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January 7, 2011
Issue 1, Volume 5
It's All About the Choices!     

Happy New Year Everyone!!    Hope everyone had wonderful holidays and is refreshed!  Here is our newsletter offering this week: 
News Items: 
  • Wakefield Autism-Vaccine Study Revealed to be an 'Elaborate Fraud"
  • Scientists Test 'Trust' Hormone for Autism Fight
  • Clinical Trial Starting on Use of Cord Blood for Pediatric TBI
  • Brain Scans Show Children with ADHD Have Faulty On-Off Switches for Mind Wandering
  • 'The King's Speech' Passes Stutterers The Mic
  • Nintendo "3DS" Warning for Children Under 6 and Response from Developmental Vision Community
  • Effort to Restore Children's Play Gains Momentum (from the New York Times)
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Students with MS & the Academic Setting: A Handbook for School Personnel."
  • Book Review: "Growing an In-Sync Child" by Carol Kranowitz and Joye Newman
  • After the Holidays Fine Motor Skills Activity

Upcoming Events

  • Childhood Apraxia of Speech Workshops - Austin, TX and New Orleans, LA 

Articles and Blogs 

  • Guest Blog: Great Day in the Morning
  • Guest Blog: One Language or Two: The Bilingual Quandry in Autism or Is It?
  • Pediatric Therapy Corner: NINDS Batten Disease Information Page
  • Worth Repeating: Vibration Treatment In Cerebral Palsy: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study
  • Also Worth Repeating: The Joy of Feeding Therapy                                                                                                 
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Hot School-Based Jobs of the Week
Part Time School-Based OT, PT, and SLP, Chicago Suburbs, IL

Part time OT, Part time PT needed in West suburb of Chicago: 

Our client is a school system in the Oswego/Yorkville area of IL. They seek a part time OT and part time PT to cover maternity leaves this spring. You'd travel between a few schools; hours and days are flexible. Therapists are needed for approximately 12 weeks with the possibility of extension through the end of the 10/11 school year. Hourly rates are based on experience and range from $37-45/hour.

Additionally, an SLP is needed 1 day per week ongoing at a therapeutic day school for children with autism in Lake in the Hills, IL.  You'd be working 6 hours with a small caseload. The best fit candidate will have experience with children with autism between the ages of 5 and 14. Areas of need: assessment, reports, hands on treatment, consultation. Student needs: augmentative communication, articulation, and oral motor. Must have experience with non verbal students. Team environment prevails.

Interested in this job?  Contact PediaStaff today!..


Another Hot School-Based Job of the Week

School-Based Occupational Therapist, Everett, WA

Hourly Rate: $38 - $48 based on experience

Status: Contract through June 2011, may extend to SY 11/12

Excellent opportunity for an OT in school-based therapy. The caseload isn't set, so your interests and qualifications for will be considered in choosing the kiddos that you'll serve.

Our client school district needs a contract OT to start ASAP at 0.9 and likely become 1.0 in the future. This may also extend to include next school year. You'll have a maximum of 3 schools and usually you'll work at one school a day -- not running around from school to school. We offer excellent pay rates from $38/hr to $48/hr plus benefits and conversion to District employee is possible in the future if desired.

Qualifications -- Must have a WA State license as an Occupational Therapist.

Interested in this job?  Contact PediaStaff today!..


Autism Research in the News: Wakefield Autism-Vaccine Study Revealed to be an 'Elaborate Fraud'
[Source: Reuters]

Dr. Andrew Wakefield, the-now disgraced British doctor who published studies linking vaccines with autism, committed an "elaborate fraud" by faking data, the British Medical Journal said on Wednesday.

The journal's editors said it was not possible that Wakefield made a mistake but must have falsified the data for his study, which convinced thousands of parents that vaccines are dangerous and which is blamed for ongoing outbreaks of measles and mumps.

The journal, commonly nicknamed the BMJ, supported its position with a series of articles by a journalist who used medical records and interviews to show that Wakefield falsified data.

