November 4, 2016
Issue 44, Volume 9
It's All About the Choices!     

News Items:
  • Changes In Brain Structure During Teen Years Provide Clues to Onset of Mental Health Problems 
  • Drugs Taken By Those With ASD Come With Varied Risk 
  • ADHD Associated with Unhealthy Diet in Pregnancy
  • Concussion Study Shows Player to Player Hits Most Damaging
  • Parent-Child Communication From Birth to Three Sets Stage for Lifelong Success
  • Visual Stimuli and Standing Posture in Children with Cerebral Palsy
PediaStaff News and Hot Jobs 
  • Join us at ASHA 2016!  
  • Hot Job: Pediatric Occupational Therapist - Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Hot Job: Outpatient Physical Therapist - Edgewater, Maryland 
  • Hot Job: Outpatient Lead PT - Frederick, Maryland
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Freebie of the Week:  Comparative and Superlative Adjectives
  • Resource of the Week: Visual Supports & Social Stories for Thanksgiving
  • Picture Books About Friendship
  • 20+ Popsicle Stick Hacks for the Classroom
Articles and Special Features 
  • Autism Corner: Evidence-Based Interventions for Autism
  • PT Corner: W-Sitting: Why There Are Conflicting Opinions and Why Your Child's Therapist Cares So Much 
  • School Nurse Corner: Is Your School Ready for an Opioid Overdose?
  • School-Based Clinician/Therapist Corner: What Kids Wish Their Teachers Knew
  • SLP Corner: Using Slow Motion Videos in the Speech Room with Eric Raj
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Changes in Brain Structure Provide Clues to Onset of Mental Health Problems
[Source:  Medical News Today]

Scientists have mapped the structural changes that occur in teenagers' brains as they develop, showing how these changes may help explain why the first signs of mental health problems often arise during late adolescence.
In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers from the University of Cambridge and University College London (UCL) used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to study the brain structure of almost 300 individuals aged 14-24 years old.

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Drugs Taken By Those With ASD Come With Varied Risk
[Source: Disability Scoop]
New research suggests that some of the medications often used to address symptoms associated with autism are more likely than others to cause weight gain.
In a study looking at more than 200 young people on the spectrum, researchers found that some antipsychotic medications appeared to have no impact on body mass index while others led to significant weight gain even though the drugs are designed to tackle similar issues.
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ADHD Associated with Unhealthy Diet in Pregnancy
[Source: Medical News Today]

New research emphasizes the importance of a healthy diet during pregnancy, after finding children with conduct disorder in early life may be more likely to develop symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder if their mother consumes a high-fat, high-sugar diet while expecting.

Study co-author Dr. Edward Barker, of King's College London in the United Kingdom, and colleagues publish their findings in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry .

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Concussion Study Shows Player to Player Hits Most Damaging
[Source: Medical X-Press]
As officials at all levels of American football continue to debate how to prevent concussions, a new study using data from devices inside the helmets of high school players confirms that hits with other players are especially damaging.
"Impacts to the head that resulted from contact with another player were of higher magnitude than contact with other surfaces, such as the ground," said study author Julianne Schmidt, an assistant professor of kinesiology at the University of Georgia.

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Parent-Child Communication From Birth to 3 Sets Stage for Lifelong Success
[Source:  Medical X-Press]
What do babies need in order to learn and thrive? One thing is conversation-responsive, back-and-forth communication with their parents and caregivers. This interactive engagement is like food for their developing brains, nurturing language acquisition, early literacy, school readiness, and social and emotional well-being.

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Visual Stimuli and Standing Posture in Children with Cerebral Palsy
[Source:  BMC Neurology via Your Therapy Source]
BMC Neurology published research on visual stimuli and standing posture in 36 children with bilateral cerebral palsy (CP) and 27 typically developing (TD) children.  Standing independently requires the visual, somatosensory, and vestibular systems.  

Using three dimensional motion analysis with surface electromyography to describe body position, body movement, and muscle activity during three standing tasks, the researchers examined standing in a self-selected position, while blindfolded, and during an attention-demanding task.  For the participants with cerebral palsy, 17 required support for standing (CP-SwS) and 19 stood without support (CP-SwoS). The results indicated the following:

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ASHA 2016 is Coming!   Join PediaStaff in Philadelphia, PA!
The 2016 ASHA Convention will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia PA, November 17-19, 2016, and PediaStaff will be there to talk with YOU about your pediatric or school-based Speech-Language Pathology career.

Come visit us at Booth #835.    And YES, we will have our signature Toobaloos for giveaway while supplies last!!

