September 27, 2019
Issue 27, Volume 12
It's All About the Choices!     
          
Greetings and Happy Friday

Please enjoy our weekly newsletter
 
News Items:
  • Scientists Reveal Early Behaviors That Best Predict Child's Language Ability
  • Baby Brain Scans Made Available Online to Advance Research
  • New Study on Sharing Shows Social Norms Play a Role in Decision Making
  • Autism Act Clears Senate
  • Even Infants Need Mental Health Care
  • Slower Growth in Working Memory Linked to Teen Driving Crashes
PediaStaff News and Hot Jobs 
  • Hot, New Job! School Psychologist - Phoenix, AZ
  • Hot, New Job!  1:1 School Nurse - Lansing, IL
  • Hot, New Job!  Pediatric OT - Clarksville, TN
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Book Review: Red Hat
  • 20+ Activities with Leaves
  • Fine Motor and Tactile Activity - Tissue Paper Fall Leaves Craft
  • Clean Mud Recipe
Articles and Special Features 
  • SpEd Corner: 5 Secrets to Maintaining a Positive Outlook in Special Ed
  • SLP Corner: Helping Shy Children Open Up in Speech Therapy
  • PTC: The Sensory Driven Child - What Makes Them Tick and What Makes Them Ticked
  • OT Corner: 10 Ideas to Increase Pencil Pressure
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Heidi Kay and the PediaStaff Team
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Scientists Reveal Early Behaviors That Best Predict Child's Language Ability
[Source:  Medical X-Press]

How often babies babble while making eye contact is the best predictor of how many words they will use as a toddler, a new study by the University of Sheffield has found.

Announced at the British Science Festival, the research found that the frequency with which 11-12 month olds vocalized whilst looking at their caregivers' face was a valuable predictor of their later vocabulary and suggested they were deliberately trying to communicate.

The research also looked at how caregivers respond to these early infant vocalizations, gestures and gazes, with experts testing which combination of actions best predict a child's language development.

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Baby Brain Scans Made Available Online to Advance Research
[Source:  Medical X-Press]

The Developing Human Connectome Project (dHCP) has published ground-breaking MR brain scans of over 500 newborn babies, which researchers from all over the world can download and use to study how the human brain develops.

A collaboration between King's College London, Imperial College London and the University of Oxford, the images are the first large-scale data release of this project, which will uncover how the wiring and function of the brain develops during pregnancy and after birth.

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Study on Sharing Shows Social Norms Play a Role in Decision Making
[Source:  Science Daily]

A child's desire to share becomes influenced by social norms around the age of 8, new research has revealed. The extensive study - conducted on eight diverse societies across the world - examined children and adults' behavior when asked to respond to a set of specific sharing tasks.

Researchers led by Dr Bailey House from the University of York's Department of Psychology established the sharing patterns of adults in the eight societies, and then worked with children from the same communities to determine how they would split a set of rewards in an experimental sharing task.

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Autism Act Clears Senate 
[Source: Disability Scoop]

A bill that includes more than $1.8 billion for federal efforts to address the needs of people with autism is headed to President Donald Trump.

The U.S. Senate unanimously approved the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education and Support, or Autism CARES, Act, on Thursday.

The measure, H.R. 1058, ensures funding for research, prevalence tracking, screening, professional training and other government activities related to autism. It renews an existing federal law that originated in 2006 for another five years.

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Even Infants Need Mental Health Care
[Source:  Medical X-Press]

In and around Chicago's Little Village neighborhood, long-standing causes of friction like gun violence and poverty have for some families combined with newer fears of immigration crackdowns and deportation of loved ones-and mental health professionals hope to address toxic stress that can have long-term effects on the lives of very young children.

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Slower Growth in Working Memory Linked to Teen Driving Crashes
[Source" Science Daily]

Research into why adolescent drivers are involved in motor vehicle crashes, the leading cause of injury and death among 16- to 19-year-olds in the United States, has often focused on driving experience and skills. But a new study suggests that development of the adolescent brain - in particular, working memory - may play a critical role in whether a teenager is more likely to crash

The study finds that slower growth in the development of working memory is associated with motor vehicle crashes, which points to cognitive development screening as a potential new strategy for identifying and tailoring driving interventions for teens at high risk for crashes.

The study, led by researchers at the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of

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Hot, New Job! School Psychologist - Phoenix, AZ
Are you interested in a position where you can motivate and encourage students to want to learn and make a difference in the life of a child?

