January 8, 2016
Issue 1, Volume 9
It's All About the Choices!     

Welcome to our first issue of the new year!    We sure hope everyone had happy, safe holidays! Please enjoy our weekly newsletter offering
News Items:  
  • Kids' Behavior Problems Tied To Brain Differences
  • More Kids Seeking Medical Care for Back Pain
  • Infertility Treatments Do Not Appear to Contribute to Developmental Delays
  • Electronic Toys Could Hinder Language Development
  • Over 400 Comorbid Conditions May Co-Occur with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
  • Muscular Dystrophy / ALS Cancer Drug Shows Promise for Treating DMD
Hot Jobs 
  • Hot Pediatric Hospital NICU SLP Opportunity - San Antonio, TX
  • Placement of the Week! School-Based OT in Boulder
  • Hot Opportunity - Outpatient PT Needed in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Hot Job Opportunity: Early Intervention SLP for Auburn, NY 
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Paper Plate Skating Simple Gross Motor Activity
  • Coloring on Sandpaper Activity for Toddlers
  • How to Draw Activity: Cute Penguin
  • Book Reviews: 2 "Must Have" Books for Teaching Kids Self-Regulation Skills
Articles and Special Features 
  • Pediatric Therapy Corner: What Are The Basic Features Of Rett Syndrome?
  • Peds Tx Corner Too: 15 Picture Books That Support Spatial Skills Development
  • SLP Corner: Using Improv Everywhere Videos in Social Thinking Groups
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Heidi Kay and the PediaStaff Team

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Kids' Behavior Problems Tied To Brain Differences
[Source: Psych Central]
Young people with behavioral problems, such as antisocial and aggressive behavior, show reduced grey matter volume in a number of areas of the brain, according to a new study.
Grey matter is involved in processing signals and information in the brain, and makes up nearly half of brain volume. Researchers from the University of Birmingham in England found that, compared to typically developing youths, those with behavioral problems show grey matter reductions specifically within the amygdala, the insula and the prefrontal cortex.

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More Kids Seeking Medical Care for Back Pain
[Source:  Science Daily]
According to a new literature review in the January issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, it's becoming more common for children and adolescents to seek medical care for back pain. Even with expensive, advanced tests like MRI scans, doctors may not be able to find the exact cause for the pain.
"If your history, physical exam or simple tests reveal a diagnosis or problem, this can be treated early and you will probably be able to return to your activities or sport," says lead study author and orthopedic surgeon Suken A. Shah, MD, division chief at Nemours Spine and Scoliosis Center, Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. For nearly two thirds of adolescent patients, clinical physical examination and imaging may not produce clear 

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Infertility Treatments Do Not Appear to Contribute to Developmental Delays
[Source: Science Daily]

hildren conceived via infertility treatments are no more likely to have a developmental delay than children conceived without such treatments, according to a study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health, the New York State Department of Health and other institutions. The findings, published online in JAMA Pediatrics, may help to allay longstanding concerns that conception after infertility treatment could affect the embryo at a sensitive stage and result in lifelong disability.

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Electronic Toys Could Hinder Language Development
[Source:  Education News]
A new study suggests that electronic toys that make noises might delay toddlers' language development.
Researchers who gave a variety of toys to families found that parent-to-child communication decreased with kids were engaged with noisy toys. Since interaction with parents is one of the key ways that children develop cognitively and linguistically, habitually playing with these toys may hinder development.

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Over 400 Comorbid Conditions May Co-Occur with FASD
[Source:  Science Daily]
Researchers at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) have identified 428 distinct disease conditions that co-occur in people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), in the most comprehensive review of its kind.
The results were published in The Lancet.

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MD / ALS Cancer Drug Shows Promise for Treating DMD
[Source:  Medical News Today]
A drug commonly used to treat leukemia is showing potential as a treatment that could slow the progression of the muscle-wasting condition, Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
Duchenne muscular dystrophy most commonly affects boys, with around 2,400 people in the UK affected by the condition. There is currently no cure and most patients are not expected to live past the age of 30.

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We are working with a hospital facility in San Antonio who is in need of a full time SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST in the NICU.  Hours are Monday through Friday with a Saturday rotation.  Hours can either be 7:30 - 4:00 or 8:00 - 4:30 dependent on the patients needs.

