum. People with autism may soon have a new tool to assist them with recognizing facial expressions. New face tracking software allows the user to point computerized eyewear at a person’s face and receive a single […]

Art in Mill Park Benefits Young Adults with Autism

The 3rd annual Art in Mill Park art fair took place on Saturday, August 10, 2013 in Paoli, Wisconsin. The event is sponsored by the Autism Society of South Central Wisconsin and Lovely Days Gallery and Teaching Studio of Paoli. Forty eight artists exhibited their work to the public and a silent art auction was […]

Yoga Provides Relaxation Benefits to Children with Autism

Yoga as a complimentary treatment for autism is growing in popularity. A new book by South Florida yoga teacher Louise Goldberg provides techniques for teaching yoga poses to children with special needs. Titled “Yoga Therapy for Children with Autism and Special Needs”, published by W.W. Norton and company, this book offers ways to present poses […]

Research may help diagnose Autism through Movement Patterns

Recent research studies have concluded that movement patterns differ between children with autism and other children, and this difference could lead to early diagnosis and new treatments for autism. Two studies conducted by researchers at Rutgers University and Indiana University appeared in the online journal Frontiers in Neuroscience on July 24, 2013. The first study […]

Feeding Disorders May Lead to Nutritional Deficiencies for Children with Autism

In yesterday’s article, we looked at the connection between digestive disorders and autism. Today we follow up with a discussion of the feeding disorders that frequently occur in children with autism can lead to nutritional concerns. A recent meta-analysis and literature review regarding this subject was conducted by the Marcus Autism Center and the Department […]