PediaStaff is searching for a School Psychologist to work at a unified school district in the Phoenix, AZ area.  The School Psychologist is a full- time position and you can start work through the 2019-2020 school year.

Under general direction, you will provide psychological services to include evaluation, consultation and program development to benefit students and their families who require special education or are at risk.

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We're seeking a 1:1 School Nurse to accompany a student to and from school in the vicinity of Lansing, IL.  We can use an RN or an LPN with experience with seizure disorder and a gastrostomy tube.  If you are interested, apply today!

*  You will be accompanying this student to and from school each day
*  You will need to be an RN or an LPN with some experience with seizure disorder
*  You will work from 7:45-2:45 daily
*  You will work with a nonmobile student

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Would you like an interesting and challenging job where you'll have variety in your work days and grow professionally?

PediaStaff is searching for a full-time Occupational Therapist to join a dynamic interdisciplinary team in Clarksville, TN.

*  Work with mostly children Birth through school-age, and a few adults of all ages, with a wide range of diagnoses

*  This clinic is successful and growing with 9 OTs and 1 COTA.
*  Moderate cost of living in Clarksville

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Book Review:  Red Hat
Book by:  Lita Judge; Reviewed by Megan Graham

Book Description:  Similar to Lita Judge's winter story, Red Sled (see review here) a little girl leaves her red hat outside on the clothes line, and many forest animals decide to borrow it for some fun. However, when they return the hat...it isn't the same.
Goals & Objectives:
  • Early narrative (simple sequence story)
  • Perspective taking
  • Early prediction
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20+ Activities with Leaves
[Source: Teaching Mama]

Oh how I love this time of year! The leaves are simply gorgeous where we live! On the trees or on the ground, I find them all beautiful. I even caught my three boys raking leaves on their own yesterday just for fun! We can't get enough of the leaves.

There are so many fun activities you can do with leaves, too! Today I'm sharing over 20 activities with leaves from myself and some of my favorite kid bloggers.

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Fine Motor and Tactile Activity -  Tissue Paper Fall Leaves Craft 
[Source: Free Kid's Crafts.com]

Make your own beautiful Fall leaves with these patterns from FreeKidsCrafts. There is no right or wrong way to decorate these leaves. Just cut yellow, red, orange and green pieces of tissue paper and let each child create their own original design. Have children bring in fall leaves to see how each one is different. 

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Clean Mud Recipe  
[Source: Growing a Jeweled Rose]

This next play recipe is one of our favorites!
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It is incredibly easy to make and leaves kids smelling fresh and clean after play.  Are you ready to make clean mud?

What if your kids could play in the mud without getting dirty?  Or better yet- what if the mud was actually clean?  With this easy to follow recipe you can make an amazing play mud for kids that will leave them fresh and clean!?

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SpEd Corner: 5 Secrets to Maintaining a Positive Outlook in SpEd
[Source: Autism Classroom News & Resources]

These tips were developed for back to school, but really they are appropriate at any time of year.  Maintaining a positive outlook is a key element in preventing burnout, holding off stress, and just overall making your life good throughout the year.

Let's face it,  as I've said before, three-quarters of happiness and stress management is in our heads.  It's about keeping yourself in a positive outlook and focused on a bigger purpose.

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SLP Corner: Helping Shy Children Open Up in Speech Therapy
[Source:  Virtual Speech Center]

Many of us speech and language pathologists were faced at some point in our career with a few shy children, who took a bit longer to warm up to us, making speech or language therapy a bit more challenging in the beginning. Here are a few tips on how to break the ice with shy children. The below techniques might not always work or they might not work for all of the children but they are worth trying.

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PTC: The Sensory Driven Child - What Makes Them Tick? What Makes Them Ticked
By: Susan N. Schriber Orloff, OTR/L

Five-year old Johnny is a mess. His teachers float between anger and frustration about him. He has few friends and those he makes he cannot keep. His parents walk on eggshells around him never knowing how he will react in a given situation. And even worse, he talks about not liking himself and how he hates "everyone".

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OT Corner: 10 Ideas to Increase Pencil Pressure
[Source: Your Therapy Source]

Recently, I received a question about a student who is having difficulty applying pencil pressure when writing.  The therapist was having some success using markers but was looking for other suggestions.  
Here are 10 ideas to increase pressure when writing:

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