Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Avie Grunspan MD - Academy Diagnostics Congratulates American Academy Sleep Medicine Fellow

What a well-deserved honor! 

AASM congratulates New Fellow members

American Academy of Sleep Medicine
American Academy of Sleep Medicine
Friday, May 19, 2017

Fellow status in the AASM is a unique honor that recognizes special competency in sleep medicine and significant contributions to the field. The AASM is pleased to welcome the following new Fellow members:
  • Avie Grunspan, MD, FAASM

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

CBD and Epilepsy Seizures - A New Study

Image result for cannabidiolThis is a study of a pharmaceutical grade pill going through FDA approval. This is NOT a study of nutritional CBD.

The study observed a 22% reduction in seizures. 5% were seizure free. This will be a welcome addition, to therapy.

I always remind parents to watch this literature AND to watch reports of side effects of the agent.

This agent is NOT available in Texas.  CBD is not available from a Texas source at this time. Tough situation for kids- JR

Trial of Cannabidiol for Drug-Resistant Seizures in the Dravet Syndrome

Orrin Devinsky, M.D., J. Helen Cross, Ph.D., F.R.C.P.C.H., Linda Laux, M.D., Eric Marsh, M.D., Ian Miller, M.D., Rima Nabbout, M.D., Ingrid E. Scheffer, M.B., B.S., Ph.D., Elizabeth A. Thiele, M.D., Ph.D., and Stephen Wright, M.D., for the Cannabidiol in Dravet Syndrome Study Group*

N Engl J Med 2017; 376:2011-2020May 25, 2017DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa1611618


The Dravet syndrome is a complex childhood epilepsy disorder that is associated with drug-resistant seizures and a high mortality rate. We studied cannabidiol for the treatment of drug-resistant seizures in the Dravet syndrome.


Among patients with the Dravet syndrome, cannabidiol resulted in a greater reduction in convulsive-seizure frequency than placebo and was associated with higher rates of adverse events. 

Preview Article HERE

ECI Texas - Parents of Babies / Children in ECI - Interesting Event in Houston

This looks likE an interesting event for anyone with a child under 3 with special needs. Meeting otehr parents is very powerful and helpful - JR



You’re invited to share your experience with Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) services, including successes and challenges with the screening and referral process. Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) is a statewide program for families with children, birth to three (0-3), with disabilities and developmental delays.  From 2010-2015, ECI enrollment fell 32% in Harris County and enrollment decreases disproportionately impacted Black children in the Houston area.  See the released report by Texans Care for Children.

Community Conversation on Early Childhood Intervention (ECI)
Monday, June 19th, 2017, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
One Voice Texas
2020 North Loop West, SUITE 200 Houston, Texas 77018


Friday, April 28, 2017

Summer Literacy Camp in Houston

Here is an interesting option for summer literacy. -JR

Camp Create

Are you looking for a way to continue your child’s literacy learning through the summer months? 

Join Create Literacy Learning and let your children experience the joy of reading and writing through fun filled projects that incorporate art, movement, and music. Through multi-sensory learning projects, children will practice writing for a variety of audiences, review spelling rules, and gain fluency in their reading. 

We will write delicious recipes and eat our yummy product, learn to illustrate in the style of famous children’s books, travel to new countries as we learn about their traditions, play sight word kickball, develop new Pokemon characters and explore creative skill-building projects. While your child is learning and having fun, they will receive small group and individualized instruction in subjects ranging from comprehension to written expression. 

Whether your child is a prolific writer desperate to find new ideas or a student in need of motivation, Create Literacy Learning offers a fun and relaxed environment that builds skills and engages children’s passion for reading and writing. Let’s get learning!

Time: Monday- Friday: 9:00-11:30

Week 1: May 30- June 2 
Week 2: June 5- June 9 
Week 3: June 12-June 16

Please register HERE if you are interested.


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

HISD Special Education - Town Hall Meetings

HISD rolling up its sleeves to meet the needs of Houston children with special needs. You might need this service tomorrow - JR
You are invited to a town hall meeting to discuss special education in the Houston Independent School District. Parents will have an opportunity to ask questions and share their input. 
There will be multiple ways for parents to submit questions about special education services in HISD:
  1. Ask a question during the town hall meetings.
  2. Submit your question electronically at computer stations set up at each town hall meeting location.
  3. Email SpecialEducation@HoustonISD.org or visit HoustonISD.org/SpecialEducation to submit a question electronically.
  4. Ask your school for a special education comment card, fill it out, and return it to your school’s front office.
  5. Call your school’s main office to request that a comment card be mailed to you.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Houston Special Education Director Resigns. Were students denied services?

