We are excited to announce that our paper on our UCSF-Oak Hill Outcomes Study, "Integrating Autism Care through a School-Based Intervention Model: A Pilot Study" has been published in the Journal of Clinical Medicine. Main findings from our study include the implementation of an integrated care model between parents, teachers, and clinicians; feasibility of online outcome measurement; improvements in behavioral and social areas over time for students at Oak Hill; and the development of the novel Teacher Autism Progress Scale (TAPS) to measure autism-related gains in a school environment. READ THE PAPER paper can be read at. We have additionally ordered reprints that will be available soon at the Oak Hill office.
Oak Hill students and staff love to celebrate Halloween! They day before, several classrooms visited the Pumpkin Patch in Petaluma and had a wonderful time and on Halloween day, our students and staff came to school dressed in funny, creative and some scary costumes. The last hour of the day, the entire school participated in our Halloween dance. I wish all of you could have seen the joy on our students faces, as well as the dance moves our students displayed! The dance floor was crowded and the music was loud and yet our students, many who have sensory challenges, had huge smiles! It was so wonderful to be a part of this! This is yet another way that Oak Hill School promotes creative expression for our students, who often find it challenging to express themselves.
Our study team is working on starting two potential clinical trials at Oak Hill during the 2017-2018 school year. Enlyte, a supplement based on folate, and CM-AT, a pancreatic enzyme that naturally occurs in the body, have shown promising behavioral and social benefits in children with autism in clinical practice and preliminary research. Based on our 2016 sulforaphane study, we are hoping to use urinary metabolomics to understand how these supplements may work in the body and what biomedical profiles of children may benefit from supplementing with these.
Keep an eye out for more information from us or consider joining these studies! If you have any questions or are interested in joining, you may contact the study coordinator Tracy Warren at firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 476-8803.