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Sharon Cermak, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA

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    Sharon Cermak received her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from The Ohio State University, her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Boston University, Graduate Program, and her doctoral degree in Special Education at Boston University. Dr. Cermak is renowned for her expertise in Dyspraxia/Developmental Coordination Disorder, a long-standing interest of hers. She co-edited a leading text, "Developmental Coordination Disorders," and more recently served as a member of an NIH Task Force on Childhood Motor Disorders.

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    Sensory Adapted Dental Environments to Enhance Oral Care for Children
    NIH/NIDCR U01DE024978May 1, 2015 - Apr 30, 2020
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Sensory Adapted Dental Environments to Enhance Oral Care for Children with Autism
    NIH/NIDCR R34DE022263Sep 15, 2011 - Aug 31, 2014
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Physical Activity, Fitness and Obesity in Children with Coordination Disorders
    NIH/NICHD R21HD051861May 15, 2006 - Apr 30, 2009
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Como DH, Floríndez LI, Tran CF, Cermak SA, Stein Duker LI. Examining unconscious bias embedded in provider language regarding children with autism. Nurs Health Sci. 2019 Jun 25. PMID: 31237743.
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    2. Hertzog D, Cermak S, Bar-Shalita T. Sensory modulation, physical activity and participation in daily occupations in young children. Can J Occup Ther. 2019 Apr; 86(2):106-113. PMID: 31018672.
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    3. Kilroy E, Cermak SA, Aziz-Zadeh L. A Review of Functional and Structural Neurobiology of the Action Observation Network in Autism Spectrum Disorder and Developmental Coordination Disorder. Brain Sci. 2019 Mar 28; 9(4). PMID: 30925819.
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    4. Kilroy E, Aziz-Zadeh L, Cermak S. Ayres Theories of Autism and Sensory Integration Revisited: What Contemporary Neuroscience Has to Say. Brain Sci. 2019 Mar 21; 9(3). PMID: 30901886.
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    5. Mendonça Alves JF, Valladão Novais Van Petten AM, Cermak SA, de Castro Magalhães L. Evaluation of the Reliability and Validity of the Brazilian Version of the Here's How I Write: A Child's Self-Assessment and Goal Setting Tool. Am J Occup Ther. 2019 Mar/Apr; 73(2):7302205070p1-7302205070p10. PMID: 30915968.
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    6. Como DH, Stein Duker LI, Polido JC, Cermak SA. The Persistence of Oral Health Disparities for African American Children: A Scoping Review. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 02 27; 16(5). PMID: 30818846.
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    7. Stein Duker LI, Floríndez LI, Como DH, Tran CF, Henwood BF, Polido JC, Cermak SA. Strategies for Success: A Qualitative Study of Caregiver and Dentist Approaches to Improving Oral Care for Children with Autism. Pediatr Dent. 2019 Jan 15; 41(1):4E-12E. PMID: 30803480.
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    8. Chistol LT, Bandini LG, Must A, Phillips S, Cermak SA, Curtin C. Sensory Sensitivity and Food Selectivity in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. J Autism Dev Disord. 2018 02; 48(2):583-591. PMID: 29116421.
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    9. Duker LIS, Henwood BF, Bluthenthal RN, Juhlin E, Polido JC, Cermak SA. Parents' perceptions of dental care challenges in male children with autism spectrum disorder: An initial qualitative exploration. Res Autism Spectr Disord. 2017 Jul; 39:63-72. PMID: 29098015.
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    10. Hopkins J, Cermak SA, Merritt RJ. Oral Feeding Difficulties in Children With Short Bowel Syndrome: A Narrative Review. Nutr Clin Pract. 2017 May 01; 884533617707493. PMID: 28521656.
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    11. Chaspari T, Tsiartas A, Stein Duker LI, Cermak SA, Narayanan SS. EDA-gram: designing electrodermal activity fingerprints for visualization and feature extraction. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2016 08; 2016:403-406. PMID: 28268358.
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    12. Bar-Shalita T, Cermak SA. Atypical Sensory Modulation and Psychological Distress in the General Population. Am J Occup Ther. 2016 Jul-Aug; 70(4):7004250010. PMID: 27294988.
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    13. Blanche EI, Diaz J, Barretto T, Cermak SA. Caregiving Experiences of Latino Families With Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder. Am J Occup Ther. 2015 Sep-Oct; 69(5):6905185010p1-11. PMID: 26356658.
