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November 19, 2010
Issue 37, Volume 4
It's All About the Choices!

Hope everyone is well! We are very excited to be publishing this issue early so that we might head to Philadelphia for the ASHA Convention. Please stop by our booth numbers 232 and 2310! We look forward to meeting you!

News Items:
  • Families Fight to Care for Disabled Kids at Home
  • Max From NBC's 'Parenthood' Talks Aspergers
  • Pop Star Speaking out for Autism
  • New Documentary on Rett Syndrome Released
  • New Study Affirms Handwriting Problems Affect Children with Autism into the Teenage Years
  • Some Kids With Spinal Cord Injury May Be Overlooked For Walking Rehabilitation
Tips, Activities and Resources:
  • Thanksgiving Fine Motor Activity
  • Word List Generator.net
  • My Study Bar: Tool for Learners with Literacy Related Difficulties
Upcoming Events:
  • Its HERE NOW! The 2010 ASHA Convention
Articles and Blogs
  • Guest Blog: SLP Zen
  • Guest Blog: Before the Meltdown: Sensory, Emotional and Behavioral Interplay
  • Guest Blog: Stress Buster - Focus on a Color or Image
  • Pediatric Therapy Corner: The Challenge of Training Parents
  • Worth Repeating: What is Cerebral Palsy? Written For Kids
  • Also Worth Repeating: Special Education: Music Therapy Research and Evidence-Based Practice Support
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Heidi Kay and the PediaStaff Team

The Career Center

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Hot Outpatient Jobs of the Week
Pediatric Outpatient SLPs, OTs and PTs - Southeastern Missouri

Our spotlight this week in placed on a very special place. A place where children with severe and profound disabilities can be diagnosed, treated, and allowed to develop in a professional setting with caring therapists and assistants to guide them each step of the way. A place where families can receive the help they so much need...but maybe can't afford. This is THE place....a place where lives are changed....forever! Oh, .and did I mention...the families are NEVER asked to pay a penny!

We are actively assisting our client located in S.E. Missouri to find Speech -Language Pathologist, Physical and Occupational Therapists to join their team. That's right...they are growing...and need YOU to join their team! You would work a 10-month a year schedule...with plenty of time off....much with pay. Ambitious benefits package...and a compensation plan that is competitive. But how do you place a value on the results you will be part of in the lives of the children you will work with daily.

The Center is planning a 7,000 square foot expansion to the current building in order to continue to provide therapy services to the children they serve. The new treatment space will include a fully accessible Sensory Motor Learning Center that will accommodate children with all the levels of ability. There will be an additional treatment space that can accommodate a state-of-the-art fait lab and orthotics room to improve the walking abilities of the children served. Don't wait....contact us today for more information!

Interested in this job? Contact PediaStaff today!..


Hot School-Based Jobs of the Week

School-Based Speech Language Pathologist - Washington, D.C.

The District of Columbia is best known as the nation's capital and governmental center, but it is also a center for artistic, cultural, and technological activity. From historic Capitol Hill to eclectic Adams Morgan, the District's diverse neighborhoods make it a city of unique character and quality. Casual cafes and upscale bistros line the trendy streets of Georgetown, while the downtown district sizzles with a host of new restaurants. From the city's many parks to the jazz clubs on U Street, Washington has something for everyone. The District has been the site of many important events in American history, and with its abundance of social resources and teeming political activity,

Our client is a special needs charter school located in Washington D.C. We are searching for a Speech Therapist to work with a caseload of 28-30 students from ages 3 - 22 on a contract position that begins as soon as possible and ends in June, 2011. Common diagnoses included Autism, CP, Aspergers, Downs, etc. Part time or full time therapists will be considered. The school has many unique features such as a full size gymnasium, sensory rooms, art and music studios, and a hydrotherapy room that enhance the educational experience for the students. The therapists work closely with the teachers to create an ideal learning environment. Qualified candidates must have ASHA certification, experience treating a pediatric caseload, and the ability to work in a multi-modality team setting. The responsibilities include evaluation and diagnosis of speech and language disorders, development and implementation of therapeutic plans, and collaboration with all caregivers and staff members.

This position will not last long, so call us now!

Interested in this job? Contact PediaStaff today!..


Medicaid in the News: Families Fight to Care for Disabled Kids at Home
[Source NPR.org]

You've probably never seen a person hooked up to so many plastic tubes as Olivia Welter. There's a ventilator tube that keeps her breathing. There's a feeding tube that's also the tube for her dozen or so medicines. There are the tubes to the vibrating vest that loosens the mucus in her lungs. Another tube to help her cough. The tube that her nurse uses a couple times an hour to suction the mucus out of her mouth.

But if you think of being hooked up to machines as something that keeps a dying person alive, that's not what's going on here. Olivia Welter is not dying. These tubes and machines keep her healthy.

