Roger Ideishi JD, OT/L, FAOTA
Roger Ideishi JD, OT/L, FAOTA
Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy
Children's access and participation in community experiences
Husband, Father, Caregiver, Runner, Home Fixer-Upper, Occupational Therapist, Educator.
Roger's primary occupation is being a family member. He and his wife Siobhan, a pediatric occupational therapist, are the proud and exhausted parents of Kelia, their daughter. He is a Southern California native and actually grew up on the beach, dude. Despite growing up in Southern California, he enjoys an urban city lifestyle, having lived in New York City and Philadelphia. When he is not working at the university, you can find Roger taking a run on Kelly Drive along the Schuylkill River. After parenting, he and his wife spend much of their time on their 130-year old Victorian townhouse and garden in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia. Roger & Siobhan’s daughter is a ballet dancer. Roger received his B.S. in Occupational Therapy from the University of Washington in Seattle and a J.D. in Law from Temple University.
Dr. Ideishi holds a JD from Temple University and a BS from the University of Washington. He is a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association. The recipient of the 2009 Faculty Senate Special Recognition Award, 2007 Faculty Recognition Award, 2004 Homiller Award for Excellence in Teaching, & the 1998 Alpha Chi Professor of the Year Award, he has directed several grant-funded projects, focusing on children's access and participation in community experiences.
Selected Scholarly Activity
Ideishi, R. I., Cohn, E., Orsmond, G., Wintrol, J., Whalen, M. L., Nickolaus, S., Swanson, J., & Siegel, B. (2013). Sensory friendly programming for people with social and cognitive disabilities: A guide for performing arts settings. Washington, DC: John F. Kennedy for the Performing Arts.
Ideishi, R. I., D’Amico, M., & Jirikowic, T. (2013). The role of occupational therapy in supporting community integration and participation for individuals with intellectual disabilities. AOTA Fact Sheet. Bethesda, MD: American Occupational Therapy Association.
O’Neil, M. E., Fragala-Pinkham, M., Ideishi, R. I., & Ideishi, S. K. (2012). Community based programs for children and youth: Experiences in design, implementation, & evaluation. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, 32(2), 111-119.
Ideishi, R.I., Ideishi, S.K. & Zidow, O.O. (2010). Preschool inclusion and community participation. In A. Hoffman & M. Strzelecki (Eds.) Stories of occupational therapy: Living life to its fullest (pp. 78-92). Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press.
Ideishi, R.I., O'Neil, M., Chiarello, L. & Nixon-Cave, K. (2010) Therapists' perceptions of facilitators and barriers in care coordination between medical and early intervention communication. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, 30(1), 28-42.
Ideishi, R.I., Willock, C. & Thach, K. (2010). Participation of children with special needs at the aquarium. Developmental Disabilities Special Interest Section Quarterly, 33(2), 1-4.
Ideishi, R.I. (2010). Occupational therapy service learning & early childhood education. In K. Flecky & L. Gitlow (Eds.) Service-learning in occupational therapy: Philosophy and practice (pp. 237-251). Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett Publisher.
O’Neil, M., Ideishi, R.I., Nixon-Cave, K. & Khort, A. (2008). Care coordination between medical and early intervention services: Family and provider perspectives. Family, Systems & Health, 26(2), 119-143.
Lorenzo-Lasa, R., Ideishi, R.I. & Ideishi, S. (2007). Facilitating preschool learning and movement through dance. Early Childhood Education Journal, 35(1), 25-31
Witchger-Hanson, A.M., Munoz, J., Crist, P., Gupta, J., Ideishi, R., Primeau, L. & Tupe, D. (2007). Service learning: Meaningful, community-centered professional skill development for occupational therapy students. Occupational Therapy in Health Care, 21, 25-49.
Broder, E., Branco, M., Ideishi, R., & Swanson, J. (2013, July 27) Empowerment through artistry and advocacy. American Alliance for Theater Education National Conference, Washington, DC.
Blumenthal, E., Varner, T., Boyce, D., Hosler, A. & Ideishi, R. I. (2013, May 19). Embracing access for all: Children with autism and museum experiences. American Association of Museums National Conference, Baltimore, MD.
