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November 12, 2010
Issue 36, Volume 4
It's All About the Choices!

Hello and welcome to this week's PediaStaff Newsletter. Lots to share with you this week. Enjoy and have a great weekend!

News Items:
  • Dyslexia Breakthrough as Gene Link Between Left-handedness and Reading
    Difficulties is Found
  • Vaccination Rates Drop in Wealthier Kids as Autism Rumors Take a Toll
  • Pet Therapy for Autism in the New York Times
  • Youth Offenders 3 Times more Likely to Have Had History of Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Fearless Children Show Less Empathy, More Aggression
  • Modeling Autism in a Lab Dish: Researchers Create Autistic Neuron Model
  • Child with Autism Connects with Xbox Kinect Motion Controller Based Gaming System
Tips, Activities and Resources:
  • Capable Kids Coloring and Activity Book - Resource/Activity of the Week
  • Washington Post Book Review: "Growing an In-Sync Child"
  • Book Review: Early Intervention Games by Barbara Sher
Upcoming Events:
  • 2010 ASHA Convention
Articles and Blogs
  • Guest Blog: Audiocast: Yoga for Children with Special Needs
  • Guest Blog: Could Bilingual Education be Detrimental to Monolingual English-speaking Students with Special Needs?
  • Guest Blog: The King's Speech: An opinion from the American Institute for Stuttering
  • Pediatric Therapy Corner: Book Excerpt: "Early Intervention Games" by Barbara Sher
  • Worth Repeating: Spina Bifida - Physical Activity Guidelines
  • Also Worth Repeating: Pediatric Swallowing and Feeding: Complex Decision Making
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Hot Outpatient/Early Intervention Job of the Week
Pediatric Physical Therapist - Outpatient/Early Intervention - Austin, Houston, Dallas, & Brownville, TX

We have clients in an Austin pediatric outpatient clinic and in early childhood intervention that are in need of PTs with a minimum of one year experience preferably in pediatrics. Salaries are competitive and based on experience and benefits are available. Part time and PRN applicants will also be considered.

Additionally, PTs are needed in Houston, Dallas and Brownsville, TX. Both direct hire and contract positions are available!

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...IT'S ALL ABOUT THE CHOICES!

Hot School-Based Jobs of the Week

School-Based Speech Language Pathologist- Cassopolis, MI


**$1000 BONUS**

Hourly Rate: $38/hr (new graduate) and up based on experience, plus benefits and bonus.

Status: Contract

We are seeking a Speech and Language Pathologist for full time contract starting ASAP through the end of SY 10/11. This position may extend to next SY as well. You'll work with mostly K-5 students, about 40 kiddos, plus another 10 in grades 6 - 12. There are three locations, and 8 miles is the longest drive. Schedule is 8:15 AM to 3:45 PM.

Located in Cassopolis -- southwest Michigan between Benton Harbor, MI and South Bend, IN. This area has a low cost of living and is a convenient location for weekend trips to Chicago. We offer excellent pay rates based on experience from $38/hr (new graduate) and up plus a $1000 bonus. Benefits include health care insurance.

Qualifications -- Must hold a Masters Degree in Communication and Speech Disorders, new graduates are welcome to apply for CFY.

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 summer pay program, optional paid leave, 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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...IT'S ALL ABOUT THE CHOICES!

Dyslexia in the News: Dyslexia Breakthrough as Gene Link Between Left-handedness and Reading Difficulties is Found
[Source: The Daily Mail]

A genetic variant has been discovered that appears to link handedness and reading ability. Children with a particular version of the gene, called PCSK6, have a right hand that is unusually dominant and are also poor at reading.

The finding provides the first genetic evidence supporting an association between handedness and dyslexia. Most people are right-handed. Since the left side of the brain controls the right side of the body, this implies that the left brain chiefly governs motor functions.

A majority of individuals also have a left-hemisphere dominance for language function. Because of these links, it has been suggested that the bias towards right-handedness arose as a result of the evolution of language.

In addition, great apes - who lack language - do not display the striking bias towards right handedness seen in humans.

Read the Rest of this Article Through our Blog
Vaccines and Autism in the News: Vaccination Rates Drop in Wealthier Kids as Autism Rumors Take a Toll

[Source: Time Magazine]

If there's one great truth of political debate, it's this: when noise trumps knowledge, someone's going to get hurt. That's been proven anew with Wednesday's report that vaccination rates for children with health insurance have been falling - due mostly to fears about the widely disproven link between vaccines and autism. If there was a glimmer of good - and surprising - news in the report it's that vaccination rates for kids on Medicaid are on the rise.