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    14. Cermak SA, Stein Duker LI, Williams ME, Dawson ME, Lane CJ, Polido JC. Sensory Adapted Dental Environments to Enhance Oral Care for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study. J Autism Dev Disord. 2015 Sep; 45(9):2876-88. PMID: 25931290.
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    15. Zobel-Lachiusa J, Andrianopoulos MV, Mailloux Z, Cermak SA. Sensory Differences and Mealtime Behavior in Children With Autism. Am J Occup Ther. 2015 Sep-Oct; 69(5):6905185050. PMID: 26379266.
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    16. Cermak SA, Katz N, Weintraub N, Steinhart S, Raz-Silbiger S, Munoz M, Lifshitz N. Participation in Physical Activity, Fitness, and Risk for Obesity in Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder: A Cross-cultural Study. Occup Ther Int. 2015 Dec; 22(4):163-73. PMID: 26123622.
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    17. Cermak SA, Stein Duker LI, Williams ME, Lane CJ, Dawson ME, Borreson AE, Polido JC. Feasibility of a sensory-adapted dental environment for children with autism. Am J Occup Ther. 2015 May-Jun; 69(3):6903220020p1-10. PMID: 25871593.
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    18. Raz-Silbiger S, Lifshitz N, Katz N, Steinhart S, Cermak SA, Weintraub N. Relationship between motor skills, participation in leisure activities and quality of life of children with Developmental Coordination Disorder: temporal aspects. Res Dev Disabil. 2015 Mar; 38:171-80. PMID: 25589477.
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    19. Roley SS, Mailloux Z, Parham LD, Schaaf RC, Lane CJ, Cermak S. Sensory integration and praxis patterns in children with autism. Am J Occup Ther. 2015 Jan-Feb; 69(1):6901220010. PMID: 25553746.
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    20. Chaspari T, Tsiartas A, Stein LI, Cermak SA, Narayanan SS. Sparse representation of electrodermal activity with knowledge-driven dictionaries. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng. 2015 Mar; 62(3):960-71. PMID: 25494494.
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    21. Mailloux Z, Leão M, Becerra TA, Mori AB, Soechting E, Roley SS, Buss N, Cermak SA. Modification of the postrotary nystagmus test for evaluating young children. Am J Occup Ther. 2014 Sep-Oct; 68(5):514-21. PMID: 25184463.
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    22. Koester AC, Mailloux Z, Coleman GG, Mori AB, Paul SM, Blanche E, Muhs JA, Lim D, Cermak SA. Sensory integration functions of children with cochlear implants. Am J Occup Ther. 2014 Sep-Oct; 68(5):562-9. PMID: 25184469.
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    23. Lifshitz N, Raz-Silbiger S, Weintraub N, Steinhart S, Cermak SA, Katz N. Physical fitness and overweight in Israeli children with and without developmental coordination disorder: gender differences. Res Dev Disabil. 2014 Nov; 35(11):2773-80. PMID: 25086737.
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    24. Stein LI, Lane CJ, Williams ME, Dawson ME, Polido JC, Cermak SA. Physiological and behavioral stress and anxiety in children with autism spectrum disorders during routine oral care. Biomed Res Int. 2014; 2014:694876. PMID: 25114916.
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    25. Cermak SA, Bissell J. Content and construct validity of Here's How I Write (HHIW): A Child's Self-Assessment and Goal Setting Tool. Am J Occup Ther. 2014 May-Jun; 68(3):296-306. PMID: 24797193.
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    26. Goldstand S, Gevir D, Cermak SA. Respecting the child's perspective: effective assessment and intervention for handwriting difficulties. Aust Occup Ther J. 2014 Apr; 61(2):129-30. PMID: 24689925.
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    27. Stein LI, Polido JC, Cermak SA. Oral care and sensory over-responsivity in children with autism spectrum disorders. Pediatr Dent. 2013 May-Jun; 35(3):230-5. PMID: 23756306.
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    28. Foran AC, Cermak SA, Spruijt-Metz D. Psychosocial determinants of participation in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity among Hispanic and Latina middle school-aged girls. Hisp Health Care Int. 2013; 11(3):142-8. PMID: 24830915.
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    29. Stein LI, Polido JC, Najera SO, Cermak SA. Oral care experiences and challenges in children with autism spectrum disorders. Pediatr Dent. 2012 Sep-Oct; 34(5):387-91. PMID: 23211914.
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    30. Stein LI, Polido JC, Cermak SA. Oral care and sensory concerns in autism. Am J Occup Ther. 2012 Sep-Oct; 66(5):e73-6. PMID: 22917131.
