Eastern Michigan University

Gretchen Reeves

Associate Professor

reeves 355 Marshall

734.487.3236

greeves@emich.edu

Education

PhD - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
MOT - Western Michigan University
MA - Michigan State University
BS - Michigan State University

Teaching Interests

My experience as a pediatric occupational therapist has often involved interactions and intervention with children who display serious behavioral dysregulation due to stress and hypersensitivity to environmental stimuli.  I am particularly interested in how occupational therapists facilitate appropriate responses in infants and young children at risk for learning and emotional impairments.  Psychophysiological measures were incorporated into 2 previous investigations with children with autistic spectrum disorders.  In addition, I have pursued investigations of the effects of therapeutic intervention on the occupations of feeding, handwriting and play in young children.  Play is an occupation that is often aberrant in children on the autism spectrum. I have examined the role of play in engaging children on the spectrum with positive results on affect and language.

Selected Presentations and/or Publications

Patterson, J. & Reeves, G.D. (in preparation).  The Effects of a Weighted Vest for Children with Attention Difficulties: A Replication Study

Reeves, G.D. (September 2009). Mirror neurons and their potential role in human performance and behavior. Neurodevelopmental Treatment Association Newsletter.

Reeves, G.D. (2007). Looking back on 30 years of the SI SIS: Achievements and Challenges. Sensory Integration Special Interest Section Quarterly, 30 (4), 1-4.

Reeves, G.D. and Cermak, S.A. (2002).  Disorders of praxis.  In Bundy, A. , Murray, E. and Lane, S. (Eds) Sensory Integration:  Theory and Practice.   Philadelphia: F.A. Davis.

Reeves, G.D. (2001).  Sensory stimulation, sensory integration and the adaptive response.  Sensory Integration Special Interest Section Quarterly. Vol. 24, No. 2.

Benoit, W.A. and Reeves, G.D. (2001).  Effect of jaw and cheek support on nutritional intake. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics. 21: 49-58.

Reeves, G.D. (2001).  From neuron to behavior:  Regulation, arousal and attention as important substrates for the process of sensory integration.   In Roley, S.S., Blanche, E. & Schaff, R. (Eds).  Understanding the Nature of Sensory Integration with Diverse Populations. San Antonio, TX : Therapy Skill Builders.

Professional Posters

Walsh, M. & Reeves, G.D. (2009) Physiologic Measures of Sensory Processing in Adolescent Girls with Major Mood Disorders. Undergraduate Symposium. Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI

Bunt, N., Kerby, B., Morrison, K., Romans, A. & Wernert, B. (2009). Sensory Processing, Body Awareness & Self-Concept in Adolescent Girls with Major Mood & Affective Disorders.  Graduate Research fair. Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI

Reeves, G. (2007) The Affect of Adult-Directed Versus Child-Focused Strategies on Engagement in Children with Autism presented at the Network for Autism Training and Technical Assistance Programs (NATTAP) Annual Conference, Columbus, Ohio.

Repaska, J., Hiele, M, Reeves, G.D. & Welch, K. (2007). The  Affect of Adult-Directed Versus Child-Focused Strategies on Engagement in Children with Autism.  American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference and Expo, St. Louis, MO. 

East, T., Priess, A., Okray, L. Sloan, R. & Reeves, G.D.  (2006).Physiological reactions to sensory stimuli following an occupational therapy intervention . Michigan OT Association Conference, Macomb Community College, Macomb, MI.

Carter, K, Criss, M & Reeves, G.D. (2001).  Effects of secretin infusion on sensory processing, play and communicative behavior in children with autism.  Continuing Medical Education Conference. St. Vincent Mercy Hospital, Toledo, Ohio.

Abbott, KA. & Reeves, G.D. (2001).  Comparison of communicative acts between infants who are typically developing and children diagnosed with autism.  American Occupational Therapy Association Annual conference.  Philadelphia, April 2001.

Peer Reviewed Presentations

Reeves, G.D. (2003). The power of proprioception.  Paper presented at the Sensory Integration World Congress, South African Institute for Sensory Integration.

Reeves, G.D. (2002) Neurobiological consequences of distress: Implications for adaptive behavior.  Paper accepted for presentation at the 13th World Congress, World Federation of Occupational Therapists, Stockholm, Sweden.

Reeves, G.D. & Schaaf , R. (2002) Maintain your brain.   Annual Conference. American Occupational Therapy Association.  Miami,Florida.  May 5, 2002.

Reeves, G.D. (2001) Stress and the Brain:  Impact on Occupational Performance. Paper presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference. Philadelphia, PA.

Invited Presentations

Reeves, G.D. (October 2009).  Neuro-developmental Treatment Association Annual Specialty Conference.  Focus on the Upper Extremity.  Keynote Address.  White Plains, NY.

