14 December, 2018
Issue 48, Volume 11
It's All About the Choices!     
          
Greetings and Happy Friday!

Please  enjoy this week's newsletter.

News Items:
  • Brain Alterations May Help Explain Why Some Kids are More Resilient
  • Infections In Childhood Linked to Increased Risk of Mental Disorders
  • Student With Special Needs Dead After Being Restrained At School
  • Benefits of Structured Bimanual Skill Practice
  • Heavy Screen Time Appears to Impact Childrens' Brains
  • Mom, I Can't Recognize Your Face From Profile View!
PediaStaff News and Hot Jobs 
  • Hot, New Job! School Occupational Therapist - Colorado Springs, CO
  • Hot, New Job! BCBA -Cummings, GA
  • Hot, New Job! Pediatric Outpatient - SLP - Huntsville, TX
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Pinterest Pin of the Week: 10 Sensory Winter / Christmas Activities
  • SLP Activity of the Week: Christmas Would You Rather Questions 
  • Oh Christmas Tree - Revisited
  • OT/PT Seasonal Activity - Christmas Gross Motor Game
Articles and Special Features 
  • OT Corner: Saving the Drama for Broadway
  • Pediatric Therapy Corner: Autism and Creative Arts Therapy
  • SLP Corner: Using Silly Sentences in Articulation and Language Therapy
  • Educator's Corner: Skills and Deficits Associated with HFA Students
  • Worth Repeating "The Evocative Power of Toys"
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Brain Alterations May Help Explain Why Some Kids are More Resilient
[Source:  Psych Central]

A new study sheds light on the mystery of why some children are more vulnerable to the effects of maltreatment - a major risk factor for psychiatric complications including anxiety, depression, addiction and suicide - and others seem more resilient.

Researchers at McLean Hospital of Harvard Medical School found that while many young adults with a history of child abuse exhibit brain network abnormalities, those who do not go on to develop psychiatric symptoms actually show more alterations.

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Infections In Childhood Linked to Increased Risk of Mental Disorders
[Source:  Psych Central]

A new study shows that fevers, sore throats and infections during childhood can increase the risk of also suffering from a mental disorder as a child or adolescent.

According to researchers, the study's findings expand the understanding of the role of the immune system in the development of mental disorders.    

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Student With Special Needs Dead After Being Restrained At School
[Source: Disability Scoop]

The California Department of Education has suspended the certification of a private El Dorado Hills school where a teen with autism stopped breathing after being restrained by staff.

The 13-year-old student subsequently died.

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Benefits of Structured Bimanual Skill Practice
[Source: Your Therapy Source]

Research in Developmental Disabilities published research on the benefits of structured bimanual skill practice.  Twenty children with unilateral spastic cerebral palsy (CP) participated in the study in order to determine the importance of skill progression during intensive bimanual practice on movement coordination.

The 20 children with unilateral CP were randomly allocated to a structured practice group with skill progression (10 children) or to an unstructured practice group without skill progression (10 children). Both groups participated in bimanual activities 6 hours a day for 15 days. Pre and post testing was completed where children performed a bimanual drawer-opening task using 3-D kinematic analyses.

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Heavy Screen Time Appears to Impact Childrens' Brains
[Source:  Medical X-Press]

Researchers have found "different patterns" in brain scans among children who record heavy smart device and video game use, according to initial data from a major ongoing US study.

The first wave of information from the $300 million National Institute of Health (NIH) study is showing that those nine and 10-year-old kids spending more than seven hours a day using such devices show signs of premature thinning of the cortex, the brain's outermost layer that processes sensory information.

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Mom, I Can't Recognize Your Face From Profile View
[Source: Science Daily]

Babies younger than 6 months of age do not recognize their mothers watching their mobile phones. Babies recognize a face from profile view after 6 months of age.

Longitudinally testing 14 babies every month during the first 3 to 8 months of life, scientists at Chuo University and other institutions first identified developmental changes in babies with regard to the ability to recognize a face from frontal and profile views. Adults and children easily recognize faces from both the frontal and profile views, whereas 

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Want to live in the city ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the most desirable place to live? Colorado Springs offers Colorado adventure and small-town charm. We need a phenomenal part-time Occupational Therapist (like you!) for the remainder of the 2018-2019 school year. This opportunity is 20-25 hours per week.

