Heather Miller-Kuhaneck, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA

Heather Miller-Kuhaneck, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA

Clinical Assistant Professor

Professional Interests

  • Pediatric occupational therapy with a specialty in autism and sensory integration
  • Working with families and siblings of children with autism

Degrees and Certifications

    • Ph.D., Public Health, University of Connecticut
    • MS, Occupational Therapy
    • BS, Occupational Therapy

Teaching Responsibilities

    • Pediatrics in Occupational Therapy
    • Introduction to Occupational Therapy
    • Introduction to Research
    • Portfolio 
    • Capstone Advising
    • Research II

Research Interests & Grants

    • Autism
    • Coping and self efficacy of mothers of children with autism
    • Play in children with autism
    • Professional involvement and mentoring
    • Assessment of sensory processing in the schools and intervention to improve sensory environments for students

    2014-15: University Research and Creativity Grant – Predictors of play skills in young children with autism spectrum disorders $6,390.00.

    2012-13: University Research and Creativity Grant - Development of the Classroom Sensory Environment Assessment (C-SEA) - $2,998.00.  Please see https://sites.google.com/site/cseafree/   for more information about this project and the current version of the assessment tool

    2011: Dean’s Interdisciplinary Research Award - $1,000 Efficacy of Whole Body Vibration in Autism Spectrum Disorders

    2010-2011: Academic Creative Teaching Grant - $2869.00 for attendance at the Summer Teaching and Learning Institute at the Center for Occupational Therapy Education at Colorado State University

Honors, Awards & Fellowships

    • Service Commendation, American Occupational Therapy Association, April 2014
    • Alice S. Bachmann Clinician Award, February 24, 2012
    • Award of Service -Connecticut Occupational Therapy Association, March 12, 2011
    • Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association, April 2010
    • Certificate of Appreciation -Connecticut Occupational Therapy Association, 2010
    • Award of Merit, Connecticut Occupational Therapy Association, March 2009
    • Recognition of Achievement Award, American Occupational Therapy Association, April 2008

Publications and Presentations

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    Maillioux, Z. & Miller- Kuhaneck, H. (Guest editorial- accepted for fall 2014). Evolution of a theory: How measurement has shaped Ayres Sensory Integration®. American Journal of Occupational Therapy

    Miller Kuhaneck, H. (2014). AutismIn Case-Smith, J. (Ed.) Occupational Therapy for Children. (7th ed.).

    Miller Kuhaneck, H. & Smith Roley, S. (Manuscript accepted).  A kindergartner with sensory integration dysfunction.  In K. Sladyk (Ed.).  Ryan's Occupational Therapy Assistant (5th ed.) Thorofare, NJ:  Slack

    Miller Kuhaneck, H., Couch-Tanta, K., Coombs, A. & Pannone, H. (2013). A Survey of Pediatric Occupational Therapists’ Use of Play. Journal of Occupational Therapy in Schools and Early Intervention
     
    Saxena, M., Miller Kuhaneck, H., & Yoo, Y.(Manuscript under review). A review of the efficacy of 30 years of sibling support programs for siblings of children with developmental disabilities and special health care needs
     
    Miller Kuhaneck, H. & Britner, P. A. (2013). A Preliminary Investigation of the Relationship between Sensory Processing and Social Play in Autism Spectrum Disorder. OTJR:  Occupation, Participation and Health
     
    Miller Kuhaneck, H. & Smith Roley, S. (2013).  A kindergartner with sensory integration dysfunction.  In K. Sladyk (Ed.).  Ryan's Occupational Therapy Assistant (5th ed.) Thorofare, NJ:  Slack

    Whitney, R. & Miller Kuhaneck, H. (2012). Diagnostic Statistical Manual V Changes to the Autism Diagnostic Criteria: A Critical Moment for Occupational Therapy. The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy. http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/ojot/vol1/iss1/7/

    Giles, G., Radomski, M.V.,  Champagne, T., Corcoran,  M.A.,  Gillen, G., Miller Kuhaneck, H.,  Morrison, T.,  Nadeau, B., Obermeyer, I., Toglia, J.,  & Wolf, T.J. (2012). Cognition, Cognitive Rehabilitation, and Occupational Performance. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 67, Suppl.

