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December 17, 2010
Issue 42, Volume 4
It's All About the Choices!     

Hope your holiday plans are shaping up and you are getting some much deserved time off!   Here is our weekly offering for you.  This will be our last weekly newsletter of the year.  Next week we will not have an issue so that our staff might enjoy some time with their families.   We will return the following week and will publish our monthly edition on New Year's Eve.   Have a safe and joyous Christmas season.   See you in two weeks!
News Items: 
  • More Speech and Language in the New York Times; Carolyn Bowen Quoted
  • Toddlers with Autism Show Improved Social Skills Following Targeted Intervention
  • Twin Study Helps Scientists Link Relationship Among ADHD, Reading, Math
  • American Sign Language is Close to the Third Most Studied Foreign Language
  • Teen with Asperger's Makes Film
  • More Kids with Intellectual Disabilities Going to College
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Fluency Friday - Therapy Ideas for Stuttering
  • Sensory Motor Countdown to the Holidays
  • Fitness Activities Courtesy of Kid-Fit

Articles and Blogs

  • Guest Blog: The Value of Scrapbooking in Therapy
  • Guest Blog: Holiday Baking for Kids with Special Needs
  • Guest Blog: Snowball Fight - A Fun, Easy Therapy Activity
  • Pediatric Therapy Corner: NBCOT� Clinical Simulation Test Problem
  • Worth Repeating: Assisting Students Struggling with Reading: Response to Intervention (RtI) and Multi-Tier Intervention in the Primary Grades
  • Also Worth Repeating: Educational Rights Of Children With Traumatic Brain Injury                                                                                                                    
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Hot Hospital Job of the Week
Pediatric Hospital Based Speech-Language Pathologist, Philadelphia, PA

Our client is a children's specialty healthcare system located in Philadelphia, PA, that provides pediatric therapy ranging from routine to complex, extremely specialized treatment. We are searching for a full time pediatric speech therapist for inpatient and outpatient coverage. Qualified candidates must have 3-5 years experience in feeding and swallowing and be able to provide mentorship to the younger therapists on staff. The therapist will treat children who range in age from birth to 21. This is a full time, Monday through Friday direct hire position.

Why this place?   
Philadelphia, commonly referred to as Philly and/or The City of Brotherly Love, is the largest city in Pennsylvania and the sixth most populous city in the United States Due to Philadelphia's importance in the development of our nation, it has several interesting and significant attractions worth seeing. Perhaps the most famous attraction is the Liberty Bell Pavilion, which houses the 2,080 lb. bell. Another unique piece of history still preserved in Philadelphia is the Betsy Ross House. She is said to have sewn the first United States flag that was presented to George Washington. Philly isn't all historical buildings and artifacts though. The Philadelphia Zoo was the first zoo in the U.S. and is currently home to over 1,300 animals. The Please Touch Museum caters to younger audiences and offers the kids a chance to explore hands-on exhibits. For something completely different, try a trip to Hersheypark just outside of Philadelphia. This huge amusement park has over 60 rides and attractions, complete with a water park. Philadelphia is one of the best cities for both leisure and historical attractions.

Philadelphia is located: 
  • Just over 1 hour from the beautiful beaches and casinos in Atlantic City, NJ
  • Less than 2 hours from New York City
  • 2.5 hours from Washington D.C.
Qualifications: Must hold a Master's Degree in Speech Communications; a current state license (or eligible), a Certificate of Clinical Competence, and have 3 -5 years of pediatric acute care experience.

Interested in this job? 
Contact PediaStaff today!..

Hot School-Based Job of the Week

School-Based Speech-Language Pathologist, Glendale/Burbank Area, CA

We have an immediate opening in the Glendale/Burbank area. We are seeking a contract Speech Language Pathologist for three days a week. This is to service all Elementary kiddos in one location! The position is in a great location and starts immediately and runs through the end of the school year. Experience with this age is preferred but new grads will be considered.

Pay is between $45-55.00/hour BOE.

Qualifications: MS in Communication Sciences, a current state license (or eligible) if applicable.

Pediatric therapy is our specialty - and our expertise is backed by excellent hourly rates and per diem offered based upon IRS eligibility. Additional benefits include: nationally recognized medical insurance, 401K, generous relocation and continuing education assistance, optional paid leave, optional summer pay program, reimbursement for state licensure and/or teacher certifications, and completion bonuses.

Our management team provides 24/7-telephone support to our therapists - you are not alone when you are on assignment with us. In addition, we provide Clinical Coordinators to assist our therapists in managing their caseloads effectively. Our Clinical Coordinators are experienced therapists who have excelled within their profession and are able to help you succeed. Respond now and learn how YOU can be a part of our team! There is never a charge to applicants and new graduates are always encouraged to apply.