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    31. Bandini LG, Gleason J, Curtin C, Lividini K, Anderson SE, Cermak SA, Maslin M, Must A. Comparison of physical activity between children with autism spectrum disorders and typically developing children. Autism. 2013 Jan; 17(1):44-54. PMID: 22807562.
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    32. Stein LI, Polido JC, Mailloux Z, Coleman GG, Cermak SA. Oral care and sensory sensitivities in children with autism spectrum disorders. Spec Care Dentist. 2011 May-Jun; 31(3):102-10. PMID: 21592164.
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    33. Mailloux Z, Mulligan S, Roley SS, Blanche E, Cermak S, Coleman GG, Bodison S, Lane CJ. Verification and clarification of patterns of sensory integrative dysfunction. Am J Occup Ther. 2011 Mar-Apr; 65(2):143-51. PMID: 21476361.
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    34. Daunhauer LA, Coster WJ, Tickle-Degnen L, Cermak SA. Play and cognition among young children reared in an institution. Phys Occup Ther Pediatr. 2010 May; 30(2):83-97. PMID: 20367513.
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    35. Bandini LG, Anderson SE, Curtin C, Cermak S, Evans EW, Scampini R, Maslin M, Must A. Food selectivity in children with autism spectrum disorders and typically developing children. J Pediatr. 2010 Aug; 157(2):259-64. PMID: 20362301.
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    36. Cermak SA, Curtin C, Bandini LG. Food selectivity and sensory sensitivity in children with autism spectrum disorders. J Am Diet Assoc. 2010 Feb; 110(2):238-46. PMID: 20102851.
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    37. Toglia J, Cermak SA. Dynamic assessment and prediction of learning potential in clients with unilateral neglect. Am J Occup Ther. 2009 Sep-Oct; 63(5):569-79. PMID: 19785256.
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    38. Chen YW, Tseng MH, Hu FC, Cermak SA. Psychosocial adjustment and attention in children with developmental coordination disorder using different motor tests. Res Dev Disabil. 2009 Nov-Dec; 30(6):1367-77. PMID: 19625163.
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    39. Ben-Sasson A, Hen L, Fluss R, Cermak SA, Engel-Yeger B, Gal E. A meta-analysis of sensory modulation symptoms in individuals with autism spectrum disorders. J Autism Dev Disord. 2009 Jan; 39(1):1-11. PMID: 18512135.
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    40. Ben-Sasson A, Cermak SA, Orsmond GI, Tager-Flusberg H, Kadlec MB, Carter AS. Sensory clusters of toddlers with autism spectrum disorders: differences in affective symptoms. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2008 Aug; 49(8):817-25. PMID: 18498344.
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    41. Tirella LG, Chan W, Cermak SA, Litvinova A, Salas KC, Miller LC. Time use in Russian Baby Homes. Child Care Health Dev. 2008 Jan; 34(1):77-86. PMID: 18171448.
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    42. Miller LC, Chan W, Litvinova A, Rubin A, Tirella L, Cermak S. Medical diagnoses and growth of children residing in Russian orphanages. Acta Paediatr. 2007 Dec; 96(12):1765-9. PMID: 17971188.
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    43. Ben-Sasson A, Cermak SA, Orsmond GI, Tager-Flusberg H, Carter AS, Kadlec MB, Dunn W. Extreme sensory modulation behaviors in toddlers with autism spectrum disorders. Am J Occup Ther. 2007 Sep-Oct; 61(5):584-92. PMID: 17944296.
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    44. Ben-Sasson A, Cermak SA, Orsmond GI, Carter AS, Fogg L. Can we differentiate sensory over-responsivity from anxiety symptoms in toddlers? perspectives of occupational therapists and psychologists. Infant Ment Health J. 2007 Sep; 28(5):536-558. PMID: 28640427.
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    45. Daunhauer LA, Coster WJ, Tickle-Degnen L, Cermak SA. Effects of caregiver-child interactions on play occupations among young children institutionalized in Eastern Europe. Am J Occup Ther. 2007 Jul-Aug; 61(4):429-40. PMID: 17685176.
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    46. Miller LJ, Anzalone ME, Lane SJ, Cermak SA, Osten ET. Concept evolution in sensory integration: a proposed nosology for diagnosis. Am J Occup Ther. 2007 Mar-Apr; 61(2):135-40. PMID: 17436834.
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    47. May-Benson TA, Cermak SA. Development of an assessment for ideational praxis. Am J Occup Ther. 2007 Mar-Apr; 61(2):148-53. PMID: 17436836.