Olivia Welter is 20 years old and gets all this life-saving medical care through a program provided by Illinois' Medicaid program. But it's a program for children. And when Olivia Welter turns 21, at the stroke of midnight on Nov. 9, she is no longer eligible for that care.

Read the Rest of this Story or Listen to the Audiocast Through a LInk on our Blog

Aspergers on the Small Screen: Max From NBC's 'Parenthood' Talks Aspergers

When NBC's "Parenthood" premiered in March, viewers quickly learned that 8-year-old Max Braverman has Asperger's syndrome. Since then, autism has emerged as a central part of nearly every episode of the drama, which focuses on the experiences of three generations of a California family.

he Asperger's storyline follows the family's journey to accept Max's diagnosis and help him progress, all while dealing with their own emotions. The show's heavy focus on life with a developmental disability is believed to be a first and so far audiences both with and without ties to autism seem to be responding.

"While not all parents are dealing with autism or Asperger's, what I do find is all parents are dealing with something with their kids," says Jason Katims, the show's creator who himself has a son on the autism spectrum.

Read the Rest of this Interview Through a Link on our Blog
Celebrities Speaking Out : Pop Star Mitchel Musso Raising Autism Awareness

[Source: Fox News]

Mitchel Musso is now the youngest ambassador for Autism Speaks. The young Disney Channel turned singer is getting out to promote the new Autism Speaks Puzzle Builder campaign

Watch the Fox News Interview with Mitchel Musso and Visit the Puzzle Builder Website
Rett Syndrome in the News: New Documentary on Rett Syndrome Released
One year ago, filmmaker Jason Rem attended an elegant charity event in Los Angeles, at the home of Ann and Jim Gianopulos, held to raise funds for the work of the Rett Syndrome Research Trust. That evening Rem was exposed for the first time to images of the heartbreaking devastation caused by Rett Syndrome, a childhood neurological disorder he had never heard of before. Moved by what he learned Rem decided to make a documentary centered around the families and the cutting-edge science.

View the Trailer and Read More Through a Link on our Blog
Autism Research News: New Study Affirms Handwriting Problems Affect Children with Autism into the Teenage Years
[Source: Kennedy Krieger Institute]

The handwriting problems that affect children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are likely to continue into their teenage years, according to a study from the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Md. The research is published in the November 16, 2010 issue of Neurology�, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

In 2009, Kennedy Krieger researchers conducted the first study to examine handwriting quality in children with ASD, finding that motor skills (e.g., timed movements) predicted handwriting deficits. This latest study revealed that, like children with ASD, adolescents with ASD (ages 12 to 16) have poor handwriting quality and motor skill impairments when compared to typically developing peers. However, unlike younger children, perceptual reasoning was the main predictor of handwriting performance in adolescents. Perceptional reasoning is a person's ability to reason through problems with nonverbal material.

Read the Rest of This Article Through a Link on our Blog
Spinal Cord Injury Research News: Some Kids With Spinal Cord Injury May Be Overlooked For Walking Rehabilitation
[Source: Science Daily.com]

The traditional way to predict whether children can regain movement after spinal cord injuries may exclude a small subset of patients who could benefit from therapy, according to two studies presented by University of Florida researchers at the Society for Neuroscience meeting this week in San Diego.

In one study, researchers present details of a child with incomplete spinal cord injury who continues to improve four years after recovering walking ability in a locomotor training program at UF, even though clinical assessment tools predicted he would never walk again.

In another presentation, the scientists discussed findings in which three of six children with severe, chronic and incomplete spinal cord injuries - patients who retain some sensation or movement below the injury - improved through locomotor training, to the point where they could take steps. Even the three who did not regain stepping ability acquired greater trunk control.

Read the Rest of This Article Through a Link on our Blog
Therapy Activity of the Week: Thanksgiving Fine Motor Activity

Special Thanks to Your Therapy Source for this Week's Therapy Activity.

  • Print out the play mat and laminate.
  • Using wipe off markers, draw a path for the turkey to get to the table. Get 17 wooden clothes pins.
  • With a permanent marker, write each letter of H-a-p-p-y T-h-a-n-k-s-g-i-v-i-n-g on each clothes pin.
  • Pinch a clothes pin open and attach it to the matching letter on the play mat.

Download this Great Thanksgivign Activity Through a Link on our Blog
Therapist Resource of the Week: Word List Generator.net
The Word List Generator Project has created a database of 2084 words that elementary school teachers can use to help students practice and build sounding out and word-form recognition skills. Learn more about the project and how you can help.

To generate a word list matching your students' instructional level, select parameters below--eg, to generate a list of CVC words beginning with continuous sounds, check the CVC checkbox and select "are continuous only" from the Initial sounds drop-down menu.