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Speech and Language in the News:  Carolyn Bowen Quoted in the New York Times in Article on Therapy in 'The King's Speech'
[Source: New York Times]

"My Fair Lady" had "The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain." "Singin' in the Rain" had "Moses supposes his toeses are roses." To cinema's pantheon of tricky diction, we can now add, "I have a sieve full of sifted thistles and a sieve full of unsifted thistles, because I am a thistle sifter." Audiences for "The King's Speech" can hear Colin Firth as Prince Albert, Duke of York (later King George VI), practice this tongue twister as part of the speech therapy conducted by Lionel Logue, played by Geoffrey Rush.

Henry Higgins in "My Fair Lady" (and its predecessor, "Pygmalion") trains the flower girl Eliza Doolittle to lose her Cockney diphthongs. Similarly, the voice coach in "Singin' in the Rain" tries to steer the silent-film star Lina Lamont away from a grating New York accent.

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Autism in the News: Toddlers With Autism Show Improved Social Skills Following Targeted Intervention

Targeting the core social deficits of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in early intervention programs yielded sustained improvements in social and communication skills even in very young children who have ASD, according to a study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), part of the National Institutes of Health. The study was published online in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

Although some research suggests that ASD may be reliably diagnosed earlier than the current average age of 3 years, few interventions have been tested in children younger than 3.

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ADHD in the News:  Twin Study Helps Scientists Link Relationship Among ADHD, Reading, Math
[Source: Science Daily.com]

Children with ADHD can sometimes have more difficulties on math and reading tests compared to their peers. A new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, used identical and fraternal twins to look at the genetic and environmental influences underlying ADHD behaviors, reading, and math skills in children in an attempt to better understand the relationship among them.

Sara Hart, of the Florida State University, and her colleagues used twins enrolled in a long-term study of reading and math. Hart says by focusing on twins specifically, psychological scientists are able to tease out the difference between nature and nurture.

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American Sign Language in the News: ASL is Close to the Third Most Studied Foreign Language
[Source: USA Today]

American Sign Language is close to surpassing German as the third-most-studied foreign language at America's colleges and universities.

Only 4,500 more students study German than study ASL, and enrollment in classes for the gesture-based language used by the deaf increased 16% since the last survey three years ago.

The top language studied in U.S. colleges in 2009 was Spanish, followed by French.

Arabic saw the biggest increase, up 46%, but is still studied by just 2% of all students enrolled in language courses.

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Feel Good Story of the Week: Teen with Asperger's Makes Film
[Source:  ABC Chicago]

"Cursed Waters" is a film written, directed and produced by a Chicago-area teen with Asperger's Syndrome.    It took three years to put together, but at 18 years old, Alyssa Huber has accomplished more than the average teenager despite her disability.

"Cursed Waters" is a lighted-hearted comedy about a boy who lost his job and joins a pirate crew. 
Huber got her movie idea watching the special features of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" DVD.   Huber also created the set.

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Another Feel Good Story of the Week: More Schools Opening Doors to Students with Intellectual Disabilities
[Source: The Boston Globe]

Like many of his peers, Ben Majewski had a lifelong goal of going to college. Now, the 20-year-old who has Down syndrome and hearing problems is living out his dream despite his disability.

Majewski, a graduate of Newton North High School, is in his first semester at Massachusetts Bay Community College's Wellesley Hills campus, taking a psychology class in career and life planning, getting tutoring, going to the gym, and making new friends.

"I got a buddy here, he has Down syndrome, he's a veteran around here,'' Majewski said. "He's showing me the ropes, teaching me where everything is, and helping me meet new people.''

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Therapy Resource of the Week: Fluency Friday - Stuttering Resources
Check out this great 'Resource of the Week.' Treatment ideas free for the visiting include Strategies for Fluency, Easy Speech Activities, a Fluency Toolbox, Stuttering Jeopardy and More.

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Therapy Activity of the Week: Sensory Motor Countdown to the Holidays
Special Thanks to Your Therapy Source for this great sensory motor holiday activity guide. Please support our contributors and visit Your Therapy Source

Here is a twist on the usual countdown to the holidays. This calender for December includes gross motor and fine motor activities for each day leading up to the holiday season. You can get a printable version at Your Therapy Source. Print it out and give to parents or hang up in your home to get children's hands and feet moving during this holiday season. There is a pattern to the calender - gross motor followed by fine motor. Some activities are outdoors. If the weather does not cooperate, just switch a fine motor day for a gross motor day.

