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October 1, 2010
Issue 31, Volume 4
It's All About the Choices!

Hope all is well with everyone. Fall is here. Hope everyone is enjoying the cooler weather and the outdoors! Please enjoy and share our weekly newsletter offering:

News Items:
  • Kids with ADHD More Likely to Have Missing DNA
  • White Noise Improves Memory In Inattentive Schoolchildren
  • Feel Good Story of the Week: Special Students Named Homecoming Kings and Queens
  • International Rett Syndrome Foundation Wins $250K Pepsi Refresh Grant
  • PediaStaff Needs Your Two Cents
Tips, Activities and Resources:
  • Blog and Fall Newsletter of the Stuttering Foundation of America
  • The Paralysis Resource Center at ChristopherReeve.org
  • Fine Motor and Tactile Activity - Tissue Paper Fall Leaves Craft
Upcoming Events:
  • Free Webinar with Dr. Lucy Jane Miller
  • ASHA National Convention, November, 2010
Articles and Blogs
  • Pediatric Therapy Corner - Empower Your Kids Against Bullies
  • Guest Blog: Saving the Drama for Broadway
  • Guest Blog: Supporting an ELL/Special Education Student
  • Guest Blog: Sensitive Sam
  • Worth Repeating - Strategies to Address Challenging Behavior in Young Children with Down Syndrome
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Have a great weekend and Take Care!

Heidi Kay and the PediaStaff Team

The Career Center

The links to the right are "live" and reflect the most recent jobs with PediaStaff. To further narrow your search by state use the drop down menus on the search page to select a specific state. If a particular search is returning no hits it is Girlpossible that we do not currently have new openings
for you in that state.

To see ALL our openings click HERE
and select the checkbox for your discipline.
Recent Speech Language Pathologist and SLPA Jobs
Recent Occupational Therapist and COTA Jobs
Recent Physical Therapist and PTA Jobs
Recent School Psychologist Jobs

Hot School Based Job of the Week
School Based Occupational Therapist - Rural Arizona

Our Client is a public school district located in rural Arizona (Between Flagstaff and Farmington, New Mexico). We are seeking a full time Occupational Therapist with a heart for the Native American Population. The position is 5 days a week, full time, with some drive time between schools for which you will be compensated. K-12 at various levels of involvement.

Qualifications: Must hold a Bachelors Degree in Occupational Therapy and have a current state license (or eligible).

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 on our team. Respond now and learn how YOU can be a part of our team! There is never a charge to applicants and new grads are always encouraged to apply.

Interested in this job? Contact PediaStaff today!..


Hot School Based Job of the Week

School Based Physical Therapist - South Central, Pennsylvania

Our client is a public school system located in the Lebanon/Lancaster Valley area in a pedestrian and bicycle-friendly community. This area hosts a large number of award-winning and family-friendly international, national, regional and local events year-round. From the bustling downtowns, through historic neighborhoods and city parks, to the banks of the expansive and beautiful Susquehanna River, the area buzzes with activities and events.

They are searching for a physical therapist for a part time contract assignment beginning as soon as possible and ending in June 2011. The therapist is needed for a small caseload of 35 children in grades K-12. The scheduling for this 3 day/week assignment is flexible.

With an abundance of festivals, fairs, historic sites, and year round culture/arts combined with a host of outdoor activities and warm and welcoming neighbors, we just know you will find this to be a place you won't want to leave!

Interested in this job? Contact PediaStaff today!..


ADHD in the News: Kids with ADHD More Likely to Have Missing DNA
[Source: Associated Press/Yahoo News]

LONDON - Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are twice as likely to have missing or extra chromosomes than other children - the first evidence that the disorder is genetic, a new study says.

British researchers compared the genomes of 366 white British children from 5 to 17 years old with attention deficit hyperactivity, or ADHD, to those of more than 1,000 similar children without the disorder. The scientists focused on a sequence of genes linked to brain development that has previously been connected to conditions like autism and schizophrenia.

In children without ADHD, about 7 percent of them had deleted or doubled chromosomes in the analyzed gene sequence. But among children with the disorder, researchers discovered about 14 percent had such genetic alterations. Scientists also found that 36 percent of children with learning disabilities in the study had the chromosomal abnormalities.