The ASHA Convention is the premier annual event for speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Bringing together more than 14,000 attendees, the Annual

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Clinic/Community-based pediatric therapy practice in the Fayetteville area is looking to add Full-Time Occupational Therapists to their growing team!  Live in the "Third best place to live in the U.S." as voted in a top national publication!  Low cost of living, university community, Ozark Mountains, lakes, streams, hiking, biking, wonderful restaurants.....need I say more!
*  Pediatric Clinic and community-based setting....where you have a variety of location and caseload
*  After-school hours needed to work with kiddos when they get out of school in the afternoon..NO late    evenings!
*  Assist children and their parents/caregivers from age 3-18 years with a variety of diagnoses

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Immediate opportunity for a full-time Pediatric Physical Therapist in a brand new state-of-the-art outpatient clinic in the Annapolis area.  Annapolis is a unique place with picturesque views of land and water.  It is the state capital with no skyscrapers just cobble stone streets, old churches, historic homes, unique shops, plenty of eateries, restaurants, bakeries, butchers, the Naval Academy, and plenty of history

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Lead Physical Therapist opportunity with an outpatient multidisciplinary clinic in Frederick. Clinic wants to offer physical therapy as an additional service. Physical Therapist must have:

*  Ability to take the lead in establishing and developing a new Physical  Therapy department 
   as a working PT.
*  Experience as an independent and knowledgeable therapist of all ages; mainly adult.
*  Sound judgment in applying academic knowledge and clinical experience in providing direct
   and indirect Physical Therapy patient care
*  Attitude of excellence in providing quality patient care

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[Source: We Are Teachers]

I was recently reminded how tricky comparative and superlative adjectives are for young minds ... especially for kids who have multiple languages developing in their heads at the same time! This week's free printable reviews this with some of English's most commonly used adjectives. Enjoy!

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[Source:  SuccessBox]

Here is a great collection of free resources for Thanksgiving!  Thank You to the people at SuccessBox for free visual supports and social stories on Thanksgiving Day, holiday travel, Thanksgiving food and some activities as well.

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Books!  Picture Books About Friendship
[Source: Childhood 101]
Childhood friends often become life-long friends.  I still have dinner once a month with girls that I went to school with 25 years ago. But friendships also have their ups and downs so today's booklist highlights books that will help kids learn to navigate the highs and lows of friendships.  Best of all, they will inspire our kids to be great friends!

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Pediatric Tx Idea of the Week:  
20+ Popsicle Stick Hacks
[Source:  Pre-K Pages]

Popsicle sticks are good for so much more than just eating popsicles! Did you know that there are many different ways to use popsicle sticks for learning activities with your kids?

The best part is that popsicle sticks are very inexpensive, making them the perfect choice for creating games and activities your kids will love. Here are some of my favorite ways to use popsicle sticks in the classroom!

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[Source:  Best Practice Autism]

The National Autism Center has released its review and analysis of interventions for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) based on research conducted in the field from 2007 to 2012. The second phase of the National Standards Project (NSP2) provides an update to the summary of empirical intervention literature evaluated by Phase 1 of the National Standards Project (or NSP1) published in 2009. The National Standards Project is the only systematic review of ASD interventions for individuals across the lifespan based on behavioral and educational studies.

[Source:  North Shore Pediatric Therapy]

If you have a child who loves that "w" position while sitting on the ground, chances are you've either corrected them yourself or heard someone else direct them to sit "criss-cross" or "fix their feet." The challenge, however, is understanding why there are so many conflicting opinions on the matter. Is it really that bad? There was recently an article on titled

School Nurse Corner: Is Your School Ready for an Opioid Overdose?
[Source: Science Daily]

How serious is the country's opioid misuse epidemic? Serious enough for Pennsylvania to call a special session of its legislature and to take several other steps including a push for public schools to stock up on a life-saving, overdose reversal drug.

These steps should make parents of school-aged children feel better, but physicians say families need to keep a watchful eye open as a safety measure so that their child doesn't become the next statistic.

School-Based Clinician/Tx Corner:   What Kids Wish Their Teachers Knew
[Source: The New York Times]

When Kyle Schwartz started teaching third grade at Doull Elementary School in Denver, she wanted to get to know her students better. She asked them to finish the sentence "I wish my teacher knew."
The responses were eye-opening for Ms. Schwartz. Some children were struggling with poverty ("I wish my teacher knew I don't have pencils at home to do my homework"); an absent parent ("I wish my teacher knew that sometimes my reading log is not signed because my mom isn't around a lot"); and a parent taken away ("I wish my teacher knew how much I miss my dad because he got deported to Mexico when I was 3 years old and I haven't seen him in six years").

SLP Corner: Using Slow Motion Videos in the Speech Room 
[Source:  Erik X. Raj Blog]

Earlier this year, I was doing a speech-language evaluation with an 11-year-old child. One of my favorite aspects of a typical evaluation is the student interview portion that I typically do. Before I even begin any type of standardized assessment with a child, I usually start off with a few "gettin' to know ya" warm up questions. Why? Two reasons: (1.) so I can begin to informally asses the child's ability to use and understand language and (2.) so that I can begin to know the child's likes/dislikes because that ultimately helps with rapport building.

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