Read the Rest of This Article and Reports from the New York Times and CNN on this Story
Autism Treatments in the News:  Scientists Test 'Trust' Hormone for Use in Children with Autism

[Source: NPR]

For decades, parents of children with autism have been searching for a drug or diet to treat the disorder.   Their latest hope is the hormone oxytocin. It's often called the trust hormone or the cuddle hormone. And just to be clear, it has nothing to do with the narcotic oxycontin.

But some children with autism are already being treated with oxytocin, even though it's not approved for this purpose. 

It's no wonder parents of children with autism have high hopes for oxytocin. So do a lot of researchers, like Jennifer Bartz at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York.

Read the Rest of this Article or Listen to the Podcast Through a Link on our Website

Pediatric TBI Research/Treatment in the News: University of Texas Starting Trial on Use of Cord Blood for Pediatric TBI Patients
[Source: University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston via. PRNewswire]

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) has begun enrollment for the first Phase I safety study approved by the Food and Drug Administration to investigate the use of a child's own umbilical cord blood stem cells for traumatic brain injury in children. The study is being performed in conjunction with Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital, UTHealth's primary children's teaching hospital.

The innovative study, which builds on UTHealth's growing portfolio of research using stem cell-based therapies for neurological damage, is led by principal investigator Charles S. Cox, the Children's Fund Distinguished Professor of Pediatric Surgery and Pediatrics at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, part of UTHealth, and director of the pediatric trauma program at Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital. It will enroll 10 children ages 18 months to 17 years who have umbilical cord blood banked with Cord Blood Registry (CBR) and have suffered moderate to severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). The study is not designed for acute care and will only enroll participants within 6-18 months of their injury.  

Read the Rest of this Article Through a Link on our Blog
ADHD in the News:  Brain Scans Show Children with ADHD Have Faulty On-Off Switch for Mind-Wandering
[Source: Science Daily.com]

Brain scans of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have shown for the first time why people affected by the condition sometimes have such difficulty in concentrating. The study, funded by the Wellcome Trust, may explain why parents often say that their child can maintain concentration when they are doing something that interests them, but struggles with boring tasks.

Using a 'Whac-a-Mole' style game, researchers from the Motivation, Inhibition and Development in ADHD Study (MIDAS) group at the University of Nottingham found evidence that children with ADHD require either much greater incentives - or their usual stimulant medication - to focus on a task. When the incentive was low, the children with ADHD failed to "switch off" brain regions involved in mind-wandering. When the incentive was high, however, or they were taking their medication, their brain activity was indistinguishable from a typically-developing non-ADHD child.

Read the Rest of this Article Through a Link on our Blog
SLPs in the News on Stuttering: 'The King's Speech' Passes Stutterers The Mic
Thank you to our friend Dee Fish, M.A., CCC-SLP for giving us the heads-up on this interview between writer Dan Slater, SLP Kristin Chmela and NPR

[Source: NPR]

NEAL CONAN, host:  This is TALK OF THE NATION. Im Neal Conan in Washington.  In the film "The King's Speech," speech therapist Lionel Logue, played by Geoffrey Rush, receives a very special patient who stutters.  Colin Firth plays King George VI in "The King's Speech." Speech pathologist Kristin Chmela watched much of that movie in tears. It brought back memories of her struggles.

If you stutter, how does that affect your life? Our phone number is 800-989-8255. Don't worry, we'll give you all the time you need to talk. You can also send us an email, talk@npr.org. Or join the conversation on our website. That's at npr.org. Just click on TALK OF THE NATION.

Later in the program, Damian Kulash, Jr., of OK Go and new models of music marketing. But first, speech pathologist Kristin Chmela, a fluency specialist and clinical trainer, joins us from member WBEZ in Chicago. Nice to have you with us today.

Ms. KRISTIN CHMELA (Speech Pathologist): Thank you so much. It's so nice to be here.

CONAN: And did the movie get it right?

Ms. CHMELA: Well, did the movie get what right?

CONAN: The stuttering?

