Hot Job: School Psychologist: Worthington, OH


We have a wonderful school job opportunity for a full-time School Psychologist to work in a district north of Columbus. This is a full-time position beginning in March and running through early June to finish out the school year. The Psychologist would work at three school sites in close proximity to one another and service children from preschool to high school. Qualified candidates must have experience with report writing and testing and be able to hit the ground running. 

Qualifications: Must hold a professional school psychologist license; a current state license (or eligible) if applicable.

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

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Two New Studies Shed Light on Stuttering Treatment and Possible Link to Neurological Deficit


[Source:  Medical Xpress]

Stuttering—a speech disorder in which sounds, syllables or words are repeated or prolonged—affects more than 70 million people worldwide. That’s 1 percent of the global population. Four times as many men as women are afflicted with the disorder and, while the condition is not life-threatening, it is debilitating as it interferes with effective communication and erodes self-esteem and confidence.

Two new studies from UC Santa Barbara researchers provide new insight into the treatment of stuttering as well as understanding its physiological basis. The first paper, published in the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, compares a new treatment developed at UCSB to the standard best practices protocol. The second study, which appears in the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, uses imaging to identify abnormal areas of in the brains of adult stutterers.

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AT Corner: Cool AT Tool, Programs Simplify and Read Aloud Text

[Source: Reading Rockets]

by June Berhmann


For some students, hearing passages aloud is enough for them to understand the content. For those learners, human and/or electronic readers keep them involved with learning across the curriculum. Sometimes those learners combine an audiobook and keep a printed copy in hand or on their lap. They also do well if the assigned text is converted to an accessible digital format that runs on their computer or mobile device. But other students struggle with those choices. They need text that is simplified.

Same Content, Simplified Text

Here is a cool tool that supports students who struggle with the complexity of the language used at their grade level. Snap&Read Universal, a product from Don Johnston, Inc., simplifies designated text and on demand it reads the text aloud. This is personalized learning for students who would otherwise become lost during their instruction. The tool has been upgraded several times since it was first introduced.

Simplifying text used to be left to teachers, teaching assistant, volunteers, and parents. The process of reducing the reading level took hours. (Trust me, I know.) Snap&Read is a read aloud accommodation, says Ruth Ziolkowski, the company’s president. Best of all, it works with the Chrome browser on Mac, Windows, and Chromebooks supporting:

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OT/PT Corner: Simple Baby Play: Tissue Paper Kicking

[Source:  Mama OT]


Today Occupational Therapist and owner of CanDo Kiddo, Rachel Coley, M.S., OTR/L, is here to share one of her many  creative  baby  play activities.

She also has a pretty awesome, one-of-a-kind product she has created to equip new parents to know how to play with their babies and promote healthy development in the first four months of life. 

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Around the time your little one is in his second and third months (5-12 weeks old), he’ll begin working on new movements that will strengthen and coordinate his belly and leg muscles in preparation for his next big milestone — rolling.

Here’s a simple play activity that promotes healthy development in infants while making kicking a lot more fun!

To make a tissue paper kicking wall, take a sheet or two of gift tissue paper (wrinkly, used paper is just fine) and tuck it under the cushion of a sofa or upholstered chair so that it hangs down to the floor like a curtain. Take baby’s socks off and place him on his back

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Growth Hormone Can Significantly Improve Social Skills in Autism

MA[Source:  Medical News Today]

A growth hormone can significantly improve the social impairment associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in patients with a related genetic syndrome, according to a pilot study conducted at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and published on Pub Med, a public database of biomedical topics maintained by the National Institutes of Health (study originally published in the December 12 issue of the journal Molecular Autism).

The study results focus specifically on the use of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) to treat Phelan-McDermid syndrome (PMS), a disorder caused by a deletion or mutation of the SHANK3 gene on chromosome 22. Along with facing developmental and language delays and motor skill deficits, most people with PMS also have autism spectrum disorder.

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