    Miller Kuhaneck, H. & Chisholm, E. (2012). Improving dental visits for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. SCDA Journal: Special Care in Dentistry, 32(6), 29-233. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1754-4505.2012.00283.x/abstract

    Miller Kuhaneck, H. (2011). "Working with Children with ASDs and Their Families in Early Intervention and School Based Practice using Principles of Family Centered Care." CE on CD, AOTA Press.

    Glennon, T.J., Miller Kuhaneck, H., & Herzberg, D. (2011). "The Sensory Processing Measure – Preschool (SPM-P) Part One: Description of the Tool and Its Use in the Preschool Environment." Journal of Occupational Therapy in Schools and Early Intervention, 4, 42-52.

    Miller Kuhaneck, H., Spitzer, S. & Miller, E. (2010). "Activity analysis, creativity and playfulness in pediatric occupational therapy: Making Play Just Right." Boston: Jones & Bartlett Publishers.

    Miller-Kuhaneck, H., Henry, D. & Glennon, T. (2010). "The Preschool Sensory Processing Measure: School forms." Los Angeles, CA: Western Psychological Services.

    Miller Kuhaneck, H, Burroughs, T., Wright, J., Lemanczyk, T., & Darragh, A.R. (2010). "A Qualitative Study of Coping in Mothers of Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder." Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, 30(4).

    Miller Kuhaneck, H. & Watling, R. (2010). Co- editor of "Autism: A Comprehensive Occupational Therapy Approach," (3rd ed). Baltimore: AOTA.

    Miller-Kuhaneck, H. & Gross, M. (2010). "Alternative and complimentary interventions for the autism spectrum disorders." In H. Miller-Kuhaneck and R. Watling (Eds.). Autism: A Comprehensive Occupational Therapy Approach, (3rd ed). Baltimore: AOTA.

    Miller-Kuhaneck, H. & Berliner, J. (2010). "Examining the etiology of the autism spectrum disorders." In H. Miller-Kuhaneck and R. Watling (Eds.). Autism: A Comprehensive Occupational Therapy Approach, (3rd ed). Baltimore: AOTA.

    Miller-Kuhaneck, H. & Britner, P. (2010). "The family of a child with an autism spectrum disorder." In H. Miller-Kuhaneck and R. Watling (Eds.). Autism: A Comprehensive Occupational Therapy Approach, (3rd ed). Baltimore: AOTA.

    Miller-Kuhaneck, H. (2010). "The Importance of Mentoring for the Professional Involvement of Therapists Specializing in Ayres Sensory Integration." American Occupational Therapy Association’s Sensory Integration Special Interest Section Quarterly, 1-4.

    Miller Kuhaneck, H., & Henry, D. (2009). "The Sensory Processing Measure (SPM) Meeting the Needs of School-Based Practitioners Part One: Description and Background." Journal of Occupational Therapy in Schools and Early Intervention, 2, 51-57.

    Henry, D. & Miller Kuhaneck, H. (2009). "The Sensory Processing Measure (SPM) Meeting the Needs of School-Based Practitioners Part Two: Description and Background." Journal of Occupational Therapy in Schools and Early Intervention, 2, 58-63.

    Soechting, E., Glennon, T., Miller-Kuhaneck, H., Erwin, B., Henry, D., Basaraba, C., Mailloux, Z., & Smith-Roley, S. (2009). "The History, Development, and Purpose of the Sensory Integration Global Network." The American Occupational Therapy Association Sensory Integration Special Interest Section Quarterly, 32 (1), 1-4.