Reiter, A., Ideishi, R. I., & Ideishi, S. K. (2013, April 26). Healthy living: Bringing healthy lifestyle routines and resources to underserved communities. American Occupational Therapy Association National Conference, San Diego, CA.
Ideishi, R. I. (2013, April 24). Institute – Beyond the classroom: Extending classroom, therapeutic, and community experiences for children and families. American Occupational Therapy Association National Conference, San Diego, CA.
Ideishi, R. I. (2011, October 27). Community inclusion: Access, opportunity & participation. 14th Annual John J. Bazyk Distinguished Lectureship, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH
Wenger, A., Ideishi, R. I., Ross, W., Ziebarth, B., & Genovesi, J. (2011, October 18). Socialization in science centers: Including individuals with autism. Association of Science & Technology Centers National Conference, Baltimore, MD.
Ideishi, R., Ross, W., Wenger, A., Jackel, R., & Jones, A. (2011, May 20). Creating museum access for children with autism spectrum disorder. Association of Children’s Museum National Conference, Houston, TX.
Rice, M., Francis-Connelly, E., Case-Smith, J., Ideishi, R.I., & Price, P. (2011, April 14). Faculty Subsection Annual Program: Swimming with the sharks – Success in getting promoted and tenured. American Occupational Therapy Association National Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
Ross, W., Jackel, R, Ideishi, R.I., & Jones, A. (2010, July 3). Autism airport project. Autism Society of America National Conference, Dallas, TX.
Thach, K., Ideishi, R., Wengar, A., & Ross, W. (2009, April 25). Social participation and access to aquariums for children with autism spectrum disorder. American Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Houston, TX.
Francis, B., Kielhofner, G., Gupta, J., Reeves, G. & Ideishi, R. (2007). Creating communities of scholars. American Occupational Therapy Association Conference, St. Louis, MO.
Wakeford, L., Ideishi, R.I., Olson, J. & Kern, P. (2006). Outdoor play occupations in context. 5th Annual Research Conference for the Society for the Study of Occupations, St. Louis, MO.
McGruder, J., Kearney, P., Ideishi, R.I., Molinksy, R. & Smith, Y. (2006). The impact of race and culture in health professions education. National Conference on Race and Pedagogy, Tacoma, WA.
King, G., Chiarello, L., Ideishi, R., Poulson, A., Schwellnus, H., Wright, V., & Ziviani, J. (submitted, 2013). Engagement in pediatric rehabilitation intervention process: Its nature, measurement, and role in the determination of outcomes. Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Ottawa, ON, Canada.
Ideishi, R. I. (2012-present). Sensory friendly programming for cultural arts settings. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC.
Genovesi, J., Wengar, W., Rudy, L. J., & Ideishi, R. I. (2012-present). Autism accessibility at museums. Institute of Museum and Library Studies, Washington, DC.
Ideishi, S.K. & Ideishi, R.I. (2006-2011). Child and parent self-discovery cultural arts program. Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation, Child Care Center Enhancement Grant.
Ideishi, R.I., Kramer, P., Cohen, M. & Ideishi, S.K. (2010-2011). Theater arts to promote socialization for children with autism. Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation.
Ideishi, S.K. & Ideishi, R.I. (2010-2011). Get movin’ – Physical activity for preschoolers. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Health Community Grant.
Ideishi, S.K., Odette, S. & Ideishi, R.I. (2010-2011). Family yoga and nutrition education. Early Childhood, Youth and Women’s Health, Philadelphia Department of Public Health Children with Special Health Care Needs Community Activity Grants.
Clinical Advisor, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA. 2013 - present.
Clinical Advisor, Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD. 2012 - present
Clinical Advisor, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Accessibility Office, Washington, DC. 2012 - present.
Autism Advisory Committee, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC. 2010 – present.
Roster of Accreditation Evaluators for the American Council of Occupational Therapy Education (2000-present)
Children’s Zoo Special Needs Advisory Group, Philadelphia Zoo, Philadelphia, PA. 2010 – 2011.
Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association, 2011
USciences Faculty Senate Special Recognition Award, 2010
USciences Faculty Special Recognition Award, 2007
William F. Homiller Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2004
Alpha Chi Professor of the Year, 1998
Master Clinician Award, Thomas Jefferson University, 1993
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