Hot Jobs of the Week: Sign Language Interpreters – Northern California!

signonWe have several school clients in California who have asked PediaStaff to assist them in locating Sign Language Interpreters (ASL) for their schools.  These positions would be working with students in their classrooms.  Most are one-school locations.  These are full-time jobs working school hours…NO nights, weekends, or working holidays!

Qualifications: National certification by the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment® (EIPA).  Must reach proficiency level of 4.0 on the EIPA, ESSE or NAD/AACE Exam.

Pay for these positions will be between $61-69 an hour based on your level of relevant experience and other factors.  If you meet the qualifications for Per Diem, some portion of your pay will be non-taxed to assist in housing. 

For confidential interview and more information, contact us today!

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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Hot SLP jobs in Chicagoland – Variety of Settings!

leafpileLet us tempt you with a new job opportunity!

PediaStaff has several opportunities in the greater Chicago area in both school and outpatient clinic settings.  Positions are available in Palatine, Schaumburg, Burr Ridge, Crystal Lake, Waukegan, Wood Dale and Bensenville.  

Let PediaStaff show you fulfilling job opportunities with great pay, benefits and clinical support.

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Physical Activity and Executive Control in Children

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Pediatrics published research on 221 children (7-9 years old) who were randomly assigned to either a 9 month after school physical activity program or a wait list group. Following the intervention various measurements were recorded: changes in maximal oxygen consumption, electrical activity in the brain and behavioral measures (accuracy, reaction time) of executive control.

The intervention was every school day for two hours. Each session included at least 70 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity.

The results indicated the following:
1. fitness improved more among intervention participants from pretest to posttest compared with the wait-list control group.
2. inhibition and cognitive flexibility improved more in the intervention group from pretest to posttest compared with control.
3. only the intervention group increased attentional resources from pretest to posttest during tasks requiring increased inhibition.
4. improvements in brain function on the inhibition task and performance on the flexibility task correlated with intervention attendance.

The researchers concluded that the physical activity intervention enhanced cognitive performance and brain function during tasks requiring greater executive control. These findings demonstrate a causal effect of a physical activity program on executive control.

Reference: Effects of the FITKids Randomized Controlled Trial on Executive Control and Brain Function. Charles H. Hillman, Matthew B. Pontifex, Darla M. Castelli, Naiman A. Khan, Lauren B. Raine, Mark R. Scudder, Eric S. Drollette, Robert D. Moore, Chien-Ting Wu, and Keita Kamijo. Pediatrics peds.2013-3219; published ahead of print September 29, 2014, doi:10.1542/peds.2013-3219

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Institutional Rearing May Increase Risk for ADD

[Source:  Science Daily via Elsevier]


Over the past decades, we have seen numerous tragic examples where the failure of institutions to meet the needs of infants for social contact and stimulation has led to the failure of these infants to thrive.

Infancy and childhood are critical life periods that shape the development of the cortex. A generation of research suggests that enriched environments, full of interesting stimuli to explore, promote cortical development and cognitive function. In contrast, deprivation and stress may compromise cortical development and attenuate some cognitive functions.

Young children who are raised in environments of psychosocial neglect, such as those who grow up in institutions for orphaned or abandoned children, are at markedly elevated risk for developing a wide range of mental health problems, including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Now, new data from the Bucharest Early Intervention Project (BEIP), published in the current issue of Biological Psychiatry, suggests that this type of deprived early environment is associated with drastic changes in brain development in children.

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PT Idea of the Week: Gross Motor Bingo

[Source:  The Inspired Treehouse]

My grossmotorbingokids are always, always, always in the car.  We run from practices to lessons to stores.  Constantly in and out — constantly moving.   When we hit the road for destinations that are further away, I am always looking for activities that will keep them from losing their minds from having to sit still for so long.  The last road trip we took was an 11.5 hour drive from our home in Ohio to the southern part of North Carolina.  It was a LONG. DRIVE.  I decided it would be fun to come up with a game that would keep them occupied, give them something to look forward to, and keep their muscles limber!  This gross motor activity can be done on short or long trips, in airports, at the train station, or in the middle of the big city.  Be creative….you may have to think outside the box to figure out how to perform some of these movements depending on where you are!

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