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    48. Miller LC, Chan W, Litvinova A, Rubin A, Comfort K, Tirella L, Cermak S, Morse B, Kovalev I. Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders in children residing in Russian orphanages: a phenotypic survey. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2006 Mar; 30(3):531-8. PMID: 16499495.
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    49. Lin SH, Cermak S, Coster WJ, Miller L. The relation between length of institutionalization and sensory integration in children adopted from Eastern Europe. Am J Occup Ther. 2005 Mar-Apr; 59(2):139-47. PMID: 15830613.
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    50. Marr D, Cermak S, Cohn ES, Henderson A. Fine motor activities in Head Start and kindergarten classrooms. Am J Occup Ther. 2003 Sep-Oct; 57(5):550-7. PMID: 14527117.
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    51. Marr D, Cermak S. Consistency of handwriting in early elementary students. Am J Occup Ther. 2003 Mar-Apr; 57(2):161-7. PMID: 12674307.
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    52. Marr D, Cermak S. Predicting handwriting performance of early elementary students with the developmental test of visual-motor integration. Percept Mot Skills. 2002 Oct; 95(2):661-9. PMID: 12434865.
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    53. Cohn ES, Cermak SA. Including the family perspective in sensory integration outcomes research. Am J Occup Ther. 1998 Jul-Aug; 52(7):540-6. PMID: 9693698.
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    54. Katz N, Cermak S, Shamir Y. Unilateral neglect in children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy. Percept Mot Skills. 1998 Apr; 86(2):539-50. PMID: 9638752.
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    55. Katz N, Champagne D, Cermak S. Comparison of the performance of younger and older adults on three versions of a puzzle reproduction task. Am J Occup Ther. 1997 Jul-Aug; 51(7):562-8. PMID: 9242863.
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    56. Cermak SA, Daunhauer LA. Sensory processing in the postinstitutionalized child. Am J Occup Ther. 1997 Jul-Aug; 51(7):500-7. PMID: 9242855.
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    57. Rainville EB, Cermak SA, Murray EA. Supervision and consultation services for pediatric occupational therapists. Am J Occup Ther. 1996 Oct; 50(9):725-31. PMID: 8886191.
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    58. Lin KC, Cermak SA, Kinsbourne M, Trombly CA. Effects of left-sided movements on line bisection in unilateral neglect. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 1996 Sep; 2(5):404-11. PMID: 9375165.
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    59. York CD, Cermak SA. Visual perception and praxis in adults after stroke. Am J Occup Ther. 1995 Jun; 49(6):543-50. PMID: 7645667.
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    60. Cermak SA, Katz N, McGuire E, Greenbaum S, Peralta C, Maser-Flanagan V. Performance of Americans and israelis with cerebrovascular accident on the Loewenstein Occupational Therapy Cognitive Assessment (LOTCA). Am J Occup Ther. 1995 Jun; 49(6):500-6. PMID: 7645662.
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    61. Tseng MH, Cermak SA. The influence of ergonomic factors and perceptual-motor abilities on handwriting performance. Am J Occup Ther. 1993 Oct; 47(10):919-26. PMID: 8109612.
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    62. Chen Sea MJ, Henderson A, Cermak SA. Patterns of visual spatial inattention and their functional significance in stroke patients. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 1993 Apr; 74(4):355-60. PMID: 8466416.
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    63. McHale K, Cermak SA. Fine motor activities in elementary school: preliminary findings and provisional implications for children with fine motor problems. Am J Occup Ther. 1992 Oct; 46(10):898-903. PMID: 1463061.
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    64. Cermak SA, Murray E. The Adult with Learning DisabilitiesWhere Do All the Children Go? Work. 1992; 2(2):41-7. PMID: 24441906.
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    65. Cermak SA, Murray EA. The validity of the Constructional subtests of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests. Am J Occup Ther. 1991 Jun; 45(6):539-43. PMID: 2063943.
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    66. Henderson A, Cermak S, Coster W, Murray E, Trombly C, Tickle-Degnen L. Occupational science is multidimensional. Am J Occup Ther. 1991 Apr; 45(4):370-2. PMID: 2035610.
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    67. Cermak SA, Morris ML, Koomar J. Praxis on verbal command and imitation. Am J Occup Ther. 1990 Jul; 44(7):641-5. PMID: 2386190.
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    68. Murray EA, Cermak SA, O'Brien V. The relationship between form and space perception, constructional abilities, and clumsiness in children. Am J Occup Ther. 1990 Jul; 44(7):623-8. PMID: 1696783.
