Interview Tip: Don’t Forget the Follow-up

thankyounoteIt may seem like your interview is over when you shake the employers hand, leave the facility and head home, but it’s most definitely not.   How you conduct yourself post-interview, can significantly improve, or ruin the impression you have made so far.

Within 24 hours of the initial interview, write a follow-up email AND a handwritten note via “snail mail” to the hiring manager, your personnel contact at the company and any other key decisions makers with whom you have spoken.  Thank them again for their time and make a point to tell them how interested you are in the job.  Remind them about any major points you may have covered in the interview as well as your qualifications.

It may seem like “old school” to you to send a written note, but rest assured, it could likely be the final touch to help seal an employers decision that YOU are the right therapist or special education professional for their school, clinic or organization.

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Worth Repeating: A Critical Response to “The Kids Who Beat Autism”

Editor’s Note:  PediaStaff ran this story when the NYT article came out.   We thought this was an important followup.


by Steven Kapp, M.A.

I critically lectured on autism and “outcomes” like “recovery” for my UCLA Autism and Neurodiversity class the day the New York Times article The Kids Who Beat Autism came out, then saw a related statement I wrote* for the Autistic Self Advocacy Network shared widely later that same day — so I mulled over how much more attention to give the NYT story. 

I finally decided to write an updated response for my students, focusing on the cited research, including Catherine Lord’s critiques of Deborah Fein, my critiques of Lord, and my critiques of the new article. I otherwise sat on the response for days but decided to share it on Facebook as a status update and then, with my friend Amy Sequenzia’s encouragement, as a public Note. Now, following several TPGA editrixes’ well-deserved vacations, I am honored to give the response wider exposure through my first publication on TPGA.

Read this Article on Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism


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Pinterest Pin of the Week: Cursive Monsters


Saw this photo on Pinterest of Cursive Monsters.    Great start of school activity.  Display all the new monsters in your classroom by making Cursive Monsters!    So fun!   It didn’t lead to a blog post so I did some Googling to see if I could find a blog post with directions!

Here is one, and a second.  And another!


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Young People May be Losing the Ability to Read Emotions in Our Digital World

[Source:  Medical News Today]


Children’s social skills may be declining as they have less time for face-to-face interaction due to their increased use of digital media, according to a UCLA psychology study.

UCLA scientists found that sixth-graders who went five days without even glancing at a smartphone, television or other digital screen did substantially better at reading human emotions than sixth-graders from the same school who continued to spend hours each day looking at their electronic devices.

“Many people are looking at the benefits of digital media in education, and not many are looking at the costs,” said Patricia Greenfield, a distinguished professor of psychology in the UCLA College and senior author of the study. “Decreased sensitivity to emotional cues – losing the ability to understand the emotions of other people – is one of the costs. The displacement of in-person social interaction by screen interaction seems to be reducing social skills.”

The research will be in the October print edition of Computers in Human Behavior and is already published online.

The psychologists studied two sets of sixth-graders from a Southern California public school: 51 who lived together for five days at the Pali Institute, a nature and science camp about 70 miles east of Los Angeles, and 54 others from the same school. (The group of 54 would attend the camp later, after the study was conducted.)

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Dramatic Increase in Speech Problems in Children Over Past Decade

[Source: ASHA]


A new study published this week in the journal Pediatrics reported a 63% increase in disability associated with speech problems from 2001-02 to 2010-11 among U.S. children, along with a more than 15% increase in disability associated with hearing problems. The data underscore the importance of early intervention for rising numbers of children who are experiencing communication disorders, according to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). 

On a broader level, the new study, Changing Trends of Childhood Disability, 2001-2011, showed that the percentage of children with disabilities rose 16% between 2001 and 2011. While childhood disability due to physical conditions has declined, a significant increase in disabilities due to neurodevelopmental or mental health problems was reported. Children in poverty experienced the highest rates of disability, but children from wealthier families experienced the largest increase (28%). The data was based on parent reports of disability, gathered from the government-conducted National Health Interview Survey.

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