May 8, 2015
Issue 18, Volume 8
It's All About the Choices!     
Greetings and Happy Friday to You All!

Please enjoy our weekly newsletter offering! 
News Items:
  • Parent Training Improves Behavior in Autistic Children
  • Premature Birth Alters Brain Connections
  • Children with ADHD at Risk for Binge Eating, Study Shows
  • New Strategy Forged for Safe Use of Antidepressants in Kids & Teens
  • Possible Role of Gut Bacteria in Autism
  • Fact Sheet: Stroke - Not Just an Adult's Condition
Hot Jobs 
  • Hot Jobs:  School Pediatric PT and OT - Monterey, CA
  • PediaStaff Placement of the Week: Pediatric Home Care OT, Austin, TX
  • School Contract Occupational Therapist/OT Job Hiring NOW - Olympia, WA
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Fine Motor Activity of the Week: LEGO-Stamped Gift Wrap
  • Gross Motor Activity of the Week: Get Moving with Math
  • Fine Motor Craft: Make DIY Straw Beads
  • Resource of the Week: Important Psychological Concepts All Teachers Can Apply in the Classroom

Articles and Special Features 

  • Autism Corner: Kids with Autism Aging Out of the System
  • SLP Corner: How Do You Know When it's a Language Delay Versus a Disorder?
  • Career Corner: How to Become an OT from a Different Education Path
  • Sensory Corner: Recognizing Tactile Defensiveness in Children
  • School Nurses Corner: Reflections on School Nursing
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Heidi Kay and the PediaStaff Team

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Parent Training Improves Behavior in Autistic Children

[Source:  Psych Central]

A new study finds that providing parents with specific, structured strategies to manage their child's tantrums and aggression improves behavior among young children with autism spectrum disorder.

The parent training study was performed by Yale and Emory University researchers and has been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).


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Premature Birth Alters Brain Connections

[Source: Science Daily]

Premature birth can alter the connectivity between key areas of the brain, according to a new study led by King's College London. The findings should help researchers to better understand why premature birth is linked to a greater risk of neurodevelopmental problems, including autistic spectrum disorders and attention deficit disorders.

The NIHR-funded study, published in the journal PNAS, used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to look at specific connections in the brains of 66 infants, 47 of whom were born before 33 


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Children with ADHD at Risk for Binge Eating, Study Shows

[Source: Science Daily]


Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, are significantly more likely to have an eating disorder - a loss of control eating syndrome (LOC-ES) - akin to binge eating, a condition more generally diagnosed only in adults, according to results of a new Johns Hopkins Children's Center study. The findings, reported ahead of print April 9 in the International Journal of Eating Disorders, suggest a common biological mechanism linking the two disorders, and the potential for developing treatment that works for both.


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New Strategy Forged for Safe Use of Antidepressants in Kids

[Source:  Psych Central]

Although selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) medications are considered the current standard for pharmaceutical care for depression, the medications must be carefully prescribed to avoid the risk of suicide among children and young adults.

A multidisciplinary team of Johns Hopkins researchers has developed two new strategies to safely treat depression in young people using the SSRI class of medications. These strategies, recently published in the journal Translational Psychiatry, incorporate a new understanding of how to mitigate the risk of suicide while on SSRI treatment.

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Motor Skill Abilities and Disruptive Behavior

[Source: Research in Developmental Disabilities, via Your Therapy Source ]


Research in Developmental Disabilities published research on the motor abilities of 99 adolescents with disruptive behavior disorder (DBD) and evaluated the role of comorbid ADHD.  Each participant was assessed with The Bruininks-Oseretsky test of motor proficiency, Second Edition.  


In addition, further statistical analyses were completed to determine differences in motor profiles between individuals diagnosed with oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) or conduct disorder (CD) and comparing the motor profiles of individuals with or without comorbid ADHD.