The evidence for a vaccine-autism link has always been more observational than scientific. A child gets vaccinated and soon after, autism symptoms emerge. The apparent cause-and-effect is understandable but erroneous - more a coincidence of the calendar and childhood developmental stages than anything else, as repeated and exhaustive studies have shown. But the fear has stuck and it's the kids themselves who are paying the price.


Read the Rest of this Article Through a Link on our Blog
Pet Therapy in the News: Autism Dogs in the New York Times
[Source: The New York Times]

SHADOW, a black Labrador retriever, knows how to interact with people without overreacting to them - a necessity for a well-trained therapy dog, said her owner and handler, Ani Shaker.

Considered "bombproof," meaning she will remain calm in nearly any situation, Shadow, and Ms. Shaker, volunteer at the Anderson Center for Autism in Staatsburg, N.Y., in the Hudson Valley north of New York City.

"As soon as I get her working vest out, she jumps up and her little tail starts wagging," Ms. Shaker said. "She loves the work. That's what she lives for, and I can tell she knows she is helping someone else feel good."

Shadow and Ms. Shaker, an equestrian trainer, are one of six teams that have been volunteering at the Anderson Center for two years. They are part of the Good Dog Foundation, a nonprofit based in New York that provides therapy services throughout the East Coast.

Read the Rest of This Article Through a Link on our Blog
Traumatic Brain Injury in the News: Youth Offenders 3 Times More Likely to Have Had a History of Traumatic Brain Injury
[Source: Time Magazine]

A survey of 197 youth offenders in England - boys aged 11 to 19 who have been incarcerated - found that they are three times more likely to have had a traumatic brain injury (TBI) than their non-offending counterparts. About half of the 197 youths reported a brain injury, in keeping with another English survey of adult prisoners that found a rate of TBI of 60%.

Traumatic brain injury has long been associated with adult prisoners: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that between 25% and 87% of men and women imprisoned for violent crimes have suffered a TBI prior to incarceration. That's a big range, but even at its low end, it is about three times higher than the rate of TBI in the general population (8.5%). (More on Time.com: Amnesia and a Camera: Photos as Memories)

Read the Rest of This Article Through a Link on our Blog
Pediatric Behavior Health in the News: Fearless Children Show Less Empathy, More Aggression
[Source: Medical News Today]

Preschool-aged children who demonstrate fearless behavior also reveal less empathy and more aggression towards their peers. This has been shown in a new study that was carried out at the University of Haifa's Faculty of Education. "The results of this study show that fearless behavior in children can be identified and is related to neurological and genetic predisposition. This type of behavior has less correlation at least in infancy with standards of educational processes or parenting practice," says Dr. Inbal Kivenson-Baron, who carried out the study.

Read the Rest of This ArticleThrough a Link on our Blog
Autism in the News: Modeling Autism in a Lab Dish: Researchers Create Autistic Neuron Model
[Source: Science Daily.com]

A collaborative effort between researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and the University of California, San Diego, successfully used human induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells derived from patients with Rett syndrome to replicate autism in the lab and study the molecular pathogenesis of the disease.

Their findings, published in the Nov. 12, 2010, issue of Cell, revealed disease-specific cellular defects, such as fewer functional connections between Rett neurons, and demonstrated that these symptoms are reversible, raising the hope that, one day, autism maybe turn into a treatable condition.

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Autism in the News: Child with Autism Connects with Xbox Kinect Motion Controller Based Gaming System
[Source: MSNBC.com]

John Yan reviews games for a site called Gaming Nexus, so despite his initial lack of enthusiasm in the Xbox 360 Kinect motion controller, he knew he'd have to buy one when they came out. After all, it wouldn't be fair to dump all the Kinect reviews on his fellow writer, Chuck.

So last weekend, John and his four-year-old son Kyle went to Target to pick one up. Kyle is autistic, and has had trouble with video games, but his dad says that he always wants to try, and to keep practicing despite the potential for frustration. The controller is a barrier for Kyle. It's hard for him to master the complicated (and seemingly unrelated) button combinations required by traditional game consoles.

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Therapist Resource/Activity of the Week: Capable Kids Coloring and Activity Book
Special Thanks to our Friends at EasyStand and their Capable Kids Clubhouse for this week's resource/activity.

Every unique activity and inspirational idea in this coloring/activity book features kids who have mobility related disabilities in their wheelchair or standing frame. This coloring book can also be used to educate and promote interaction with able-bodied siblings and classmates.

Get the Coloring/Activity Book Through a Link on our Blog
Book Review: "Growing an In-Sync Child" by Carol Kranowitz and Joye Newman - from the Washington Post
[Source: The Washington Post]

In a hurry-up world in which doing more and doing it faster is often the goal for children no matter how old they are, authors Carol Kranowitz and Joye Newman are spreading a different message: Slow down.