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    69. Goodgold-Edwards SA, Cermak SA. Integrating motor control and motor learning concepts with neuropsychological perspectives on apraxia and developmental dyspraxia. Am J Occup Ther. 1990 May; 44(5):431-9. PMID: 1693811.
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    70. Witt A, Cermak S, Coster W. Body part identification in 1- to 2-year-old children. Am J Occup Ther. 1990 Feb; 44(2):147-53. PMID: 2178442.
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    71. Magalhaes LC, Koomar JA, Cermak SA. Bilateral motor coordination in 5- to 9-year-old children: a pilot study. Am J Occup Ther. 1989 Jul; 43(7):437-43. PMID: 2750858.
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    72. O'Brien V, Cermak SA, Murray E. The relationship between visual-perceptual motor abilities and clumsiness in children with and without learning disabilities. Am J Occup Ther. 1988 Jun; 42(6):359-63. PMID: 3394786.
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    73. Lennox L, Cermak SA, Koomar J. Praxis and gesture comprehension in 4-, 5-, and 6-year-olds. Am J Occup Ther. 1988 Feb; 42(2):99-104. PMID: 3348343.
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    74. Hung SS, Fisher AG, Cermak SA. The performance of learning-disabled and normal young men on the test of visual-perceptual skills. Am J Occup Ther. 1987 Dec; 41(12):790-7. PMID: 3503598.
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    75. Menken C, Cermak SA, Fisher A. Evaluating the visual-perceptual skills of children with cerebral palsy. Am J Occup Ther. 1987 Oct; 41(10):646-51. PMID: 3688118.
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    76. MacWhinney K, Cermak SA, Fisher A. Body part identification in 1- to 4-year-old children. Am J Occup Ther. 1987 Jul; 41(7):454-9. PMID: 3688161.
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    77. Atwood RM, Cermak SA. Crossing the midline as a function of distance from midline. Am J Occup Ther. 1986 Oct; 40(10):685-90. PMID: 3777103.
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    78. Cermak SA, Ward EA, Ward LM. The relationship between articulation disorders and motor coordination in children. Am J Occup Ther. 1986 Aug; 40(8):546-50. PMID: 3752221.
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    79. Smith CM, Cermak SA, Nelson DL. Sequential versus simultaneous graphesthesia tasks in 6- and 10-year-old children. Am J Occup Ther. 1984 Jun; 38(6):377-81. PMID: 6742086.
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    80. Mandell RJ, Nelson DL, Cermak SA. Differential laterality of hand function in right-handed and left-handed boys. Am J Occup Ther. 1984 Feb; 38(2):114-20. PMID: 6711663.
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    81. Cermak SA, Ayres AJ. Crossing the body midline in learning-disabled and normal children. Am J Occup Ther. 1984 Jan; 38(1):35-9. PMID: 6702992.
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    82. Conrad KE, Cermak SA, Drake C. Differentiation of praxis among children. Am J Occup Ther. 1983 Jul; 37(7):466-73. PMID: 6614126.
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    83. Eimon MC, Eimon PL, Cermak SA. Performance of schizophrenic patients on a motor-free visual perception test. Am J Occup Ther. 1983 May; 37(5):327-32. PMID: 6869494.
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    84. Koomar JA, Cermak SA. Reliability of dichotic listening using two stimulus formats with normal and learning-disabled children. Am J Occup Ther. 1981 Jul; 35(7):456-63. PMID: 7246721.
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    85. Cermak SA, Quintero EJ, Cohen PM. Developmental age trends in crossing the body midline in normal children. Am J Occup Ther. 1980 May; 34(5):313-9. PMID: 7405768.
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    86. Cermak SA, Coster W, Drake C. Representational and nonrepresentational gestures in boys with learning disabilities. Am J Occup Ther. 1980 Jan; 34(1):19-26. PMID: 7369073.
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    87. Cermak SA, Cermak LS, Drake C, Kenney R. The effect of concurrent manual activity on the dichotic listening performance of boys with learning disabilities. Am J Occup Ther. 1978 Sep; 32(8):493-9. PMID: 696547.
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    88. Cermak SA. Community-based learning in occupational therapy. Am J Occup Ther. 1976 Mar; 30(3):157-61. PMID: 1266939.
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    89. Cermak SA, Stein F, Abelson C. Hyperactive children and an activity group therapy model. Am J Occup Ther. 1973 Sep; 27(6):311-5. PMID: 4723724.
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