December 15, 2017
Issue 38, Volume 10
It's All About the Choices!     
Greetings and Happy Hanukkah!

Please enjoy our weekly newsletter!
News Items:
  • Infant Brain Responses Predict Reading Speed in Secondary School
  • The Clock is Ticking Louder for the Children's Health Insurance Program
  • Trump Administration Weighs In On FAPE, IEPs
  • MRI Shows Brain Differences Among ADHD Patients
  • Study: Certain Books Can Increase Infant Learning
  • Stuttering: Stop Signals in the Brain Disturb Flow
PediaStaff News and Hot Jobs 
  • Hot, New Job! School Psychologist - Everett, WA
  • Hot, New Job: Pediatric PT - Indianapolis, IN
  • Hot, New Job! School Based SLP - Crystal Lake, IL
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Christmas Pictures Using Duplo Blocks
  • Articulation Menorah
  • (S)elfie Elf Challenge - Get Kids Moving
  • Fine Motor Strength Foil Activity
Articles and Special Features 
  • School Psych Corner: A Short Primer on Resilience
  • PT Corner: Weight Shifting and Trunk Elongation
  • OT Corner: Remember These 5 Things When Buying a Gift for a Child with Special Needs
  • PreK Corner: Does Preschool Pay Off? Tulsa Program Demonstrates Success
  • SLP Corner: You Say...At the Holidays Freebie
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Infant Brain Responses Predict Reading Speed in Secondary School
[Source: Science Daily]

A study conducted at the Department of Psychology at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland and Jyväskylä Centre for Interdisciplinary Brain Research (CIBR) has found that the brain responses of infants with an inherited risk for dyslexia, a specific reading disability, predict their future reading speed in secondary school.

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The Clock Is Ticking Louder for CHIP
[Source:  Education Week]

When the Sept. 30th deadline approached for reauthorizing the Children's Health Insurance Program, no one seriously thought that Congress would let the bipartisan-supported health plan expire.
When the deadline passed, there was still little concern: States still had money available in their coffers to pay for the $14 billion program, which serves about 9 million children whose parents earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, but who can't afford insurance for their children on the open market. (CHIP also covers about 370,000 pregnant women.) 

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Trump Administration Weighs In On FAPE, IEPs  
[Source: Disability Scoop]

Nine months after a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the right of students with disabilities to a free appropriate public education, the U.S. Department of Education is shedding light on the decision's implications.

In a new nine-page question and answer document addressing the high court's opinion in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, federal education officials are offering up their take on how educators, parents and other stakeholders should apply the ruling in real-world situations.

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MRI Shows Brain Differences Among ADHD Patients
[Source:  Science Daily]

Information from brain MRIs can help identify people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and distinguish among subtypes of the condition, according to a study appearing online in the journal Radiology.

ADHD is a disorder of the brain characterized by periods of inattention, hyperactivity and impulsive behavior. The disorder affects 5 to 7 percent of children and adolescents worldwide, according to the ADHD Institute. The three primary subtypes of ADHD are 

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Study: Certain Books Can Increase Infant Learning
[Source: Science Daily]

Parents and pediatricians know that reading to infants is a good thing, but new research shows reading books that clearly name and label people and objects is even better.

That's because doing so helps infants retain information and attend better.

"When parents label people or characters with names, infants learn quite a bit," said Lisa Scott, a University of Florida psychology professor and co-author of the study published Dec. 8 in the journal Child Development. "Books with individual-level names may lead parents to talk to infants more, which is particularly important for the first year of life."

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[Source:  Science Daily]

One per cent of adults and five per cent of children are unable to achieve what most of us take for granted - speaking fluently. Instead, they struggle with words, often repeating the beginning of a word, for example "G-g-g-g-g-ood morning" or get stuck with single sounds, such as "Ja" for "January" although they know exactly what they want to say.

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Hot, New Job! School Psychologist:   Everett, WA
PediaStaff has a need for a wonderful School Psychologist north of Everett for the remainder of the 2017-2018 school year. Opportunities are available to work with children from age 3 to 21, depending on the therapist's comfort level. New graduate candidates can be considered if they have strong school fieldwork experience. This is an amazing location with Puget Sound to the west, the mountains to the east, the city of Seattle to the South and Canada to the North!

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We are searching for a physical therapist to work in a brand new pediatric outpatient clinic setting located in the northwest suburbs of Indianapolis.  This is a part-time position that can lead to full-time work. If the therapist desires a full-time schedule, it will take approximately 3 months to build the caseload.  In addition to the clinic work, the therapist may also provide some related school-based services.

