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November 5,, 2010
Issue 35, Volume 4
It's All About the Choices!

Hello and Happy Friday. Can you believe we are about to enter the holiday season already? So, until your life gets more hectic than usual, have a seat, pull out a leftover piece of Halloween candy, and enjoy our newsletter.

News Items:
  • Thoughts and Prayers Requested for a Friend of PediaStaff
  • PediaStaff Needs 2 Minutes of Your Time
  • Obama Administration Urges Schools To Take Action On Bullying
  • Children with ADHD Symptoms at Higher Risk of Obesity
  • Adaptive Communication Apps in the New York Times
  • Researchers Develop Tool to Identify Bilingual Children with True Language Disorders
  • Stuttering on the Big Screen: The King's Speech
  • Autism-risk Gene Rewires The Brain In A Way That Disrupts Learning And Language Acquisition
  • Early Autism Intervention Takes On New Meaning
Tips, Activities and Resources:
  • Test of Selective Attention
  • It's a Noisy Planet
Upcoming Events:
  • 2010 ASHA Convention
Articles and Blogs
  • Guest Blog: Homemade Solutions for Attentional Difficulties
  • Guest Blog: Tall Ring Stack on a Pole Hippotherapy Activity
  • Guest Blog: Wheelchair User for a Day
  • Pediatric Therapy Corner: Therapy Ideas for SLPs who Travel to Clients' Homes, Daycare Facilities and Schools
  • Worth Repeating: Linking Phonology and Language: Approaches, Target Selection and Intervention Ideas
  • Also Worth Repeating: Infant & Childhood Stroke Fact Sheet
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The Career Center

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Recent Speech Language Pathologist and SLPA Jobs
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Recent Physical Therapist and PTA Jobs
Recent School Psychologist Jobs

Hot Hospital Job of the Week
Hospital Based Occupational Therapist - Eastern Shore, MD

Our client is a not-for-profit network of inpatient and outpatient services with facilities in Talbot, Dorchester, Caroline and Queen Anne's counties. Affiliated with the University of Maryland Medical System, they are bringing world class medical care to residents of Maryland's Mid-Shore and the Delmarva Peninsula.

We are searching for an Occupational Therapist to work in a 20-bed inpatient rehabilitation center that offersacute nursing care, medical supervision by specially trained physicians, and a comprehensive program of physical, occupational and speech therapy for patients recovering from injuries, surgery and illnesses. Patients typically stay up to two weeks and have at least three to four hours of combined therapy each day. The caseload is 90% adult, 10% pediatrics. The atmosphere is very collaborative between therapy disciplines. Each staff member has the support of management and access to professional development and growth. This is a full time position with excellent benefits. The schedule is usually 8 - 4:30 with some weekend coverage. This position offers excellent pay and benefits.

Why this place? Maryland's Eastern Shore is a wonderful area with a four season climate and easy access to other locations. It is a reasonable commute to Annapolis and Cambridge, and to a lesser extent Baltimore and Washington D.C. Residents and visitors enjoy a variety of activities - hiking, sailing/boating/swimming in the Chesapeake Bay, golf, festivals, plays, and so much more. The hospital is located in a pretty town with tree lined streets and historic buildings. The downtown area is filled with shops, boutiques, and restaurants.

Qualifications:Must hold a Bachelor's or Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy and a current Maryland state license (or eligible).

Interested in this job? Contact PediaStaff today!..


Hot School-Based Jobs of the Week

School-Based Speech Language Pathologists - Monterey, CA

Come and Stay in Monterey!!!

It's a great time of year to head to the California coast and we could really use your help right now. Short and long-term school assignments to cover shortages or maternity and medical leaves abound. Most of these assignments are full time and couple with our great benefits package and clinical support. However, don't rule us out if you only want 1-2 days a week. We are seeking Experienced School Speech Language Pathologists working with several different age groups. If working with kids is your passion and California is at all on your radar, we would love to hear from you.

Qualifications: MS in Communication Sciences, a current state license (or eligible) if applicable. CFY with school-based clinical experience is not out of the question.

The climate is temperate with summer daytime highs from the 70s to mid 80s. Nighttime coastal fog creeps down the valley from the Monterey Bay causing cooler evening temperatures in the mid 50s. Indian summers begin in September and can last through early December offering a warm and pleasant fall season.

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.

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.

Interested in this job? Contact PediaStaff today!..


