University of Southern California
Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Stefanie Bodison OTD, OTR/L, C/NDT

Stefanie Bodison

Research Assistant Professor

Room: CHP 222U
Phone: (310) 990-3729
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Biography

Stefanie Bodison is a graduate of the University of Southern California and has been specializing in sensorimotor and neurodevelopmental intervention techniques with children for over 20 years. The populations with which she has particular interests include children with autism, developmental dyspraxia, cerebral palsy, developmental coordination disorder and learning disabilities, and their families. Dr. Bodison's current research focuses on the use of multimodal imaging techniques (MRI, fMRI and DTI) to investigate the neural mechanisms of sensorimotor integration in children with a variety of neurodevelopmental conditions.
 
Dr. Bodison currently holds a KL2 Mentored Career Development Award from the Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute at the University of Southern California (NIH/NCRR/NCATS #KL2TR000131). From 2011 to 2013, she was a postdoctoral fellow in Training in Rehabilitation Efficacy and Effectiveness Trials, a NIH-funded T32 Postdoctoral Training Program at the Division of Occupational Science and Therapy at the University of Southern California (1T32 HD64578-1A1).
 
Dr. Bodison specializes in treating children with feeding and oral-motor difficulties, as well as combining sensory integration and Neuro-Developmental Treatment™ techniques to meet the daily living challenges of children with autism, learning disabilities, cerebral palsy, sensory integration dysfunction and neuromotor disorders. She has lectured on sensory integration and feeding, eating and swallowing issues in children throughout the United States and internationally, and regularly teaches pediatrics within the USC Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy.

Research Interests

Dr. Bodison is interested in multidirectional translational research on children with neurodevelopmental disorders. Her research aims to evaluate the efficacy, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of rehabilitation interventions for children with a variety of developmental conditions.
 
Her research specialties include: Rehabilitation interventions, children with neurodevelopmental disorders, autism, multisensory integration, developmental dyspraxia and learning disabilities.
 
She is additionally affiliated with the Developmental Cognitive Neuroimaging Laboratory at Children's Hospital Los Angeles (kidsbrains.org) and Pediatric Therapy Network in Torrance, Calif. (www.pediatrictherapynetwork.org).

Education

T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Training in Rehabilitation Efficacy and Effectiveness Trials
University of Southern California
2013

Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
University of Southern California
2010

Master of Arts (MA) in Occupational Therapy
University of Southern California
1993

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Occupational Therapy
University of Southern California
1992

Publications

Book Chapters

Bodison, S., & Mostofsky, S. (2014). Motor control and motor learning processes in autism spectrum disorders. In F. R. Volkmar, R. Paul, S. J. Rogers, & K. A. Pelphrey (Eds.), Handbook of autism and pervasive developmental disorders: Volume 2: Assessment, interventions, and policy (4th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Journal Articles

Blanche, E. J., Bodison, S., Chang, M. C., & Reinoso, G. (2012). Development of the Comprehensive Observations of Proprioception (COP): Validity, reliability, and factor analysis. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 66, 691-698. doi:10.5014/ajot.2012.003608. Link to full text Abstract →← Abstract 

OBJECTIVE: We developed an observational tool, the Comprehensive Observations of Proprioception (COP), for identifying proprioceptive processing issues in children with developmental disabilities.
 
METHOD: Development of the COP underwent three phases. First, we developed items representing proprioceptive functions on the basis of an extensive literature review and consultation with occupational therapists. We then established interrater reliability and content, construct, and criterion validity. Finally, we completed a factor analysis of COP ratings of 130 children with known developmental disabilities.
 
RESULTS: Adequate validity and reliability were established. Factor analysis revealed a four-factor model that explained the underlying structure of the measure as it was hypothesized.
 
CONCLUSION: The COP is a valid criterion-referenced short observational tool that structures the clinician’s observations by linking a child’s behaviors to areas identified in the literature as relevant to proprioceptive processing. It takes 15 min to administer and can be used in a variety of contexts, such as the home, clinic, and school.

Blanche, E. J., Reinoso, G., Chang, M. C., & Bodison, S. (2012). Proprioceptive processing difficulties among children with autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities [Brief report]. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 66, 621-624. doi:10.5014/ajot.2012.004234. Link to full text Abstract →← Abstract 

OBJECTIVE: Sensory processing difficulties among children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have been extensively documented. However, less is known about this population’s ability to process proprioceptive information.
 
METHOD: We used the Comprehensive Observations of Proprioception (COP; Blanche, Bodison, Chang, & Reinoso, in press) to describe the proprioceptive difficulties experienced by children with ASD. A sample of 32 children with ASD, 26 children with developmental disabilities excluding ASD, and 28 typically developing control children were studied using the COP.
 
RESULTS: Children with ASD present with proprioceptive processing difficulties that are different from those of children with developmental disabilities and their typically developing counterparts. Specific data, potential clinical applications, and directions for future research are described.
 
CONCLUSION: Results suggest that the COP has useful clinical research applications. Further assessment of psychometric properties, clinical utility, and meaningful differences among diverse clinical populations are needed.

Mailloux, Z., Mulligan, S., Smith Roley, S., Blanche, E. J., Cermak, S. A., Coleman, G. G., Bodison, S., & Lane, C. J. (2011). Verification and clarification of patterns of sensory integrative dysfunction. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 65, 143-151. doi:10.5014/ajot.2011.000752. Link to full text Abstract →← Abstract 

Building on established relationships between the constructs of sensory integration in typical and special needs populations, in this retrospective study we examined patterns of sensory integrative dysfunction in 273 children ages 4–9 who had received occupational therapy evaluations in two private practice settings. Test results on the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests, portions of the Sensory Processing Measure representing tactile overresponsiveness, and parent report of attention and activity level were included in the analyses. Exploratory factor analysis identified patterns similar to those found in early studies by Ayres (1965, 1966a, 1966b, 1969, 1972b, 1977, & 1989), namely Visuodyspraxia and Somatodyspraxia, Vestibular and Proprioceptive Bilateral Integration and Sequencing, Tactile and Visual Discrimination, and Tactile Defensiveness and Attention. Findings reinforce associations between constructs of sensory integration and assist with understanding sensory integration disorders that may affect childhood occupation. Limitations include the potential for subjective interpretation in factor analysis and inability to adjust measures available in charts in a retrospective research.

Koomar, J., Miller, L. J., Schoen, S. A., Brett-Green, B., Schaaf, R. C., Benevides, T., Lane, S. J., Reynolds, S., Parham, D., May-Benson, T. A., Teasdale, A., Mailloux, Z., Smith-Roley, S., Blanche, E. J., & Bodison, S. (2008). Collaborative research programs in sensory integration and processing. Sensory Integration Special Interest Section Quarterly, 31(4), 1-4. Link to full text

Bodison, S. (2006). Sensory integration: It’s not just for children. Sensory Integration Special Interest Section Quarterly, 29(4), 1-4. Link to full text

Other Articles

Bodison, S., & Mailloux, Z. (2006). The Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests: Illuminating struggles and strengths in participation at school. OT Practice, 11(7), CE1-8. Link to full text

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