Advocacy · Occupational therapy · Osteogenesis Imperfecta · Speaking

Keynote Speaker : University of Pittsburgh Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Recognition Day Ceremony

December 14, 2019, I had the honor and privilege of presenting as the Keynote Speaker for the University of Pittsburgh's Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Fall Recognition Day Ceremony, representing both the OI community and Clarion University. The majority of graduates were from the Physicans Assistant program, and others were from Speech Pathology, OT, PT, Audiology,… Continue reading Keynote Speaker : University of Pittsburgh Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Recognition Day Ceremony

Osteogenesis Imperfecta · Prenatal Diagnosis

Why it is inappropriate, unethical and negligent to diagnose a baby in utero with a lethal form of Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI)

  With the expansion of prenatal genetic testing, must come the expansion of dialogue as it relates to the ethical ramifications of prenatal diagnosis. I am not a medical professional, nor a genetic specialist. I am the parent of a child with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI), a rare genetic condition. I am a woman and patient… Continue reading Why it is inappropriate, unethical and negligent to diagnose a baby in utero with a lethal form of Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI)

Niko Gian · Occupational therapy · Osteogenesis Imperfecta

9 Things I’d Love to Share with Occupational Therapy Students

I recently spoke on a parents panel at a local university, speaking to students in an OT program about working with an OT and having a child with special needs. I'd like to share the following, as it pertains to┬ápediatric occupational therapy. The Early Intervention (EI) program and our team of therapists have changed our… Continue reading 9 Things I’d Love to Share with Occupational Therapy Students

Niko Gian

October is Dwarfism Awareness Month

"I think he has a form of Dwarfism." This was the moment it all started getting blurry for me. During our follow up ultrasound, at 20 weeks pregnant, our doctor said these words to us. Shock, confusion, curiosity and denial flooded waves over us. I wondered how anyone could tell with such certainty that this… Continue reading October is Dwarfism Awareness Month