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September 17, 2010
Issue 30, Volume 4
It's All About the Choices!

Hope all is well with everyone. I am very excited about some changes here in our editorial department. Firstly, our new blog is ready! All the items that we feature here in the newsletter, as well as those we put on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and elsewhere will be featured in our blog. Learn more below.

Also starting with this issue, our newsletter will feature one or more Guest Bloggers. These are folks who have their own independent blogs in the pediatric therapy world and have caught PediaStaff's attention with quality things to share and say. While they are not at all affiliated with our company, we feel that the more resources we can steer your way, the better you will be able to serve your kiddos!

We've also decided to shorten our introduction here in this very block and will simply put the titles of our various features in this space rather "than tell you what we are going to tell you" in a wordy fashion each week. The newsletter is getting pretty long and I would rather spend the time it used to take me to write the intro to bring you more content. So here it is:

News Items:
  • PediaStaff Daily News Moving to a Blog Format
  • US Vaccine Payout Provokes Confusion
  • No Link Found Between Thimerosal and Autism
  • Video: 20/20 Special on Progeria
  • Kids with Autism Don't Yawn Contagiously
Tips, Activities and Resources:
  • Therapist Resource of the Week: Mr. Potato Head
  • More Resources of the Week: Backpack Awareness
  • Activity of the Week: Proprioceptive, Tactile and Fine Motor Painting Activity
Upcoming Events:
  • Unlocking the Mystery of Selective Mutism and Social Anxiety: Evidence-Based Intervention for Schools and Parents - A Workshop
Articles and Blogs
  • Pediatric Therapy Corner - Ask Gwen: How to Decrease Hand Flapping
  • Guest Blogs This Week: Joni Redlich and Pamela Ullmann
  • Worth Repeating - The Rights and Reasons of Left-Handedness
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Heidi Kay and the PediaStaff Team

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Hot School Based Job of the Week
School Based Occupational Therapist - Olympia, WA

Position: Occupational Therapist
Location: Olympia Washington

Hourly Rate: $37/hr (new graduate) and up based on experience
Status: Full Time Contract for SY 2010/11

We're paying a $1,500 bonus for a full-time contract OT to work in Olympia, Washington for the balance of SY 2010/11. You'll likely have an opportunity to return for SY 2011/12 if desired. Caseload may include preK through 12th grade. Specific assignment will be based on your personal strengths and preferences along with the district's needs -- you'll learn more details when you interview. Olympia is the capital of Washington and offers everything you want in a city. If you'd rather live in a small town it's a short commute to several communities near by.

Must hold at least a Bachelor's degree in Occupational Therapy and a current WA state license. New graduates welcome.

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, 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.

Interested in this job? Contact PediaStaff today!..


Hot Outpatient Job of the Week

Pediatric Occupational Therapist - Austin, TX

Austin, Texas is one of the most popular places to live not only in the state of Texas, but in the USA. We always have candidates looking for new opportunities in Austin and here's another great position. Our client is a relatively new pediatric outpatient clinic serving children ages birth through 18. They typically see diagnoses that include autism spectrum disorders, dysgraphia, developmental delay, injuries, conversion disorder, CP, and Down's syndrome. Most clients are moderately impaired. They are the only pediatric facility in Austin, TX to offer traditional therapy as well as progressive therapies such as yoga and music therapy. As their clinic grows, so does the need for qualified therapists. They seek an OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST with 3-5 years of pediatric experience to join their team full time. Monday thru Friday 9AM-6PM. Salary is $56,000-65,000 dependent on experience. Full time therapists are salaried with benefits such as health insurance, paid time off, liability insurance, license renewal and continuing education. $1500 relocation assistance (reimbursable) or $500 sign on bonus for local candidates. Qualifications: Must hold a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Therapy; a current state license (or eligible) if applicable

Interested in this job? Contact PediaStaff today!..


Exciting News from PediaStaff: We Have Moved our Daily to a Blog Format!
PediaStaff is excited to announce that as of this week, links to the daily news stories, videos, research reports, articles, therapy tips/resources and upcoming events that you come to expect from the company, will now be posted in the new PediaStaff WordPress blog.

"Collecting our daily posts in a readily accessible blog will allow our readers from all the corners of the internet, a chance to come together to comment and discuss the stories and information that is important to them," said Heidi Kay VP of Marketing for PediaStaff. "regardless of whether the reader subscribes to our news from Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, the PediaStaff Newsletter, or an RSS feed." Added Kay, "Don't worry. If you don't have the time to keep up daily, the PediaStaff Newsletter will still pull it all together on Friday."