Try the Word List Generator Through a Link on our Blog

Therapist Resource of the Week: My Study Bar: Tool for Learners with Literacy Related Difficulties
MyStudyBar is a tool which helps overcome problems that students commonly experience with studying, reading and writing. The tool consists of a set of portable open source and freeware applications, assembled into one convenient package. Easy to install, simple to use, handy and effective, MyStudyBar provides comprehensive learning support at the desktop, where it is needed.

Download My Study Bar Through a Link 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: ASHAsphere, Full Spectrum, StressFreeKids.com
SLP Zen - By: Sean Sweeney

Few of us would claim that the job of an SLP is flowers and sunshine all the time. It can be super-stressful managing a caseload, planning interventions, completing evaluations, dealing with administrative hoo-hah, and keeping clients, families, and a whole other cast of characters happy. However, if our position were not challenging, many of us would surely get bored and move on to rockier pastures. The key is to be able to step back from our whirlwind work lives and avoid burnout. In this, as in many other areas of my life, I often turn to technology. Here are 5 ways technology can help SLPs with chilling out instead of stressing out.

Read the Rest of this Guest Post Through a Link on our Blog
Before the Meltdown: Sensory, Emotional and Behavioral Interplay - By: Pamela Ullmann, ATR-BC, LCAT

Most children who are diagnosed on the autism spectrum have difficulty regulating their emotions and maintaining a calm state as we know. Children with autism and special needs go through similar emotional challenges as typical children do, but it takes them longer to get through them and it may take some creative techniques. In addition, it is sometimes difficult to recognize which emotions may be prominent in the child with ASD because sensory needs may look like an emotional or behavioral reaction.

Parents, teachers and therapists can help by recognizing the emotions and offering empathy when behaviors escalate. De-escalation is the key. By learning about the child's sensory issues, and behavioral triggers we can begin to recognize the signs before hand; and thereby help the child regulate and avoid an emotional meltdown.

Read the Rest of this Post Through a Link on our Blog

Stress Buster! Focus on a Color or Image- By: Lori Lite

The Mental Health Association recommends that we stop the chatter in our heads in order to decrease stress. With a little effort, relaxation can be achieved for you, your children, and even your teen!
  1. Focus on an image. Set a timer for 30 seconds and try to think only of that image. When you become comfortable with 30 seconds increase your time to one minute. Let your children and teens try this with you. Kids will see it as a game and time spent bonding with mom or dad. Teens may want to do it privately or never even let you know they tried. Plant the relaxation seed. You never know when it will start to grow.
  2. Focus on a color. It can be a sheet of construction paper, a screen saver, or crayon. If thoughts enter your head, simply acknowledge the thought and send it away. Empower
Read the Rest of this Post Through a Link on our Blog
Pediatric Therapy Corner: - The Challenge Of Training Parents
By: Daniel Adatto, MA, BCBA
Founder and Clinical Director of Total Behavior Solutions

Our thanks to Daniel Adatto, MA, BCBA and Total Behavior Solutions for providing this article for our website.

Any kind of therapist that works with children faces the challenge of motivating parents and caregivers to implement and follow through on the therapeutic advice we offer for their children. This article was originally written for behavior intervention specialists, therapists that implement behavior modification programs using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). ABA has gained much recognition as the only evidence-backed treatment for Autism. It is based on many years of research into behavior, its causes, and techniques for changing behavior. It is essentially a positive-reinforcement system that creates desired behaviors by breaking them down into small, logical steps. We know that success in any child's therapy program, whether it be speech or behavioral, can not be achieved without a significant commitment on the part of parents.

Parents need to devote a considerable amount of time and energy to learn and implement the therapeutic principles and techniques we offer. So in reading this you can feel free to interchange behavior modification with speech therapy or whatever therapy you offer.

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

Worth Repeating - What is Cerebral Palsy? Written For Kids
[Source] Kids Health

NB: This article is written for children who have Cerebral Palsy and related problems. We publish it here because we know that therapists like to give their clients as much information as possible.

Have you ever heard a family member talk about your first step or the first word you spoke? For kids with cerebral palsy, called CP for short, taking a first step or saying a first word is not as easy. That's because CP is a condition that can affect the things that kids do every day.

What's CP?
Some kids with CP use wheelchairs and others walk with the help of crutches or braces. In some cases, a kid's speech may be affected or the person might not be able to speak at all.

Cerebral palsy (say: seh-ree-brel pawl-zee) is a condition that affects thousands of babies and children each year. It is not contagious, which means you can't catch it from anyone who has it. The word cerebral means having to do with the brain. The word palsy means a weakness or problem in the way a person moves or positions his or her body.

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

Also Worth Repeating - Special Education: Music Therapy Research and Evidence-Based Practice Support

Source: American Music Therapy Association

Music therapy is a well-established professional health discipline that uses music as the therapeutic stimulus to achieve non-musical treatment goals. In special education and settings serving persons with special needs, music therapists utilize music as an educational related service to promote learning and skill acquisition.

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

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