July 15, 2016
Issue 28, Volume 9
It's All About the Choices!     
Greetings and Happy Friday!

Hope everyone had a nice holiday weekend and some time with friends and family.   We are happy to be back after a week off here too!    Please enjoy our newsletter!
News Items:
  • More PT Benefits Bone Strength in Low Weight/Pre-Term Infants
  • Childrens' Quality of Life Boosted Through Outdoor Learning
  • Effects of Car Seats on Infant Leg Movement
  • Acetaminophen Use in Pregancy Linked to Autism and ADHD in Offspring
  • Insurance Mandates Resulting in More Autism Diagnoses
  • Gene Places a Role in Poor Speech Processing, Dyslexia

PediaStaff News and Hot Jobs 
  • Hot Job! Outpatient Pediatric OT - Idaho Falls, ID
  • Hot Jobs! Pediatric Clinic PT/PTA - Vancouver, WA
  • Hot Job!! Adapted Physical Education Teacher - Monterey, CA
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • 5 Cutting Activities to Build Fine Motor Skills
  • Resource of the Week: Concussion Guidelines for Returning to Activity and School for Children
  • Build a Flower Letter Sounds Sort
Articles and Special Features 
  • Pediatric Therapy Corner: 35 Therapist Approved Tummy Time Tips & Activities
  • SLP Corner: The Language of Learning Circuits
  • PT Corner: Teaching Children to Jump
  • School Psych Corner: Talking to Kids About Race and Violence in America 
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Heidi Kay and the PediaStaff Team

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More PT Benefits Bone Strength in Low Weight/Pre-Term Infants
[Article Source: Medical News Today]
Study shows that a twice daily program of assisted range-of-motion exercises provides significant benefits for bone strength, potentially decreasing the risk of low bone density and future fractures in very low birth weight pre-term infants.

Because of their low weight and premature birth, very low birth weight (VLBW) pre-term infants have lower bone mineral mass and a greater need for bone nutrients compared to most new-born infants. This places them at greater risk of osteopenia (low bone density) and fractures in later life.

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Childrens' Quality of Life Boosted Through Outdoor Learningl
[Source: Science Daily]

Student Outcomes and Natural Schooling has been produced by Plymouth University and Western Sydney University, following a conference organised in collaboration with the University of East London and Natural England, and with funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).
It highlights the many and varied benefits to children of learning in the natural environment, not just from an educational perspective but also in terms of their behavior, social skills, health and well being, resilience, confidence and sense of place.

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Effects of Car Seats on Infant Leg Movement  
[Article and Image Source:  Your Therapy Source]

Nowadays, babies are spending more and more time in car seats.  Families are busy running to day care, extra curricular activities for siblings and the stores. When the baby is buckled into the car seat, all too often parents just transition the car seat to the next location and plop the car seat in the grocery cart or on the floor.  Hence the term "bucket babies".  Babies are meant to learn through movement. 

Therefore, babies need floor time for muscle development and cognitive exploration.  Although as pediatric therapists, we are constantly encouraging exploratory play for babies there is little research on the effects of being a bucket baby.

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Acetaminophen Use in Pregancy Linked to Autism & ADHD
[Source: Medical News Today]

Acetaminophen is one of the very few painkillers considered generally safe to use during pregnancy. A new study, however, suggests it may not be so safe after all, after identifying a link between prenatal exposure to the drug and symptoms of autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

The study - led by researchers from the Center for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL) in Barcelona, Spain - is published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.

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Insurance Mandates Resulting in More Autism Diagnoses
[Source: Science Daily]

State mandates requiring commercial health plans to cover the cost of services for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have resulted in an increased number of children being diagnosed and treated for ASD, according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The findings will be published in the July 11th issue of JAMA Pediatrics.

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Gene Places a Role in Poor Speech Processing, Dyslexia
[Source:  Medical X-Press]

A new study led by UT Dallas researchers shows that a gene associated with dyslexia may interfere with the processing of speech, ultimately leading to reading problems that are characteristic of the disorder.
While previous studies have tied the DCDC2 gene to dyslexia, Dr. Michael Kilgard, a neuroscientist at UT Dallas and one of the study's co-authors, said the new findings are the first to demonstrate that the gene is required for normal auditory processing of complex speech.

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You visit places like this on vacation - why not live here?

Recreational opportunities are endless with world class biking, river sports, skiing, and snowboarding.  Local lakes, mountains and National Parks offer destinations for hiking and camping.  A thriving local restaurant scene, regional shopping, arts and music venues offer time for relaxation. 