Give children time to explore, play, engage in lots of physical activity and do things for themselves and they will get the basic skills they will need for reading and writing, the Bethesda authors say in their recently published book, "Growing an In-Sync Child" (Perigree, $15.95).

By "in sync," Newman and Kranowitz mean a child who is comfortable in his body, able to move efficiently and fluidly and can focus on a task without becoming excessively distracted. Sounds pretty basic, but as children spend more time at a desk or in front of a computer or television screen, and less time playing, kids are increasingly out-of-sync, the authors say.

Read the Rest of this Book Review Through a Link on our Blog
Book Review: Early Intervention Games by Barbara Sher
Review Written for PediaStaff by Barbara H. Boucher, OT, PhD, PT, TheraExtras

I really like pool play for children and this book offers 28 games to be played in the water. Instructions for each game comes with: Goals, Materials, Setup, Directions, Variations, What Is Being Learned and (my favorite) Modifications. Including water games and modifications to each of the more than 200 pages of games are unique and valuable features of this book. For some reason there are very few drawings in the water games section whereas there is a drawing accompanying most of the other games.

The artwork is good for adding a visual dimension to the words and the book is well-written. The other game sections are Social Gross Motor Games and Social Fine Motor Games. Perusing the games sections I could only think that this book is nice resource. Despite the words 'early intervention' in the title, the games are intended for children preschool age and above. The (probably too) long subtitle for this book makes clear the author's specific intent for this book.

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Upcoming Event: ASHA National Convention - November 18-20, 2010, Philadelphia, PA
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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: Yoga in My School, Bilinguistics, American Institute for Stuttering
Yoga for Children with Special Needs Audiocast - By: Donna Freeman

Founder of Every Kids Yoga, Craig Hanauer, joins Yogainmyschool.com to highlight how yoga can be used as a therapeutic and fun filled approach for assisting children with special needs. Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, Sensory Processing Dysfunction and Mild Cerebral Palsy can reap tremendous benefits from a regular yoga practise leading to increased health, creativity and connections with self and others. Craig will share his insights and expertise from years of working with children with special needs.

Listen to this Talk Radio Interview Through a Link on our Blog
Could Bilingual Education be Detrimental to Monolingual English-speaking Students with Special Needs? - By: Scott Prath, M.A. CCC-SLP

Dear Scott,

We have a Life Skills class at ABC School with both English and Spanish speakers (6-7 to 2 ratio). We have several parents of English speakers who are upset because their kids will be exposed to two languages and may consequently be delayed in their development or even regress. Because Life Skills classes have very little if any whole group instruction and there are multiple adults leading individual and small group activities, I am not worried about this issue. However, at least one parent is challenging me on this. If we have enough students to consider a class made up of only Spanish speakers, we may consider that in the future. I know Austin ISD does that model, but I'm not sure how and when they transition into English.


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The King's Speech: An Opinion- By: Chamonix Sikora, Executive Director of the American Institute for Stuttering

AIS Executive Director Chamonix Sikora shares some thoughts about The King's Speech. We saw the film with a few dozen of our friends on Monday, Nov. 8 at its New York premiere.

Watch this Video Guest Blog
Pediatric Therapy Corner: - Book Excerpt of Early Intervention Games by Barbara Sher
by: Barbara Sher

Thank You Barbara Sher for providing us an excerpt from her book "Early Intervention Games." Enjoy this PDF selection complete with illustrations:

Access an Excerpt from Early Intervention Games HERE

Worth Repeating - Spina Bifida - Physical Activity Guidelines
by: The National Center on Physical Activity and Disability

Spina Bifida (SB) is a condition that is present at birth, and results from an abnormality in the development of the neural tube, which forms the spinal cord. Depending on the abnormality, there is weakness in the areas that the damaged nerves control, such as sensory areas and muscles to the abdomen, legs, and bowel and bladder . Most people with spina bifida also have a shunt, to help drain the cerebrospinal fluid out of the brain ventricles. Involvement may be cervical (at the neck), or thoracic (chest), lumbar (low back) or sacral (base of spine).

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

Also Worth Repeating - Pediatric Swallowing and Feeding: Complex Decision Making

Presented: April, 2010 CSHA, Monterey

By: Joan C. Arvedson, PhD, CCC-SLP, BC-NCD, BRS-S
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Medical College of Wisconsin

Pediatric Dysphagia with Health Issues & Complications: Presentation Covers:Dysphagia: Health ConsiderationsCommon Nutrition Risk IndicatorsPulmonary Disease with Neurologic ImpairmentCongenital LaryngomalaciaOther related topics

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