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.

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 […]

Research Supports Link between Autism and Digestive Disorders

Current research is reinforcing the theory that autism is linked to digestive disorders. Autism occurs at a frequency of 1 in 88 children in the United States and, of those children, 70% also experience some sort of gastrointestinal, or digestive, disorder. These disorders usually show up as chronic constipation or chronic diarrhea, as well as […]

Herbal Remedies Display Potential in the Treatment of Autism

Recent research shows promise for the use of herbal remedies to treat autism. A recent study conducted in Japan examined the effects of yokukansan on the behavior of children with pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), which is one of the autism spectrum disorders. In this study, 20 children and teenagers aged 6 to 17 with diagnoses […]

Eating Seafood during Pregnancy May Lower the Risk of Autism

Expectant mothers who eat seafood during pregnancy may lower their risk of having children with autism. A recent study completed by the Harvard School of Public Health and published in the Journal of American Epidemiology indicates that women who consume low amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish, were 53% more likely to have […]

School Bag Safety -– What to Consider

Children with autism, even autistic adults often create strong attachments to specific items. So in selecting a new backpack for your child be sure to consider how suitable it will be for the long haul. How sturdy is it? Will it remain age appropriate? Have you considered the safety implications? When choosing a backpack for […]