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December 3, 2010
Issue 38, Volume 4
It's All About the Choices!

Hope you are enjoying the start of the festive season. Happy Hanukkah! Here is our offering for you this week:

News Items:
  • Untangling Autism - What Scientists from Brandeis University are Doing
  • Weight Training CAN be Safe and Good for Kids
  • 'The King's Speech' Creating Lots of Awareness of Stuttering
  • Drum Circles Improve Social and Emotional Behavior in Children
  • Friends of PediaStaff in the News
  • Specific Language Impairment in the News
  • Stunting Disabled Children's Growth is 'Morally Permissible,' Group Says
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Scented Christmas Crayons
  • Special Playdate.com
  • The Playdough Stomp

Upcoming Events and CEU Opportunities

  • Selective Mutism: Your Resource to Understanding a Child with SM

Articles and Blogs

  • Guest Blog: Colleen's Top Toys for Kids with Autism - Holiday Gift Guide
  • Guest Blog: Five Fundamental Facts About SPD
  • Guest Blog: Resources from the ASHA Convention
  • Pediatric Therapy Corner: What's in a Name?
  • Worth Repeating: Graphomotor Skills - Why Some Kids Hate to Write
  • Also Worth Repeating: Tummy Trouble! Gastroenterological Conditions That May Affect The Voice
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Heidi Kay and the PediaStaff Team

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Hot Outpatient Jobs of the Week
Temporary Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist, Atlanta, GA

Our client is a pediatric outpatient clinic located in Fulton County, Georgia. We are seeking a full time Speech Language Pathologist for a maternity leave. The position is to start on January 3, 2011 and run through March 18, 2011. There are 28 kiddos needing services during this time with a varying population of autism, cerebral palsy, downs syndrome. Past experience in feeding-based intervention patients is highly desired. Our client offers flexible scheduling. The staff works as a team to evaluate and implement therapy practices for each child.

This is an independant contractor position paid on a per-visit basis.

Pay Per Visit is Between $55.00 and $65.00/visit BOE.

Qualifications: Must hold a Masters Degree in Speech Language Pathology or Communication Disorders; a current state license (or eligible) if applicable.

Interested in this job? Contact PediaStaff today!..


Another Hot Outpatient Job of the Week

Contract to Hire Pediatric Occupational Therapist, East of Tacoma, WA

Setting: Outpatient
Status: Direct employment (contract-to-hire)

You spend half your waking hours at work -- shouldn't you love your job?

You'll love this one! We have a full time opening at a therapist-owned Pediatric clinic located east of Tacoma. The owners and staff are family oriented and all have a passion for working with children. You'll be joining a strong team, and they have fun at work!

* Full time
* Salaried (starts out hourly $26 - $33)
* Full benefits including health, dental, vacation, CEU
* Roughly 80% utilization rate, 32 treatments per week

On top of all this you'll have three months to decide if you like it here. You'll start out in a contract position and after 3 months if you and the owners are happy you'll be hired directly.

Qualifications -- Must hold a Bachelor's Degree in Occupational Therapy; a current state license (or eligible). New graduates are welcome to apply.

Interested in this job? Contact PediaStaff today!..


Autism Research in the News: Untangling Autism - What Scientists from Brandeis University are Doing
[Source: Brandeis Magazine]

In 1994, Liane Kupferberg Carter '76 and her husband found themselves watching as a team of unsmiling experts at a New York teaching hospital poked, prodded and measured their toddler son, Mickey. Carter, a professional writer, recalled in her blog that, after Mickey had undergone two hours of testing, she "perched forward" to catch the doctor's words more fully, hoping to hear how adorable her child was, how promising his future. Instead, the doctor told her matter-of-factly, "Don't expect higher education for your son."

That bombshell still reverberating in her head, Carter gathered up Mickey, his diaper bag and his stroller and headed for the elevator. A social worker they had met that day waved goodbye. No one seemed to notice that the family had just received life-altering news. The formal diagnosis of autism wouldn't come until much later, when Mickey was 6, but Carter wrote, "It felt as if we were looking down a dark and endless tunnel."

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Physical Fitness in the News: Weight Training CAN be Safe and Good for Kids

[Source: Medical News Today]

Contrary to popular belief, weight training can be safe and good for children, and does not make them short, dumpy and susceptible to weak joints and injuries for the rest of their lives. An article published in the medical journal Pediatrics and written by researchers from the German Sport University Cologne (Deutsche Sporthochschule K´┐Żln) shows that resistance training can not only be safe for children, it is also beneficial, some would even say essential.

The authors explain that previous studies have demonstrated the benefits of resistance training for adolescents and children. However, different age groups and maturity levels' response to such exercises have not been clearly understood.