    Case-Smith, J. & Miller Kuhaneck, H. (2008). "Play Preferences of Typically Developing Children and Children with Developmental Delays Ages 3-7." OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health, 28(1), 19-39.

    Miller, E. & Kuhaneck, H. (2008). "Children’s perceptions of play experiences and the development of play preferences: A qualitative study." The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 62, 407-415.

    Smith Roley, S., Mailoux, Z. Miller-Kuhaneck, H. & Glennon, T. (2007). "Understanding Ayres’ Sensory Integration." OT Practice, 12(17), CE1-CE8.

    Miller-Kuhaneck, H., Henry, D. & Glennon, T. (2007). "The Sensory Processing Measure –Main Classroom and School Environments. " Los Angeles, CA: Western Psychological Services.

    Miller-Kuhaneck, H. Henry, D., Glennon, T.J., & Mu, K. (2007). Development of the Sensory Processing Measure – School Form: Initial Studies of Reliability and Validity, American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 61, 170-175.

    Miller Kuhaneck, H., Bortone, J., & Frost, L. (2007). Concept Mapping 101. AOTA’s Education Special Interest Section Quarterly, 17, 1-4.

    Cerquozzi, C. Cerquozzi, E. Darragh, A., & Miller-Kuhaneck, H. (2007). "An exploratory survey of occupational therapists’ role in hippo therapy." AOTA’s Developmental Disabilities Special Interest Section Quarterly, Sept, 1-4.

    Watling, R., Bodison, S., Henry, D., & Miller-Kuhaneck, H. (2006). "Sensory Integration: It’s not just for children." AOTA’s Sensory Integration Special Interest Section Quarterly, 29 (4), 1-4.

    Miller, E. & Miller-Kuhaneck, H. (2006). "The relationship among sensory preferences, play preferences, motivation and mastery in guiding children’s play: A review of the literature Part one. " AOTA’s Sensory Integration Special Interest Section Quarterly, 29 (2), 1-4.

    Miller, E. & Miller-Kuhaneck, H. (2006). "The relationship among sensory preferences, play preferences, motivation and mastery in guiding children’s play: A review of the literature Part two." AOTA’s Sensory Integration Special Interest Section Quarterly, 29 (3), 1-4.

    Miller Kuhaneck, H. & Smith Roley, S. (2005). "A kindergartner with sensory integration dysfunction." In K. Sladyk (Ed.). Ryan's Occupational Therapy Assistant (pp. 139- 154). Thorofare, NJ: Slack

    Miller- Kuhaneck, H. (2004). "Autism: A Comprehensive Occupational Therapy Approach," (2nd ed). Baltimore: AOTA.

    Miller-Kuhaneck, H. (2004). "Alternative and complimentary interventions for the autism spectrum disorders." In H. Miller-Kuhaneck (Ed.). Autism: A Comprehensive Occupational Therapy Approach, (2nd ed). Baltimore: AOTA.

    Glennon, T. & Miller-Kuhaneck, H. (2004). "Introduction to autism and the pervasive developmental disorders." In H. Miller-Kuhaneck (Ed.). Autism: A Comprehensive Occupational Therapy Approach, (2nd ed). Baltimore: AOTA.

    Miller-Kuhaneck, H. & Glennon, T. (2004). "Examining the etiology and neurologic basis of the autism spectrum disorders." In H. Miller-Kuhaneck (Ed.). Autism: A Comprehensive Occupational Therapy Approach, (2nd ed). Baltimore: AOTA.

    Galvin, D. & Miller-Kuhaneck, H. (2004). "The family of a child with an autism spectrum disorder." In H. Miller-Kuhaneck (Ed.). Autism: A Comprehensive Occupational Therapy Approach, (2nd ed). Baltimore: AOTA.

    Frolek Clark, G., Miller-Kuhaneck, H. & Watling, R. (2004). "Evaluation of the child with an autism spectrum disorder." In H. Miller-Kuhaneck (Ed.). Autism: A Comprehensive Occupational Therapy Approach, (2nd ed). Baltimore: AOTA.

