Hot Jobs! Special Education (RSP) Teachers – San Jose, CA

San Jose is rich in culture, history and opportunity.  PediaStaff has openings NOW for Resource Specialist Teachers (RSP), Special Education with the Moderate/Severe (MOD/SEV) credential to start in August.

* Location is San Jose
* We offer excellent pay rates based on your experience and the location
* Non-taxed / Per-Diem Wages are available for qualified applicants (in accordance with IRS guidelines)
* New graduates are welcome!

Qualifications: Possess the State Of California Commission On Teacher Credentialing’s Education Specialist Instruction Credential Moderate / Severe Authorization.

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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Hearing test may identify autism risk

[Source:  Medical X-Press]


Researchers have identified an inner ear deficiency in children with Autism that may impact their ability to recognize speech. The findings, which were published in the journal Autism Research, could ultimately be used as a way to identify children at risk for the disorder at an early age.

“This study identifies a simple, safe, and non-invasive method to screen young children for hearing deficits that are associated with Autism,” said Anne Luebke, Ph.D., an associate professor in the University of Rochester Medical Center Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience and a co-author of the study. “This technique may provide clinicians a new window into the disorder and enable us to intervene earlier and help achieve optimal outcomes.”

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by impairments in social-communication skills and restricted and repetitive behaviors. While many signs of ASD are present before age two, the majority of children with ASD are not diagnosed until after age four, which means that corrective therapies are started later, delaying their potential impact.

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AAC Corner: PrAACtically August: Resources for A Year of Core Vocabulary Words

[Source:  PraAACtical AAC]

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The summer is flying by here in Florida and we’re starting to think about heading back to school. Teachers, therapists, and aides play a pivotal role in helping AAC learners develop skills with core vocabulary so that they have a body of words that can be used across activities, environments, and communication partners. There are lots of ‘right’ ways to support these students. Among them is an instructional approach in which a new set of core words is introduced every few weeks in order to build their experiences with AAC. Our Year of Core Words materials has two versions, one from 2013 (12 words/month) and one from 2014 (16 words/month; Different than the previous year’s core words). If you’ve been following along, or are just getting started, these resources may be of interest.

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SLP Corner: Embracing ‘Translanguaging’ Practices: A Tutorial for SLPs

[Article and Image Source:  Smart Speech]


If you have been keeping up with new developments in the field of bilingualism then you’ve probably heard the term “translanguaging,” increasingly mentioned at bilingual conferences across the nation.  If you haven’t, ‘translanguaging’ is the “ability of multilingual speakers to shuttle between languages, treating the diverse languages that form their repertoire as an integrated system” (Canagarajah, 2011, p. 401).   In other words, translanguaging allows bilinguals to make “flexible use their linguistic resources to make meaning of their lives and their complex worlds” (Garcia, 2011, pg. 1).

Wait a second, you might say! “Isn’t that a definition of ‘code-switching’?” And the answer is: “No!”  The concept of ‘code-switching’ implies that bilinguals use two separate linguistic codes which do not overlap/reference each other.   In contrast, ‘translanguaging’ assumes from the get-go that “bilinguals have one linguistic repertoire from which they select features strategically to communicate effectively” (Garcia, 2012, pg. 1).  Bilinguals engage in translanguaging on an ongoing basis in their daily lives. They speak different languages to different individuals, find ‘Google’ translations of words and compare results from various online sites, listen to music in one language but watch TV in another, as well as

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Children on Vegan Diets Run Risk of Malnutrition, Illness

[Source: Education News]


In Milan, Italy, a 14-month-old toddler was taken to the hospital earlier this month because the child weighed slightly more than an average three-month-old. The child, who had been kept on a vegan diet with no dietary supplements, was dangerously malnourished and suffered from precariously low levels of calcium.

Physicians were appalled by the child’s condition when his grandparents showed up with the boy. Even worse, the baby had to have an emergency operation because of a congenital heart condition that had been exacerbated by his low calcium levels, according to Mary Hui of The Washington Post.

Italy’s The Local writes that physicians reported the case to social services and the parents have lost custody of the child. Hospital Director of Pediatrics Luca Bernardo told the Daily Telegraph that the case “forces us to reflect on uncommon feeding regimes.”

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