Read or Listen to the Rest of this Story Through a Link on our Blog
Pediatric Vision Issues in the News: Nintendo 3DS Warning & Response from Developmental Vision Experts
Editor's Note: Several of our OT friends out there have been discussing online, whether this week's warning by Nintendo, suggesting that children under the age of six not use their new "3DS" product, is merely a ploy to prevent lawsuits or represents a legitimate concern for parents. Well it looks like even the experts haven't completely decided. Earlier this week, the College of Optometrists wrote a blog post applauding Nintendo's warning. But yesterday, the American Optometric Association said that the devices "weren't necessarily bad," and that in fact they might help "uncover subtle disorders" in vision if used in moderation. PediaStaff will keep you posted on this debate.

[Source: Wall Street Journal]

Nintendo Co. warned that young children shouldn't play three-dimensional games on a hotly anticipated new game device, citing possible health risks and raising concerns about a technology that many hoped would boost the appeal of 3-D entertainment in the home.

Read the Rest of This Article and Press Releases by the Developmental Vision Community Through a Link on our Blog
The Importance of Play in the News: Effort to Restore Children's Play Gains Momentum (from the New York Times)
[Source: The New York Times]

SARAH WILSON was speaking proudly the other day when she declared: "My house is a little messy."

Ms. Wilson lives in Stroudsburg, Pa., a small town in the Poconos. Many days, her home is strewn with dress-up clothes, art supplies and other artifacts from playtime with her two small children, Benjamin, 6, and Laura, 3. "I let them get it messy because that's what it's here for," she said.

Ms. Wilson has embraced a growing movement to restore the sometimes-untidy business of play to the lives of children. Her interest was piqued when she toured her local elementary school last year, a few months before Benjamin was to enroll in kindergarten. She still remembered her own kindergarten classroom from 1985: it had a sandbox, blocks and toys. But this one had a wall of computers and little desks.

"There's no imaginative play anymore, no pretend," Ms. Wilson said with a sigh.

Read the Rest of This Article Through a Link on our Blog
Therapy Resource of the Week: Students with MS & the Academic Setting: A Handbook for School Personnel
[Source: The National Multiple Sclerosis Society]

While schools are familiar with various pediatric illnesses and disabilities, pediatric multiple sclerosis (MS) presents some particular challenges due to the fluctuating nature of the disease, the changing needs of the child, and the disease's relative rarity among children. These factors can come together to create an environment of isolation and uncertainty for children with MS and their families.

Parents of children with MS typically gather a vast amount of information about the disease, including how it is affecting
their child now and accommodations that others have had success with outside of school. They may not, however, have a realistic understanding of how the family/school partnership can temper their concerns for their child's future.

Read this Guidebook Through a Link on our Blog
Book Review: "Growing an In-Sync Child" by Carol Kranowitz and Joye Newman
Editor's Note: Back in November, 2010 PediaStaff reprinted a link to a Washington Post review of this book. Recently, PediaStaff was offered our own review copy by the author and now present to your our own original review of the book.

"Growing an In-Sync Child" by Carol Kranowitz and Joye Newman is an outstanding book for raising a well-rounded child with sensory rich experiences. Carol, the author of "The Out of Sync Child", has proven herself yet again in understanding and helping children with special sensory needs, as evident in this book. Joye, the founder and director of Kids Moving Company, offers relatable real life examples of childhood development and its strong relationship to movement. The two have teamed up to present this easy to read and simple to implement book.

Read the Rest of this Book Review on our Blog Site

Therapy Activity of the Week: After the Holidays Fine Motor Activity
Special thanks to our friends at Your Therapy Source for our OT activity of the Week. Clothespins are great for fine motor skills.  What a great way to use all your holiday cards!

Watch a Video Demonstrating the Activity HERE
Upcoming Events: Two Workshops by CASANA on Childhood Apraxia of Speech: - Austin, TX and New Orleans, LA
When and Where?: Friday, January 21, 2011, University of Austin Thompson Conference Center, 
Title: Childhood Apraxia of Speech: Multisensory Strategies for Evaluation & Therapy Challenges
Who?:  Featuring National Apraxia Expert, David Hammer, M.A., CCC-SLP

Learn More about this Workshop HERE

When and Where?:  Feb. 18, 2011 , 2011, The University of New Orleans, Lindy C. Boggs International Conference Center
Title:  Solutions for Developing Intelligible Speech:  A Roadmap for the Assessment and Treatment of Childhood Apraxia of Speech
Who?:  Featuring Susan Caspari, M.A., CCC-SLP

Learn More About this Workshop HERE

Both of these great programs are offered for ASHA CEUs!