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Fact Sheet: Stroke - Not Just an Adult's Condition

[Source:  Medical News Today]

When you hear the word "stroke," the first picture that pops into your mind is likely to be of an elderly individual. It's true that older adults are at greater stroke risk; the chance of having a stroke doubles with each decade of life after the age of 55. But did you know that infants and children can also suffer stroke? It can even occur before birth.

Stroke affects 6 in every 100,000 children in the US and is one of the 10 leading causes of death among children in the country.

According to the National Stroke Association, stroke affects 6 in every 100,000 children in the US. It is also one of the 10 leading causes of death among children in the country.

The rate of stroke is much higher in adults than children. Every year, more than 795,000 men and women suffer a stroke and around 130,000 die from the condition. However, studies have found stroke rates are on the rise in children in the US.


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Hot Jobs of the Week: School Pediatric PT and OT - Monterey, CA

We are hiring now for both summer and the upcoming school year.  Pediatric Physical and Occupational Therapists are needed for a school district in Monterey County.   Apply now for more information.


Qualifications: Must hold a Bachelors Degree in Physical Therapy or Occupational Therapy; a current state license (or eligible) if applicable. 


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PediaStaff Placement of the Week:  Peds Home Care OT, Austin, TX

Congratulations, to Matt Z., on his new position at PediaStaff's pediatric home health client in Austin, TX!!   He will be providing early intervention and home health to an all pediatric population in Travis and Williamson County (Austin).  The caseload is varied and includes children with neurological disorders such as CP and Down's as well as kids with autism and developmental delays that experience sensory issues, fine motor delays, etc . 


Matt will be getting a fantastic package including:  full time, salary with bonus structure, auto allowance, 7 paid holidays, vacation, continuing education allowance, paid insurance benefits, paid malpractice insurance, 401(k),  direct deposit and a tuition reimbursement plan!


Great Job, Matt!!

Hot School Job: School Contract OT Jobs - Olympia, WA

PediaStaff has contracts available NOW for the 2015/16 School Year in the Olympia area!  Secure your job now, then relax and enjoy your summer!


Depending on the district's needs and your strengths and desires the caseload may include various combinations of pre-K, elementary, middle or high school kids.


Pay rates are outstanding (some of the best we offer anywhere in Washington) and are based on your experience, and your traveler status. Benefits are available too.  Contact us for more details.


Qualifications: Must hold appropriate Degree in Occupational Therapy; a current WA state license and ESA Certificate (or eligible).  New graduates are welcome!


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Fine Motor Activity of the Week: LEGO-Stamped Gift Wrap  

Here is a great idea that is perfect for Mother's Day, Christmas, Birthdays and more!

[Source:  I Can Teach My Child]

We're participating in Lego Week with several of our blogging friends.   This weekend our boys were invited to our neighbor's birthday party and they gave him a LEGO set, so we thought it was only fitting that we created some LEGO-stamped gift wrap!  

It is so simple and so easy, but the boys had so much fun!    We used DUPLOs, since they are easier to pick up (and less messy), but you can use any LEGOs that you already have on hand.


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Gross Motor Activity of the Week: Get Moving with Math

Purpose: Practice sensory motor skills while reinforcing math concepts. These are some fun in class energy release activities.

Materials: math flash cards, dice

Activity #1 - Flash Card Fun for a Group: Have the group sit or stand in a circle. Create one rule for the group to start. For example, if the answer is correct everyone should clap hands and if the answer is incorrect everyone should jump in place. Pick a student to go first. Hold up a flash card. Student responds verbally with the answer to the math problem. The rest of the group must now act. Each student must begin to perform with clapping hands or jumping in place depending upon whether the answer is correct or incorrect. The leader then reports the correct answer. Continue playing creating new rules with new movements every 10 flash cards.


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Fine Motor Craft: Make DIY Straw Beads 

[Source:  Kid Activities Blog]


Sometimes a kid's craft is so simple, that you stop and say, "Now, why didn't I think of that?" That's what everyone says when I show them how easy it is to make your own straw beads!