Download this Great Month of Holiday Activities Through a Link on our Blog

Therapy Activity of the Week: Free Fitness Activities
Thank you to Kid-Fit.com for these therapy/physical education exercises to that promote balance, cardiovascular fitness, strength and flexibility.

Check out these Activities Through a Link on our Website
Guest Blogs This Week: Easy Speech and Language Ideas, Capable Kids Clubhouse, Speech Therapy Ideas
The Value of Scrapbooking in Therapy - Shareka Bentham

I've always loved scrapbooks.

As a child I always enjoyed looking through magazines, cutting out pictures I found interesting, and sticking them in scrapbooks. Even now I have one for dress styles I find in magazines. I've also applied this concept to my work with children. Every parent who comes to see me in clinic, at some point has to buy a scrapbook. It doesn't have to be anything too fancy, just a simple construction paper pad that is durable and has enough space to stick pictures.

Read the Rest of this Guest Post Through a Link on our Blog
Holiday Baking for Kids with Special Needs - By: Mary Miles, PT

It is the time of the year where many parties and gatherings occur! If you have a tradition of baking at this time of the year, remember to involve the kids in what you make. You might be surprised at how therapeutic baking can be for kids with special needs! At our house we make gingerbread people along with some other holiday cookies. My kids enjoy making the gingerbread people, rolling out their chunk of dough and decorating their own cookies to share.

To help get the kids involved I divide up the dough so each child gets to roll out a few people and decorate as they wish. Giving small portions of dough keeps the project manageable and still FUN! To help little hands become more successful with rolling out the dough, try washing up the play dough roller to have the kids use for their dough. If your child needs help, hand over hand help is still a great experience and fun family activity to do with siblings.

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Snowball Fight - A Fun Easy Therapy Activity (for all Therapy Disciplines) - By: Becky Wanca, CCC-SLP

Want to have some clean wintry fun in your sessions? Have a "snowball" fight! This version works in all climates (even in Florida) and is a great motivator for heaps of repetition or practice.

  • Scrap paper, ripped (letter size paper ripped in fourths works great)
  • Stimuli for what you are working on
  • Bowl or basket for each student (optional)
  1. Give each student a bowl or basket to hold the "snowballs" (optional).
  2. For each production or answer the child gives, a piece of paper is earned. The child can then ball it up and add it to his or her basket or pile. The students want a lot of "snowballs" and therefore are usually eager to have many turns.
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Pediatric Therapy Corner: - NBCOT� Clinical Simulation Test Problem
By: By: Alison Bodor, M.S. OTR/L

CS questions can be considered a structured format item. That is, they require you to apply your
knowledge and information from the previous questions and relate it to the subsequent sections, similar to ordering. However, this ordering relates to the progression of occupational therapy evaluation, treatment, and/or discharge planning pertaining to your specific test problem.

Your CS will begin with an opening scene. This opening scene then leads you to reading the first
question. You may select an answer or answers, based on your comprehension of the question, critical reasoning, and knowledge. Once you select an answer, you cannot deselect it. Feedback responses will be listed after you select an answer choice that you can apply to the proceeding sections accordingly.

Recognizing the OT process and understanding the validated domain, task, and knowledge statements aids you in your critical reasoning skills to apply to a clinical simulation test problem. It may sound simple to identify the above, but this is the area most exam candidates may forget to study and apply to their CST problems.

Take a look at the CS example below. This may help you visualize a potential test problem.

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Worth Repeating: Assisting Students Struggling with Reading: Response to Intervention (RtI) and Multi-Tier Intervention in the Primary Grades
[Source: The US Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences]

We thank the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences for making their pages available.

In the primary grades students with reading difficulties may need intervention to prevent future reading failure. This guide offers specific recommendations to help educators identify students in need of intervention and implement evidence-based interventions to promote their reading achievement. It also describes how to carry out each recommendation, including how to address potential roadblocks in implementing them.

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Also Worth RepeatingEducational Rights Of Children With Traumatic Brain Injury
[Source:  The Brain Injury Resource Center]

NB: This article is written for the parents of children who have Traumatic Brain Injury and related problems. We publish it here because we know that therapists like to give their client's caregivers as much information as possible.

Thousands of parents each year face unexpected difficulties associated with their child's return to school following a traumatic brain injury. Even a mild brain injury such as a concussion or whiplash can cause serious learning and behavioral impairments. Headaches, sleep, concentration, memory, vision, mood and irritability are but a few of the many continuing problems caused by head injury. The combination of the many thinking and emotional disorders caused by brain injury seriously undermine the ability to learn and fit in.

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