Today’s guest blog by Vanessa Vogel-Farley of ACEing Autism explains the importance of recreational therapies for children with ASD. Keeping children physically active and involved in activities outside of traditional therapies as they develop has proven to be very beneficial in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). We know that all developmental domains are intrinsically connected and […]
About Vanessa Vogel-Farley
Vanessa grew up on a family dairy farm in rural Wisconsin; she then went on to college at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where she studied Chemistry, Biology and French. She joined Dr. Charles Nelson's research lab during her last year of undergraduate studies after completing a directed research project at the Center for Neurobehavioral Development. This experience got her interested in the processes associated with brain development during the neonatal period into adolescence and that factors that can affect normal development. She was the Clinical Research Coordinator for the Division of Developmental Medicine Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience, Children’s Hospital Boston for 9 years, where she worked on Dr. Nelson's collaborations with scientists from MIT and Harvard examining several clinical populations, including autism. In 2014 she and her family moved to Chicago, IL. She is the Director of Operations for ACEing Autism, Inc and a site director for the North Shore ACEing Autism site.