Your Thoughts and Prayers Needed: PediaStaff Contributor Alejandro Brice Hospitalized
Please keep a friend of PediaStaff in your thoughts and prayers! Alejandro Brice, one of our regular columnists for our monthly Bilingual Corner is in the hospital recovering from a very serious vertebral artery aneurysm rupture. He is expected to make a full recovery, but let's all send good thoughts and prayers. He has recently come out of the ICU after a two week stay.

Please feel free to visit Alex's CaringBridge site and post on his guestbook.. How cool would it be if many of our PediaStaff family let him know how much he means to the SLP community!! Let's do it in English AND Spanish!!

Visit Alejandro Brice's Caring Bridge Guestbook
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Bullying in the News: Obama Administration Urges Schools To Take Action On Bullying
[Source: Disability Scoop]

Bullying on the basis of disability and a slew of other factors is not only wrong, federal officials are reminding educators, but in many cases it's also against the law.

In a letter to schools, colleges and universities sent Tuesday, Russlynn Ali, assistant secretary for civil rights at the Department of Education, outlined the legal obligations that school staff have to protect students from peer harassment based on race, color, national origin, sex or disability.

"Harassing conduct may take many forms, including verbal acts and name?calling; graphic and written statements, which may include use of cell phones or the Internet; or other conduct that may be physically threatening, harmful or humiliating," Ali wrote. "A school is responsible for addressing harassment incidents about which it knows or reasonably should have known."

Read the Rest of this Article Through our Blog
ADHD in the News: Children with ADHD Symptoms at Higher Risk of Obesity

[Source: HealthDay News/UPI]

Children with symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are at increased risk for obesity in adulthood, a new study claims.

Having three or more of any of the symptoms of ADHD - such as inattention, hyperactivity or impulsivity - significantly increases the chances of being obese, according to researchers from Duke University Medical Center, who examined federal data on 15,197 adolescents followed from 1995 to 2009.

Read the Rest of this Article Through a Link on our Blog
Adaptive and Alternative Communication in the News: iPad Apps for Communication in the New York Times

[Source: The New York Times]

Owen Cain depends on a respirator and struggles to make even the slightest movements - he has had a debilitating motor-neuron disease since infancy. Owen, 7, does not have the strength to maneuver a computer mouse, but when a nurse propped her boyfriend's iPad within reach in June, he did something his mother had never seen before.

He aimed his left pointer finger at an icon on the screen, touched it - just barely - and opened the application Gravitarium, which plays music as users create landscapes of stars on the screen. Over the years, Owen's parents had tried several computerized communications contraptions to give him an escape from his disability, but the iPad was the first that worked on the first try.

Read the Rest of This Article Through a Link on our Blog
Language Disorders in Bilingual Children in the News: Researchers Develop Tool to Identify Bilingual Children with True Language Disorders
[Source: University of Texas]

According to the 2000 census, nearly one-third of Texans ages 5 years and older speak Spanish at home. Add the under-5 population and the percentage is even higher. Due to continued immigration and globalism, the bilingual population will continue to grow in Texas.

Five to 8 percent of preschoolers experience a speech-language disorder, one of the most common childhood disabilities, but also one of the most treatable when identified early. Speech disorders include difficulty pronouncing sounds, articulation problems and stuttering, while language disorders involve difficulty expressing ideas and understanding what is heard. Because language is the foundation of communication, untreated speech-language disorders can lead to struggles with reading, school absenteeism, behavioral issues and academic failure.

Read the Rest of This ArticleThrough a Link on our Blog
Stuttering in the News and on the Big Screen: The King's Speech
by: The Stuttering Foundation

In November 2010, worldwide movie audiences will be presented with a most interesting and unusual movie release with The King's Speech, starring Colin Firth as King George VI and Helena Bonham Carter as his wife Elizabeth.

Unfortunately, history may have forgotten the courageous and inspiring story of Prince Albert who stuttered badly and never dreamed that he would ever be king when his older brother, King Edward VIII, abruptly abdicated the throne in 1936 to marry Wallis Simpson, an American divorcee.

In an interview after the completion of the filming of The King's Speech, producer Iain Canning said, "His brother was famously charming and Bertie was considered the dull-witted one with little charisma." When Prince Albert, who was known as Bertie, ascended to the throne to become King George VI, it is an understatement to say that his life changed drastically.

