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Aug 19

Ms. Amani selected for research program, FABA presentation

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Bloom‘s Amani Marar was selected as a candidate for the 2019 cohort Biomedical Research Program supported by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development of the National Institutes of Health. Her clinical research addresses if the use of augmentative or alternative communication devices (AACs) help develop socialization during early brain development in children with cerebral palsy. The research supports that the appropriate brain development for socialization is present for an AAC utilization in children below age 3 with a CP diagnosis.
Amani shares that this research program was eyeopening, making her aware of healthcare policy and advocacy. She shares that this experience enveloped a deeper appreciation for research; that is the power it carries in changing lives and influencing a more positive world. Through community collaboration with the Mayo Clinic, Johnson & Johnson, Medtronic, and behavioral health clinical practices, she hopes that healthcare policymakers find great value in extending these devices to children below age three with CP and related illnesses. Early intervention, it is certainly what this research advocates for.
Amani’s research was accepted by the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis and she will be presenting at the annual FABA Conference in Ponte Vedra, Florida in September.
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