September 25, 2015
Issue 38, Volume 8
It's All About the Choices!     
Greetings and Happy Fall!  

Please enjoy our weekly newsletter!
News Items:
  • Jamming with Toddlers Trumps Hitting the Books
  • Breastfeeding Ties to Better Emotion Perception in Some Infants
  • Kids Can Remember Tomorrow What They Forgot Today
  • Handwriting and Learning to Read
  • 'Mind-reading' Kids are More Discriminating Learners
  • School-Based Mental Health Intervention Improves Outcomes for At-Risk Students
Hot Jobs 
  • Hot Job! Special Education Teacher - TVI/O&M - Pittsburgh, PA
  • Placements of the Week! School Therapy for Two! - New Mexico
  • Two Hot BCBA Jobs in Dallas, Texas
  • Hot Job! Pediatric Occupational Therapist - Fort Walton Beach, FL
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • OT Activity of the Week: Scissor Snipping Freebie
  • Book Review: Kids Books to Celebrate Individuality
  • SLP Activity of the Week: Apple Tree Game with Sight Words
  • Sensory (and Seasonal) Activity of the Day
Articles and Special Features 
  • Feeding Therapy Corner: Autism and the School Cafeteria: Four Tips to Help Kids Eat
  • School Psych Corner: A Little Visual Inspiration
  • OT Corner: Developing Clinical Skills in Assistive Technology
  • SLP Corner: Working on Inference Skills
  • Autism Corner:  ABA 101: Common Terms & Lingo
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Jamming with Toddlers Trumps Hitting the Books
[Source:  Medical X Press]
Playing music with toddlers could benefit their development even more than shared reading, according to University of Queensland research. UQ-led study has shown that music participation at home improves numeracy, prosocial skills and attention over and above the effects of shared book reading.

One of the study leaders and Head of UQ's School of Music Professor Margaret Barrett said parents were asked to report on shared music activities when their child was two to three years old and a range of social, emotional and cognitive outcomes were measured two years later, when the child was four or five.

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Breastfeeding Ties to Better Emotion Perception in Some Infants
[Source:  Medical X Press]

Researchers found that among 44 babies with a particular autism "risk" gene, those who were breast-fed longer spent more time looking at images of "happy" eyes and shied away from "angry" eyes.
The findings, published online Sept. 14 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggest that breast-feeding might enhance social development in certain at-risk infants.
However, the authors and other experts stressed that the study offers no evidence that breast-feeding ultimately affects a child's odds of developing autism, or that it lessens the severity of autism symptoms.
Long-term studies are "absolutely required" to answer those questions, said lead researcher Kathleen Krol, of the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, in Leipzig, Germany.

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Kids Can Remember Tomorrow What They Forgot Today
[Source:  Medical News Today]
For adults, memories tend to fade with time. But a new study has shown that there are circumstances under which the opposite is true for small children: they can remember a piece of information better days later than they can on the day they first learned it.
While playing a video game that asked them to remember associations between objects, 4- and 5-year-olds who re-played the game after a two-day delay scored more than 20 percent higher than kids who re-played it later the same day.
"An implication is that kids can be smarter than we necessarily thought they could be," said Kevin 

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Handwriting and Learning to Read
[Source:  Your Therapy Source]
Did you know some research indicates that brain activation when identifying letters is influenced by previous handwriting of letters?   Researchers at Indiana University have published several research articles on visual perceptual skills in children.  One article that was published in Trends in Neuroscience and Educationexamined 15 preliterate, right handed children (ages 4.2-5 years old).  During functional MRI scanning, each child was shown a letter or shape on an index card and asked to draw, trace or type the item without it being named by the experimenter.

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'Mind-reading' Kids are More Discriminating Learners
[Source: Medical News Today]
To learn about the world around them, young children depend on information provided by others. But that's not always the best strategy: kids will sometimes take everything grown-ups say at face value, even if they're unreliable.
New research shows that children are not as gullible as we might think - and that's especially true for those who have a good understanding of what's going on inside someone else's head.
In a paper recently published in the British Journal of Developmental Psychology, researchers from Concordia University and the University of Ottawa show that even young children can be selective in whom they prefer to learn from.

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School-Based Mental Health Intervention Improves Outcomes For At Risk Kids
Editor's Note:  Perhaps our country could learn something outside our nations borders about mental health care in schools!
[Source:  Medical News Today]
A national school-based  mental health program that is now reaching almost one quarter of all elementary school students in Chile appears to have produced significant improvements in both behavioral and academic outcomes, such as attention problems and school attendance, among participating students. The results of a study by a team of Chilean and U.S. investigators appear in the October issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.
J. Michael Murphy, EdD, of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Department of Psychiatry, senior author of the JAACAP paper, notes that this is the first study to document the positive impact of a large-scale pediatric mental health intervention using validated mental health measures and real-world benchmarks like end-of-the-year promotion and school attendance. "These findings suggest that school-based mental health programs could play an important role in achieving better educational outcomes for whole countries as well as individual children. Our findings also provide evidence that non-pharmacological interventions can be effective. "

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We are searching for a Special Education Teacher certified both in Visual Impairment and in Orientation and Mobility for a school district located about 30 minutes from Pittsburgh.  This is a contract assignment that begins as soon as possible and ends in June, 2016.  Great location, wonderful supportive staff.  Will consider full time or part time candidates.
Qualifications: BA/BS in Special Education and PA certification in Education as a Teacher for the Visually Impaired and in Orientation and Mobility.