The Idaho Falls Regional Airport offers easy access to any city in the world.  Idaho Falls is the regional medical hub for Idaho, Western Wyoming and Southwest Montana.  A low cost of living, affordable housing and strong sense of community all contribute to this being your dream job.

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Featured Job of the Week:  Pediatric Clinic PT/PTA - Vancouver, WA
We have a fabulous pediatric clinic and Early Intervention position for a Physical Therapist to start as soon as possible working with children from birth to 21 in the Vancouver area.

*  Therapist will provide service both in clinic for children birth to 21 and in the natural setting with the birth to three population.
*  Most children serviced have developmental delays/disabilities.
*  The clinic has an amazing PT who has been working for them for many years and is happy to help mentor new therapists.
*  The underprivileged population is served, with 60 percent medicaid reimbursements.

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Featured Job of the Week:  Adapted PE Teacher - Monterey, CA
In Beautiful Monterey County, California is where we are seeking a full time Adaptive Physical Education Teacher (APE).
*  Monterey, in Central California is home to beautiful destinations such as Carmel-By-the Sea, the 
   Monterey Zoo and flourishing vineyards.
*  This position will cover several grades/ages
*  Full time position 7 hours per day
*  Non-taxed / Per-Diem Wages are available for qualified applicants (in accordance with IRS 
*  Itinerate.  Travel to various sites with mileage reimbursed.

Learn About / Apply for This Job on our Blog 
[Source:  Hands on As We Grow]

Starting cutting activities is scary with young kids, I get that.
As a parent, you think of safety and that scissors are a dangerous thing for kids to be around.
I vividly remember the first week I took my oldest to daycare when he was three. The teachers there had him cutting right away and realized that he had no idea what to do. I had never given him the chance to hold a scissors even prior to that time.
Kids pick it up cutting skills very quickly when you offer them the opportunity.
See the amazing tips at the end of the post to get your child started!

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[Source: Can Child via Your Therapy Source]
As pediatric therapists we may be involved in helping children return to activity and/or school following a concussion.  Of course, you should always work in conjunction with a physician but there are specific guidelines to follow.  Can Child   has done a great job of creating evidence based resources to return to activity and school for youth and children. It goes through the steps you need to take based on the symptoms of the child.  In addition, once the child returns to school there are several suggestions for modifications to the school environment.

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SLP Activity of the Week:  Build a Flower Letter Sounds Sort
[Source:  This Reading Mama]

Are you ready for spring? I am! If you're not, you can get in the spring mood with this FREE Build a Flower Letter Sounds Sort! This pack features 25 beginning letter sound sorting flowers {excluding x}.

Download Through a Link on our Blog
Pediatric Tx Corner:  35 Therapist Approved Tummy Time Tips & Activities
[Source: Mama OT]

Tummy time is important because the skills learned while on the tummy are essential for later development. Think about it, most of the big milestones in the first year of life involve the prone position in one form or another (e.g., lifting and turning the head, rolling, pushing the chest off the ground, getting up to hands and knees, scooting, crawling). In fact, tummy time is considered the
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SLP Corner:  The Language of Learning Circuits
[Source:  Play on Words]

With all the emphasis on STEM learning and toys that can build skills in those areas of science, let's not forget the language essential to and underlying this learning.

I always learn more about a toy from kids as they play with it. Over the weekend I saw a 10 year-old friend of mine at a picnic and told him I had a new circuit game for him to play with me. He was so excited that he let me know when he was leaving the party and was 

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PT Corner:  Teaching Children to Jump
[Source:  Dinosaur Physical Therapy]

Jumping is a motor milestone that requires strength, balance, coordination, body awareness and motor planning. When practicing jumping we want to be sure to expose our children to different environments around them, with feet bare the child is able to interact with the unique texture of the ground surface. Practice on soft grass, padded mats, carpet and hardwood. Each surface offers its own challenges to the child as they begin practicing jumping! Use other children as models, as peer play is essential to the acquisition of motor milestones. Children observe and learn from others.

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School Psych Corner:    Talking to Kids About Race & Violence in America
[Source:  The Child Mind Institute]
by Harold, S. Koplewicz, MD

In the wake of last week's racially charged violence, our dismay and distress have reached a fever pitch. These tragic shootings - of black men by police and policemen by a sniper - add fuel to a burning conversation in this country, and I think it's important for all of us to take part. The conversation is about the relationship between police and black communities, about violence, racism and divisiveness.

To be honest, part of me wants to ignore it and keep my head down. Can a white child psychiatrist have a role in addressing this crisis? If I did not want to raise eyebrows or potentially offend anyone, I'd stop writing now.

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