School Psych Corner: Center for Collegiate Mental Health Annual Report

[Source:  Penn State via Medical News Today]

Despite increased demand for counseling centers on college campuses, students aren’t necessarily getting sicker. Instead, it’s likely student mental health needs across the country have increased due to national prevention and awareness efforts over the past decade. “The results we are seeing are the outcomes we would expect to see from suicide prevention efforts over the last decade,” said Ben Locke, executive director of the Center for Collegiate Mental Health at Penn State.

“We’ve been asked if students are sicker today, and this doesn’t seem to be supported by the data. Over the last six years, the rate at which students report prior mental health treatment has not increased, but with communities being primed to say ‘that’s a problem, let’s find you help,’ more students are being referred.”

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This Is Your Brain On Dyslexia

[Source: Forbes]

It’s a safe bet that dyslexics and non-dyslexics have different patterns of brain activity while reading. The real questions are, how do these patterns differ and do the differences shed any light on the possible causes of dyslexia. Researchers from Boston University, the MGH Institute of Health Professions and MIT used fMRI to address these questions and found results that were both unexpected and informative. Their work was reported on Dec. 21, 2016 in the journal Neuron.

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Autism Corner: Why an Inclusive Classroom isn’t the Best Fit for my Autistic Daughter

[Source:  Washington Post]

“I wish I got to spend more time with Charlotte,” the teacher told me with a slight frown. “It’s hard for her to make friends when she’s not here very much.”

We were sitting at a child-sized table, perched awkwardly on small blue plastic chairs. It was parent-teacher conference day, and I shivered a little in the unheated classroom.

I smiled at her because I knew she meant well, but I didn’t need a reminder about how valuable inclusion is; everyone from my autistic daughter’s teacher to the principal of her school has waxed poetic to me about its merits for the last two years. They all agree that it’s what is best for her. I’m the only one who seems to notice how painful inclusion actually is.

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Chuck E. Cheese’s Eyes Autism Market

[Source: Disability Scoop]

Children’s entertainment center Chuck E. Cheese’s is looking to make its offering more accessible to kids with autism and other special needs.

The restaurant chain says it is introducing “Sensory Sensitive Sundays,” a monthly event designed to provide a sensory-friendly environment.

During the two-hour offerings for families of those with special needs, participating Chuck E. Cheese’s will dim their lights, have smaller crowds, limit costumed characters and refrain from playing music or having other shows.

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One District, Four Openings! SLPs, BCBA and SLPA – Fort Washington, MD

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Four Openings!  – BCBA, two SLPs and SLPA

Fantastic opportunities for a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, 2 SLPs (lead and staff level), and an SLPA to work in a High School in the Fort Washington area for the 2016-2017 school year.   This historical community is named after Fort Washington, the only defensive fort protecting Washington, D.C in 1809. Now, it is a beautiful hidden treasure with riverfront homes, two marinas, two community pools, and National Golf Club.

*  Staff SLP position is in a High School with a caseload of 50 students.
* Lead SLP will supervise an SLPA and manage caseload of 60-65 students.
* The BCBA will work throughout the county and will work primary through high school.
*  Great location south of Washington, DC with a lower cost of living – or an easy reverse commute from D.C.
*  In addition to treatments, you’ll do some evals and standardized testing for new kids needing IEP’s.
*  Common diagnoses include autism spectrum disorders, LD, MR, CP, etc. The majority of the caseloads are students with language and/or articulation impairments.
*  Inclusion is desired, but some pull out is used as well.
*  This is a full-time benefited position for the 2016-2017 school year

Qualifications: Must hold appropriate Degree in Communications Sciences Disorders,, Speech Language Pathology, or Applied Behavior Analysis, and a current state license (or be eligible for same). CCC-SLP preferred but not required.

PediaStaff, Inc. offers flexible staffing solutions for pediatric and educational based settings.   Our expertise is backed by excellent hourly rates and per diem offered based upon IRS eligibility.  Additional benefits for full-time contractors include: nationally recognized medical insurance, 401K with matching employer contributions, generous relocation and continuing education assistance, optional summer pay program, and reimbursement for state licensure and/or teacher certifications.

PediaStaff, Inc. provides 24/7-telephone support during your contract assignment – you are not alone when you are on assignment with us.  In addition, we provide Clinical Resource Therapists to assist our therapists in managing their caseloads effectively. Our Clinical Resource Therapists are experienced clinicians who have excelled within their profession and are able to help you succeed.  Respond now and learn how YOU can join our team!   Your privacy and confidentiality are always assured, and new graduates are encouraged to apply.

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