Medical & Therapy

The JacobLab Making Strides for ASD

There are currently no approved medications specific for social behaviors in autism. Recently, several investigational drugs are being studied because of their potential to improve social functioning and restrictive, repetitive behaviors in individuals with autism. Read more.

Therapeutic Riding: Seeing Disability Through a Thousand Pound Mirror

Horses are often described as "thousand pound mirrors", capable of generating a reflection in which the riders are able to truly see themselves and develop a deeper understanding of who they are, how their mind works, how their body moves, and what they are capable of. Read more.

Nature Is the Ultimate Sensory Experience: A Pediatric Occupational Therapist Makes the Case for Nature Therapy

When I tell people I’m a pediatric occupational therapist and that I run nature programming, a look of confusion often crosses their face. “Huh?” they say. Or, “You’re a special needs camp?” Or, “I don’t get it. You’re going to do occupational therapy with our children?” Read more.

Music Therapy and Social Skills Development: From Isolation to Community

Participating in music therapy and creating together fosters not only an awareness of one another, but an appreciation and a sense of cohesion amongst the group as each individual has a unique musical contribution. Read more.

Problems with Pollen -- Reactions to pollen can impact learning and behavior

Bursting tree buds are a happy harbinger of spring. But budding brings pollen and when pollen is plentiful, problems with attention, behavior and mood are sure to follow for susceptible children. Read more.

Autism Spectrum Disorders and Comorbidity

“Melanie looks sad, depressed and doesn’t have any close friends. Why does Charlie always defy me? Jack’s teacher thinks he has ADHD, how can I tell? Sam said he doesn’t care if he lives anymore. Carrie worries about everything…she has strange obsessions and compulsions. Our adolescent son has been diagnosed with four or five different mental disorders, which one is right?” Read more.

What is the Gut-Brain Connection?

Have you ever become sick to your stomach after hearing bad news? Or maybe you felt foggy headed or became anxious after eating a certain food? The brain and the "gut" are intimately connected with each other, and this link occurs very early in our lives. Read more.

Aquatic Body Work

Water has positive associations for many of us: the relaxation of a hot shower at the end of a long day, the giggles of a young child being bathed in a warm tub, or even the nurturing water-like atmosphere we all experienced back in the womb. This innate healing quality of water is a unique and powerful feature of aquatic body work. Read more.