Interesting times.  Does this explain why families are told kids with autism cant be diagnosed until they are 4 or 6 ?  I wondered why this happens. - JR

Houston Special Ed Director Resigns Amid Denial of Services

The director of special education for Houston public schools has resigned amid reports that the school district systematically denied services to thousands of students with disabilities.

The director of special education in Houston public schools resigned Thursday in the wake of reports that the district had systematically denied services to thousands of students with disabilities.
The Houston Board of Education voted unanimously to accept the resignation of Assistant Superintendent Sowmya Kumar ahead of a private committee meeting on special education.
The district did not announce a replacement for Kumar, who had been with the district since 2010.
Several officials declined to comment on the resignation, but board member Diana Davila, who has an autistic nephew and a dyslexic nephew enrolled in HISD schools, said the district is ready to examine and change the ways it identifies and provides services to disabled students.
"I have mixed feelings. We know it's an issue, and we need to work to make sure all students get the services they need - regardless if they have teachers, district staff or trustees in their families," said Davila, who missed the vote because she arrived late. Fellow board members Rhonda Skillern-Jones, Manuel Rodriguez Jr. and Jolanda Jones also were absent.
Some parents and school officials had been calling for Kumar's removal since the Houston Chronicle reported in December that her department pressured schools to lower the percentage of students receiving special education services.
Embraced cap
The Chronicle investigation found that HISD slashed hundreds of positions from the special education department, dissuaded evaluators from diagnosing disabilities until second grade and created a list of "exclusionary factors" that disqualify students from getting services, among other tactics.
Records also showed that the largest school district in Texas enthusiastically embraced a controversial state policy that has effectively capped the percentage of students allowed to receive services at 8.5 percent, driving special ed enrollments down in the state to the lowest in America by far.
As a result, only 7.3 percent of HISD students now receive special education services - a lower rate than in any other of the 50 biggest American cities other than Dallas. The four lowest cities in the country are all in Texas - Dallas, Houston, Fort Worth and Arlington. Cleveland ranks first in America, with 22.5 percent of students receiving special education services, followed by Milwaukee at 20.6 percent and Boston at 20 percent.
Federal law obligates public schools to provide special education services to all eligible children with disabilities. About 13 percent of students nationally receive services.
Hope to see real changes'
State officials have now vowed to eliminate the benchmark, and the U.S. Department of Education is investigating whether students were harmed. As part of the investigation, federal officials visited HISD earlier this month.
The news of Kumar's departure came the same day as HISD launched its own internal review in earnest with the first meeting of a special committee to review the district's special education operations. Among its first tasks is to find an independent firm to audit the district's special education department, which has not been done since 2010.
The committee is slated to present its findings and recommendations to the board either at the end of this year or early in 2018.
Davila said the committee will provide something that's been long-missing in HISD's discussions about special education - parent input.
Other board members promised a transparent and comprehensive review.


Saturday, March 11, 2017

EEG Neuro - Diagnostic Technician Houston - Make a Difference Every Day

Make a Difference Every Day

Open Position –  EEG/Neuro -Diagnostic Technician HOUSTON TX

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EEG Technician - Pediatric  FT or PT

Houston Specialty Clinic - Houston, TX

Performs electroencephalograph (EEG) testing under supervision, for (mostly) pediatric patients.

Job Duties
  • Attaches and connects electrodes between specified body areas and EEG machine.
  • Performs prescribed testing. Reviews patient's history and educates patient about procedure.
  • Monitors and patient's condition and responds to and reports any adverse reactions.
  • Identifies and corrects for artifacts. Edits and forwards results to attending physician for analysis and interpretation.
  • Scores/graphs, reviews, analyzes, documents, and reports results of diagnostic procedures.
  • High School diploma or GED
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) through the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer with card in-hand before start date, and current AHA BLS must be good through sixty days of hire.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Associate's Degree
  • Strong EEG experience
  • Registered EEG Tech
  • Experience with Pediatrics.
Job Type: Full-time or Part time
Job Location:
  • Houston, TX 77024
Required education:
  • High school or equivalent
Required experience:
  • eeg technician work: 2 years
  • Comparable polysomnographic experience may considered