Reeves, G.D. (February 2008).  Assessing Sensory Processing in ASD. Livingston Educational Service Agency, Parents of Children with Autism meeting. Howell, Michigan.

Reeves, G.D. (June 2007). Sensory Integration and autism.  Keynote Address .  Fourth annual Autism Summit, Bowling Green StateUniversity, Bowling Green , Ohio.

Reeves, G.D. (May 2007).  Praxis makes Perfect. Livingston Educational Services Agency, Heartland, MI.  In-service training for school occupational and physical therapists.

Reeves, G.D. (February 2007).  Play is the way: Engaging young children with autism. Macomb Intermediate School District, ClintonTwp., MI.  Early Intervention Staff In-service.

Reeves, G.D. (November 2006).  Sensory integration and the NICU graduate.  The NICU Graduate: Health Issues after Discharge. Annual conference.  Flower Hospital, Toledo, Ohio.

Reeves, G.D. (August 2006).  Praxis and Dyspraxia: Considerations for children with Special Needs. Livonia Public Schools, Department of Special Education, Perrinville Elementary.  Staff In-service.

Reeves, G.D. (March 2006). Use it or lose it: The Effects of Occupation on Neuroplasticity. Keynote Address . Pi Theta Epsilon Conference, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI

Reeves, G.D. (2003).  Emotional, autonomic and sensory links to Oral-motor function. 11th Annual School-based Occupational and Physical Therapy Institute.  Columbus Ohio

Reeves, G.D. (2003). Play is the Way: Treating kids with autism.  11th Annual School-based Occupational and Physical Therapy Institute.  Columbus Ohio.

Reeves, G.D. (2003). Hands, head and heart: The OT's art. Keynote Address.  National Alliance of Paediatric Occupational Therapists (United Kingdom).  Newcastle, England.

Reeves, G.D. (2002).  Neuroplasticity: The brain advantage.  COP Early Childhood Conf. Gaylord, MI.

Reeves, G.D. (2002).  Perceiving and learning through vision, touch and movement.  Children's Learning Forum.  Sponsored by theOhio Optometric Association and Ohio Speech-Language and Hearing Association.  Ohio State University.  Columbus, Ohio.

Reeves., G.D. (2002). Play, communication and sensory processing in children with autistic spectrum disorders following secretin administration. Presented to the faculty and students of EMU OT Program as part of Colloquia series.

Reeves, G.D. (2000) Neurobiological Consequences of Distress:  Implications for Adaptation and  Learning.   Plenary Session. MichiganAssociation for Infant Mental Health Annual Conference.  Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Reeves, G.D. (2000)  Brain gain:  The implications of Neuroplasticity for Learning & Memory. Ohio Occupational Therapy Association. Toledo, Ohio

Reeves, G.D. (2000).  Sensory integration principles: Implications for Attention & Communication  in Children with autistic spectrum disorders. Ohio Speech and Hearing Association Annual Conference. Toledo, Ohio.

International Presentations

Reeves, G.D. (July 2009).  Developing clinical Reasoning skills. UK Learning Module IV in Sensory Integration.  U.K. and Ireland SI Network and Cardiff University, Cardiff WALES.

Reeves, G.D. Smith, K., Urwin, R., Double, A. (July 2009).  Sensory Integration Theory and Intervention for Adults: Module 1. U.K. andIreland SI Network and Cardiff University, Cardiff WALES

Reeves, G.D. (April 2009) Neuroscience Foundations of Sensory Integration.  Western Psychological Services/University of southernCalifornia Course I for Certification in Sensory Integration. Vienna, AUSTRIA

Reeves, G.D. (January 2009) Neuroscience Foundations of Sensory Integration.  Western Psychological Services/University of southernCalifornia Course I for Certification in Sensory Integration. Mumbai, INDIA.

Reeves, G.D. (July 2007/July 2008).  Developing clinical Reasoning skills. UK Learning Module IV in Sensory Integration.  CardiffUniversity, Cardiff WALES.

Reeves, G.D. (August 2006). Evaluation and Assessment of Sensory Integration dysfunction.  WPS/USC Course II for Certification in Sensory Integration. Presented at The Mathilde Child Center, HONG KONG.

Reeves, G.D. (August 2006). Neuroscience Foundations of Sensory Integration.  WPS/USC Course I for Certification in Sensory Integration. Presented at The Mathilde Child Center, HONG KONG.

