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Jul 16, 2018
Alex
Johnson
PhD, CCC-SLP
Photo of Alex Johnson, PhD, CCC-SLP

Interruptions in Nursing and Bonding During Early Development

In this fourth contribution prepared by clinical faculty members who specialize in early development of young children, the effects of disruption and separation in infants and toddlers are discussed.

Emily Zeman, OTD MS, OTR/L, Department of Occupational Therapy
and Lesley Maxwell, MS, CCC-SLP, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Regarding the news of infants being torn away from their nursing mothers, and family separation in general:

An infant's development is dependent on the information they obtain from the environment. Infants and newborns rely heavily on oral-motor, scent, taste, and touch sensory experiences in the context of the parent-infant and family bonds and daily routines in all environments. A sudden change in the social and physical context, accompanied by negative experiences, may interfere with typical developmental trajectory.

Overstimulated, neglected, and abused infants, resulting from sudden family separation, may present with negative behavioral traits later...Read more

Jul 16, 2018
Alex
Johnson
PhD, CCC-SLP
Photo of Alex Johnson, PhD, CCC-SLP

This is part five in a series of blog contributions from faculty members at MGH Institute of Health Professions. These submissions focus on physical and psychological effects of confinement, and also the effect of separation on parents. Thanks to Drs. Keysor and Goodman.

Detainment. Separation. Neglect Abuse. Confinement. Cages.

Julie Keysor, PhD
Chair, Department of Physical Therapy

None of these words are okay when it comes to people, and are even more deplorable when applied to children in the context of the recent U.S. policies about immigration. To see and hear the cries of detained children removed from their parents is heartbreaking. The stress from this situation will undoubtedly have long-lasting effects on children and their families. Others in this blog are writing about the socio-emotional and psychological effects of this type of activity on children – the risk for significant short and long-term effects in these areas is crystal clear. My...Read more

Aug 16, 2010
Alex
Johnson
PhD, CCC-SLP
Photo of Alex Johnson, PhD, CCC-SLP

We will be talking more about this issue this year, but I thought this was an article that highlighted many of the issues from a variety of perspectives. Your thoughts?Read more

Oct 25, 2011
Alex
Johnson
PhD, CCC-SLP
Photo of Alex Johnson, PhD, CCC-SLP

If you attended last night's scholarship gala in the beautiful atrium of the new wing of the Museum of Fine Arts, you know the meaning of the word beautiful.  The setting was spectacular. Colorful decorations. Wonderful friends of the Institute gathered to support us.  The Degas exhibit.  Great words from people who care deeply about what we do every day.  Smart, remarkable students being recognized.  A thought provoking video that will go viral in the next 24 hours.  Faculty and staff everywhere (and all looking handsome and beautiful).  It was remarkable.   What a celebration of the Institute community and our story!   There are so many great stories and images from this year's annual scholarship gala to make it memorable.

One moment that I will always remember was the riveting performance by our own Joan Blue.  Joan, an accomplished vocalist and longtime staff member in our School of Nursing,...Read more

Jan 27, 2016
Dan
Kelleher
Keller Dan

This column, written by 2014 Doctor of Physical Therapy graduate Dan Kelleher, originally was published in the November 19, 2015 issue of Massachusetts General Hospital’s Caring Headlines. Kelleher is a staff physical therapist at the hospital. My name is Dan Kelleher , and I am a staff physical therapist. Mrs. R was an 82-year-old woman who was admitted to the Ellison 11 Cardiac Unit for a work-up on her mitral valve. The hope was that she’d be a candidate for mitral-valve-replacement surgery or the less invasive mitral-clip insertion to help manage her symptoms. Six months prior to being admitted, Mrs. R was doing well in the community. She prided herself on being independent. She was able to perform all her activities of daily living independently, she ambulated without assistive devices, and she lived with a loving and caring husband. When I first met Mrs. R, she had a great deal...Read more

Apr 1, 2013
Alex
Johnson
PhD, CCC-SLP
Photo of Alex Johnson, PhD, CCC-SLP

I am happy to share this information from our former Associate Provost, Bette Ann Harris, who recently spent a week in Haiti with colleagues from Partners in Health.  Her comments highlight the wonderful work being done, as well as the opportunity to provide important services and support to those most deserving of our attention!    Thanks to BA for these wonderful comments and pictures!

