April 5, 2019
Issue 14, Volume 12
It's All About the Choices!     
          
Greetings and Happy Friday!

Please enjoy our weekly newsletter!
 
News Items:
  • DeVos Under Fire For Plan To Defund Special Olympics
  • Judge: Insurer's Guidelines For ABA, Behavioral Health 'Tainted'
  • New Link Between Childhood Obesity and Early Infant Feeding
  • Deep Brain Stimulation Eases Specific OCD Symptoms
  • Children Develop PTSD When They Ruminate Over Their Trauma
  • Mind Melding: Understanding the Connected, Social Bra
PediaStaff News and Hot Jobs 
  • Hot, New Job! School Psychologist 2019-2020 SY - Bremerton, WA
  • Hot, New Job! Pediatric Occupational Therapist - Wasilla, AK
  • Hot, New Job! Early Intervention SLP - Bakersfield, CA
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Spin A Sight Word (or Perhaps a Speech Word) Printable
  • Book Recommendation: Language at the Speed of Sight
  • Pretend Paper Hair Salon for Kids
  • Bean Bag Balance Game
Articles and Special Features 
  • Career Corner: It's Your Turn - Support for Your First Job
  • OT Corner:  Going Barefoot
  • SLP Corner: Unlocking Dyslexia
  • School Psych Corner: Understanding Behavior
  • Pediatric Therapy Corner: Learning Styles: Is Visual Learning Really A Thing?
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Heidi Kay and the PediaStaff Team
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DeVos Under Fire for Plan to Defund Special Olympics 

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is defending her agency's plan to end federal funding for a program than benefits children with disabilities.

DeVos stood behind a proposal to cut all $17.6 million in federal funding for Special Olympics. Her comments came in response to questions from lawmakers during a House of Representatives committee hearing on President Donald Trump's budget proposal for the next fiscal year, which begins in October.

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Judge: Insurer's Guidelines For ABA, Behavioral Health 'Tainted'
[Disability Scoop]

MINNEAPOLIS - A UnitedHealth Group subsidiary breached its fiduciary duty by adopting coverage guidelines that did not reflect general standards of care, a federal judge said this week in a ruling that advocates say could help improve coverage for mental health and addiction services in employer health plans.

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New Link Between Childhood Obesity and Early Infant Feeding
[Source:  Medical X-Press]

New research from Western Sydney University suggests that infants in South Western Sydney introduced to formula and solid foods within the first four months, could be twice as likely to suffer from childhood obesity.

The study, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health , tracked the health and weight of 346 infants from the area over a ten-year period. Lead researcher of the study, Dr. Haider Mannan from the Translational Health Research 

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Deep Brain Stimulation Eases Specific OCD Symptoms
[Source:  Psych Central]

A new U.K. study published in the journal Biological Psychiatry finds that patients with severe OCD experienced significant relief after undergoing deep brain stimulation (DBS) to one of two regions of the brain: the ventral capsule (VC) or the anteromedial subthalamic nucleus (amSTN).
Most notably, depending on which of these regions was stimulated, the technique produced distinct effects: stimulation of the VC drastically improved mood, whereas stimulation of the amSTN in the same patients improved cognitive flexibility. OCD 

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Children Develop PTSD When They Ruminate Over Their Trauma
[Source: Science Daily]

While most children recover well after a traumatic event, some go on to develop PTSD that may stay with them for months, years, or even into adulthood.

A new study, published today, reveals that children begin down this route when they have trouble processing their trauma and perceive their symptoms as being a sign that something is seriously wrong.

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Mind Melding: Understanding the Connected, Social Brain
[Source: Science Daily]

"Despite the fact that this is such a powerful learning mechanism, surprisingly little is known about how the human brain performs social learning," says Victoria Leong, of the University of Cambridge. "When we connect neurally with others, we are opening ourselves to receiving information and influence from others."

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Ready to secure a School Psychologist position in the Pacific Northwest and enjoy your summer without the stress of the job search? You will be working in the Kitsap Peninsula directly across Puget Sound from Seattle, which is a great distance for some fun weekend trips!  The Kitsap Peninsula is a beautiful area and has a lot to offer in terms of outdoor activity. PediaStaff needs a great School Psychologist to work full-time hours, and we can interview now! The School Psychologist would work with elementary-aged students to high-school aged students.