Reeves, G.D. (July 2006).  Theoretical and Treatment Principles of Sensory Integration.  Sponsored by Otago Polytechnic Institute,Dunedin and Auckland, NEW ZEALAND

Reeves, G.D. (July 2006).  Praxis Makes Perfect. Sponsored by Otago Polytechnic Institute, Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND

Reeves, G.D. (July 2006). Play is the Way: Interventions for Children with Autism. Sponsored by Otago Polytechnic Institute, Wellington,NEW ZEALAND

Reeves, G.D. (June 2006) Applying Sensory Integration Principles To Intervention: a demonstration seminar.  Royal Free Hospital,Cottage School, London ENGLAND

Reeves, G.D. (2004).  Functional neuroscience:  Paediatric Applications.  Sponsored by the National Health Trusts of Wales andScotland in Swansea, WALES and Edinburgh, SCOTLAND.

Reeves, G.D. & Giddan, J.J. (2004).  Scaffolds and stepping stones: Strategies toward success in autism.  Sponsored by the National Health Trust of Northumbria, Newcastle, ENGLAND. 

Reeves, G.D. & Giddan, J.J. (2003).  Scaffolds and stepping stones: Strategies toward success in autism.  Sponsored by the Royal Free Hospital.  London, ENGLAND.

Reeves, G.D. (2003).  Sensory Integration Theory.  Auckland, NEW ZEALAND.

Reeves, G.D. (2003). Using Play and Child-Centered Approaches in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.  Christchurch andAuckland, NEW ZEALAND.

Reeves, G.D. (2003).  Sensory Integration Treatment Intensive Course.  Dunedin and Auckland, NEW ZEALAND.

Reeves, G.D. (2002).  Functional neuroscience:  Paediatric Applications.  Sponsored by the Children�s Learning Tree.  Durham,ENGLAND.

Reeves, G.D. & Giddan, J.J. (2002).  Scaffolds and stepping stones: Strategies toward success in autism.  Sponsored by the National Health Service of Fife and Lothian.  Queen Margaret University College.  Edinburgh, Scotland.

Reeves, G.D. (2002)  A program in sensory integration: Course 1.  Sponsored by the Matilda Child Centre and Western Psychological Services.  HONG KONG. 

Reeves, G.D. (2001). Theoretical Foundations of Sensory Integration.  Queens University.  Belfast, NORTHERN  IRELAND.

Reeves, G.D. (2001) Sensory Integration Theory and Practice.    An 8-day seminar and practicum series for Occupational and Physical Therapists.  Dunedin and Wellington, NEW ZEALAND.

Reeves, G.D. (2001). Current Concepts in Sensory Integration Theory and Practice.   A one-day seminar providing practitioners with updated information related to sensory integration.  Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland, NEW ZEALAND.

Reeves, G.D. (2001) Sensory Integration Theory and Practice.  An 8-day seminar and practicum series for Occupational and Physical Therapists.  Melbourne, AUSTRALIA.

Reeves, G.D. (2001) Introduction to Sensory Integration Theory.    A two-day overview of the principles of sensory integration for occupational, physical and speech therapists.  Brisbane, AUSTRALIA.

Reeves, G.D. (2000) Paediatric Neuroscience.   University of Edinburgh, Department of Anatomy, Edinburgh, SCOTLAND.

Reeves, G.D. (2000). The Vestibular System:  Anatomical and Clinical Considerations.  Lecture and case study presentation. For occupational and physical therapists.  Royal Free Hospital, London, ENGLAND.

Reeves, G.D. (2000) Sensory Integration and Autism.   Royal Free Hospital, London, ENGLAND.

National Presentations

June 2008: Reeves, G.D. Evaluation and Assessment of Sensory Integration dysfunction.  WPS/USC Course for Certification in Sensory Integration. Salt lake City, Utah.

March 2008: Adler, L. & Reeves, G.D. Hypotonia: It doesnt just mean floppy. Implications for function. Health Support Services program, Granite School District. Salt Lake City, Utah.

December 2006: Reeves, G.D.  Play is the way: Engaging young children with autism. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.

August 2005: Reeves, G.D. Neuroscience Foundations of Sensory Integration.  WPS/USC Course I for Certification in Sensory Integration. Presented at The Kalamazoo County Community College Educational Center, Kalamazoo, MI.

June 2005: Reeves, G.D. From Interpretation to Intervention WPS/USC Course IV for Certification in Sensory Integration. Presented at The Abilities Center, Walled Lake, MI.

February 2005:  Reeves, G.D. Neuroplasticity as a basis for therapeutic intervention. Oakland University Program in Physical Therapy.Rochester Hills, MI

December 2004: Reeves, G.D. Evaluation and Assessment of Sensory Integration dysfunction. WPS/USC Course II for Certification in Sensory Integration. Presented at The Abilities Center, Walled Lake, MI.

October 2004: Reeves, G.D. Neuroscience Foundations of Sensory Integration. WPS/USC Course I for Certification in Sensory Integration. Presented at Abilities Center, Walled Lake, MI.

June 2004: Reeves, G.D.   Praxis makes perfect:  How the Integration of Sensation and Movement Affects the Brain and Our Behavior.Kenny Rogers Childrens Center.  Sykesville, MO.

