Hot Job! School Contract SLP – Fairfield, CT


We have a wonderful school contract opportunity for a Speech-Language Pathologist starting in early December and running through the end of the school year. This is a full-time position for 37.5 hours per week working with elementary-aged students at two school sites. The student population is fairly complex, with some behavioral issues and feeding/swallowing. Both schools have a strong staff and support system with great principals. SLP-CCC is required.

Qualifications: Must hold a Masters degree in Communication Sciences; a current state license (or eligible) if applicable. SLP-CCC needed.

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 with matching, generous relocation and continuing education assistance, optional summer pay program, and reimbursement for state licensure and/or teacher certifications.

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.

Apply Online Today or Call us at 866-733-4278

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Study: Direct and Positive Link Between Eating Breakfast and Educational Outcomes

[Source:  Science Daily]


A direct and positive link between pupils’ breakfast quality and consumption, and their educational attainment, has for the first time been demonstrated in a ground-breaking new study carried out by public health experts at Cardiff University.

The study of 5000 9-11 year-olds from more than 100 primary schools sought to examine the link between breakfast consumption and quality and subsequent attainment in Key Stage 2 Teacher Assessments 6-18 months later.

The study — thought to be the largest to date looking at longitudinal effects on standardised school performance — found that children who ate breakfast, and who ate a better quality breakfast, achieved higher academic outcomes.

The research found that the odds of achieving an above average educational performance were up to twice as high for pupils who ate breakfast, compared with those who did not.

Eating unhealthy items like sweets and crisps for breakfast, which was reported by 1 in 5 children, had no positive impact on educational attainment.

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Insights into Changes to Developing Brain Caused by Gene Associated with Autism

[Source:  Science Daily]


A study led by the University of Utah School of Medicine provides new insights into how the subtle changes within cells, caused by disruptions in a gene called Kirrel3, could underlie some types of intellectual disability and autism.

A second paper to be published on the same day in the journal eLife, led by Harvard Medical School, shows how three proteins regulate chemical messengers that are key to autism spectrum disorders and syndromes such as Down’s and Rett syndrome.

“Understanding fundamental changes in the brain that could lead to intellectual disabilities may one day help in the development of better treatments,” says Megan Williams, lead author on the Kirrel3 study.

About one in 68 children are identified with autism spectrum disorder in the US and about one in six children had a developmental disability of some kind in 2006-2008. In the UK, 1.1% of the population may have autism, equating to around 700,000 people.

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OT Corner: OT and Public Health – Collaboration for Improved Health

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Amanda Scates-Preisinger, MPH- Guest Writer

Occupational therapists strive to see their clients through a holistic lens, looking at how personal factors interplay with the disease process. However, taking a holistic view also means taking an even wider lens and accounting for how public health issues are impacting our patients and how the provision of health care is itself, part of the public health framework.

Health Care is a Public Health Issue
Public Health, as defined by the World Health Organization, refers to all organized measures (whether public or private) to prevent disease, promote health, and prolong life among the population as a whole – think vaccinations, tobacco control, etc. Health care, on the other hand, has traditionally been viewed as a person-centered approach to improving health: one treatment, one patient at a time. When health care fails as a system to provide patients with good and equitable care, it becomes a public health issue. In the United States of America, many people avoid care or cannot obtain care due to cost, complexity, mistrust, and poor access, to name a few. Most recently, multiple studies show that as high deductible health plans proliferate, patients are increasingly underinsured and foregoing the care they need. Patients are more likely to delay care and then seek care in an emergency room if they are underinsured. Paying for rehabilitation, after the cost of a hospital stay, is most likely out of the question.

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Recognizing Basic Structure of Language Not Unique to Man

langstructure[Source:  Medical X-Press]

A team led at Newcastle University, UK, has shed light on the evolutionary roots of language in the brain.

Publishing in Nature Communications, the team led by Dr Ben Wilson and Professor Chris Petkov explain how using an imaging technique to explore the activity in humans and monkeys has identified the of cognitive functions in the brain that underpin language and allow us to evaluate orderliness in sequences of sounds.

This new knowledge will help our understanding of how we learn – and lose – language such as in aphasia after a stroke or in dementia.

Scanning the brains of humans and macaque monkeys, the research team has identified the area at the front of the brain which in both humans and monkeys recognises when sequences of sounds occur in a legal order or in an unexpected, illegal order.

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