NICU and pediatric experience required.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:  Provide direct Speech-Language Pathology evaluations and re-evaluations, including assessment of prior and current level of functioning, setting appropriate goals and making appropriate discharge recommendations in accordance with standards of practice; provide 

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Therapy Placement of the Week:  School-Based OT in Boulder
Congratulations to Cheryann P., on her new school-based position with PediaStaff's client in the Boulder metro area!     This is a three-month school contract assignment running from beginning of January through beginning of April.  Cheryann will be working with pre-schoolers.
Great job, Cheryann!
We have a great opportunity for a Physical Therapist to work full time with a wonderful outpatient multidisciplinary pediatric clinic in the Baltimore area. This position offers a fun work atmosphere with regular staff team building events and trips. Many different types of disabilities are seen, providing a great learning environment for new graduates. 

Disabilities range from fine motor deficits to severe autism. Children seen range from birth to 21, with a majority of children in the 4-9 age range. They need help 30-40 hours per week, and evening hours are definitely needed. If you are interested in just a day or two a week, please apply! We would love to discuss options.

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PediaStaff is searching for a Speech Therapist to work with children ages birth to five in the Auburn, NY area. You will have the opportunity to work with children in grades K-12 in home, preschool and school settings.  Part time and full time caseload schedules are available on either a contract or direct hire basis.  The schedules are flexible and you may consider short or long term assignments.  The opportunity to work in other pediatric settings may be an option over time.

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Paper Plate Skating Simple Gross Motor Activity  
[Source: Hands on As We Grow]
Starting the year off with simple and fun!|
Go paper plate skating.

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Coloring on Sandpaper Activity for Toddlers
Source:  I Can Teach My Child]

It's Day 4 of our 31 Days of Indoor Fun for Toddlers challenge.

 This Coloring on Sandpaper Activity for Toddlers might seem like an odd activity, but it serves a variety of purposes.
First of all, this activity provides a new texture experience for toddlers.  Aside from feeling rough textures in board books, this was Little Sister's first experience with sandpaper.

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How to Draw Activity: Cute Penguin
Editor's Note: Great for Following Directions and for Handwriting. Love this!
[Source: Tinker Lab]

I will be the first to admit that I love cute things, and that passion has been passed down to my children who are obsessed with Japanese cartoons, Kawaii characters, Shopkins, and manga. Rather than run from this passion I decided to embrace it, and bring you what I hope is the first of a series of How to Draw a Cute...

Read More and Learn How to Make This Adorable Penguin Through a Link on our Blog
[Source:  Omazing Kids]
I absolutely LOVE both of these books! Great for teaching kids self-regulation skills. I love the illustrations, kid-friendly language and analogies used to make the concepts easy to understand and to implement. The concepts are therapeutically sound. I highly recommend both books as "must haves" in the library of anyone working with kids with special needs.

Read These Two Reviews Through a Link on our Blog
Peds Tx Corner: What Are The Basic Features Of Rett Syndrome?
By: Ingrid Harding, Founder and President, Girl Power 2 Cure, Inc.
Rett Syndrome is a neurological/movement disorder which predominantly affects girls (approximately 1 in 10,000). Many attain developmental milestones from birth to age two or three, but then begin to regress. Others are slow to develop from birth. It affects all aspects of motor control. In addition, there are cardiac, respiratory, gastrointestinal and orthopedic concerns. Rett is considered a "full-spectrum" disorder with varying severity and phenotypes depending on the child's unique genetic makeup, specific mutation, and/or percentage of cells skewed to use the mutated vs. the healthy copy of the Rett gene.

Peds Tx Corner: 5 Picture Books That Support Spatial Skills Development
[Source:  Mind Shift]
Having strong spatial skills - the ability to understand and mentally manipulate shapes and figures - has been identified by researchers as characteristic of those who find success in STEM fields and creative pursuits. Developing those skills can start early through activities and the language that caregivers use with children. Parents can also support young children's spatial reasoning skills by reading them "spatially challenging picture books," says Temple University's Nora Newcombe. These includes books that examine scenes from various angles or perspectives, that include maps and spatial language, or whose illustrations require close attention to decipher their meaning.

SLP Corner:  Using Improv Everywhere Videos for Social Thinking
[Source:  Chapel Hill Snippets]
A very popular website is Improv Everywhere.  I've been following them for years, and essentially, in NYC, people gang up and doing very unexpected things, garnering attention and laughter from those who are not part of the prank.
Some of these are great for illustrating what 'unexpected' means, and then using screen shots of videos to capture people's reactions.   It's awesome for having kids try to determine both how the unsuspecting people are feeling, and then determining what they might be thinking.

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Autism Corner: Strategies for Students w/ASD with Poor Motor Coordination
[Source: My Aspergers Child]
Young people with Asperger's (AS) and High-Functioning Autism (HFA):
  • are often physically clumsy and awkward
  • are often unsuccessful in games involving motor skills
  • experience fine-motor deficits that can cause penmanship problems, slow clerical speed and affect their ability to draw
  • have stiff, awkward gaits

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