Erika G. Gisel

McGill University, Canada


Erika G. Gisel received her Ph.D. degree in physiology from Temple University, Philadelphia, and is Professor Emerita at the Faculty of Medicine, School of Physical & Occupational Therapy at McGill University, Montreal, Canada. Her research covers three main topics: (1) assessment of oral-motor development and dysfunction in preterm infants and children 6 months to 14 years of age, including evaluation of the efficacy of sensorimotor interventions in preterms and children with feeding problems. Peripheral oral sensorimotor stimulation (i.e., exercise) accelerates maturation of the oral-motor system and contributes to more normal oral-motor development of the vulnerable, extremely premature infant; (2) assessment of oral-motor functions in healthy seniors 60 to 90 and above years of age. Development of a reliable and valid assessment for the senior with ingestive problems. No standardized valid and reliable mealtime assessments for seniors were available until the McGill Ingestive Skills Assessment (MISA) was developed. It is commercially available. The MISA has been translated into 7 other languages attesting to the global need for such a tool; (3) impact of sensory processing and motor skills on daily living skills in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The focus here is the effect of sensorimotor deficits on activities of daily living. The work has attracted attention in the international community because research in the ASDs, in the past, has focused mainly on communication and socialization.

Biography Updated on 17 August 2017

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