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Stuttering in the News a LOT! 'The King's Speech' Could do for Stuttering What 'Rain Main' Did for Autism
The national release of 'The King's Speech' is likely to be huge for stuttering awareness. The 'sure-to-be-Oscar-contender' stars Colin Firth as King VI of Britain and is topping critics holiday hit lists nationwide.

In addition to great national reviews, news outlets everywhere featuring pieces on stuttering to coincide with the release of the movie. Here are just a few of the articles and video stories we found in the news this week:

What Makes Stutterers (Like King George VI) Tick, Anyway? - The Wall Street Journal

The 'King's Speech Addresses the Issue - The Los Angeles Times

New Movie Focuses on Overcoming Stuttering - Washington DC Fox Affiliate

'The King's Speech' Likely to Break Stuttering Stereotypes - ABC News - 20/20

Stuttering: A Constant Struggle to Get the Words Out - USA Today

Two Stories on the Movie from National Public Radio

The Stuttering Foundation's Page of Links of Recent Movie Related Press

Music Therapy for Pediatric Wellness in the News: Drum Circles Improve Social and Emotional Behavior in Children
[Source: The NAMM Foundation]

The NAMM Foundation today announced the findings of a recent study that shows how group drumming can improve social and emotional behavior in low-income children.

The study, that appears in the Oxford Journal: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, was conducted by the Pediatric Pain Program in the Department of Pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles.

The study, funded by Remo Belli (longtime NAMM Member and founder of REMO, Inc.), demonstrates how group drumming can significantly improve such problem behaviors as: Withdrawal/Depression
Post-traumatic Stress; Anxiety; Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity; Oppositional Defiance; Sluggish Cognitive Tempo

Read More About this Study and the Beat the Odds Program on our Blog
Friends of PediaStaff in the News: Music Helps those with Motor Disorders
[Source: The Buffalo News]

A retired dentist and former big-band leader, John (name changed to protect identity), was grappling with the limited mobility, poor balance and painfully slow gait of Parkinson's disease. One of his greatest challenges was walking from his bedroom to his TV room. He'd freeze when the floor changed from wood to carpet. It could take him 15 minutes to traverse his own home.

Music therapist Kimberly Sena Moore visited John regularly as a home health aide during her undergraduate years at the University of Iowa. John mentioned that he liked the band music of John Philip Sousa. Moore started singing the introduction of "Stars and Stripes Forever." Suddenly, the octogenarian with advanced Parkinson's was marching to the beat.

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Specific Language Impairment in the News: A Common Childhood Disorder that Has Been Left out in the Cold
[Source: The Guardian (UK)]

Specific language impairment (SLI) is a developmental disorder 10 times as common as autism and just as prevalent as dyslexia. So how come you've never heard of it?

Taxi drivers have become the modern equivalent of the man on the Clapham omnibus. I've conducted a totally unsystematic but long-term survey of them and can report that most know what autism and dyslexia are, but very few have any idea about specific language impairment (SLI). Now this is odd because SLI is reckoned to be as common as dyslexia and 10 times as common as autism.

In SLI, children have noticeable problems with understanding and/or producing language, for no obvious reason. However, it is clearly a condition with an image problem. So we have what I call the taxi driver paradox: how come taxi drivers (and lay people in general) know about dyslexia and autism but not about SLI?

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Pediatric Medical Ethics in the News: Stunting Disabled Children's Growth is 'Morally Permissible,' Group Says
[Source: Seattle PI]

Four years after Seattle Children's hospital created a firestorm of controversy by stunting the growth of a profoundly disabled girl, a Seattle-based group studying the ethics of growth attenuation has decided the procedure is "morally permissible" under certain conditions.

The 20-member group, which included doctors, ethicists and parents of disabled children from across the country, published their findings in the current issue of the Hastings Center Report, a prominent bioethics journal.

The group was unable to achieve a consensus on the polarized topic, which is often referred to as the "Ashley treatment," after the 6-year-old girl who underwent the procedure at Children's.

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Therapy Activity of the Week: Scented Christmas Crayons
Here is a fine motor project that encourages fine motor skill practice and muscle strengthening of the fingers. Thank you to Your TherapySource.com for this great activity.

Watch a Video Demonstration of this Activity on our Blog

Therapy Resource of the Week: SpecialPlaydate.com
SpecialPlaydate.com is an online community that assists in the development of children's social and communication skills by offering an opportunity for these individuals to interact with other children and create lasting relationships. The website's services, available in all 50 states, present parents with a secure platform to search for compatible playdates with or without disabilities based on selected search criteria.

Visit this Site Through a Link on our Blog
Therapy Activity of the Week: Therapeutic Play with Playdough
Thank You to Joni Redlich, DPT for this week's Therapy Activity of the Week!

Playdough can be a great tool to strengthen the hands and for imaginary play. It can also be a great tool for increasing sensory awareness of the feet. It can also be used to challenge balance in standing like in this video, or it can be done in sitting too. Have fun trying it out!

