Hot Job! Contract Pediatric Outpatient Occupational Therapist Assistant – Ozark, AL

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Now hiring a contract COTA for a temporary position in South Alabama.  This is a fabulous opportunity to work in a variety of settings: Clinic, Early Intervention, and School.  Learn more about our spacious facility and providing quality pediatric care in a reputable organization by applying with us now.

Full Benefits including medical, dental, disability, paid time off, etc.  Temp housing if needed.

We are two hours TO THE BEACH servicing southern counties in Alabama.

Qualifications: Must hold an Associates Degree in Occupational Therapy; a current state license (or eligible).  Pediatric experience required.

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Pediatric Therapy Corner: April Fool’s Day!

Editor’s Note:  April Fool’s Day can be annoying for educators, but it can facilitate lively classroom discussion.  Here are some ideas from Edutopia! 

[Source:  Edutopia]

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April Fool’s Day has a long and illustrious history of pranks both large and small — so much so, that sometimes real news stories published on April 1st get written off as fake. For teachers and students, it can be a chance to blow off some steam. There’s no denying that sometimes it can go too far — which probably makes more than a few educators glad when it falls on a weekend!

Whether you’re the type to pull an elaborate hoax on your students or take the opportunity to teach about media literacy and how to identify accurate news stories, here are a few videos to make your inner trickster laugh. Happy All Fools Day!

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PT Corner: Upper and Lower Limb Reduction Defects

[Source:  Beyond Basic Play]

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Since Microsoft’s Super Bowl commercial highlighted the life of a boy with congenital limb loss, I thought I would discuss the diagnosis here and share some resources for kiddos with limb loss.

Upper and lower limb reduction defects occur when a part of or the entire arm (upper limb) or leg (lower limb) of a fetus fails to form completely during pregnancy. The defect is referred to as a “limb reduction” because a limb is reduced from its normal size or is missing.

How often does limb reduction defects occur?

CDC estimates that each year about 1,500 babies in the United States are born with upper limb reductions and about 750 are born with lower limb reductions.1 In other words, each year about 4 out of every 10,000 babies will have upper limb reductions and about 2 out of every 10,000 babies will have lower limb reductions. Some of these babies will have both upper and lower limb reduction defects.

Read the Rest of this Article and Watch The Microsoft Commercial on Beyond Basic Play


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SLP Corner: 3 April Fool’s Day Pranks You Can Play on Your Students in Speech Therapy

by Eric Raj, M.S. CCC-SLP

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Pop quiz: What’s the name of the silly and mischievous holiday that’s celebrated each year on April 1st? If you guessed April Fool’s Day, give yourself a round of applause because you nailed it. Great job!

I can still remember how fun April Fool’s Day was back when I was a child.

That day was the best. My elementary school teachers would always pull hilarious pranks on us students. These pranks were not malicious at all, far from it. They were tasteful and had the ability to make each and every youngster in the class laugh out loud. Ah, thinking about those wonderful April Fool’s Day memories seriously causes me to smile ear to ear.

Fast forward a few years . . .

Now I have the ability to keep that wonderful April Fool’s Day tradition going as a school-based speech-language pathologist. That’s exactly why I’ve collected 3 of my most favorite favorite April Fool’s Day pranks that any SLP can play on his or her speech therapy students in order to generate a barrel of laughs and a boat load of conversation.

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Career Corner: Should I become an SLP?

[Source:  The Bilinguistics Blog]

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Here is an honest look as to why you might want or not want to become a speech pathologist.

Do you want to get a speech pathologist talking?  Ask them why they like their job.  The reasons abound as to why becoming a speech pathologist is a great idea and we are statistically one of the happiest professions.  Here are just a few reasons:

  •  Good pay
  • Good hours
  • Longevity
  • The ability to change directions in your career and remain a speech pathologist
  • The ability to contribute to a growing body of medical knowledge
  • Individual freedom

Sign me up!  What’s not to like?  
However, speech pathology isn’t the only great job on the planet and we still regularly field comments posed like this:

 I currently need a career change and I’m looking into Speech Language Pathology or Occupational Therapy.  What I do right now just doesn’t fit with my personality. However, I can’t make-up my mind as I’m not sure which career path would be good for me….

We asked fellow professionals what would make it difficult to pursue speech pathology careers and got some really thought provoking answers.

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