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Autism in the News: US Vaccine Payout Provokes Confusion
[Source: The Great Beyond, Blog of the Journal Nature]

The US Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) will pay over $1.5 million to the family of a child whose parents allege acquired autism after routine vaccinations in 2000. CBS called the payment to the family of Hannah Poling the "first court award in a vaccine-autism claim" (9 September 2010, CBS).
However, the payment does not acknowledge a vaccine-autism link. The payment was made for a mitochondrial disorder and encephalopathy which fall under a category of so-called "Table" injuries for which parents do not need to show proof that the vaccine aggravated the condition as long as it appeared within a certain amount of time after vaccination. The VICP, which was established in 1988 (US Court of Federal Claims), has made thousands of such payments since its establishment. The same court found no compelling evidence of a link between vaccination and autism in a ruling last year, which was upheld in a federal appeals court on the same day as the Poling payout decision, (27 August 2010, Associated Press).

Read and Comment Through a Link on our Blog
Autism Research in the News: No Link Found Between Vaccine Preservative and Autism
[Source: MSNBC]

MONDAY, Sept. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Infants exposed to the highest levels of thimerosal, a mercury-laden preservative that used to be found in many vaccines, were no more likely to develop autism than infants exposed to only a little thimerosal, new research finds.

The study offers more reassurance to parents who worry that vaccination raises their children's risk for autism, the researchers said.

"Prenatal and early life exposure to ethylmercury from thimerosal in vaccines or immunoglobulin products does not increase a child's risk of developing autism," concluded senior study author Dr. Frank DeStefano, director of the immunization safety office at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Read More About this Study Through a Link on our Blog
And More Autism Research in the News: Kids with Autism Don't Yawn Contagiously
[Source: ScienceDaily]

If someone near you yawns, do you yawn, too? About half of adults yawn after someone else does in a phenomenon called contagious yawning. Now a new study has found that most children aren't susceptible to contagious yawning until they're about 4 years old - and that children with autism are less likely to yawn contagiously than others.

The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Connecticut, appears in the September/October 2010 issue of the journal Child Development.

To determine the extent to which children at various stages of social development are likely to yawn contagiously, the researchers studied 120 typically developing 1- to 6-year-olds. Although babies begin to yawn spontaneously even before they leave the womb, most of the children in this study didn't show signs of contagious yawning until they were 4.

Read More About this Study Through a Link on our Blog
Video of the Week: "7 Going on 70" - Watch this 20/20 Special on Progeria on our Website

Inside the lives of three young girls who have progeria - a rapid aging disease. Barbara Walters Reports for 20/20 Original air date, September 10, 2010.

Editors Note: As of this posting, "Part Two" of the special is missing." We will continue to check back on the ABC site for updates.

Watch this Special Through Links on our Blog
Therapist Resource of the Week: Mr. Potato Head!
Let's hear it for blogger and relatively new SLP, Shareka Benkham with our choice for Therapy Resource of the Week! Great ideas, Shareka. We will be featuring Shareka's blog regularly here on this pages! Shareka's post proves that you can learn a lot from a newbie! Keep bringing those fresh ideas!

He may seem like just an ordinary guy but Mr. Potato Head has a secret. He is the life of the party in so many clinics, homes and schools around the world. He has proven to be extremely useful so far as a valuable resource for speech and language intervention. Therefore he gains the title of "Resource of the Week!" I thought I'd share with you readers 4 different ways in which I used good old Mr. PH today in my therapy sessions.

More Therapy Resources of the Week: Backpack Awareness
Backpack Awareness Day was this Wednesday, but it's never too late to tell your kiddos and their parents and teachers about the risks posed by overloaded backpacks.

Did you know?
  • More than 79 million students in the United States carry school backpacks.
  • More than 23,000 backpack-related injuries were treated at hospital emergency rooms, doctor's offices, and clinics in 2007.
  • It is recommended that a loaded backpack should never weight more than 15% of the student's total body weight (for a student weighing 100 pounds, this means that the backpack should weight no more than 15 pounds)

Access Downloadable Fact and Tip Sheets Through our Blog Post
Therapist Activity of the Week: Proprioceptive, Tactile and Fine Motor Painting Activity
Special Thanks to Your Therapy Source for this week's Therapy Activity of the Week! Here is a simple activity that you can modify depending upon the skill level of the child. We chose to do a name but you could make this activity much more simple by just doing lines or random designs. It could also be done on a canvas bag to make a great tote bag gift for someone special.