Guest Blogs This Week: PediatricOT, SLC Therapy
Great Day in the Morning - By: Loren Shlaes, OTR/L

I used to work with a little boy who was a total delight when we were alone in the clinic but had a great deal of difficulty comporting himself in the classroom. At one point, he was put on a behavioral program by his teacher. She listed his problem behaviors on a sheet of paper, such as talking out of turn and being disorganized, and then in the next column, she identified the target behaviors she wanted, such as raising his hand to be called on, speaking kindly to his classmates, finishing his work on time, and keeping his desk tidy. She made copies and sent one home every day, assigning points when he hit his targets. When he arrived for his therapy sessions, his nanny would let me know his scores for the week, which could range from perfect to almost zero.

Read the Rest of this Guest Post on our Blog

One Language or Two: The Bilingual Quandry in Autism or Is it?- By: Landria Seals Green, M.A., CCC-SLP

I appreciate great research, well founded studies with clinically relevant recommendations that can be utilized by therapists and consumers. The topic of Bilingualism as it relates to autism or even relevant research with strong implications for bi or tri language acquisition in people with autism is a subject not well researched. However, the answer of "No, use one language only preferably English" is often communicated to families (typically Spanish speaking families) whose children have a diagnosis of autism.

While I understand the perspective of the well meaning therapist. I must ask, why are we communicating "No use of a second language" without real evidence in practice?

Read the Rest of this Post on our Blog
Pediatric Therapy Corner: - NINDS Batten Disease Information Page
Reprinted with the permission of National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke as originally published on their website.

Synonym(s): Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis
Condensed from Batten Disease Fact Sheet

What is Batten Disease?

Batten disease is a fatal, inherited disorder of the nervous system that begins in childhood. In some cases, the early signs are subtle, taking the form of personality and behavior changes, slow learning, clumsiness, or stumbling. Symptoms of Batten disease are linked to a buildup of substances called lipopigments in the body's tissues. Lipopigments are made up of fats and proteins. Because vision loss is often an early sign, Batten disease may be first suspected during an eye exam. Often, an eye specialist or other physician may refer the child to a neurologist. Diagnostic tests for Batten disease include blood or urine tests, skin or tissue sampling, an electroencephalogram (EEG), electrical studies of the eyes, and brain scans.

Read the Rest of this Article on our Blog

Worth Repeating: Vibration Treatment In Cerebral Palsy: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study
by:  J. Ruck, G. Chabot, F. Rauch

In this 6-month trial, twenty children with cerebral palsy (age 6.2 to 12.3 years; 6 girls) were randomized to either continue their school physiotherapy program unchanged or to receive 9 minutes of side-alternating whole-body vibration (WBV; Vibraflex Home Edition II�, Orthometrix Inc) per school day in addition to their school physiotherapy program. Patients who had received vibration therapy increased the average walking speed in the 10 m walk test by a median of 0.18 ms-1 (from a baseline of 0.47 ms-1), whereas there was no change in the control group (P=0.03 for the group difference in walking speed change). No significant group differences were detected for changes in areal bone mineral density (aBMD) at the lumbar spine, but at the distal femoral diaphysis aBMD increased in controls and decreased in the WBV group (P=0.03 for the group difference in aBMD change). About 1% of the WBV treatment sessions were interrupted because the child complained of fatigue or pain. In conclusion, the WBV protocol used in this study appears to be safe in children with cerebral palsy and may improve mobility function but we did not detect a positive treatment effect on bone.

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

Also Worth Repeating - The Joy of Feeding Therapy

Potock, M. (2010, November 02). The ASHA Leader.

For most of my career as a speech-language pathologist, I have focused on feeding treatment. Whether I'm treating a picky eater or a child transitioning from tube feedings to oral feedings, it's ultimately about the joy of being together while we eat. That's what I want families to know-learning to eat new foods is exciting when you do it together and with a happy heart!

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

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