Read the Rest of This Article Through a Link on our Blog
Autism in the News: Autism-Risk Gene Rewires The Brain In A Way That Disrupts Learning And Language Acquisition
[Source: Medical News Today.com]

Researchers at UCLA have discovered how an autism-risk gene rewires the brain, which could pave the way for treatments aimed at rebalancing brain circuits during early development, according to an article published in Science Translational Medicine. Functional imaging scans have revealed that some of the problems experienced by individuals with autism may be due to too many connections within the frontal lobe of the brain, and poor connections between the frontal lobe and other parts of the brain. The researchers say their discovery, what they described as the result of "a blend of brain imaging and genetic detective work", located the crucial missing mechanisms linking altered genes to changes in brain functions and disrupted learning.

Read the Rest of This Article and an NBC Article Through a Link on our Blog
Autism in the News: Early Autism Intervention Takes On New Meaning
[Source: DisabilityScoop.com]

Doctors can't formally diagnose autism in children younger than age 2, but that's not stopping researchers who are working to identify infants who are at risk and begin therapy.

The idea is to take early intervention and apply it at ever-younger ages. Researchers at the MIND Institute at the University of California, Davis are enrolling children as young as 6 months who are exhibiting signs of autism - such as lack of eye contact or failing to smile or babble - in a pilot project called Infant Start.

Participating parents learn to help their babies develop critical skills. For example, parents might be taught to engage their children in such a way that the babies gaze at mom or dad rather than a toy or the ceiling.

Read the Rest of This Article and a New York Times Article Through a Link on our Blog
Therapist/Family Resource of the Week: It's a Noisy Planet
Many of you already get the Inside NIDCD Newsletter which is the quarterly publication of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, but did you know about their wonderful website for kids and parents called Noisy Planet?

In October 2008, the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), launched It's a Noisy Planet. Protect Their Hearing. The Noisy Planet campaign is designed to increase awareness among parents of children ages 8 to 12 ("tweens") about the causes and prevention of NIHL. With this information, parents and other caring adults can encourage children to adopt healthy habits that will help them protect their hearing for life.

Visit 'It's a Noisy Planet Through a Link on our Website
Fun Activity to Try and Book Recommendation: Test of Selective Attention and the "Invisible Gorilla and Other Ways our Intuitions Deceive Us"
Editor's Note: This is a great activity that demonstrates the "illusion of attention. " It wasn't designed to be used with kids but it is really terrific. I would say for 3rd graders and up. According to the authors of this experiment, about 50% of the people who take this 'test' answer NO to the question posed at the end. Apparently, there is little correlation with IQ either. I wonder if our ADD/Gifted/Special kiddos who have hyperfocus issues would do compared to general population?

Interestingly enough, the book that features this experiment ("The Invisible Gorilla") speaks of several other "illusions" including the 'illusion of cause.' In that chapter he uses the vaccine/autism "connection" to demonstrate that a small number of emotionally charged anecdotes will sway people towards a belief in a causal connection between things despite scientific evidence to the contrary. An entire chapter of the book is devoted to this issue and mentions Jenny McCarthy and Andrew Wakefield. If you have an interest in cognitive psychology, check out the book!

How might one use this test with gifted/special kids? Post your suggestions below in our comments area.

Check out this Test of Selective Attention on our Blog
Upcoming Event: ASHA National Convention - November 18-20, 2010, Philadelphia, PA
  • Stop by our Booth and Meet the PediaStaff Team in Person;
  • Let us Know you Follow our Newsletter;
  • and Pick up Your Free Toobaloo!

Learn More about the 2010 ASHA Convention

Learn About CEU Opportunities in Philadelphia

We will have booth both in the main exhibit hall and in the Career Center. You can find us in the main hall at Booth 232 and in the Career Fair at Booths 2310/2312

Our Career Center specialists are scheduling interviews now. Come talk to us about all your options in school based and pediatric speech language pathology. PediaStaff has a wide variety of options for for experienced SLPs as well as young therapists just starting out!

Please contact Sue Steger in our office at sue@pediastaff.com or call 866-733-4278 to secure your slot!
Guest Blogs This Week: PediatricOT, HorseOT, The Daily Dose
Homemade Solutions for Attentional Difficulties - By: Loren Shlaes, OTR/L

You can go a long way towards improving a child's ability to cope by eliminating toxins from his environment, making sure he eats nutritious food, and gets plenty of sleep and exercise.

