Lab News

  • Way to go, 2nd Year OTDs, on your poster session!

    Our awesome 2nd Year Occupational Therapy Doctoral students presented their work at the OT program’s poster session. Their project investigated sensorimotor differences and motor skills in children with autism (ASD) and ADHD and children with …

  • We’re much better at research than we are at bowling…

    We might not be great at bowling, but our lab knows how to use those motor skills and make a good effort! In celebration of the end of the semester and all that we have …

  • Congratulations, Dr. Olivia Surgent!

    This week Olivia successfully defended her dissertation to her committee, earning her PhD! Her dissertation project focused on grip strength and its neural correlates in children with and without autism. Her work has been central …

  • Emily Satterlund stopped by for a visit!

    Our former Research Intern Emily Satterlund (third from the left) came back to visit lab! Emily is almost halfway through her first year at the University of Michigan Medical School. She played a huge part …

  • Emily Skaletski successfully defended her proposal!

    On Thursday 11/10, our PhD candidate Emily Skaletski successfully defended her dissertation proposal to her committee! Her proposal centers around how participation in activities might impact the relation between features of autism and ADHD and …

  • Brainy Movement and UW LINK Studies entering new phase of data collection

    The Brainy Movement Study for Kids and UW LINK Study have been seeing participants and their families now since 2019 and 2021 respectively. These two projects are now entering new phases in their data collection, …

  • Emily Skaletski passed her preliminary exam!

    Emily Skaletski recently completed her preliminary examination process, transitioning to PhD candidacy. In her department, preliminary examinations include 16 hours of writing, followed by a two-hour defense where committee members can ask questions on the …

  • We went to Paris!

    Dr. Brittany Travers and our PhD student Emily Skaletski took a trip across the pond to Paris for the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) conference! Emily presented on her dissertation project on the quality …

  • child on Wii-Fit balance board posing for a video game

    UW-Madison researchers using Tai Chi, video games to improve balance among adolescents with autism

    New research from the University of Wisconsin-Madison shows balance training using video games changed the brain structure of adolescents with autism and helped improve balance, posture and the severity of autism symptoms.

  • child on Wii-Fit balance board posing for a video game

    UW-Madison researchers study balance in autistic teens using Wii Fit

    As part of a study at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Waisman Center, teens spent three hours a week teetering on Nintendo Wii balance boards, mimicking tai chi and yoga poses prompted on a screen.

  • illustration of brain with arrow pointing to the brainstem

    Brain’s center of automatic body functions has autism links

    The brainstem’s white matter — the nerve fibers that connect brain regions — may be altered in autistic people. Among boys and men with autism, those with more poorly organized white matter in the brainstem …

  • Traits of autism, attention deficit linked to small brainstem

    The severity of autism tracks closely with that of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and the brainstem may underlie this connection: Children with either condition who have a small brainstem tend to have severe traits.

  • Brain imaging reveals brain stem alterations in children with autism

    Children with autism show different patterns of connectivity than controls do in brain stem regions associated with balance. The connections in the brain stem are associated with balance and motor skills, both of which are …