January 6, 2017
Issue 1, Volume 10
It's All About the Choices!     
Greetings and Happy New Year!

Hope everyone had safe and happy holidays!    Please enjoy an abbreviated holiday edition of our weekly newsletter.
News Items:
  • PT Interventions and Developmental Coordination Disorder
  • Genes Affecting Communication Skills Relate to Genes for Autism
  • Babies Exposed to Stimulation Get Brain Boost 
  • Stuttering Linked to Reduced Blood Flow in Broca's Area
  • Scientists Mapping How Brain Stores Memories

PediaStaff News and Hot Jobs 
  • Hot Job:  Early Intervention OT - Yonkers, NY
  • Hot Job:  Early Intervention OT - Tarrytown, NY
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Books About Emotions
  • Indoor Ice Skates: Proprioception and Vestibular Sensory Play Activity
  • Cool Off (Coping Skills) Snowflake
  • Ultimate Visual Motor Challenge
Articles and Special Features 
  • SLP Corner: 7 Ways to Feel More Comfortable Talking About Stuttering to Others
  • School Psych Corner: Teaching Tolerance
  • Advocacy Corner: Reverse The Cuts
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PT Interventions and Developmental Coordination Disorder
[Source: Your Therapy Source]
The Journal of Motor Learning and Development published a review to identify the types of interventions in physical therapy contexts used in children with developmental coordination disorder (DCD) and whether these interventions are effective.  The systemic search revealed 29 articles of moderate to good quality to analyze.  The results indicated that:

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Genes Affecting Communication Skills Relate to Genes for Autism
[Source: Science Daily]

The researchers studied the genetic overlap between the risk of having these psychiatric disorders and measures of social communicative competence - the ability to socially engage with other people successfully - during middle childhood to adolescence. They showed that genes influencing social communication problems during childhood overlap with genes conferring risk for autism, but that this relationship wanes during adolescence. In contrast, genes influencing risk for schizophrenia were most strongly interrelated with genes affecting social competence during later adolescence, in line with the natural history of the disorder. The findings were published in Molecular Psychiatry on 3 January 2017.

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Babies Exposed to Stimulation Get Brain Boost
[Source: Science Daily]
Many new parents still think that babies should develop at their own pace, and that they shouldn't be challenged to do things that they're not yet ready for. Infants should learn to roll around under their own power, without any "helpful" nudges, and they shouldn't support their weight before they can stand or walk on their own. They mustn't be potty trained before they are ready for it.

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Stuttering Linked to Reduced Blood Flow in Broca's Area
[Source: Science Daily]
A study led by researchers at Children's Hospital Los Angeles demonstrates what lead investigator Bradley Peterson, MD, calls "a critical mass of evidence" of a common underlying lifelong vulnerability in both children and adults who stutter. They discovered that regional cerebral blood flow is reduced in the Broca's area - the region in the frontal lobe of the brain linked to speech production - in persons who stutter. More severe stuttering is associated with even greater reductions in blood flow to this region.

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Scientists Mapping How Brain Stores Memories
[Source:  Medical X-Press]
A new study led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) sheds light on how the brain stores memories. The research, published recently in the journal eLife, is the first to demonstrate that the same brain region can both motivate a learned behavior and suppress that same behavior.
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We are searching for an Occupational Therapist to conduct evaluations, assessment and treatment of children in Westchester County, NY. This opportunity is best suited to the self-starting, independent thinker. It is the perfect position for the therapist who enjoys charting his/her own destiny and impacting children and families in a positive way.

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We are searching for an Occupational Therapist to conduct evaluations, assessment and treatment of children in Westchester County, NY.

*  Therapist will treat children ages birth to 5 in natural and preschool settings.

*  Flex time allows you to make your own schedule.
*  Direct hire, salaried position
*  Health benefits include continuing education reimbursement, 401K, and PTO.

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Books About Emotions
[Source: Pre-K Pages]
Helping young children gain control of their emotions is a two-step process. First, they need to learn how to identify their emotions and then how to manage them through self regulation. Identifying and managing our own emotions as adults can be very difficult, but young children are still learning what emotions are and how to respond appropriately to everyday feelings like anger and sadness. As teachers and parents it is our job to help young children understand and identify their feelings, as well as communicate those feelings effectively to others.

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[Source: Sugar Aunts]
Sometimes, you come across a play activity that provides many skill areas and is just plain old fun.  These indoor ice skates proprioception and vestibular activity is one of those.  Last year, we shared a bunch of winter sensory activities.  This is on of those movement sensory ideas (that we're just getting around to sharing this year!) Grab the calendar and all of the sensory ways to play this winter.

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School Psych/SW Corner: Cool Off  (Coping Skills) Snowflake
[Source:  The Art of Social Work]
It is getting colder and depending on where you live, that may mean snow too. Regardless of climate and cultural background though, I have found, most children understand the concept of a snowflake and how to make one by folding and cutting shapes in paper. This provides a simple and fun way to make a coping skill reminder for kids (and grown ups) of any age!
1) Allow child to choose from assortment of paper colors and types, fold and cut out snowflake. Talk about how all snowflakes are different and everyone's way of calming down can be different and unique too.

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Ultimate Visual Motor Challenge
[Source: Your Therapy Source]
Here is a FREE ultimate visual motor challenge with two difficulty levels.  Can you copy the lines and shapes exactly onto the blank grid? The color version is slightly easier than the black and white version.  The colors are easier to distinguish differences but you must match each color to the correct line and shape as well.

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SLP Corner:   7 Ways to Feel More Comfortable Talking About Stuttering 
Editor's Note:  This article was written by a student for students.   It would be a great one to share with your kiddos who stutter.
[Source:  American Institute for Stuttering]
Hi my name is MaKenna and I am 12 years old. Telling people about my stuttering was probably the hardest thing for me. Over the summer, I went to the AIS Teen Intensive Week, and we had to do some pretty challenging things that helped me overcome my fear of telling people about my stuttering.

SLP Corner:  Teaching Tolerance
[Source:  Dr. Lisa, School Psych]

Teaching Tolerance blog, created by the Southern Poverty Law Center, calls itself "a place where educators who care about diversity, equity and justice can find news, suggestions, conversation and support."  It provides  professional development on school climate, classroom strategies, and reflective teaching.  You can find  classroom resources on topics ranging from bullying to the

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Advocacy Corner: Reverse The Cuts
Editor's Note:   This is a GREAT video, that puts faces to the thousands of kids who will be affected if drastic Medicaid cuts in Texas go through.  Please share.
[Source: Capable Kids Foundation]

Medicaid cuts are threatening the well-being of thousands of children with disabilities across Texas. Watch to hear from the children themselves why we need to take action 

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