  1. Suggest to parents that they take the child to the playground for a quick workout before school starts and make sure that he gets daily vigorous exercise. If a child is not getting outside to play every single day, this could account for at least part of the problem if he is having a hard time sitting still.

    Children need to move, to work on coordinating their minds and bodies, to use their hands, and to solve problems. Sitting passively in front of a television or video game is not an appropriate way for the child to spend more than an hour or two, at the very most. If a child is inside due to weather problems, suggest to parents that they have other options available besides the TV or computer. Good ideas include board games or cards, cooking together, wrestling, dancing to music, making a craft project, or building a fort or obstacle course out of sofa cushions. Have the parents turn off all electronic devices like Blackberries or cell phones during "together times" so that they can give their children their full attention.
Read the Rest of this Guest Post on our Blog
We welcome Barbara Smith, OTR to our Guest Blog pages. Barbara has two blogs. This week, we welcome her with an entry from her Horse OT blog

Tall Ring Stack on Pole - By: Barbara Smith, OTR/L

My son recently made this tall ring stack for me using pcv pipe and concrete in the coffee can. Its the perfect height for children to post in order to reach and place the rings. The "rings" are made of kids tights stuffed with plastic bags and they are great for those kids who resist using both hands together and need to work on motor planning.

Read the Rest of this Guest Post on our Blog

Wheelchair User for a Day- By: Janelle LoBello

I love ideas like this. We've all heard the phrase, "Try living a day in my shoes." I came across this blog of a student who had to do just that and navigate her campus in a wheelchair.

Everyone in my class has an assignment: spend one day that we are on campus in a wheelchair. Most days we are only in two buildings that are practically next to one another, so it hasn't been a big deal. Today I had to go to another part of campus to hear a presentation (from a motivational speaker who speaks about being in a wheelchair) and it was challenging. On my way over a classmate offered to push me and I was so grateful because the sidewalk was so uneven and sloped in all different directions. Walking on it I would never have noticed, but being in a wheelchair I felt everything.

Check out the Rest of this Great Guest Blog Activity on our Blog
Pediatric Therapy Corner: - Therapy Ideas for SLPs who Travel to Clients' Homes, Daycare Facilities and School
by: Gina Cato, MA. CCC-SLP, the Center for Hearing & Speech

The traveling SLP has many challenges when providing therapy outside of her office. How many therapy materials can possibly fit in a therapy bag? At the Center for Hearing & Speech, each SLP travels to several off-site locations. These are some therapy activities that we've used when we travel to area daycares and schools. The activities are functional for the child, yet require only a few supplies that typically can be found in classrooms.
  • Work on following auditory directions in the child's classroom. For example, practice following classroom routines such as, "Turn in your paper and line up for lunch." Practice placing items in various locations when the client hears directions, such as, "Put the truck on the shelf," or "Put the puzzle on the table."
  • Use photos of the client's school environment to teach vocabulary and practice articulation goals. For example, use photos of the school fish, the classroom shelf, and a toy elephant to practice the /f/ sound and improve receptive / expressive classroom vocabulary. For children who need alternative / augmentative communication, place photos on a small, metal ring or in a photo album.
Read the Rest of This Article on our Blog

Worth Repeating - Linking Phonology and Language: Approaches, Target Selection and Intervention Ideas
[Source: CSHA.org]

By: Jackie Bauman-Waengler, Ph.D., Pleasant Valley School District, Camarillo, CA
Diane Garcia, M.S., University of Redlands, Redlands, CA

Presentation covers different approaches and therapies for different Phonological and Language Problems

Read the Rest of This Article Through a Link on our Blog

Also Worth Repeating - Infant & Childhood Stroke Fact Sheet

[Source: CHASA]

Children's Hemiplegia and Stroke Association, a 501�(3) non-profit organization, to help provide research awards to scientists who engage in infant or childhood stroke research.

What is a Stroke?
A stroke occurs when the blood supply to any part of the brain is interrupted, resulting in tissue injury and loss of brain function.

How often does childhood stroke occur?

  • A number of strokes occur prior to birth, but it is unclear how often this happens
  • Stroke occurs at a higher rate in infants who are less than 1 year old; around 1 in 4000 live births
  • For children 1-18 years old, stroke occurs in 6 out of 100,000 children5 - 10% of children will die from their stroke
Read the Rest of this Article Through a Link on our Blog
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