Foster Care Children at Much Greater Risk of Physical, Mental Health Problems

[Source:  Science Daily]


Children who have been in the U.S. foster care system are at a significantly higher risk of mental and physical health problems — ranging from learning disabilities, developmental delays and depression to behavioral issues, asthma and obesity — than children who haven’t been in foster care, according to a University of California, Irvine sociologist.

“No previous research has considered how the mental and physical well-being of children who have spent time in foster care compares to that of children in the general population,” said study co-author Kristin Turney, UCI associate professor of sociology. “This work makes an important contribution to the research community by showing for the first time that foster care children are in considerably worse health than other children. Our findings also present serious implications for pediatricians by suggesting that foster care placement is a risk factor for health problems in childhood.”

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Resources for International Stuttering Awareness Day

[Source:  Judith Kuster,]


Each year since 1998, an International Stuttering Awareness Day is celebrated on October 22. In preparation to this important day, a freely-available ISAD online conference is held from October 1-21. The purpose of the online conferences is to provide a unique opportunity for people who stutter, their friends and families and professionals who teach, research or work with people who stutter and students preparing for careers, to learn with and from each other. Since 2013 the conferences have been hosted by the International Stuttering Association.  This year’s conference theme is “Stuttering Pride” and the conference will linked on Judith’s now famous, Stuttering Homepage.

In addition, Professor Kuster maintains an excellent, and wide variety of Stuttering Resources on her page.

Visit the Stuttering Homepage at




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SLP Corner: Encouraging an Unmotivated Child to Use His AAC

[Source:  Speech and Language Kids]


In this video, speech-language pathologist Carrie Clark will show you how to encourage an unmotivated child to use his AAC device or system.

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Hot Job! Pediatric Clinic PT – Dayton, OH

Portrait of a little african american baby boy playing outdoor in the grass

We have a fabulous pediatric clinic opportunity south of Dayton for a full-time Physical Therapist.  Majority of clients birth to 12 years old with a few up to 21.  Flexible schedule…you can work 4x10s if you like.  Friendly team approach to treatment in a beautiful clinic setting!

*  Great location South of Dayton
*  You’ll provide direct service and collaborate with other therapists
*  Pediatric cases from birth to 21 – most are birth to age 12
*  Team environment…but more like a family setting where you are part of the team
*  Benefits include healthcare insurance, continuing education, paid time off, holiday pay and 401K.
*  PT is eligible for annual bonus

Qualifications: Must hold a Degree in Physical Therapy; a current Ohio Physical Therapist license (or eligible)  Prefer some pediatric experience.

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Education Corner: Middle School Structure Affects Learning Environment/Achievement

[Source:  American Educational Research Association via Science Daily]


Findings from new research published suggest that longer grade spans that allow middle grade students to serve as relative “top dogs” — students in the highest grades — improve academic achievement and enhance their learning environment, including fewer instances of bullying and fights.

Attending a K-8 school as opposed to a 6-8 school, for example, would benefit sixth graders because they would no longer be “new dogs” in the school, would benefit seventh graders because they would hold a higher relative position than had they attended a 6-8 school, and would benefit eighth graders because they would hold top status over a larger number of grades.

The study, published in the American Educational Research Journal, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Educational Research Association, is the first to provide credible causal evidence of the top dog/bottom dog phenomenon — verification that the oldest

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