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Placements of the Week!  School Therapy for Two! - New Mexico
Congratulations to Luciano and Aimee on their new positions in New Mexico through PediaStaff.
These two savvy traveling SLPs have been traveling together for some time and are coming back to the US from Italy!
We were able to arrange a Skype interview and the district was immediately smitten with both their clinical knowledge and passion for kids.  Their home is New Mexico and they prefer to travel together but they are sharp negotiators and know the contracting market well enough to maneuver through the negotiations successfully.
PediaStaff was  able to listen to their most important goals and match them in the offers put in front of both of them, then wait and give them enough space to decide if this was truly what they wanted.
In the end, they chose PediaStaff and our Northern New Mexico District and we are thrilled to have them both on our team.
Come and work with an outpatient clinic that has been a provider of pediatric therapy services for many years and has a longstanding history in the community of providing unique programs and services for individuals with a wide variety of disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Alzheimer's disease, Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Mental and Developmental Delays.   We are seeking a BCBA full time (40 hrs/wk) in both north and south Dallas.

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Are you looking for a job that affords you not only the best place to work....but the BEST place to live!   If you like living near the best beaches in America.....and enjoying plentiful seafood year-round....then read on!
Come be a part of our team on the Emerald Coast. We are seeking an Occupational Therapist who will join our growing tream in our Ft. Walton Beach clinic. The ideal OTR would have some pediatric-based experience...and eager to grow professionally.  NEW GRADS are welcome to apply if you have some Peds experience.

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OT Activity of the Week: Scissor Snipping Freebie
[Source:  Your Therapy Source]
Here is a simple little freebie to practice scissors snipping skills and a short line.  You can choose to use a page with the lines or without guide lines. An adult can cut apart the three strips in the dotted lines. The child can color in the flowers, smile faces and balloons. The child can snip a line from the bottom of the paper to the object.  You could also use it to practice making horizontal pre-writing strokes.

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[Source:  Inner Child Fun]
Kids books that celebrate individuality can help teach us that it is okay to be different! If you are looking for books to encourage kids to think for themselves, or stories that foster acceptance of others who may be unique, these are some of our favorites. It takes a lot of courage to stand out in a crowd, but as many of these books show, our new creative ideas can have the power change the world.

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Seasonal Activity of the Week: Apple Tree Game with Sight Words  
[Source:  Teaching Mama]

I love is quite possibly my favorite time of the year! Since apples themes are everywhere right now, I thought I'd share with you a sight words apple tree game I created for my Preschooler and Kindergartner.  They are both learning how to read, so this game is a great way to introduce sight words to them!

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Sensory Activity of Week:  No Cook Pumpkin Pie Playdough
[Source:  No Time for Flashcards]

I love play dough but until last year hated making it. I had a play dough cook off and this was my favorite recipe that was submitted by Jana from This and That.  I added pumpkin pie spice to it and it was perfect!  It was a nice calm activity for my little man on a very rainy day!

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Feeding Corner:  Autism & School Cafeteria: 4 Tips to Help Kids Eat
[Source: the ASHA Leader Blog]
by Melanie Potock, CCC-SLP
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all students get at least 20 minutes to eat lunch, but many public elementary schools give kids just 20 minutes to enter, eat and exit the chaos of the cafeteria.  Students often receive less time to get nutritious meal in their bellies than state governments provide for adult hourly wage-earners. For example, in Colorado, the law requires employers to provide an uninterrupted 30-minute lunch period.

Not so for many kids, including those with sensory challenges and autism spec trum disorder (ASD). For children with ASD,  sensory overload  in the lunchroom may impair their ability to focus

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School Psych Corner: A Little Visual Inspiration
[Source: The Main Asssociation of School Psychologists via NASP]
Thanks to the Maine Association of School Psychologists for sharing this great message - we 100% agree. And thank you to everyone who makes a difference by working with children and youth!

OT Corner:  Developing Clinical Skills in Assistive Technology
[Source: Your Therapy Source]
By Michelle L. Lange OTR, ABDA, ATP. Originally published in Advance for Occupational Therapy Practitioners
This regular Assistive Technology series has now included 26 articles, spanning topics
such as seating, mobility, speech generating devices, computers and electronic aids to
daily living. I often hear from readers who have questions about a recently covered
topic. However, I have been hearing from many people who are interested in learning
more about assistive technology to develop their clinical skills and ultimately provide
these services to clients.

SLP Corner: Working on Inference Skills
[Source:  Speechbloguk]

Today I'm going to talk about inferencing.  This is one of those words that we use a lot as speech therapists and teachers use a fair bit as well, but I don't think it means a lot to other people!  It means understanding things which aren't directly stated.  This is something we all do all the time.  For example, if you see someone running as fast as they can towards a station, you don't need them to tell you that they are trying to catch a train, you just know it.  Your brain has put together three pieces of information - running, a station and your previous knowledge that a train goes at a certain time and if you're not there, you miss it!  It seems like a very simple thing, you probably don't even consciously think about some of the inferences you make, but in fact it is a very complex skill.   Children with language difficulties often struggle with this sort of understanding.

Autism Corner:   ABA 101: Common Terms & Lingo
Editor's Note:  I have been reading the Autism Helper blog for quite some time.  Today, I stumbled on a series on this blog called "ABA 101."  It's an excellent collection for BCBAs and others to use to help parents and others understand Applied Behavior Analysis.  
Please check out all the articles so far in this series:

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