Read and Comment Through a Link on our Blog
More ADHD in the News: White Noise Improves Memory In Inattentive Schoolchildren
[Source: ScienceDaily.com]

Playing white noise in class can help inattentive children learn. Researchers writing in BioMed Central's open access journal Behavioral and Brain Functions tested the effect of the meaningless random noise on a group of 51 schoolchildren, finding that although it hindered the ability of those who normally pay attention, it improved the memory of those that had difficulties in paying attention.

Goran Soderlund from Stockholm University, Sweden, worked with a team of researchers to carry out the experiments at a secondary school in Norway. He said, "There was significant improvement in performance for the children rated as inattentive by their teachers, and a significant decline in performance for those rated as attentive as noise levels were increased. This finding could have practical applications offering non-invasive and non-pharmacological help to improve school results in children with attentional problems".

Read More About this Study Through a Link on our Blog
Feel Good Story of the Week: Special Students Named Homecoming Kings and Queens
[Source: USA Today]

By Sarah Reinecke and Jeff Martin, USA TODAY

CHESTER, S.D. - Homecoming brought joy to Betsy Daniel this fall, when classmates chose her as homecoming queen.

A similar scene played out this month in New Mexico, where students erupted in cheers when a classmate with special needs was named homecoming king.

In Lawrence, Kan., a boy with Down syndrome is on the homecoming court after classmates went to administrators and demanded his name be on the ballot. The king and queen at that school, Free State High, will be crowned Friday.

"It's really amazing to see because there was a time when they were never even invited to go to prom, so to be the king or queen is just phenomenal," says Kirsten Seckler, a spokesperson for the Special Olympics.

Read the Rest of this Article Through a Link on our Blog
Exciting News Update: International Rett Syndrome Foundation Wins Voting for $250K Grant in Pepsi Refresh Project!
Hoorah! Pepsi has confirmed that Rett syndrome finished FIRST in the September voting for the $250,000 Pepsi Refresh Grant! THANK YOU! This dream could not have become a reality for The International Rett Syndrome Foundation without your help. Although our readers were only recently asked to be engaged in this advocacy, we would like to believe that it was the extra effort by therapists like YOU that put IRSF over the top!

From the IRSF:

"Every penny of this grant will go towards research. Just as meaningful, if not more, the winning of this Pepsi Refresh Grant has ignited a sense of HOPE and ACTIVE ENGAGEMENT of the Rett syndrome community at a level never experienced before! As Sir Winston Churchill once said, "We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give." Your personal efforts in giving your time and vote every day to help Rett syndrome win this grant has given so many families GREAT HOPE. On behalf of the entire staff and board of The International Rett Syndrome Foundation -- THANK YOU!"

Visit the International Rett Syndrome Foundation Website!
We Need Your Two Cents: Leave Your Comments on the New PediaStaff Blog!
We are getting fantastic feedback on our new blog! Several readers have emailed me to say that it's easier than ever to keep up with - and to share - all the great news we are bringing you from the world of Pediatric and School Based therapy each day.

Now that we've done the heavy lifting and reformatted all our stories for you - we need your help! The best part about a blog is the ease of which you, our readers can comment on these stories and start meaningful dialogue and learn from one another.

So don't be shy, and PLEASE COMMENT AWAY on the stories you see on the blog. Also, let your therapist friends know all about our great articles, activities, resources and news items by sharing them with your social networks and through email.

Check out our Blog, Subscribe - AND COMMENT - today!
Therapist Resource of the Week: Fall Newsletter and Blog of the Stuttering Foundation
If you haven't yet subscribed, check out the Stuttering Foundation of America's
Fall Newsletter and Blog!

Access these Resources Through our Blog Site
More Therapy Resources of the Week: The Paralysis Resource Center
The Paralysis Resource Center promotes the health and well-being of people living with a spinal cord injury, mobility impairment, and paralysis by providing comprehensive information, resources and referral services.

Visit the Paralysis Resource Center Through a Link on our Blog
Therapist Activity of the Week: Fine Motor and Tactile Activity - Tissue Paper Fall Leaves Craft
[Source: Free Kid's Crafts.com]

Make your own beautiful Fall leaves with these patterns from FreeKidsCrafts.com. There is no right or wrong way to decorate these leaves. Just cut yellow, red, orange and green pieces of tissue paper and let each child create their own original design. Have children bring in fall leaves to see how each one is different.