June 2004: Reeves, G.D. Plastic brains and minor strains: The effect of stress on learning. Eastern Michigan University Graduate Programs. Eagle Conference Center, Ypsilanti, MI

May 2004: Reeves, G.D. Play is the way: Enhancing interactions in children with autism. Eastern Michigan University OT Alumni Association.  First Annual Continuing Education Seminar. Beaumont Hospital. Royal Oak, Michigan.

April 2004: Reeves, G.D. (2003). Hands, head and heart: The OTs art. Keynote Address. Fieldwork Educators Day. Occupational Therapy Program. Eastern Michigan University.

September 2002: Using play and child-centered approaches in children with autism spectrum disorders. Sponsored by Promedica Health System and Toledo Childrens Hospital.  Toledo, Ohio.

April 2002: Sensory integration and sensory modulation:  Applications to practice. Sponsored by the Sharon Regional Health System. Hermitage, PA.

November 2001: Issues of Sensory Processing, Modulation and Integration in Autism. Betty Cox Associates. Edison, New Jersey

September 2001: Issues of Sensory Processing, Modulation and Integration in Autism. Betty Cox Associates Tampa, Florida

May 2001: Feeding and Swallowing Disorders. Owens Community College, Toledo, Ohio.

March 2001: Neurobiological Principles of Sensory Integration and Applications to Practice. Seminars Plus, Inc. Dayton, Ohio

February 2001:  A review of the Development of Biological Systems. Oakland University, Program in Physical Therapy, Rochester, MI

January 2001: Neurobiological Principles of Sensory Integration and Applications to Practice. Seminars Plus, Inc., Warren, Ohio

October 2000: Issues of Sensory Processing, Modulation and Integration in Autism. Betty Cox Associates, Baltimore, MD

August 2000: Issues of Sensory Processing, Modulation and Integration in Autism. Betty Cox Associates, Madison, Wisconsin

May 2000: Neuroscience Foundations of Human Occupation. 3-day review of Brain function and occupational performance. Eastern Michigan University, Program in Occupational Therapy, Ypsilanti, Michigan

May 2000: Issues of Sensory Processing, Modulation and Integration in Autism. Betty Cox Associates, Chicago, Illinois

Additional Information

Awards/Honors

Marshall Award for Teaching Excellence, College of Health and Human Services, EMU, 2007.

University Faculty Research Fellowship Award, EMU, for Sensory Processing, Body Awareness & Self Concept in Adolescent Girls with Major depression. 2006-2007. ($1200).

CHHS-Sponsored Support for Scholarly Activity Award, Eastern Michigan University.  For Sensory Processing in Adolescents with Psychiatric Disorders. December 2004 ($575).

eFellows Award, Sponsored by Faculty Development and ICT, Eastern Michigan University.  For enhanced applications of technology in the classroom. Spring/Summer 2004 ($300).

Named to Whos Who of  American Women, 2000-2001.  March 2000.

Membership

Charter Member, EMU-Autism Collaborative Center planning committee, 2006 to present.

Member, Instructor Training and Course Development committee. University of Southern California and Western Psychological Services, 2001-present.

Member of state, local and national associations of Occupational Therapy.

Member, National Rehabilitation Association.

Member, Society for Research in Child Development.

Member, Occupational Therapy Faculty Search Committee 2004-2005, EMU. (Assumed the duties of chair in  April 2005 due to resignation of the existing chair).

Committees

Co-chair, Occupational Therapy Curriculum Committee, 2002 to present. Eastern Michigan University

Member, Instructor Training and Course Development Committee. University of Southern California and Western Psychological Services, 2001-present.

CHHS Human Subjects Review Committee, 2002-2005, Eastern Michigan University. Interim chair, 2008-9.

Chair, Occupational Therapy Faculty Search Committee, 2003-2004; 2007-2008. Eastern Michigan University.

CHHS representative to Eastern Michigan University. Academic Integrity Committee, 2002-2005, 2005-2008.

Collaborated with Eastern Michigan University Programs in Continuing Education to organize and sponsorDiscovering the Power of Play: Integrated playgroups to support children on the autism spectrum.  May 2005.

Graduate Council, AHP (SHS) representative, 2001-2005. Eastern Michigan University.

Interdisciplinary Committee for Certificate Program in Autism.  A Michigan Department of Education grant to Oakland University for the development of a certificate training program for professionals in multiple disciplines to gain knowledge and expertise in autism.  Chair, subcommittee for occupational therapy discipline-specific related group to determine minimum competencies for those working with persons with autistic spectrum disorders, 2001-2002.

The Occupational Therapy Program is part of the School of Health Sciences, 303 Everett L. Marshall Building, 734.487.0077