A. Johnson, Provost.

Blog Prepared by Dr. Bette Ann Harris

The view at Mirebelais Hospital - note the beautiful medallions depicting life in Haiti-all artwork done by local artists. (Pictured above)

I recently had the opportunity to visit Haiti to see first hand the health care clinics and hospitals run by Partners in Health (PIH) and their sister organization Zanmi Lasante (ZL) . The work done in Haiti is PIH’s flagship project—the...Read more
Jan 9, 2017

IMG_1173 1/6/17 Arrived at Logan Airport at 7:00 pm. Terminal C JetBlue. Mertie and Fred Potter and Sarah Smoller were quickly spotted. Our group began to gather. There are 20 of us total. We found a scale and weighed our bags. 50lbs max….nothing more allowed. Overweight suitcases were offloaded in search of a waiting underweight partner. Bags checked. Quick dinner for all and off to gate C34. Fred hung a small green background and took headshots of all. Quick group photo and onto the plane. Flight departed 10:05 pm, leaving frosty Beantown for heavenly humid Santo Domingo. Arrived Santo Domingo 3:15 am after a some what turbulent flight. Zipped through customs thanks to Margie and her experience. Onto school bus….after loading approx 50 bags into back. 1.5 hr drive to La Romana-Good Samaritan facility. Everyone was happy to get to bed...Read more

Sep 22, 2015
Russ
Abbatiello
Photo of Russell Abbatiello, Manager of Career Services

Optimizing your online job applications By: Russell Abbatiello We refer to this common experience as “the resume black hole.” We apply apply and apply online and never hear back. While there are many reasons (some out of your control) why we may not be hearing anything from the employer, how we fill out the online application could be a factor. Once we fill out an online application, our information uploads to a large database (called an Applicant Tracking System) where it sits …surrounded by 50, 100, 300 other hopeful competitors. How an employer decides whose application to look at first and in what order is very site-dependent. Despite the odds being against us, there are a few things we can do to maximize the chances of our application being seen and noticed.

  • First and foremost, it should go without saying that any time you can personalize or humanize your approach…do
  • ...Read more
Apr 22, 2011
Alex
Johnson
PhD, CCC-SLP
Photo of Alex Johnson, PhD, CCC-SLP

Our students (and alums) are beyond fantastic.  We all know that.  They are highly recruited, so smart, and destined to be leaders.   Today, I want to take a moment and to recognize a few members of our community, who have demonstrated exemplary leadership through their participation in this year's Boston Marathon.  I admire their effort so much and believe they have hit a "home run" for themselves and for the Institute.  See what you think:

Home Run Number 1: First off, CSD 2007 alum, Janis Greim decided to combine her passion for running and her commitment to the IHP into a remarkable memorial for her classmate, Chris Norman, (CSD 2007), who passed away suddenly last year.   Janis, who now lives in Pennsylvania, and works as a speech-language pathologist for a rehabilitation agency, entered the Boston Marathon with a goal of raising funds in memory of Chris.  When the Norman...Read more

Jan 4, 2015
Peter
Cahn
,Phd
Peter Cahn

This is a holiday weekend in the Dominican Republic. Three Kings' Day is when children in Latin America traditionally receive gifts. Casa Pastoral is affiliated with a Baptist church around the corner. The staff members who cook the meals and organize the logistics for the mission teams come from the church membership. Sunday we met yet another group on a medical mission, this one from Saco, Maine. Tomorrow we expect a small group of nurses from Rhode Island to fill any remaining bunk beds in the dorm. With the undergraduate students from Connecticut also staying here, it feels like all of New England has escaped the winter for the Caribbean.

IMG_9608 Feroze Sidhwa, Donald Hess, and Ryan Macht prepare for a visit to the operating room at the Buen Samaritano Hospital.

 

In the morning, we divided into two groups. Some stayed...Read more