Language Corner: Developing Language Skills for Children with Asperger’s & HFA

[Source:  My Asperger's Child]

“Do children with Asperger Syndrome (high functioning) tend to have problems with speech and language? How can parents tell if their child has problems in this area, and what type of interventions are recommended?”

Language seems to develop on time in kids with Asperger’s (AS) and High-Functioning Autism (HFA), but words, while formulated according to the rules, seem to lack functional effectiveness, because they most often are used to express immediate needs or to expound on the youngster’s favorite subjects.

Young people with AS or HFA seem not to see the main idea or the pivotal point. They tend to have problems with abstraction, inference, or practical, functional language. Also, their semantic understanding is limited, which frequently shows up in tests and instructional measures of listening comprehension.

Instead of delaying language development, AS and HFA impairs the subtleties of social communication. These boys and girls have difficulty understanding nuances (e.g., irony, sarcasm, fanciful or metaphoric language, etc.), and many of them take language literally (e.g., expressions like “watching paint dry” or “smart as a tack” leave these kids very confused).

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Therapy Tech Corner: Apple Releases iOS 8 with Major Accessibility Improvements

[Source:  the Assistive Technology Blog]

Today, Apple released iOS 8 the latest software update for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. The new software, which is available for free, includes many new features and enhancements, including new accessibility features and tools that will allow developers to make the next generation of apps. Apple has not stood still in terms accessibility and as a result, iOS 8 is truly the most accessible and inclusive iOSversion to date.

Some of the most exciting new accessibility features are included in iOS are ready to use right after updating. These features are developed by Apple, and most are found under Settings > General > Accessibility.

Speak Screen is one of the new accessibility features that allows users to quickly and easily have content on the screen read with text-to-speech with a simple two finger swipe down gesture. Unlike older versions of iOS which required users to highlight sections that they wished to be spoken, Speak Screen does not require any highlighting. Users can even ask Siri to “speak the screen” to start text-to-speech.

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Placement of the Week: SLP in San Antonio, TX


Congratulations to Andrea S, SLP.   Andrea will be working for PediaStaff’s school-based client in San Antonio.   She is actually a rehire!  She worked for them for several years some years back and is going back for another go round!   It’s always so great to hear that a therapist was so happy with her assignment that she wants to go back for seconds.  Congrats, Andrea!

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The Brains of Children with ADHD Do Not Recognize Angry Expression

[Source:  Medical News Today]


Inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsive behavior in children with ADHD can result in social problems and they tend to be excluded from peer activities. They have been found to have impaired recognition of emotional expression from other faces.

The research group of Professor Ryusuke Kakigi of the National Institute for Physiological Sciences, National Institutes of Natural Sciences, in collaboration with Professor Masami K. Yamaguchi and Assistant Professor Hiroko Ichikawa of Chuo University first identified the characteristics of facial expression recognition of children with ADHD by measuring hemodynamic response in the brain and showed the possibility that the neural basis for the recognition of facial expression is different from that of typically developing children.

The findings are discussed in Neuropsychologia, available online.

The research group showed images of a happy expression or an angry expression to 13 children with ADHD and 13 typically developing children and identified the location of the brain activated at that time.

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Job of the Week: Contract Pediatric Occupational Therapist – Countryside, IL

countryside ilOur client services students up to age 22 in a school environment.  They seek a full  time contract occupational therapist to work in their center 5 days/wk from 8:30 – 4:00 (7 hrs paid; ½ hr unpaid lunch).  The caseload consists of 16 students in elementary and middle school with autism.  School and autism experience required.  No new grads please.

Common diagnoses at the center include:
Autism Spectrum Disorders Binocular Vision Deficits Cerebral Palsy Congenital Birth Defects Developmental Delays Failure to Thrive Feeding Disorders Genetic Disorders Hemiplegia / Hemiparesis Motor Planning Defects Neurological Disorders Physical Disabilities Sensory Processing Disorders Speech & Language Disorders Syndromes and Genetic Abnormalities Traumatic Brain Injury

Qualifications: Must hold a Bachelors Degree in Occupational Therapy; a current state license (or eligible) if applicable.
Hourly rates are based on experience and options to convert your contract to a direct hire are likely.  Rates range from $38-45/hour and previous pediatric, school and autism experience required.

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.

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.

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