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We are excited to tell you about this new position in Wasilla, Alaska! If you are an Occupational Therapist with a minimum of 1-2 years of pediatric experience who is looking for a great place to work then continue reading.

*Seeking an Occupational Therapist to join a pediatric/adult clinic setting and 15 fellow therapists
*We're looking for primarily sensory and developmental delay experience especially in children with autism
*Average age of patients are 2-10
*You'll work with children and their families in a supportive environment so that they can overcome the effects of disability and injury
*Facility features a large gym and a therapy pool

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Seeking a Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist for a full-time Early Intervention position in Kern County.  Your caseload will be within a commutable distance of your home.  This is 100% in-home therapy for populations Birth-3 Early Intervention.  Sessions, drive times, and administrative times are all considered a part of your workday.  The position can be paid on a W2 or as an independent contractor.

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Spin A Sight Word (or Perhaps a Speech Word) Printable
[Source:  Liz's Early Learning Spot via Classroom Freebies]

Use this sight word spinner to give your kids quick and easy practice at whatever words they're currently working on.

Just type in the words you want to use and print it off! Add a brad or flick a paper clip on a pencil.

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Book Recommendation: Language at the Speed of Sight
[Source:  Reading Rockets.org]

A few months ago, I read Mark Seidenberg's Language at the Speed of Sight.  Seidenberg is a psychologist who studies reading, and his book is remarkably intelligent, frank, and witty. I think there is an occasional mistake or ambiguity here and there, but overall I was mesmerized.
Typically, I don't do reviews here and don't intend to today. Instead, I have pulled several incisive quotes from the text that captured my attention (there were many more, I assure you), and I have added comments of my own. I hope you and your colleagues will read 

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Pretend Paper Hair Salon for Kids
[Source:  Inner Child Fun]

This pretend paper hair salon could keep the kids happily entertained for hours! During a recent visit to the craft store, Clara (age 8) spotted some foam heads. She had been wanting to create a pretend hair salon for some time, but I have a feeling this may only be the beginning of her crafting journey with these foam heads. She has big plans for these! With some paper, scissors, and a few pieces of 

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Bean Bag Balance Game
[Source:  Pink Oatmeal]

Are you looking for a fun game that also promotes balance?  You need to try the bean bag balance game.  It's super simple and you probably have most things that you need around your home!  The bean bag balance game would also work great in physical education or for gross motor stations.

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Career Corner: It's Your Turn - Support for Your First Job
You may have been working for a few days, weeks, or months by now. Please know, that if you are feeling scared or nervous, or even wholly panicked, you are not alone. In some extreme cases, you may feel like a fraud, a person who doesn't even know what to do.  This state is often described as the Imposter Syndrome. You may mistakenly believe that you are not actually qualified for the job. These deep fears and intense feelings are entirely expected - this 

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OT Corner: Going Barefoot
[Source: The Inspired Treehouse]

Whether it's tennis shoes or flipflops, kids spend a lot of time wearing shoes!  And we think it's high time to let those little piggies out for a breath of fresh air!  Today, we're sharing 10 fun and simple ways to show kids that going barefoot can be tons of fun!

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SLP Corner: Unlocking Dyslexia
[Source:  NPR.org]

Part 1 of our series "Unlocking Dyslexia."
"It's frustrating that you can't read the simplest word in the world."
Thomas Lester grabs a book and opens to a random page. He points to a word: galloping.
"Goll-. G-. Gaa-. Gaa-. G-. " He keeps trying. It is as if the rest ­­of the word is in him somewhere, but he can't sound it out.

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School Psych Corner: Understanding Behavior
[Source:  Dr. Lisa, School Psych Blog]

Now that the school year is underway, the students with behavior problems are starting to test everyone's limits.  When I first begin working on a new case, I want to know not only what the student is doing, but why.  In this two-part series, we'll start with the what.  Teachers and other educators can be a great support if they provide information on the 

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Peds Tx Corner: Learning Styles: Is Visual Learning Really A Thing?
[Source:  Mind Shift]

It's common to hear people say, "I'm a visual learner," but  research doesn't support the idea that learning styles like visual or auditory learning are inherent traits. That doesn't mean learners don't have preferences, but only one flawed study found that people actually learned better when information was presented in their preferred style. Instead, it seems that most people learn the best when information is presented in multiple ways, especially when one of them is visual.

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