Pediatric Outpatient Board Certified Behavior Analyst – Richardson, TX

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One of our long time clients would like to start up a BCBA program at her clinic.  This pediatric outpatient clinic is therapist owned and growing!  They seek a BCBA to join their team at their Richardson office.  Full time hours are typically from 9:00AM – 6:00PM.

They see a variety of diagnoses and have state of the art equipment and materials.   For full time employees they offer 8 major holidays, two weeks vacation, continuing ed and travel allowance as well as licensure reimbursement.   Individual insurance plans are also available.
Therapists work for this clinic because they love what they do and they love their work environment. 

Qualifications: Masters Degree in Behavior Analysis, Psychology, Education, Occupational Therapy, Speech-language Pathology, or related field.

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Autism Corner: News Anchor Ditches CNN to Create Clothing Line for Kids with Autism

[Source:  The Observer]

idclothesA study found that mothers of kids with autism have stress levels comparable to those of combat soldiers.

The mental strain stems from both the constant feeling that “anything can happen” and the frustrations associated with the seemingly simple day-to-day activities that most of us take for granted. One such activity that the majority of people can’t even fathom to be so difficult is getting dressed. And we’re not talking about choosing the perfect outfit; we mean physically putting on clothes—a task that takes 30 minutes or more for many with low-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and is a daily struggle for 21 million Americans with various disabilities.

Former CNN anchor Lauren Thierry knows this to be true. Her 17-year-old son Liam has low functioning ASD, and when her search for a solution to the many clothing problems associated with his disorder came up empty, she created her own. After ditching the limelight to care for her son and film a documentary called Autism Every Day, she founded Independence Day Clothing, a line of GPS-enabled clothes that eases parents’ safety worries while making it simpler than ever for those with disabilities to dress themselves.

“Because I’ve had someone with autism in my family for so long, I’ve been able to see what works and what doesn’t work,” Ms. Thierry told The Observer. “I’ve had a focus group in my own home this whole time.”

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Progress Needed on Dyslexia Research & Diagnosis

cutdyslexia[Source:  Psych Central]

Children with dyslexia must be diagnosed early and given treatment as soon as possible, say experts. The current state of dyslexia research and treatment are discussed by Robin L. Peterson, Ph.D., and Bruce F. Pennington, Ph.D., of the University of Denver, in a seminar article in the Lancet.

They explain that dyslexia involves slow and inaccurate word recognition, although comprehension is normal. Those affected do not tend to have intellectual impairments or sensory problems.

It affects about seven percent of the population, with boys being about twice as likely to be diagnosed with the condition as girls. But this discrepancy is partly due to a higher rate of comorbid conditions such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in boys.

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New Genetic Syndrome Found

[Source:  Science Daily]

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Analyzing a puzzling multi-system disorder in three children, genetic experts have identified a new syndrome, shedding light on key biological processes during human development. The research also provides important information to help caregivers manage the disorder, and may offer clues to eventually treating it.

“This syndrome illuminates a very important pathway in early human development — a sort of master switch that controls many other genes,” said study leader Ian D. Krantz, M.D., co-director of the Individualized Medical Genetics Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Krantz, a medical geneticist, is an attending physician in CHOP’s comprehensive human genetics program.

Krantz is the senior author of the study, published online today in Nature Genetics. His co-study leader is Katsuhiko Shirahige, Ph.D., of the Institute for Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, University of Tokyo, also the home institution of first author Kosuke Izumi.


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Book Review: Sensory Processing Challenges – Effective Clinical Work with Kids & Teens

spchallengesBook by Lindsey Biel, OTR/L

Review by:  Tamara Hill, MS

For many of us, large department stores like Macy’s can lead to sensory overload. We walk in and are assaulted by bright lights, crowds, noisy customers, colors everywhere, and the smell of very strong perfume. For me, personally, I know that if I stay too long I can begin to feel trapped, frustrated, or overwhelmed. You might also feel this way when trying to find the dairy section in a newly reorganized supermarket, or during the honking of rush hour traffic.

This may happen only occasionally, and you may be able to recuperate quickly. But for some, sensory stimulation in the environment is completely disabling on a regular basis. Sensory overload can cause emotional and behavioral difficulties such as physical and verbal aggression, frustration, agitation, inattention, and moodiness. And when it comes to younger clients and patients, this effect is often overlooked.

As a therapist, I work with children who exhibit extreme forms of physical and verbal aggression. I have seen firsthand the ways that sensory overload affect behavior. Although practitioners tend to consider sensory processing challenges most when it comes to kids with autism spectrum disorders, kids with ADDH, depression, anxiety, oppositional defiant disorder, and even some psychotic disorders should also be evaluated for sensory issues.

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