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Looking for a new step in your career as a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist?

This position has it all:  a seasoned staff of therapists, wide variety of dx in caseload, children between the ages of 3-10 and plenty of opportunity for growth as a therapist as well as your chance to further develop your leadership skills.  The position will begin January 15, 2018.  A therapist is needed who has 1-2 years of experience in pediatrics (medical, school, EI are all fair game).  You'll work approximately 40 hours/wk in a pediatric outpatient setting.  We offer a competitive salary with benefits and a bonus program.

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Christmas Pictures Using Duplo Blocks 
[Source: Teaching]

Do your kids like Lego Duplo blocks? My 3-year-old LOVES them! They are perfect for his little hands to manipulate and build things with. While he was playing with them the other day, I came up with an activity for them for Christmas! I created Christmas pictures for him to create using Duplo blocks. He LOVED it!!]

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Articulation Menorah
[Source:  Speech Room News]

It's that time of year! Hope you're looking forward to the Holidays! A few of my students celebrate Hanukkah so when Heidi over at PediaStaff asked me to create some speech or language activities that incorporated the Jewish holiday I didn't hesitate.

What I came up with is so flexible that I used it with EVERY group I saw yesterday! You can't beat that!!

Learn How To Do This Great Speech Activity Through a Link on our Blog
(S)elfie Elf Challenge - Get Kids Moving
[Source:  Your Therapy Source]

Are you up for a challenge to get the kids moving?  Download this FREE Selfie Elf Challenge at the end of the post.  See if the children can match the elf poses EXACTLY with their bodies and snap a photo.  Show the picture to the child and see if they notice any differences between their pose and the elf's pose.

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Fine Motor Strength Foil Activity
[Source: The OT Toolbox]

Strength in the hand muscles is a fine motor skill that is necessary for so many tasks. Strength in the intrinsic muscles of the hands allow for a curved palm which is used for cupping the palm in order to hold items such as coins or beads.

The intrinsic muscles are needed for pencil grasp and arch development, as well as endurance in tasks like writing and coloring. This foil activity is a fun way to develop the intrinsic hand muscles and improve fine motor strength.

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School Psych Corner: A Short Primer on Resilience
Editor's Note:  Thank you for sharing, School Psyched, Your School Psychologist

[Source: Harvard Graduate School School of Education]

Children who thrive despite hardship usually have both a biological resistance to adversity and strong relationships with at least one adult in their family or community. Resilience is the result of the interplay of protective factors - of the interaction between biology and environment.

PT Corner: Weight Shifting and Trunk Elongation
[Source:  Starfish Therapies]

We have been working on walking with some kids that are working on improving their weight shifting and all the mechanics that go with that. Many of them have hip weakness which we are addressing but we are also looking at other areas to address as well. With the hip weakness you can often see a trendelenberg pattern (when their hip drops on the leg they pick up to take a step with). One way kids counteract this is to lean their trunk towards the side that they are

OT Corner:   Remember These Things When Buying a Gift for a Child w/Special Needs
[Source:  The Anonymous OT]

In this season of gift giving, you'll find many wonderful resources floating around the internet that provide gift ideas for children. However, amongst all of this information, I wanted to offer a different perspective - specifically, things to keep in mind when buying a gift for a child with special needs.

1. Don't get stuck on the recommended age numbers printed on a box.
-"But it says recommended for ages 2-4, we can't possibly get this for a 6 year old, can we?"

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PreK Corner: Does Preschool Pay Off? Program Demonstrates Success
[Source:  MindShift]

In 2001, not long after Oklahoma had adopted one of the nation's first universal pre-K programs, researchers from Georgetown University began tracking kids who came out of the program in Tulsa, documenting their academic progress over time.

In a new report published in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management today, researchers were able to show that Tulsa's pre-K program has significant, positive effects on students' outcomes and well-being through middle school.
SLP Corner: You Say...At the Holidays Freebie
[Source:  Activity Tailor]

One of the most unnerving parent things I've done is teach a child to drive. You are suddenly aware of all the hazards you could hit (cones, curbs, pedestrians) as well as all of those that could hit you (crazy minivan mom, other new drivers near the high school).  I found myself talking in a constant stream of consciousness, "I'm watching that car at the next intersection and checking that they don't pull out suddenly. I'm thinking we should get over a lane so we can take the next left at the light. I can see that the vehicles ahead have their brake lights on so I'm anticipating we'll need to start slowing down too...."

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