Watch a Video Demonstrating the Activity HERE
Upcoming CEU Event: Selective Mutism: Your Resource to Understanding a Child with SM
Friday, December 10, 2010; 1-4pm EST (3.0 contact hours); Cost: $74.95
AOTA member discount code: ct7cr (10% off)

Course description: Recent literature has identified Selective Mutism as more prevalent than previously thought. Once thought of as a rare childhood anxiety disorder, Selective Mutism's prevalence was recently estimated to be nearly as common as Autism. Because Selective Mutism impacts not only a child's social emotional development, but also her communication and sensory processing skills, it warrants the attention of mental health treating practitioners, speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, and educators. This presentation will provide an overview of the assessment and treatment process for a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to working with children with Selective Mutism as indicated in current literature and evidence-based practice

Learn More About this Course and/or Sign-up HERE

Guest Blogs This Week: Learning Expressions, Our Journey Thru Autism, SpeechTechie
Colleen's Top Toys for Kids with Autism - by Colleen

I've worked as the manager of the Learning Express toy store in Roseville, California for ten years now and wanted to share some of my experience with finding toys for children with special needs. Let me preface this by saying that I am not a qualified professional in child development, but I do have quite a bit of life experience. My daughter is fifteen years old and she has Autism. She was diagnosed before she was two and although she has very little language she's been "mainstreamed" since kindergarten. The reason this was possible is due to the time we spent making every play opportunity a learning opportunity.

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Five Fundamental Facts About SPD - By: Britt Collins

So many children and adults that are on the autism spectrum have sensory issues and many people are not as familiar with what Sensory Integration (SI) is. Many Occupational Therapists (OT's) are trained in SI work and use this in their treatment when working with all types of diagnosis but especially when working with children with ASD. There are 7 sensory systems: sight, sound, taste, touch, smell, vestibular and proprioceptive systems.

The vestibular system detects movement of the head and the pull of gravity. The sensory information is received through the inner ear and then interpreted in the brain. This system governs your balance and tells you whether you are right side up or upside down. Children who have under-responsive vestibular systems seem to want to be constantly on the move, spinning, jumping and running. Children who have over-responsive vestibular

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Resources from the ASHA Convention - By: Sean J. Sweeney

It takes one a lot of time to consolidate all we learn at a conference like the ASHA Convention. Unfortunately some years we never fully do consolidate the information, because we are thrown back into the busy schedule and, well, it's HARD to integrate new practices. I think it's helpful to have realistic expectations of ourselves and consider a conference successful if we have a few new ideas that we implement.

ASHA's practice of putting handouts on the internet and keeping them there is, I think, a really open and useful one. I first of all wanted to post links to mine:

Narrative Rubrics to Support Evaluation and Eligibility in School Settings is a poster I

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Pediatric Therapy Corner: - What's in a Name?
By: Len Leshin, MD, FAAP; Copyright 2003. All rights reserved.

The "Mongol" Debate

In 1866, Dr John Langdon Down published his first work on a group of children in his care at the Earlswook Asylum in Surrey, England. It was an intuitive paper for his discovery that there was a subset of people with mental retardation that had a common appearance and characteristics; however, it was also shortsighted as Down characterized the appearance of these people as greatly resembling people of the Mongoloid race. At the time, the popular thinking of the races were that there were five distinct races: Caucasian, Mongolian, Ethiopian, Malaysian and Native American.(1) In Down's first paper (2), he describes one child as:

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Worth Repeating - Graphomotor Skills: Why Some Kids Hate To Write
[Source: Apraxia Kids]

By: Dr. Glenda Thorne

We thank Apraxia-Kids for allowing us to link to their very useful articles.

Handwriting is complex perceptual-motor skill that is dependent upon the maturation and integration of a number of cognitive, perceptual and motor skills, and is developed through instruction (Hamstra-Bletz and Blote, 1993; Maeland, 1992). While a plethora of information exists in lay and professional literature about many of the common problems experienced by school age children, difficulty with handwriting is often overlooked and poorly understood. Students with graphomotor problems are frequently called "lazy", "unmotivated" and/or "oppositional" because they are reluctant to produce written work. Many times, these are the children who dislike school the most. Because they are sometimes able to write legibly if they write slowly enough, they are accused of writing neatly "when they want to". This statement has moral implications and is untrue; for children with graphomotor problems, neat handwriting at a reasonable pace is often not a choice.

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Also Worth Repeating - Tummy Trouble! Gastroenterological Conditions That May Affect The Voice

By: Caroline Bowen

We thank Dr. Bowen for explicity allowing us to link to her articles. They are all found on her Website

"There are two major tracts in our necks: the trachea, for the passage of air to and from the lungs, and the oesophagus for the passage of food, usually to, but sometimes, when all is not well, from the stomach. The two passages run along-side each other in the neck and chest."

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