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Hot, New Job! BCBA - Cummings, GA  
A wonderful opportunity exists for  Board Certified Behavior Analysts in the Lawrenceville, GA area with an established organization.  We're looking for exceptional clinicians with a clinical background in Applied Behavior Analysis to provide BCBA supervision to Registered Behavior Technicians.  One of the things that sets this client apart from other ABA programs is that they have 20 years of experience working with children on the Autism Spectrum and they are anticipating opening up 2 more centers in 

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Are you passionate about working in a pediatric outpatient facility? This position is just north of the most sought after Houston addresses. We have an immediate need for a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist to work full time in our outpatient facility in Huntsville, TX. It is an easy commute north from The Woodlands, Conroe and Spring or live right in Huntsville, a growing bedroom community of Houston. A team atmosphere prevails here and we have a lot of fun while working! Working in this 

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Pinterest Pin of the Week: 10 Sensory Winter / Christmas Activities
Here is a blog post of sensory holiday activities that was extremely popular on our Pinterest boards last week.   Please enjoy " Sensory Christmas Crafts & Activities:"

[Source: Wonderbaby.org]
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I've always felt that the best way to celebrate any holiday or season is with crafts!
Easter and spring have egg and flower crafts, autumn has natural crafts with colorful leaves and pokey pine cones, but winter and Christmas is the best time for crafts that engage all the senses.

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SLP Activity of the Week: Christmas Would You Rather Questions  
We love this one!    Here are some fun Would You Rather Questions to use during the Holiday Season.  Great for stimulating conversation!

[Source:  Minds in Bloom]

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Oh Christmas Tree - Revisited
[Source: Speechie Freebies]

Need something quick for the next few days before Christmas? I have just the thing for you. Head over to my blog to read about it.

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OT/PT Seasonal Activity - Christmas Gross Motor Game
[Source: Pre K Pages]

by JDaniel4's Mom

Sometimes you just have to get up and move. These gross motor Christmas cards will inspire your children to do just that. They feature a wide variety of Christmas themed actions your kids will love.
Movement is a key way to help children develop-physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially. Moving activities help build muscles and develop skills in using those muscles. Kids can practice different physical skills by moving in different ways. They begin to gain 


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OT Corner:   Saving the Drama for Broadway
By: Loren Shlaes, OTR/L

Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique

Children with low arousal levels are constantly looking for ways to increase their energy so that they can be more alert. Unfortunately, especially when they're at school and stuck sitting in one place for a long time, we don't allow them to implement many of the strategies that would actually help them get themselves into a just right state, like chewing gum, going outside for a romp in the park, getting up and walking around, etc. So they're stuck trying to do anything instinctive to activate themselves and change their internal chemistry.


Pediatric Therapy Corner:  Autism and Creative Arts Therapy
By: Pamela Ullmann, ATR-BC, LCAT

This blog post has been reprinted with express permission of the author as it appeared on her (currently inactive but still fantastic Full Spectrum Blog

An Emerging Need
Data released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in 2007 revealed a startlingly high prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders in New Jersey children: 10.6 per 1,000, or one child in every 94.


SLP Corner: Using Silly Sentences in Artic and Language Therapy
Holly Flynn, M.S., CCC-SLP

You might remember the phrase, "Sally sells sea shells by the sea shore." To some it's a silly tongue twister, but to a speech therapist it's a classic example of using silly sentences to stimulate language and articulation targets in speech therapy. These sentences are usually made up, use alliteration (using the same sound or letter to start every word), rhyming words or use made up characters in crazy situations. They usually involve a character (Mateo the matador), an action (makes millions on macaroni museums) and a location (in Madrid). Silly isn't just for laughs, silly can be fun and functional in speech therapy.

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Educator's Corner: Skills and Deficits Associated with HFA
Editor's Note:  It is important to note that children who are not diagnosed with HFA, but who have been diagnosed with severe ADD/ADHD may have very similar skills and deficits as the described below for the child with HFA.

[Source:  My Aspergers Child]

"I am an elementary school teacher. I have a student diagnosed with high functioning autism this year (5th grade). What are some of the positive attributes associated with this disorder that I can capitalize on? And what are some of the autism-related challenges that I will need to be aware of? Thank you in advance!"
Worth Repeating: "The Evocative Power of Toys"
Editor's Note: Check out the comment on this article submitted by PediaStaff Guest Columnist and SLP, Sherry Artemenko of Play on Words!

[Source:  Wall Street Journal]

Here's how I would celebrate FAO Schwarz's 150th anniversary if it were up to me: I'd move the store back across the street, to the southeast corner of 58th Street and Fifth Avenue-as everyone knows, it's now in the GM Building-and renovate it so it looked just like it did in 1963, give or take a year, when I was in my toy heyday.

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