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Resource of the Week: Psychological Concepts to Apply in the Classroom

[Science Daily and the APA]

In an effort to help teachers educate their students, a new report from the American Psychological Association outlines the 20 most important psychological concepts that can enhance elementary and secondary teaching and learning and offers tips on how to apply them in the classroom.

"Psychological science has much to contribute to enhancing teaching and learning in the classroom," said Joan Lucariello, PhD, chair of the Coalition for Psychology in Schools and Education and a contributing author of the report. "Teaching and learning are intricately linked to social and behavioral factors of human development, including cognition, motivation, social interaction and communication."

For instance, one of the principles outlined in the report makes clear that teachers' 

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Autism Corner: Kids with Autism Aging Out of the System

[Source;  Special Education Advisor]

By Rebecca Sperber, M.S., M.F.T.

The Path For Autistic Kids Aging Out of the School System: Severely Autistic Especially At Risk for Warehousing

A recent NBC  Dateline episode, "On The Brink" which aired April 12, 2015, highlighted a dire situation facing many autistic young adults and their families.  It stated that within the next two years approximately 500,000 autistic teenagers will become ineligible for a free public education because they will have reached the age of 21.  The unofficial term for this is " aging out" of the system.  This will result in an influx of adults with significant functional limitations into the mainstream, with few educational, vocational and social resources available to them.

In addition to the financial stress that will be put on state and federal social services, the expense to individual families responsible for the care and well being of these autistic young adults will be overwhelming, and in some cases impossible to manage. The result is clear:  the inhumane neglect of the educational potential of these young people, who by age 21 are not miraculously ready to have their academic  education terminated, and replaced with only vocational tasks they may or may not enjoy, feel proud of or challenged by. 


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SLP Corner: Knowing Whether its Language Delay Versus a Disorder?

[Source:  ASHAsphere]

ASHAsphere Editor's Note: This is an excerpt from a blog post that originally appeared on Special Education Guide.

How do you know when it's a language delay versus a disorder?

Unfortunately, there is not always a straightforward answer to this question. A language delay is just that-a delay in acquisition of language skills compared to one's chronological and cognitive/intellectual age-peers. A young child with a language delay may exhibit a slower onset of a language skill, rate of progression through the acquisition process, sequence in which the language skills are learned, or all of the above.


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Career Corner: Becoming an OT from a Different Education Path

[Source:  Mama OT]

I often receive emails from college or grad school students who have discovered the field of occupational therapy and are freaking out for two reasons: 1) they are super excited about this new potential career and 2) they are really nervous and confused about whether they will need to change their major in order to pursue a career in occupational therapy because they are already sooooo far into their educational career. These types of emails have come from students studying to become nurses, marriage and family therapists, business people, and more.

If this type of scenario applies to you or someone you know, get ready!

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Sensory Corner: Recognizing Tactile Defensiveness in Children

Thanks to the Sensory Spectrum for recommending this article


[Source:  ALLterNATIVE Learning]


This is a touchy subject. While it's literally about touch, it's also an open letter with my heart in my hands to try explain my childhood to all those who didn't and still don't understand. It's to defend myself as an adult and to not be ashamed that "I am who I am", and I have learned to cope with my quirks as a part of my every day adult life. And it's about how it has changed how I parent and view my child's own behaviors and quirks.

So what am I talking about? Tactile Defensiveness. It's a long funny name that basically indicates that I have always reacted negatively to textures and other stimuli that would be considered normal to others. The biggest issue being that as a child, I threw tantrums over not wanting to wear buttons on my clothes. To this day, I still don't own clothes with those small plastic buttons and neither do my children (because I am the one dressing them).


School Nurses Corner: Reflections on School Nursing

This year, the NASN celebrates National School Nurses day by reflecting on school nursing highlights, our ever increasing importance, and wish lists of what school nurses need and want.


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