    Trecker, A. & Miller-Kuhaneck, H. (2004). "Play and praxis in children with an autism spectrum disorder." In H. Miller-Kuhaneck (Ed.). Autism: A Comprehensive Occupational Therapy Approach, (2nd ed). Baltimore: AOTA.

    Audet, L., Mann, D., & Miller-Kuhaneck, H. (2004). "Occupational therapy and speech language pathology: Collaboration within transdisciplinary teams to improve communication in children with an autism spectrum disorder."

    Miller-Kuhaneck, H. (2004). Supplemental Lesson - Autism. In Y. Swinth (Ed.). American Occupational Therapy Association Online Course. "Occupational Therapy in School Based Practice: Contemporary Issues and Trends." Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press.

    Miller- Kuhaneck, H & Frolek-Clark, G. (2004). "Supplemental Lesson -Sensory Integration and School Based Practice." In Y. Swinth (Ed.). American Occupational Therapy Association Online Course. Occupational Therapy in School Based Practice: Contemporary Issues and Trends. Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press.

    Miller-Kuhaneck, H. (2002). "A pilot study of oral vibration as a treatment technique to improve articulation skills." Sensory Integration Special Interest Section Quarterly, 25(2), 1-4.

    Miller-Kuhaneck, H. (Ed.). (2001). "Autism: A Comprehensive Occupational Therapy Approach," Baltimore: AOTA.

    Miller-Kuhaneck, H. & Glennon, T (2001). "An introduction to autism and the pervasive developmental disorders." In H. Miller-Kuhaneck (Ed.). Autism: A Comprehensive Occupational Therapy Approach, Baltimore: AOTA.

    Kientz, M. & Miller-Kuhaneck, H. (2001). "Occupational therapy evaluation of the child with autism." In H. Miller-Kuhaneck (Ed.). Autism: A Comprehensive Occupational Therapy Approach, Baltimore: AOTA.

    Miller-Kuhaneck, H & Glennon, T. (2001). "Combining intervention approaches in occupational therapy for children with pervasive developmental disorders". OT Practice CE article, Nov.

    Miller-Kuhaneck, H. (2001). "Human figure drawing assessment: What are we measuring?" AOTA’s Developmental Disabilities Special Interest Section Quarterly, 24(3), 1-4.

    Case-Smith, J. & Miller, H. (1999). "Occupational therapy with children with pervasive developmental disorders." American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 53(5), 506-513.

    Kientz, M. & Miller, H. (1999). "Classroom evaluation of the child with autism." AOTA’s School System Special Interest Section Quarterly, 6(1), 1-4.

    Sanders, J. & Miller, H. (1999). "Employment options in the school systems: To contract or not to contract?" AOTA’s School System Special Interest Section Quarterly, 6(4), 1-4.

    Miller, H & Heaphy, T. (1998) "Sensory Processing in Preschoolers." In Case- Smith, J. (Ed.). Occupational Therapy: Making a Difference in School System Practice. Baltimore: AOTA.

    Muhlenhaupt, M., Miller, H., Sanders, J. & Swinth, Y. (1998). "Implications of the 1997 Reauthorization of IDEA for School based Occupational Therapists." AOTA’s School System Special Interest Section Quarterly, 5(3), 1-4.

    Miller, H. (1997). "Development of the Preschool Occupational Therapy Assessment. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics" 17(4), 61-63.

    Miller, H. (1996). "Prenatal cocaine exposure and mother-infant interaction: Implications for occupational therapy intervention." American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 51(2), 119-131.

    Miller, H. (1996). "Eye contact and gaze aversion: Implications for persons with autism." AOTA’s Sensory Integration Special Interest Section Newsletter, 19(2), 1-3.

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  • Hours: Available 4 days a week upon request
  • Location:
    Occupational Therapy
    Cambridge 1-O-09
    College of Health Professions
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