Occupational Therapy Corner: It’s the Little Things that Make Life BIG!

Editor’s Note:  Thank you to PediaStaff contractor, Susan Mullins who offered to write this fantastic article on behalf of PediaStaff for Anne Zachry’s blog!


[Source:  Pediatric Occupational Therapy Tips]

Alaska…where salmon is a staple and hearts, mountains, glacial lakes, eagles, bears, and moose are BIG!

The role of occupational therapy in a place of pioneering spirits and independently minded individuals can take varying forms and occurs in a variety of locations, including hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, rehab centers, home health, outpatient clinics, school systems and pediatric practices. Problem solving is heightened to a new level when considering the natural elements such as developing methods to make the trudge from a dry cabin residence with no running water into an outhouse at -40 degrees on a snowy path while using a walker or with reduced vision except for Northern lights swirling above. It may include donning a pair of mittens with one hand in order to observe an Ice Carving Competition or perhaps to assist and place a child in a car set during a blizzard. Plugging in your car while avoiding frostbite and hypothermia with reduced sensation or mobility can be quite a challenge as well! 

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SLP Corner: Blurred Lines

advance[Source: Advance Healthcare Network]

by Lucas Steuber, MA-T, MS SLP/CF

It’s 6PM on a Tuesday, and Lindsey is taking her children to swim practice.  In the back seat, they are talking excitedly about whatever the new game is while struggling to share an iPad, worn out from the day of school but excited for the evening ahead.  Meanwhile, Lindsey is thinking about RSVPs for a birthday party and debating whether its worth fighting traffic to the grocery store while the children are at the pool.  She’s a little worried that they are getting too much screen time.  Wondering if her son remembered to practice

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Placement of the Week: School-Based PT, Portland, OR

portland3Congratulations to Victoria S., on her new position with one of PediaStaff’s school based clients in Portland, Oregon.

She will be working with children ages birth to 5 in home, daycare, and preschool settings in the Greater Portland area. This is a full time (35 hours/week) position. 

Great Job, Victoria!!

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Autism- Epilepsy Connection Explored in Four Studies

[Source: Science Daily]


Epilepsy affects nearly 30 percent of all people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a neurobehavioral condition marked by impaired social and language development. Conversely, many patients with epilepsy display ASD-like behavior. Recent studies suggest that epileptic seizures impair the neural pathways needed for socialization, but the details of this process remain unclear.

Four studies presented at the American Epilepsy Society’s recent Annual Meeting delve deeper into this relationship, revealing biological mechanisms and clinical findings that could help advance treatments for patients with both disorders.

Jennifer Avallone, DO, and colleagues retrospectively examined the video EEG findings and clinical records of 53 children and adults diagnosed with both epilepsy and ASD. The authors uncovered abnormal video EEG findings in 50 of the 53 records studied. Clinical and EEG records indicated that 40% of the patients had focal epilepsy, 30% had

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Speech Activity of the Week: SMACK! A Game for Just About Anything!

smack[Source:  Speechie Freebies and Crazy Speech World]

This is a hands on, get out of your chair, smacking good time!  The bugs of course.  And if you are against violence against insects, then we can call the smack a high five!  Wanna hear more and get your hands on your own bugs?  

Fly on over the Crazy Speech World to check it out 

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