Heavy weight paper or cardstock
Leaf Pattern (Click on Link Below for Printables)
Tacky glue
Tissue Paper: red, yellow, orange and green

Check out this Craft Activity and Visit FreeKidsCrafts Through our Blog
Upcoming Event: FREE Dr. Lucy Jane Miller Webinar
The Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and they want you to join them for a very special FREE program. Dr. Lucy Jane Miller will be presenting one-hour webinar on-line.

Although all seats for the live program are already full, beginning on October 4th, you'll have the opportunity to view the "Ask Dr. Lucy" webinar recording at any time for the rest of October.

Go to the 30th Celebration Events page of our website beginning October 4th to access the program.
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!
Pediatric Therapy Corner - Empower Your Kids Against Bullies
By: Tiffiny Carlson

NB: This article was originally published in Action Online and is reprinted here with the express Permission of the United Spinal Association. It was originally written for parents, but we reprint it here as it is an excellent resource to share with the parents of your kiddos.

Being proud of one's differences is the best defense against bullying.

The new school year has arrived. Notebooks, calculators, and lunch money may seem like the best ways to prepare your kids for school, but parents need to go deeper. Readying your child mentally for the slew of social interactions that will surely come their way is just as important. And bullying, a phenomenon that nearly every child experiences (disabled or not), is one such interaction that you can empower your child with proper training to rise above.

It's no secret that bullies love to make fun of anyone who's different. It's easy, it gives them power, and sadly, it fills the void inside of them (low self-esteem) which is likely causing them to bully in the first place. If your child has a disability, they're likely to be at a higher risk for bullying.

Glasses, being short, talking differently, using a wheelchair-differences such as these can attract bullies like a moth to a flame.

Read the Rest of this Article on our Blog
Guest Blogs This Week: PediatricOT, Multi-Cultural Speech Language Therapy, TRP Wellness
Saving the Drama for Broadway - By: Loren Shlaes, OTR/L

Children with low arousal levels are constantly looking for ways to increase their energy so that they can be more alert. Unfortunately, especially when they're at school and stuck sitting in one place for a long time, we don't allow them to implement many of the strategies that would actually help them get themselves into a just right state, like chewing gum, going outside for a romp in the park, getting up and walking around, etc. So they're stuck trying to do anything instinctive to activate themselves and change their internal chemistry.

Read the Rest of this guest post on our Blog

Supporting an ELL/Special Education Student - By: Catherine Trapskin, M.S., CCC-SLP

A monolingual speech-language therapist asked me how she could support a Spanish-speaking ELL student who was recently evaluated and qualified for speech-language and academic services. This speech therapist knew the importance of supporting the student's home language. She knew to use culturally appropriate materials and knew how to utilize an interpreter to assist her to modify and/or translate some of her materials. She also managed to schedule the busy building interpreter to join her in therapy sessions once a month to assist with carry over of skills into Spanish. She was on the right track! The special education resource teacher, however, who is an experienced and talented person, appeared overwhelmed as to how to best serve this student.

Read the Rest of this Guest Post on our Blog

Sensitive Sam - By: Britt Collins, OTR/L

Sensitive Sam written by Marla Roth-Fisch is an engaging look at how Sam feels and interprets the world. This is a great book for little kiddos trying to understand why they feel "different" and also good for older kids to grasp sensory processing issues. The author explores many sensory situations including school - which we all know is a biggie with our kiddos. Occupational Therapy is introduced and Sam and his parents learn how to help Sam feel better and more comfortable.

Read the Rest of this Guest Post on our Blog

Worth Repeating - Strategies to Address Challenging Behavior in Young Children with Down Syndrome
By Kathleen Feeley and Emily Jones

[Source: Down Syndrome Online]

Children with Down syndrome are at an increased risk for engaging in challenging behaviour that may present problems within community, leisure, and educational settings, and, in many instances, precludes them from accessing these environments. Factors contributing to the occurrence of challenging behaviours include characteristics associated with the Down syndrome behavioural phenotype, increased incidence of illness and sleep disorders, and the way in which individuals in their environment respond to their behaviours. In this paper we describe the use of behaviourally based intervention strategies to address some of the specific challenges often seen in young children with Down syndrome. Through a series of case studies, the effectiveness of evidence-based interventions addressing challenging behaviour is demonstrated.

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