Purpose of activity: Encourage fine motor skill development, upper extremity muscle strengthening and proprioceptive/tactile input.\

Materials: painter's tape (low adhesion), paint and paper. Easel is optional or you could do the activity on the floor.

Check out this Activity on our Blog
Upcoming Events: Unlocking the Mystery of Selective Mutism and Social Anxiety: Evidence-Based Intervention for Schools and Parents - A Workshop
Friday, Oct. 15 9:00am-3:30pm
Aimee Kotrba, Ph.D.
Pediatric Clinical Psychologist

"Understanding Selective Mutism: Evidence-Based Intervention for Schools and Parents" is a one day workshop designed for mental health care professionals, school personnel, and parents. Workshops are generally held twice per calendar year. Topics include how to identify Selective Mutism, specific behavioral strategies for intervention, and practical techniques for reducing anxiety. The cost of the workshop is $140; this includes continental breakfast, workshop informational packet, and lunch. For more information or to register for the next workshop, please contact Dr. Kotrba at 734-416-9098, ext. 4 or register online below.

Learn More/Register for this Workshop

Pediatric Therapy Corner - Ask Gwen: How to Decrease Hand Flapping

We would like to welcome Gwen Wild, OTR/L as an occasional contributor. This is one of Gwen's recent blog posts. We feature it here in Pediatric Therapy Corner to give her a warm welcome.

By: Gwen Wild, OTR/L

Question: What do you recommend to decrease hand flapping besides heavy work and deep pressure and verbal cues for "quiet hands" for a sensory seeker?

Gwen's Answer: Hand flapping can be a difficult habit to replace, especially if this is an older child or adult. Another complicating factor is that even if this child is a sensory SEEKER with regards to movement and proprioception, he/she may be an AVOIDER in other sensory areas that could be causing the need to use hand-flapping as a form of self-calming.

Here are a few more things to try:
Behavior Analysis - try to figure out what times of day the hand flapping increases and if there are any environmental issues that cause an escalation in the frequency of the behavior. Often, frequency of this type of behavior increases in response to transitions, fluorescent or bright lights, excessive noise or "chaos" in the room, or task demands. Use environmental modifications to try to reduce stressors/behavioral triggers.

Wrist or hand Weights - leave on during times of day when the behavior is the most prevalent. An appropriate length of time would be 20-40 minutes. Amount of weight will depend on size and strength of the client.

Read the Rest of this Article on our Blog
Guest Blogs This Week: Joni Redlich and Pamela Ullmann

We have a new weekly feature for you starting this week. As our reach has grown, so has the number of bloggers in our field interesting in reprinting their work here in the PediaStaff Newsletter. This section will feature links to blog posts contributed to our site by some great folks out in the therapy community. Got anyone in mind who blogs about pediatric therapy topics? Let us know and we will consider reaching out to them.

Tippy Toes - By: Joni Redlich, DPT

Children walk on their toes for various different reasons. Medical causes such as cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy must be ruled out. This link is a good overview of toe-walking in general. I want to address some of the physical therapy specific aspects of toe-walkers.
When a child who toe walks comes to me, I first rule out any red flags. Did they always toe walk or is this new? Does the child have any stiffness or responses to a rapid stretch?

Read the Rest of this KidPT post on our Blog

Integrating Art Therapy and the DIR/Floortime Model - By: Pamela Ullmann, ATR-BC, LCAT

Children walk on their toes for various different reasons. Medical causes such as cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy must be ruled out. This link is a good overview of toe-walking in general. I want to address some of the physical therapy specific aspects of toe-walkers.
When a child who toe walks comes to me, I first rule out any red flags. Did they always toe walk or is this new? Does the child have any stiffness or responses to a rapid stretch?

Read the Rest of this Full Spectrum post on our Blog

Worth Repeating - The Rights and Reasons of Left-Handedness
By Dr David McNamara and Dr Hugo Van Odyck of Saint John of God Hospital

[Source: The Irish Medical Times]

As specialists in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry, the developmental perspective assumes a great importance in the science of our discipline. We have been struck by the impact of left-handedness on many aspects of life and take this opportunity to inform the right-biased world.

It is believed that approximately 13 per cent of people are left-handed. The majority of the population are also right-sided, in general (that is, they prefer to use the right eye, right foot and right ear if forced to make a choice between the two).

The reasons for this are not fully understood, but it is thought that because the left cerebral hemisphere of the brain controls the right side of the body, the right side is generally stronger. It is suggested that the left cerebral hemisphere is dominant over the right in most humans, because in approximately 90 per cent of all humans, the left hemisphere is the 'language' hemisphere.

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